Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Notes Progress on Transportation Plans
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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April 4, 2005
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Notes Progress on Transportation Plans
In 2004, construction was completed on 18 transportation projects in Fairfax County. More than 20 additional projects designed to decrease congestion and improve safety are currently under construction. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation presented a status report on transportation capital projects within the county to the Board of Supervisors at their regularly scheduled meeting today.
Projects included in the transportation capital projects report are funded through several different mechanisms, including the Fairfax County Four Year Transportation Plan, the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Program, the VDOT Six Year Secondary Construction Program for Fairfax County, the Governor’s Congestion Relief Program, and federal funding programs such as the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality and Regional Surface Transportation Programs.
The county’s Four Year Transportation Plan, which was adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 9, 2004, includes a $215 million commitment of capital funds to improve major highway and transit projects, spot capacity and safety intersection improvements, and pedestrian improvements throughout the county. Funding for this significant transportation initiative is a combination of $50 million in federal Regional Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds, as well as $165 million in county General Obligation Bonds approved by voters on Nov. 2, 2004. Of the 25 projects in the county’s Four Year Transportation Plan, 12 are slated to begin construction in 2005, one is under construction, and one has been completed. Design is underway on the remaining 11.
“The county’s Four Year Transportation Plan seeks to augment the state’s efforts through specific, necessary transportation improvements,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “This Board has identified transportation as one of our priorities and so we’re very encouraged to see the progress that has been made both on the Four Year Plan and the other transportation capital projects.”
Eighteen transportation projects were completed in 2004, including the following significant projects:
- Route 123 – Widen to four lanes from Davis Drive to Lee Chapel Road and from Lee Chapel Road to Burke Lake Road
- Route 28 – Interchange at Barnsfield Road
- Beulah Street – Widen to four lanes from Franconia Road to Franconia-Springfield Parkway
- Springfield Interchange, Phases IV and V
- West Falls Church Metro Parking Garage Expansion
More than 20 projects are currently under construction, including the following major projects:
- Springfield Interchange – Five of seven construction phases are now complete, and the project remains at the $676 million budget mark. Phases VI and VII are well underway and on schedule to be completed by late 2007.
- Woodrow Wilson Bridge – To date, approximately 23 of 30 contracts are either underway or completed. Currently, 32 percent of the project is complete. The project is on schedule and under budget. The first of the two bridges (outer loop) and tie-in roadway are estimated to be open in mid-2006. Total project completion (including four interchanges at Telegraph Road, Route 1, Route 210 and I-295) is anticipated by 2011. Construction of the remaining major components of the Route 1 interchange is underway as well as right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations for the Telegraph Road interchange.
- Route 28 – The Westfields interchange is on schedule for completion in fall 2005.
- Route 1 – The six-lane section from Lorton Road to Telegraph Road is on schedule for completion in fall 2005.
- West Ox Road – The four-lane section from Ox Trail to Lawyers Road is scheduled for completion in summer 2006.
- Lorton Road – The six-lane section from Armistead Road to Silverbrook Road is on schedule for completion in summer 2006.
- Burke Lake Road – The four-lane section from Lee Chapel Road to the Fairfax County Parkway is scheduled to be completed in fall 2005.
- Clifton Road – The four-lane section from Route 29 to Braddock Road s nearly 50 percent complete.
- Gallows Road / Hummer Road / Annandale Road intersection improvements are underway and expected to be completed in 2005.
- Gambrill Road Park-and-Ride Lot – Project is scheduled for completion in June 2005.
- Reston Town Center Transit Center – Construction is underway and scheduled for completion in winter 2006.
Construction is slated to begin in 2005 on approximately 30 projects, including:
- Fairfax County Parkway - The final segment from Rolling Road to Fullerton Road is scheduled to begin construction this fall; to be opened on a full or partial basis in fall 2007.
- Centreville Road (Route 657) - As a part of the Route 28 PPTA, construction of the 4-lane section from Metrotech Drive to McLearen Road is scheduled to begin this year, with completion in winter 2007 (funded through Fairfax County Four Year Transportation Plan).
- West Ox Road - The four-lane section from Penderbrook Drive to Ox Trail is scheduled to begin in spring 2005, with completion in fall 2006.
- Route 50 at Waples Mill Road at-grade intersection improvements – Utility relocations are underway with construction completion anticipated in summer 2006.
- Spring Hill Road -The four-lane section from Route 7 to International Drive is scheduled for construction bid advertisement this summer, with completion anticipated in late 2006.
- Route 1 at Engleside Post Office - Construction will begin in mid-2005 and should be complete in winter 2006 (funded through Fairfax County Four Year Transportation Plan).
- Route 7 at Glen Carlyn Road - In final design and scheduled for completion later this year (funded under the Governor’s Congestion Relief Program).
- Route 50 at Annandale Road - Construction is scheduled to begin this spring, with completion in fall 2005.
For the Dulles Rail Extension project, the Record of Decision from the Federal Transit Administration was received in March 2005, signifying completion of the environmental study and federal funding approval. The focus now turns to preliminary design on the Phase I section from Tysons to Wiehle Avenue, which is expected to be completed by early next year.
For more information on the transportation capital projects, contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-324-1100, TTY 711. Additional information about transportation initiatives is also available on the county’s Web site www.fairfaxcounty.gov.