Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway
|A new interchange in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
About the Project
The new $69.5 million interchange was partially funded through stimulus. The project widened Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from south of I-66 to north of Rugby Road (more than three miles). Signals were eliminated and entrance and exit ramps were constructed to and from the Fairfax County Parkway, Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive. Shared-use paths and sidewalks enhance pedestrian access at the interchange and to the Rocky Run Stream Valley Park trail system.
Improved traffic flow on all three of these roads is saving daily commuters time on their trips to work, school and shopping. In addition to the new interchange, drivers are enjoying the following benefits:
- No signals on Fairfax County Parkway from Popes Head Road to Route 50.
- Significantly improved traffic flow on Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive by separating local and Parkway traffic.
- Improved traffic flow at I-66, Route 50 and Rugby Road with the additional lanes of Fairfax County Parkway.
The interchange had been planned since the 1980s when the Parkway was first built—much of the needed right-of-way was set aside at that time.
Fair Lakes Community
A number of features were incorporated in the project’s design to preserve and aesthetically enhance the identity of Fair Lakes:
- Retaining walls to reduce right-of-way impacts and preserve existing trees
- Retaining walls and sound barriers with an ashlar stone finish
- Ornamental lighting along pedestrian facilities
The Fair Lakes League has plans for additional landscaping, irrigation systems, new community signage and will supplement future maintenance of the project’s grass and landscaped areas. Their continued efforts will ensure a sense of place remains after the project's completion.
VDOT Breaks Ground on Interchange at Fairfax County Parkway and Fair Lakes (Oct. 22, 2010)