Suffolk to get $2 million to pave roads

Published 9:32 pm Thursday, September 3, 2009

Suffolk will receive about $2 million to repave nearly 300 miles of roadway across the city, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization announced Thursday.

Federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are providing about $22.5 million in Hampton Roads for various transportation projects, such as bridge repairs in Norfolk and Chesapeake, extension of various left-turn lanes in York County and James City County, and signal system design in Portsmouth.

In all, 18 projects received certification from Gov. Tim Kaine on Wednesday. The planning organization still is waiting on certification for 12 more projects.

“This is great news for the region,” Dwight Farmer, HRTPO executive director, said. “We are confident that we will soon hear that the remaining 12 projects will receive certification as well. The certification of these projects means that they meet the scope and purpose of the ARRA funding. These projects are ready to go and will provide the region’s economy a boost.”

City officials looked forward to receiving the money.

“Our project has been certified by the governor and we are anticipating receiving that funding,” city spokeswoman Debbie George said.