While many of our much needed transportation projects are on the back burner because of state funding issues, we've been able to move some of our key Lee District projects forward using Fairfax County transportation bond funds, C&I (commercial property) taxes, and other funding sources.
Harrison Lane/ South Kings Highway
This project will provide dedicated turn lanes for both westbound and eastbound traffic from South Kings Highway to Harrison Lane. Funding for this $3 million dollar project comes from a 2004 Fairfax County transportation bond and construction is expected to be completed this summer.
Telegraph Road/South Kings Highway to Van Dorn Street
This intersection is gridlocked daily. At the April 27 Board of Supervisors meeting, the BOS voted unanimously on my motion to fund the widening of this short 1,500-foot section of roadway. Telegraph Road between South Van Dorn Street and South Kings Highway will be widened to four lanes with new turn lanes added to Telegraph Road, South Van Dorn Street and South Kings Highway. There are still a number of steps before construction can begin, from environmental review to citizen informational meetings. A public hearing is scheduled for September, construction likely in 2012.
The new four-lane road that will connect Route 1 to Telegraph Road just north of Beulah Street will include bike lanes and sidewalks. Construction began in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2012. I am pushing hard to expedite the construction schedule for completion before the current 2012 date. In addition, as part of this project Telegraph Road will be widened to four lanes from Beulah Street to Leaf Road, with a completion date in the second quarter of 2012.
$150 Million for Route 1
Since the BRAC decision, I have worked closely with Congressman Moran to try to mitigate the traffic along Route 1, near Fort Belvoir. As a result Congressman Moran was successful in getting $150 million dollars put in the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. This money will assist in the widening of Route 1 near the base.
Fairfax County Parkway
This project remains a priority for me and the Board of Supervisors, especially in light of the BRAC decision. The first phase of this project that began in 2008 will build a four-lane road between Rolling Road and Fullerton Road to provide direct access to I-95. We expect completion by the end of this year. The second phase will be a partial cloverleaf interchange at Rolling Road and the Engineer Proving Ground entrance, including the extension of Boudinot Drive to provide an on-ramp to the southbound Parkway. This section should also be completed by the end of this year. The third phase will relocate Hooes Road and Rolling Road with improvements to the Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange and the Fairfax County Parkway. Completion is expected by fall 2012. The final phase will extend Boudinot Drive at the Fairfax County Parkway and build a loop ramp. This phase should be completed in July 2011.
Telegraph Road Interchange
The reconstruction of the Telegraph Road interchange is part of the final phase of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and will be completed this fall. Work includes:
-Widening a two-and-a half mile section of the Capital Beltway, extending the new through and local lane configuration from the bridge.
-Direct access to Eisenhower Avenue from Telegraph Road .
-In addition to the Eisenhower Avenue connection, new elevated ramps connecting the Beltway to Telegraph Road, Huntington Avenue, and North Kings Highway.
In This Issue of Supervisor McKay's Lee District Update: