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I know the infrastructure needs to be kept up - expanded even - but I have a specific question about a project currently being undertaken:

 

Why are they repaving Route 28 between the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7?

The answer seems obvious if you've not driven on or seen Route 28 but here's the situation in plain English: It doesn't need it.

At all.

It's a beautiful road.

There are no potholes ... nothing; it's a nice, smooth, fast road I use every day.

Seems like a gratuitous waste of money.

I know construction people have to work and pay bill like the rest of us, but why spend money to re-do something that's perfectly fine?

Maybe someone could explain this to me?

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I know the infrastructure needs to be kept up - expanded even - but I have a specific question about a project currently being undertaken:

 

Why are they repaving Route 28 between the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7?

The answer seems obvious if you've not driven on or seen Route 28 but here's the situation in plain English: It doesn't need it.

At all.

It's a beautiful road.

There are no potholes ... nothing; it's a nice, smooth, fast road I use every day.

Seems like a gratuitous waste of money.

I know construction people have to work and pay bill like the rest of us, but why spend money to re-do something that's perfectly fine?

Maybe someone could explain this to me?

 

Dear Curious: I don't know why they're doing it either, but I noticed the precise same thing they're doing now on Route 7 in Ashburn down to Sterling. There is NOTHING wrong with the asphalt pavement and they're tearing it up and laying down new roadway. I don't get it. I read in the Post about 10 years ago that it takes a million dollars a mile to repave a single lane road so we're talking about 50 million dollar USELESS project here. I don't want to hear a single member of Congress from VA talking about "pork barrel this or wasteful spending that."

STOP repaving roads that most of the U.S. would give their right arm to have. It's insane. It's the equivalent of digging a hole, getting the dirt from the hole to fill in the hole you just dug and then repeating the process 10,000 times, i.e.,

It.

Is.

Senseless. :angry:

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While I'm on this particular rant, what's the deal with four (4) State Troopers at every construction site throughout the metro area? Not just VA but MD too? Have construction sites become high crime areas? A lot of drug dealing or kidnappings on heavy construction sites? This is a new phenomenon that has taken place in the past 2 or 3 years, on EVERY night time construction site. The police cruisers just sit there, lights on, all night every night. This did not used to be the situation.

Why spend money on this?

Why so much waste?

The construction sites have high-intensity-discharge metal halide lights and make the construction sites look like the Sun is shining at noon on them

 

Can someone please explain this waste?

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