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SPRINGFIELD, VA-Construction of the new six-level 1,122-space parking garage expansion at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station officially got underway yesterday with a groundbreaking ceremony. The $15.8 million project is scheduled for completion in the summer or fall of next year. The new structure will add over 25% more space to the existing five-year-old 4,100-space parking lot, which reached full capacity in 1998.

Washington, DC’s Donohoe Construction Company and its design/build team is handling the construction of the aboveground parking facility. Virginia contributed $13 million to the development fund and Fairfax County contributed the remaining $2.8 million. “The Commonwealth of Virginia is pleased to help fund additional parking that will encourage the use of mass transit in one of the region’s busiest traffic corridors,” Gov. Mark R. Warner said at the event. “The Springfield area has the dubious honor of having one of the most congested roadways in Northern Virginia.

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