Zachary Reid has posted an article about the opening yesterday of the new I-295 interchange at Meadowville .
The newest route to business success opened in Chesterfield County on Thursday afternoon, said county leaders and the state secretary of transportation as they cut the ribbon on Exit 16, the latest access point to Interstate 295 and the proposed gateway to the Meadowville Technology Park.
"This is a great day for Chesterfield County," said Board of Supervisors Chairman A.S. "Art" Warren. "What we have here today is the power of partnership."
The $12.2 million project was paid for by the federal government ($4 million), the state ($5 million) and the county ($3.2 million).
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said the fast-moving project — it was completed in less than 14 months — was the kind of thing Gov. Bob McDonnell had in mind as the future of state transportation projects.
"It really symbolizes what we're trying to do," he said of a project that came about because of county insistence and county willingness to foot most of the bill.
County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier said the new interchange was essential to successful development of the area.
"We always knew for Meadowville to reach its full potential, we would need this interchange to be here," he said.
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