In Design: Fairfax County Parkway Widening and Popes Head Road Interchange

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Note: design public hearing will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m. 

Meeting Materials

The Environmental Assessment is now available.

Popes Head Road Interchange

Plans to replace the traffic signal at Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) and Popes Head Road (Route 654) with an interchange, including access to the future Shirley Gate Road extension and Patriot Park, are being further developed and refined.

The preferred design option for the Popes Head Road interchange is Triple Roundabouts that will allow traffic to flow freely via two new bridges over Fairfax County Parkway.

Fairfax County Parkway Widening

Plans to widen about five miles of Fairfax County Parkway from four lanes to six between Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Route 123 (Ox Road) are being further developed and refined.

The widening will also include:

Within the project limits, Fairfax County Parkway averages up to 85,000 vehicles a day and Popes Head Road averages up to 4,000.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $14 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $19.5 million
Construction of Popes Head Road Interchange: $73.3 million
Construction of Fairfax County Parkway Widening: $183 million
Total: $290 million

These project costs are estimates and subject to change as the project design is further developed. The Popes Head Road interchange is fully funded and the Fairfax County Parkway widening is partially funded, with additional funding sources being evaluated as they become available. This project is financed with federal, state and local funds, including Smart Scale and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding.

Benefits 

These projects aim to reduce congestion and improve safety and accessbility for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Major Milestones 

First Public Information Meeting - December 2017
Second Public Information Meeting (Series) - September and October 2018
Third Public Information Meeting - January 2019
Fourth Public Information Meeting - November 2019
Design Public Hearing - Dec. 12, 2019
Design Public Hearing Comment Deadline - Dec. 23, 2019
Begin Popes Head Road Interchange Right of Way Acquisition - Late 2020
Begin Fairfax County Parkway Widening Right of Way Acquisition (Route 29 to Nomes Court) - Late 2021
Begin Fairfax County Parkway Widening Right of Way Acquisition (Nomes Court to Route 123) - To be determined as additional funding becomes available
Begin Popes Head Road Interchange Construction - As early as Late 2022
Begin Fairfax County Parkway Widening Construction (Route 29 to Nomes Court) - As early as 2023 
Begin Fairfax County Parkway Widening Construction (Nomes Court to Route 123) - To be determined as additional funding becomes available

Resources

Contact Info:

Sitaram Kodali, P.E.
Location & Design
(Popes Head Interchange)

Christopher Barksdale, P.E.
Location & Design
(Fairfax County Parkway Widening)

Andrew Beacher, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering

Phase: In Design

UPC: 107937, 111725

State ID: 0286-029-259, P101, B619, B621, B622, B624, B627, B632, B620, B623, B625, B628, B629, B630, B631, D604, D605; 0286-029-365, B619, B620

Federal ID: STP-5A01 (775)

Lat/Long: 38.820174, -77.349058

Locality: Fairfax

Page last modified: Dec. 12, 2019