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:
Traffic flows more smoothly since one of our worst local bottlenecks—the intersection of Harrison Lane and South Kings Highway—was improved last August. The $3 million dollar project that provided dedicated turn lanes for both west and eastbound traffic came from a 2004 Fairfax County transportation bond.
Telegraph Road/South Kings Highway to Van Dorn Street:
Last year, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved 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. A public hearing took place last September and construction is expected to begin in early 2013.
Telegraph Road Interchange:
This work is part of the final phase of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and will be completed in 2013. It will include widening a two-and-a-half mile section of the Capital Beltway, direct access to Eisenhower Avenue from Telegraph Road, and new elevated ramps connecting the Beltway to Telegraph Road, Huntington Avenue, and North Kings Highway.
You can find more information at http://www.wilsonbridge.com/.
Construction continues on the four-lane road that will connect Route 1 to Telegraph Road just north of Beulah Street. Construction began in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2012 and I am pushing hard to expedite the schedule—especially in light of the pending BRAC moves to Fort Belvoir. In addition, as part of this project Telegraph Road will be widened to four lanes from Beulah Street to Leaf Road with completion in late2012.
The recently enacted federal budget includes $150 million for transportation infrastructure improvements associated with medical facilities related to the BRAC decision. We are already working on the required grant application for the funds that will cover widening Route One between Mount Vernon Highway and Telegraph Road. Preliminary engineering and environmental assessments are underway.
The General Assembly has recently authorized a Route One transit study that directs the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to identify needed public transportation services to Fort Belvoir and Quantico. Once the study is completed, it will be critical for the State to step up to the plate with long-needed improvements to congested Route One.
Final Phase of the Fairfax County Parkway:
This project is a priority for me and my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, especially given BRAC transportation needs. As part of this final phase, a four-lane road between Rolling Road and Fullerton Road, providing direct access to I-95 opened last September. Related ramp work continues with total project completion set for late 2012.
In This Issue of Supervisor McKay's Lee District Update: