Map of construction project districts


Evaluating Significant Transportation Projects

Evaluating projects that can ease congestion in Northern Virginia

Project Photos

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Sept. 2013

Est Completion Date

Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax (City), Falls Church, Leesburg, Loudoun, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William

Northern Virginia

Norman Whitaker, AICP

About the Study

Recent legislation (Code of Virginia, Section 33.2-257, formerly 33.1-13.03:1) directed VDOT to work with the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) to evaluate and rate at least 25 significant transportation projects in and near the Northern Virginia Transportation District (NOVA District).  

Each project’s evaluation and rating is based on the project’s expected impact on reducing congestion, and to the extent possible, the project’s expected improvement in regional mobility during a homeland security emergency. The significant transportation projects evaluated include highway, mass transit and technology projects.

VDOT will publicize the quantitative congestion ratings determined for each project on its website and complete the evaluation at least once every four years.
VDOT initiated the first study under this law on September 10, 2013, with the awarding of a contract to a group of consultants led by AECOM Technical Services, Inc. The first set of project ratings were published in January 2015.

Key Project Milestones

September 2013 - Initiate study and coordination with NVTA
October 2013 - Commonwealth Transportation Board sets priorities for study
January/February 2014 - Solicit project nominations
March 2014 - Selection of projects evaluated 
July 2014 - Results of Basic Ratings
December 2014 - Results of Detailed Ratings
January 2015 - Publish project ratings
April 2016 - Publish ratings for NVTA FY17 Program

General Information

Fact Sheet #3 (Winter 2015), Fact Sheet #2 (Spring 2014) and Fact Sheet #1 (Fall 2013)
Study Display Boards (Fall 2013)
CTB Resolution: Adoption of Priorities for Evaluation and Rating (Oct. 2013)
Code of Virginia, Section 33.2-257 

Project Ratings for FY17

Map of projects (Spring 2016)
Description of projects (Spring 2016)
Project Ratings - 2020 and 2040 (Spring 2016)
NVTA presentation on FY17 ratings (Spring 2016)

Detailed Project Ratings for FY15-16

Map of projects
Description of projects
Detailed Project Ratings - 2020 and 2040
NVTA presentation on detailed ratings
Technical Report

Interim Report

Maps and Notes


Projects Nominated for 2014 Study

Map of Projects Nominated for Evaluation and Rating (April 2014)
Project Description and Selection Scores Summary (April 2014)
Project Selection Scores (April 2014)
Project Nomination Form (Jan. 2014, Nominations closed)

Technical Information

Project Evaluation Framework (Jan. 2014)
Project Selection Scoring and Weights Adopted by NVTA (Dec. 2013)
Project Selection Framework (Dec. 2013)

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