Lorton Road Widening Project
Lorton Road from Route 123 to Silverbrook Road
Furnace Road from Route 123 to Lorton Road
A major element of the Fairfax County Transportation Plan is the improvement and realignment of Lorton Road through the Laurel Hill area, in conjunction with the improvement of Furnace Road west to Route 123. The planned improvements to these existing roads, which link Route 123, I-95, and Richmond Highway, are needed to accommodate both through-travel demand as well as traffic within the Laurel Hill area.
The Lorton Road Widening project involves the widening of the existing two-lane roadways to four-lane divided section to include medians, new bridges over Giles Run and the Greenway Trail,10' wide shared use paths, on-road bike lanes and low impact development storm water management. The planned improvements will provide improved horizontal and vertical alignment, dedicated turn lanes, and realignment of intersections to 90 degrees. In addition, bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths will be constructed throughout the project limits, connecting to existing facilities at the Lorton Road/Silverbrook Road intersection and at Route 123. The low impact development storm water management techniques will reduce runoff and improve water quality by using simple landscaping and grading techniques. This component of the project is part of a pilot program to be designed and constructed by Fairfax County, monitored by the Virginia Transportation Research Council, and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The project is partially funded from $20 million that was approved by Fairfax County voters as part of the November 2007 Transportation Bond Referendum. Additional project funding is from developer contributions and the commercial and industrial tax.
Lorton Road Improvement Aerial Exhibit (large PDF file, 13MB)
The project is currently in the design phase. Community meetings were held in September and October 2009 to present the project design and obtain feedback. Several key issues were raised at these meetings which are currently being evaluated:
- Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis Study has been completed for the following intersections
- Realigned Lorton Road and Furnace Road
- Lorton Road and Realigned Furnace Road
- Lorton Road and Windermere Hill Drive
Based on the recommendations of this study, installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Realigned Lorton Road & Furnace Road has been approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Traffic signals will not be installed at the intersections of Lorton Road & Realigned Furnace Road and Lorton Road & Windermere Hill Drive, as the applicable warrants were not satisfied at these intersections.
- Pedestrian Facilities and Access Review has been completed. A new sidewalk has been added to the project extending along the north side of Lorton Road from the Laurel Hill Park Entrance (Giles Run park area) to Cardinal Forest Lane.
- Laurel Hill Park Entrance Road (access to Giles Run park area) realignment to intersect with Lorton Road opposite Windermere Hill Drive has been reviewed. The park entrance road will remain in its current location given the impacts of the realignment on the existing cultural resources within the park area and on the planned park amenities (in accordance with the approved Laurel Hill Park Conceptual Development Plan).
- Project coordination with Fairfax County Transit Program for future transit routes along the project corridor has been completed.
- Design evaluation to minimize property impacts along Lorton Road from Route 123 to Furnace Road is currently underway.
The acquisition of land rights necessary for construction of the project improvements is currently underway. The land acquisition phase is anticipated to be completed by fall 2012.
Existing underground and aerial utilities will then need to be relocated as part of the improvement project, which is anticipated to be completed by fall 2013.
Upon completion of the utility relocation, the project will be advanced to the construction phase, which is currently anticipated to advertise for construction in late 2013. The construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-2016 .
Laurel Hill - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/laurelhill
Laurel Hill Park Conceptual Development Plan - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/mparchives.htm