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Bi-County Parkway gets boost from 100 Northern Virginia businesses

6:29 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9) -- Support is lining up for the controversial Bi-County Parkway, just as critics mount their own effort. 

On Thursday, Delegate Tim Hugo delivered a letter to Governor Bob McDonnell from several lawmakers asking that he stop the project.

But those same lawmakers received a letter themselves signed by more than 100 local businesses asking them to NOT oppose the Bi-County Parkway and to at least consider it.

QMT Windchimes is one of those companies. The 25 year-old company was bought by former Virginia Tech Hokies Jamie and Patty Baisden in 2006. Now, they have about 100 employees and ship windchimes all over the world.

But the Baisden's are worried that rising transportation costs could hinder future growth.

"If you look at traffic., it's gridlock and there's no north-south route," said Jamie Baisden who signed the letter to lawmakers. He believes the Bi-County Parkway, a 10 mile route that would connect I-66 to Route 50, would help immensely.

Seventy-five percent of QMT Windchimes are sent to Dulles Airport either to be flown out or shipped through through the Dulles UPS distribution center. But there is no direct route from Manassas to Dulles. The Bi-County parkway would help solve that problem.

Baisden makes the point that the area needs to move away from its reliance on federal government spending. He explains that as opportunities expand outside of D.C., transportation needs to improve along North-South routes, to help businesses move people and goods and services.

"If we have a robust transportation system, we have a robust economy," said Baisden.

 

QMT Windchimes is one of more than 100 businesses that has signed a letter to members of the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation asking that they consider supporting the Bi-County Parkway.

A number of lawmakers and others are strongly against building it.

"I think whoever is making these decisions needs to make payroll," Baisden chastised the lawmakers.

 He said, "Development happened without the infrastructure in place. Now,s lets fix it, it's time to catch up."

Though opposition to the Bi-County Parkway has been vocal, Baisden believes there is much more quiet support for the new highway.

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