Since taking office in 2008, Supervisor Frank Principi has made the widening and beautification of Route 1 a priority. He has worked with local, state and federal agencies to set in motion the revitalization of this transportation corridor. With funding secured for widening from Annapolis Way to Neabsco Mills, the project will result in:
- Widening Route 1 to six lanes
- Pedestrian and bike paths along this stretch
- Crosswalks at each intersection and stoplights with countdown timers
- Undergrounding of utilities
- Landscaped medians
The project is divided into three segments: Annapolis Way to , Mary’s Way to Featherstone Road and Featherstone Road to Neabsco Mills.
Additionally, the Department of Rail and Public Transit (DRPT) has conducted a Route 1 Multi-modal Alternatives Analysis to consider multi-modal options for Route 1 between I-495 in Fairfax to Route 123 in Woodbridge. Read more about the study here.
Route1/123 Interchange Project in North Woodbridge:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is improving Route 1 between Annapolis Way and Mary’s Way. The design for the interchange project was completed in 2011, after multiple public hearings with the community. The project is broken into two phases. Phase I will widen the road from four to six lanes with turn lanes, a raised median, sidewalk on the east, multi-purpose trail on the west, and crosswalks. This phase includes the acquisition of 99 properties, some of which need to be demolished, the undergrounding of utilities along Route 1, and finally the widening of the roadway.
Phase II includes a 23 foot tall flyover along Route 123 into Belmont Bay. This phase is estimated at $100 Million, which has not been identified.
Mary’s Way to Featherstone Road:
The 1.3 mile segment of Route 1 exists between the other two road projects. If left unaddressed, it will create a significant bottleneck. Having been left out of the planning process for years, we have now secured several million dollars to fund the design and planning of a road widening project in this location. The estimated $54 Million for actual construction of the road has not yet been identified. However, this segment of road was declared the number one road priority in Prince William County by the Board of County Supervisors in 2013. Supervisor Principi is confident that we can solicit regional transportation funding to move this project forward.
Featherstone Road to Neabsco Mills Road:
The 2006 voter-approved road bond referendum included $100 million to begin work on the widening of Route 1. Two segments were identified in the referendum – Featherstone Road south to Neabsco Mills Road, and Bradys Hill Road south to Joplin Road in the Potomac District. Prince William County began construction of Route 1 from Featherstone Road to Neabsco Mills Road in 2013 with the purchase of right-of-way and the demolition of structures in the pathway of the road. Utilities are being buried underground, as crews prepare to widen the roadway.
Neabsco Creek Bridge:
The construction of the 6 lane bridge over Neabsco Creek was completed in the spring of 2010. The bridge was raised from its previous height to alleviate flooding issues. Under budget and ahead of schedule by 3 months, this project was an excellent partnership between Virginia Department of Transportation, Prince William County Government, and the Army Corps of Engineers.