Soon, another section of Route 1 will no longer be marred by unsightly utilities towering above on aging poles. Preliminary work for relocating utilities between Bel Air and Featherstone Roads is underway, laying the ductwork that will eventually house utility lines. Undergrounded utilities are more reliable and less expensive to maintain, thanks to reduced exposure to the elements and traffic incidents.
Operations will continue for about four weeks, taking place from 10pm to 6am to minimize disruption for area residents and businesses.
Richard Windish, a construction manager for Prince William County, said that after utilities are installed in the underground ducts and activate, the existing overhead utility lines will be decommissioned and removed. That process should be completed by the end of May, Windish said.
Putting the utilities underground, which is part of a larger project that consists of three phases from Featherstone Road to Mary’s Way, began in September 2018 and is scheduled to be completed this coming September.
More information about transportation projects in the county is available at pwcgov.org/transportation.