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 included the status of projects run by 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:
Prince William County projects:
- The Dumfries Road Sidewalk Project construction advertisement is scheduled to begin in June 2019 with a construction completion date set for April 2020.
- The Neabsco Mills Road project to widen the road from U.S. 1 to Dale Boulevard is under design phase which is scheduled to be completed in December 2019. Right-of-way acquisition authorization is scheduled to begin in the winter of 2020, with construction set to begin in March 2021. Construction is set to be completed in April 2023.
- The Smoketown Road-Opitz Road Pedestrian Improvements project to rebuild ramps and crosswalk to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act is scheduled to begin this summer. Completion is expected to be finished this fall.
- The Old Bridge Road Sidewalk project to build a sidewalk on Old Bridge Road from the entrance to Tackett’s Mill to Minnieville Road is under design with construction set to begin in November 2019. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2020.
- The Dumfries Road North Shared Use Path project to build a path between Country Club Drive and Exeter Drive is under construction and scheduled to be completed this July.
- The Fuller Heights Road project to make improvements to the road at the entrance to the Quantico Marine Corps Base is under design. Construction is set to begin in February 2020 and end by November 2020.
- The Blackburn Road Pedestrian Improvements project to build a multi-use trail from Route 1 to the newly constructed Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, across from Rippon Lodge was completed April 25.
- The Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park Parking Lot project is scheduled to be completed with a trail extension scheduled for completion in June.
- The Express Drive Sidewalk project to build a missing section of sidewalk at the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express, or VRE, station is scheduled by the end of this spring.
- The Horner Road Sidewalk project to build a sidewalk from Glen Road to Kilby Elementary School is set to begin this summer with a completion date set for this fall.
- The Opitz Boulevard sidewalk project to build a sidewalk to Potomac Community Library to Potomac Center Boulevard is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020 with construction set in the summer of 2020.
- The Route 1-Featherstone to Mary’s Way project to widen Route 1 to six lanes is under construction with utility and water line relocations ongoing. Construction is scheduled to end in the fall of 2021.
- The Southampton Street Sidewalk project to build a sidewalk and other improvements from Montgomery Avenue to Pine Lane is completed and awaiting the installation of streetlights
- The Potomac-Neabsco Mills Commuter Garage project to build a 1,414-space parking garage is set to go into the design phase this spring with construction to follow and end in the fall of 2023.
- The route 28 Corridor Feasibility Study-Environmental Assessment project is in place to complete a National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, process to determine the feasibility of obtaining permits for the bypass to ease congestion on Route 28. The process is scheduled to run from the winter of 2019 to the spring of 2021 depending on the type of NEPA process.
Virginia Department of Transportation projects:
- The Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project to build express lanes on I-66 from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville is underway with a completion date set for December 2022.
- The Route 1 Widening-Town of Dumfries is under design with discussions ongoing to determine how to fund the project. A construction date is to be determined.
- The I-95 Auxiliary Lane project will extend improve the right entrance and exit lane between Route 123 and the Prince William Parkway to reduce traffic weaving.
- The Blackburn Road at Rippon Boulevard project to improve the intersection is in the right-of-way acquisition phase with construction set to begin this fall.
- The OmniRide Rebranding project coincided with the transitioning of new buses into the fleet as old buses were retired. OmniRide took delivery of 37 new buses and wrapped them with new designs and logos in late 2018.
- The OmniRide NOVA Transit Pass program set up a partnership with the Woodbridge Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College to offer discounted passes for students, faculty and staff with unlimited travel on local and Metro Express buses during the spring semester until May 31.
Virginia Railway Express projects:
- The Quantico Station Improvements project is in the design phase which is scheduled to be completed in this fall. Construction is set to begin in early 2020 with a completion date to be determined.
- The Rippon Station Improvements project is in the preliminary engineering design phase and a NEPA analysis is ongoing with construction set to end in 2022.