Chuck Colgan Says Manassas Needs To Speak Up About Rt. 28 Wishes

Chuck Colgan says the state can try on Rt. 28 operating three lanes in the morning going to Fairfax and three lanes in the evening coming back, but the city needs to make its wishes known. Colgan faces Tom Gordy for the 29th District Senate seat on Nov. 8

Candidate supplied profile:

 Born in Frostburg, Maryland, on September 25, 1926, Charles J. Colgan always had two dreams—to fly and to serve people. When Charlie was just five years old, he and his three siblings became orphans and were split among relatives. Chuck and his younger brother were raised on a farm by their grandparents who lost everything during the Great Depression.

In 1944, at age 27 while still in high school he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve Cadet Program, and was called into active duty at age 18. He served in active duty for two years, and later the Air Force Reserve. For 12 years he flew as a commercial pilot before founding Colgan Air, Inc., a regional airline that “the company was sold to Pinnacle Airlines Corporation in January 2007.” At the time the company was sold, Colgan Air employed 1,150 employees, operated scheduled air service into 14 states, and 23 communities.

In 1980, he became the 17th member to be inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2003, he and his family were named the “Turboprop Airline Executives of the Year,” by the Commuter Regional Airline News Magazine. While fulfilling his dream of flying, he also turned to public service. In 1971, he was elected to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors where he served for one year as Chairman. Four years later, he was elected to the Virginia Senate where he still serves today.

The parents of eight children, Chuck and his wife Agnes were married for 52 years before she passed away in January 2001. These days, Chuck stays busy, not just with his devotion to public service and his company, but with his 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was remarried in 2008 to his wife Alicia. Colgan has been named Prince William County’s best public servant by the Potomac News/Journal Messenger Annual Readers’ Poll. He was named the Virginia Senator of the Year by the Virginia Transit Association. He was the recipient of the Northern Virginia Community College Medallion Award for his work in building and developing the Virginia Community College System. In April 2011, he was honored by George Mason University with more than 500 people present, for his work in Higher Education and the development of George Mason University in Prince William County, in Manassas. The Park West Lions Club awarded him the Melvin Jones Award, which is the Lions highest award for community service. Over the decades, he has received many awards and honors for his work in the State Senate and his community.

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Question 1: What is your district’s No. 1 issue and how will you address it if elected

Foreclose is of great concern. Home values are declining. The weak economy is making it difficult for those who lose their home and have no where to live. The government must take some action to help with interest or other such actions. 


Question 2: Manassas Park is said to have one of the highest property tax rates in the Commonwealth, partially because of the lack of business in the city.  When elected, do you plan to work with locals to help spur any economic activity, or do you feel that’s something that needs to be handled by local government?

This problem must be addressed by both governments. Each year I meet with the Manassas Park City Council and Mayor and Department heads and listen to their concerns and then address them when the General Assembly meets in January. 


Question 3: What is your view of the No Child Left Behind Law?  VA-educators and pushing back and saying the law has outlived its usefulness.

I have some concerns about “No Child Left Behind.” Our children’s education has not seemed to improve as I hoped it would. Perhaps some adjustments to the law would suffice.


Question 4: Do you have any ideas to help traffic on Route 28?

Some have suggested that we operate three lanes in the morning going toward Fairfax, and three lanes in the evening coming home. It might be worth a try.  The best solution would be to add one lane each way. The city needs to make their wishes and recommendations known.


Question 5: Do you support the early efforts to study the feasibility of extending rail into Prince William County?


