Higher construction costs and lower tax revenues have led to a "catastrophic" shortfall in Virginia's transportation budget. Under projections released yesterday by the state Department of Transportation, statewide spending for road projects will be slashed by 44% over six years, while transit funding will be cut 10%. In populous Fairfax County outside Washington, D.C., that means just $54 million in funding -- enough money for about "half an interchange," according to the chairman of the County Board of Supervisors.

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