June’s deadly storm caused power outages across the Washington region. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

“It’s ‘amazingly expensive,’ says W. Todd Minnix, chief of the Transportation Design Division in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. It’s also very complicated, he says. Construction on a $3.5 million underground utilities project in McLean started July 9. ‘It’s been a long, drawn-out process to get this underway,’ Minnix says, noting that it’s been in the works since 1999.”

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