Erin Gibson October 14, 2011 at 05:31 PM
28 is an issue because of the amount of lanes (maybe) but also the amount of traffic lights!!! It would be nice if the engineers/developers would have better planned the roadway with more overpasses and/or ramps at locations such as Liberia Avenue and Manassas Drive, so that people don't have to stop at lights. That is what really screws the traffic up. I don't think that adding a lane or two will solve things with people having to stop at so many lights.
Steve Randolph October 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM
There has always been regular communication between Senator Colgan and the City of Manassas and he is a great friend of our community. Manassas has long been on record as supporting improvements to #28 and and the building of a Tri-County-Parkway that would parallel #28 as it bypassed Old Town, Manassas Park and the Yorkshire area of PWC. This article is the first I've learned of proposed lane reversals on #28. I question if they would work due to the middle lane often serving as a turn lane, but am willing to look at any VDOT proposals to improve traffic flow.
John October 16, 2011 at 04:53 AM
I agree! There are way too many Traffic lights or they are timed wrong. The engineers really screwed up with that design, you've got a bottle neck from people coming out of Manassas and from woodbridge, dumfries, towards Fairfax, Dulles, and to Mclean etc... Manassas is the central hub for everyone heading in from the south side of manasas to the north. You end up with a jam all the way up route 28 into fairfax and straight up to 28 north and to 66 east... There needs at be a 28 bypass or something, because BARRING any Police activity or accidents, 28 is a horrible commute from about 6:00 am on. On a good day it eases slightly around 10:00 am but never completely. We're talking buring gas by the gallons creeping along and sitting at traffic lights. What should be a 15 minute commute turns to at the least 1 to 2 hours on a clear dry day... Why are we still driving on what could be considered "horse trails" with 500 cars every 20 minutes passing over rt. 28! What if there was an emergency like a major earthquake or a bio-hazard terrorist attack or something that needed evacuations of a large amount of people? No medical could travel anywhere, law enforcement, military, or fire rescue... There has to be a better plan than this...
Steve Randolph October 16, 2011 at 01:39 PM
"Route 28 Bypass - Tri-County Parkway The City of Manassas is supportive of the design of this project which has received significant support from various NVTA jurisdictions. The project is essential to alleviate existing congestion on existing Route 28 from the City of Manassas to Centreville. The project was outlined in the Transaction 2030 plan and is being updated in the Virginia Transaction 2040 plan." (Part of #R -2012-15 passed by the Manassas City Council 10-10-2011 for delivery to the Commonweath Transportation Board and the Va. Sec. of Transportation at their 10-25-2011 hearing on the FY13-18 SYIP for highway, rail and public transportation initatives).
Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I agree Erin, I've heard many people complain about the lights on Rte 28, mostly about the synchronization, or lack thereof. I feel for the commuters; you shouldn't have to "work" to get to work. Plus, I've ALWAYS thought that employers should stagger work hours, so that everybody and their mamas aren't trying to get to the same places at the same darn time. I believe Georgia does something like this for its state employees. Plus, there should be more work-from-home options. In the end, working from home is cheaper for everybody-employee and employers. It increases quality of life and even helps the environment. Anybody with me?
Erin Gibson October 17, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Perhaps operating three lanes in the morning going toward Fairfax, and three lanes in the evening coming home is not a bad idea. It certainly would be the quickest and cheapest way to deal with Rt. 28. All you would have to do is change the way the lights operate and get rid of a median, correct? This would certainly happen much quicker than building a whole new road. D.C. does it!
Bearguy October 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Really? All it takes to lose your vote is somebody using the wrong lane at a traffic light? That's pretty pitiful. What's next... they gave you the wrong kind of sauce for your chicken nuggets, so you'll never go to McDonald's again?
Terry November 07, 2011 at 10:01 PM
It certainly should not ever take 1+ hours to travel 10 miles. How about a phased approach? Only from Liberia northward. Center lane reversals, then widen to 3 lanes each way, perhaps overpasses at the busiest intersections... OR, why not just continue Euclid Ave to meet up with Union Mill Rd? (I guess that is Fairfax County territory though.) Attempts to travel towards DC from the heart of Manassas (or visa versa) require making a sweeping arch north or south first, or a slow, meandering drive through Clifton -- and all are overloaded with traffic at nearly all times. Really, when you look at the County Map, PWC has done a very good job with adding wide highways connecting I95 to Rt66. We need our county officials to work with Fairfax County to improve our service inside the beltway and to DC.
Terry November 07, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Steve, would you summarize what this plan entails (or provide the link to the information you reference)? Thanks.


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