The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently heard an update regarding transportation and mobility projects from the county’s Department of Transportation. The update, which is part of the third quarter Joint Mobility Report, included the status of projects run by the county, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Railway Express and Omniride, the local and commuter bus service. Progress is being made on a number of projects in the Woodbridge District, which is continuing to benefit from more than $1 billion in private/public investment revitalizing the Route 1 Corridor. Additionally, projects in surrounding areas will help Woodbridge residents to more easily move within the County and to employment centers throughout the Washington, DC metro area. Updates include:
- Route 28, Phase II – Construction on the project of widening Route 28 to four lanes between Fitzwater Drive and Vint Hill Road is set to finish in October 2019. Parts of the project have been completed, including the opening of Aden Road, the opening of a majority of the southbound lanes and the bridge over Kettle Run Road.
- Route 28, Phase III – The construction to widen Route 28 to six lanes from Linton Hall Road to Pennsylvania Avenue is set to begin in the winter of 2019. Prince William County and the Virginia Department of Transportation, or VDOT, are coordinating the final bridge section design to include a multi-use trail.
- Vint Hill Road Extension – Construction to build a left-turn lane onto Vint Hill Road from Sudley Manor Drive to Garry Glen Road is underway with a completion date set for September 2019.
- Dumfries Road Sidewalk Project – The design work for the sidewalk between Counselor Road to Tayloe Drive is scheduled to be completed this month, with construction to run from April to October 2019.
- Minnieville Road – The project to widen Minnieville Road between Spriggs Road and Va. 234 is scheduled to be completed by December.
- Smoketown Road-Opitz Boulevard Pedestrian Improvements – The construction of ramps and crosswalks are scheduled to be completed by May 2019.
- Old Bridge Road Sidewalk – Construction of the project to build a sidewalk between Mohican and Antietam roads is complete.
- Dumfries Road Shared Use Path – Design for the project to build a shared-use path on Dumfries Road between Country Club and Exeter Drive has been recently completed. Construction is scheduled to begin in November.
- Blackburn Road Pedestrian Improvements – Construction activities on a sidewalk-multi-use trail from U.S. 1 to the rear entrance of Rippon Lodge are underway and is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.
- Horner Road Sidewalk Project – The project to build a sidewalk on Horner Road between Forest Glen Road to Kilby Elementary School will begin in December and is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.
- Opitz Boulevard Sidewalk Project – The project to build a sidewalk along Opitz Boulevard between the Potomac Community Library and Potomac Center Boulevard is scheduled to begin in November 2018 and end in August 2019.
VDOT projects include:
- Route 646 Aden Road Bridge – Construction of the bridge replacement on Aden Road to cross the railroad tracks is underway and scheduled to be completed by February 2019.
- Route 1 Widening in the Town of Dumfries – A citizens’ information meeting on the project to widen Route 1 (Fraley Boulevard northbound) from two to six lanes to allow for two-way traffic with pedestrian/bike facilities is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dumfries Elementary School. The project is in the design phase. A construction date is to be determined.
- I-66 Park and Ride Haymarket – Construction on a 230-space commuter lot at the northeast quadrant of I-66 and Route 15 started in April and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019.
- Transform 66 – Outside the Beltway – Construction continues on two new express lanes in each direction on Interstate 66 from Interstate 495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville.
- Transform 66 – Outside the Beltway – University Boulevard- Route 29 Park-and-Ride Lot – Construction is underway on the 2,079-space parking lot
VRE projects include:
- Bull Run Station and Yard Improvements – Preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for the station, parking and train storage are underway. A site on Residency Road has been chosen as the preferred location for additional parking. Coordination with Manassas Regional Airport, the City of Manassas, Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Federal Transit Administration is ongoing. The engineering and environmental analysis are scheduled to be completed in January 2019 with the final design slated to begin in early 2019.
- Quantico Station Improvements – Design for improvements to the commuter station that is served by VRE were recently completed and construction is expected to begin in early 2019.
Omniride projects include:
- Omniride Western Maintenance Facility –Funding for the project to build a bus storage yard and maintenance facility is in the state’s budget. The project is awaiting funding decisions from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to happen late this fall.
- Proposed New Commuter Bus Service– Proposed new express bus service to Haymarket would include routes along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and utilize a new 200-space parking lot. This would reduce overcrowding at existing Gainesville lots. A public hearing on the services offered in the Haymarket area is scheduled this fall. The start date of the project is expected to happen at the same time frame as the lot opening in early 2019.
Mobility is a goal of the Prince William County Strategic Plan. The goal states, “The community will have an accessible, comprehensive, multi-modal network of transportation infrastructure that supports local and regional mobility.”
To see a list of all the projects in the Joint Mobility Report, visit pwcgov.org/transportation.