Final Route 28 Interchanges to Be Built Ahead of Schedule


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Nov. 17, 2006

Final Four Route 28 Interchanges
to Be Built Ahead of Schedule

The final four of 10 interchanges in the Route 28 Highway Improvement Project moved closer to construction following recent action by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. At its Oct. 23 meeting, the board authorized county staff to move forward with a Route 28 Tax District Contract Amendment, which will provide a combination of grant and loan money from the state to construct the interchanges. The board also authorized the sale of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Route 28 Tax District revenue bonds for additional funding. The proposal will accelerate these improvements by at least five years from the original estimates.

“Route 28 is a vital artery not only for Fairfax County, but also the Northern Virginia region,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “Moving up the timetable to complete the final four interchanges will have a significant impact on decreasing congestion and improving safety and capacity in the area. Expediting improvements through innovative funding mechanisms is a key strategy of the board’s Four-Year Transportation Plan and helps us get traffic flowing more smoothly — sooner rather than later.”

The new funding sources will set in motion the design and construction of Route 28 interchange improvements at:

  • Willard Road, including sidewalks/trails.
  • Nokes Boulevard, including sidewalks/trails and replacement of the W&OD trail parking lot.
  • Frying Pan Road.
  • Center for Innovative Technology/Innovation Drive.

In addition to the grant and interest-free loan from the state’s Transportation Partnership Opportunity Fund (TPOF) and the EDA bond financing, the Route 28 Tax District funding also will come from proceeds from Route 28 District revenue bonds and surplus district tax revenues. The TPOF program is a new financing program administered by the governor to encourage the development of transportation projects through the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA). The PPTA allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to contract with private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, building, financing and operating transportation improvements.

The Route 28 Tax District was formed in partnership with Loudoun County in 1987 to provide improvements to State Road 28 to ease traffic congestion. Improvements have included widening the road from two to six lanes and upgrading three major intersections at Route 50 in Fairfax County, and the Dulles Airport Access Road/Dulles Toll Road and Route 7 interchanges in Loudoun County during Phase I. The Phase II improvements include 10 high-capacity, grade-separated interchanges, which cross above Route 28. The six interchanges that are complete or in the final stages of construction are: Air and Space Museum Parkway (formerly Barnsfield Road), Westfields Boulevard and McLearen Road in Fairfax County; and Route 606, Route 625 and Sterling Boulevard in Loudoun County. These interchanges also were constructed as PPTA projects. For an overview of the Route 28 corridor improvements and the PPTA, go to www.28freeway.com.

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