In 2013, Frank led the effort in the Senate to finally forge a highway funding solution to tackle the real culprits of traffic congestion in Hampton Roads. In 2014, Frank’s legislation created the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). This body is responsible for determining how we will spend the additional transportation dollars generated in Hampton Roads to fix the traffic problems in Hampton Roads. Frank serves as the Commission Vice-Chairman and chairs HRTAC’s Finance Committee. The creation of the HRTAC:
• enables the Hampton Roads community to tackle transportation gridlock and develop a more efficient transportation system;
• provides the people of Hampton Roads the tools and the power to tackle many of these problems without relying on state or federal bureaucracies; and
• empowers all of us to get involved in solving our ongoing transportation challenges because the decision-making powers rest locally.
HRTAC will determine which construction projects to fix first. One of the projects At or near the top of Frank’s list is widening the exit lanes from I-64 West onto I-264 East into Virginia Beach. This improvement will reduce congestion and improve the daily commute for thousands of Virginia Beach residents. The completion of two other local highway projects will also improve our ability to move around our community. Frank worked very hard to secure the state funding for the widening of the Lesner Bridge on Shore Drive and for the intersection improvements at Kempsville Road and Princess Anne Road.
Frank believes that transportation is one of the largest challenges facing Hampton Roads and is passionate about working in our community to find cost-effective and practical solutions. To learn more about HRTAC or to get involved, please visit their website at HRTAC.
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