Mike Salmon 703-383-2850
Oct. 14, 2008
VDOT Begins Widening Final Section of Centreville Road
The project includes a 10-foot-wide bicycle and walking trail on the east side, a five-foot wide concrete sidewalk on the west side, as well as drainage improvements. The road is expected to be open to traffic in December 2009, though there will still be landscaping and sidewalk work underway until the fixed completion date of April 30, 2010.
In October 2007, VDOT completed the 1.6-mile widening of Centreville Road between Metrotech Drive and McLearen Road that now provides a four-lane thoroughfare from Route 50 up to Frying Pan Road.
Although this is a short stretch of road, there is much local history surrounding the area, which is dominated by Frying Pan Park. In the mid 1800s, this area was the Town of Floris, highlighted by the now-defunct Bowman’s Store which acted as a town center. The store was next to the Frying Pan Spring Meeting House, a church attended by people of all races, which was rare at the time. The meeting house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To preserve that heritage, VDOT is shifting the road away from the historic meeting house and enhancing some of the historical features including a vintage “board fence” similar to the one that stood on the south side of the church in 1910.
Martin & Gass, Inc. of Alexandria is the contractor for the project.
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