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Before relief, more road construction for NoVa commuters

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 1:56pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Several transportation projects are underway throughout Northern Virginia that could soon bring some traffic relief to commuters. But before that happens, the road construction could cause more headaches.

Northern Virginia commuters were reminded this week of what construction can do to traffic when the Virginia Department of Transportation had to close most lanes of I-95 at the Prince William Parkway because of emergency road construction.

"It held us up in traffic for two or three hours," says Henry Cleveland, who commutes every day from Stafford to the District.

Among the planned projects are the High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95, the expansion of a VRE third track and station in Spotsylvania and the expansions of commuter lots in Stafford and Spotsylvania.

Earlier this year, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a $4 billion transportation bill that would fund more than 900 road and rail projects across the state.

While he's bothered by his recent travel troubles, Cleveland says he's happy about the new projects. Still, he's concerned about the construction, and he's not the only one.

"My hour and a half commute turns into two and half hours coming home," says Gary Curtis.

He adds that he's worried that the projects won't mean much by the time they're done "we're going to be doing the same thing in ten years."

WTOP's Kathy Stewart contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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