A team of Ballard Spahr attorneys represented the Virginia Department of Transportation in an agreement between the state and private investors to complete a $935 million highway project that will ease congestion by widening a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in northern Virginia.

The Ballard Spahr team, led by Brian Walsh and Steve T. Park, began working for the department in the fall of 2008, when the agency sought proposals from firms to work specifically on public-private projects. Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell directed the state to establish a separate office within the transportation department to oversee such projects.

"The governor is a real proponent of transportation and of using these kinds of structures to get projects done," Mr. Walsh said. "There are not a lot of sources out there for funding major projects."