Since taking office in 2008, Supervisor Frank J. Principi has led the effort to revitalize the Route 1 corridor in Woodbridge, Virginia. He has secured $1 billion in public and private investment for the area. Approved projects include widening of Interstate 95 and Route 1, undergrounding of utilities and the addition of new crosswalks and traffic lights with countdown timers. Also underway is a 50-mile network of sidewalks, bike paths, trails and boardwalk to make Woodbridge a more livable and walkable community.
The investment has also resulted in the construction and planning of one new elementary school, complete reconstruction of a second school and 29 new classrooms to be built between 2015-2019. Woodbridge residents will also benefit from new school sports fields, field lighting and park restroom facilities. These revitalization efforts, along with nearly 1,000 new jobs in Eastern Prince William, has significantly enhanced the economic opportunity of Woodbridge residents and businesses.
Specific achievements include:
- Widening Route 1 from four to six lanes, along with construction of sidewalks, bike paths, trails, safer intersections, new street lighting, landscaped medians and new bus stops.
- Design and permitting is nearly complete and construction is expected to begin in 2016 for the newest addition to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, connecting Rippon Lodge to Leesylvania State Park.
- Completion of the Fast Ferry Market Feasibility Study, which concluded there is a sustainable ridership of this transit alternative without government subsidy.
- Formation of a $10 million matching funds grant between the BOCS and School Board to fund the reduction of classroom sizes across the County over the next five years (in addition to new classrooms).
The progress taking place under Frank’s leadership comes with an appreciation of the area’s history and natural resources. Through projects such as annual creek clean-up events, environmental restoration of Cows Branch and Powells Creek, Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, opening of the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge, and completion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Frank also works to ensure continued preservation and enjoyment of Belmont Bay and the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. He has also championed the continued preservation of the County’s oldest home, Rippon Lodge. Plans are now underway to build the Prince William Museum (showcasing our other historic properties) at Rippon Lodge.
Growing up in Southern California, Frank was raised with a strong sense of public service within his family. He spent summers with family members campaigning for public office and fighting economic and social injustice in the South. Coming to Washington, D.C. during a college internship, Frank knew he was “home.” Upon earning his B.A. in American History and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Frank returned to the National Capital Region to serve as a Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives, Energy & Commerce Committee, moving to Woodbridge in 1989.
Over the years, his professional experience has spanned small business, management consulting, affordable access to healthcare, international humanitarian relief and crisis management. He has also taken leadership role as Chairman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Government; Chairman, National Capitol Region Emergency Preparedness Council and as a Board member on the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Washington’s Program For Social Change and is currently championing Prince William County’s entry into the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Export Initiative, enhancing the County’s presence in the global marketplace.
Frank and his family live in Woodbridge, and are parishioners at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.