Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


July 15, 2011

Community meeting to be held July 27

Rendering of 29/Gallows improvements

Rendering of improvements at Route 29 and Gallows Road in Merrifield.

FAIRFAX―After three years of major utility relocation and right of way acquisition, the Virginia Department of Transportation begins construction on the $110 million project to improve the congested Route 29 and Gallows Road intersection in Merrifield. The project will be complete by late November 2012, and is located at the heart of ongoing redevelopment in this area to improve multi-modal options around and to the nearby Dunn Loring Metro Station.

Improvements to the intersection will increase safety, reduce congestion and enhance bicycle and pedestrian access, and include:

  • Widening Route 29 from two to three through lanes in each direction between Merrilee Drive and I-495 (about 0.6 miles)
  • Widening Gallows Road from two to three through lanes in each direction between Gatehouse Road and Prosperity Avenue (about 0.8 miles)
  • On Route 29, a six-foot sidewalk on the westbound side and 5-foot sidewalk on the eastbound side
  • On Gallows Road, a 10-foot asphalt shared-use path on the west side, and six-foot sidewalk on the east side
  • Dual left-turn lanes on Route 29 at Gallows Road
  • Landscaped medians on both approaches

The $23 million contract to construct the improvements follows a massive, three-year utility relocation and right of way effort, including $76 million in 70 right of way parcels, extensive utility work to move seven underground fuel tanks and a separate $8 million project to relocate and upgrade water mains. With $10.6 million in preliminary engineering, the entire project cost is about $110 million.

Traffic Impacts
Crews will work to minimize traffic disruptions while the intersection is under construction, and access to businesses will be maintained during the project. As early as next week, motorists can expect to see traffic periodically reduced to one lane through the area during off-peak evening hours.

One section of Gallows Road just north of the intersection, between Providence Forest Drive and Park Tower Drive/Prosperity Avenue, will be reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately four months. VDOT will announce this scheduled closure in advance.

Community Meeting
A “pardon our dust” meeting for the local community will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road in Falls Church. A brief presentation will begin at 7:30, followed by a question-and-answer period.

At the intersection, Route 29 carries about 35,000 vehicles per day, with about 38,000 per day on Gallows Road. By 2035, up to 57,000 vehicles per day are expected on Route 29 and 46,000 on Gallows Road.

A&W Contracting Corporation is the contractor for the project. More information, including updates on construction and traffic impacts, will be posted to VDOT’s website throughout the project here.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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