It is likely that commuters in eastern Prince William County will benefit from free garage parking at Potomac Town Center in the not-so-distant future. The Virginia Department of Transportation has given high scores to Prince William County’s “Smart Scale” grant application. Expected to be officially approved next month, the $26 million grant would fund:
- Design & construction of a 1,414 space commuter parking garage at Potomac Town Center, which would also provide parking for a new Potomac Nationals Stadium if that project is approved
- Widening of Neabsco Mills Road from two to four lanes between Smoke Court and Route 1
- Construction of a multi-use trail along east of Neabsco Mills from Opitz Boulevard to Route 1
This project will further Supervisor Principi’s vision for a New Woodbridge, which is built upon Smart Development, Better Transportation and Strong Neighborhoods. The road widening and trail addition will help to alleviate traffic congestion and address pedestrian safety concerns, particularly for students who walk to and from Northern Virginia Community College and Freedom High School. By increasing access to various ride sharing options, such as slugging, vanpools and PRTC bus services, the garage will provide congestion relief to Route 1 and I-95 during rush hours and free up needed space at the Route 1 and 234 commuter lots. Additionally, the project will spur an estimated $1M in job growth.
An additional $5M grant request for the project, under the Transportation Partnership Opportunity Fund (TPOF), was not awarded to Prince William County.