Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Oct. 14, 2010
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON ROUTE 28 AT WELLINGTON ROAD
Stimulus monies advance project to eliminate at-grade railroad crossing
MANASSAS—Construction has begun on an overpass at Route 28 (Nokesville Road) and Wellington Road in the City of Manassas, designed to eliminate the at-grade railroad crossing which creates a danger for motorists and pedestrians, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The four-lane overpass will carry Nokesville Road/Center Street (Route 28) over Wellington Road and the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks. The bridge will span from Technology Drive to Cockrell Road, eliminating the need for vehicles to stop for trains which creates a bottleneck into Manassas. On a typical weekday, 20 trains ride the rails while about 23,500 vehicles, including 22 school buses, cross the tracks.
Separating the roadway from the railroad tracks will allow more trains to move through the area each day and for those trains to travel at higher speeds. The allowable number of tracks will increase from one to three, improving Virginia Railway Express service and cargo access to Northern Virginia.
The bridge is being constructed on a new alignment so that motorists will experience minimal disruptions during construction. Construction will be complete in November 2012.
“This safety project has long been a high priority for the City of Manassas,” said Bill Cuttler, VDOT Assistant Engineer for Preliminary Engineering. “Thanks to nearly $20 million in federal stimulus dollars, we were able to advance this project by five years.
The total project cost is about $44 million, including $4.9 million for design, $17.5 million for land acquisition and utility relocation, and $21.4 million for construction. Federal, state and local funds paid for design, land and utilities, while $18.3 million of the construction is stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The joint venture of Flippo-Anderson Construction is the contractor for the project.
Improvements are also underway to widen Wellington Road to four lanes from Route 28 to Godwin Drive. The cost of that project is $9.6 million, including $561,216 for design, $2.1 million for right of way acquisition and $6.8 million for construction. Stimulus dollars contributed $2.4 million to the project. The City of Manassas is overseeing construction which will be completed in spring 2012.
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