Fairfax Celebrates Jeff Todd Way, a New Road That Connects Route 1 and Telegraph Road
August 25, 2014
For the first time since 9/11, Fairfax County motorists will have a way to get between Route 1 and Telegraph Road, traveling through Fort Belvoir.
Jeff Todd Way (Route 619), a new, nearly three-mile road that was built through a partnership between the county, state and federal governments, opened last week.
Along with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, Fairfax County and state officials marked the road’s opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
Fairfax County contributed $12 million to the project that was originally planned as a two lane road. This funding allowed it to be expanded to four lanes, supplementing the state and federal dollars that paid for the bulk of the project.
Jeff Todd Way offers a vital connection between Route 1 and Telegraph Road that was lost after 9/11. Woodlawn and Beulah Roads, which traverse the fort, were closed as a security precaution following the terrorist attacks.
This new connector gives commuters a faster way to get to the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) and I-95 too.
The project also widened Telegraph Road from two lanes to four lanes between Beulah and Leaf Roads. The new lanes were added to accommodate traffic from Jeff Todd Way, and it makes Telegraph four lanes from Leaf Road all the way to Richmond Highway.
Transportation planners project that 40,400 drivers a day on average will use Jeff Todd and Telegraph by 2030.
While Jeff Todd is open, some work still remains to be done. Construction must be finished on a 10-foot, shared walking and biking path. This path runs along the road’s west side from Pole Road to Telegraph. The project’s punchlist also includes putting up soundwalls, and both the trail and walls are expected to be finished in November.
The project was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army, Federal Highway Administration, Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County. The federal and state governments paid for the majority of costs, and FHWA managed its design and construction.
For more information, contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.