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In Design

Fairfax County Parkway Widening

Improvements including widening from Route 29 to Route 123 and a new interchange at Popes Head Road

Area Maps

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Phase 1 Construction: Early 2020 at earliest

In Design

$195 million

Lengths and Limits
Rt 29 to Rt 123


Northern Virginia

Sitaram Kodali, P.E.
Location & Design
(Phase 1)

Christopher Barksdale, P.E.
Location & Design
(Phase 2)

Andrew Beacher, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering

Note: "Option C" for the Burke Centre Parkway intersection has been identified.

About the Project

This project aims to reduce congestion and improve safety by widening about five miles of the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) from four to six lanes between Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Route 123 (Ox Road).

The project also includes building an interchange that will consolidate Popes Head Road and the future Shirley Gate Road extension; improving the Route 123 interchange and the Fairfax County Parkway/Burke Centre Parkway intersection; and improving the existing trail in the Fairfax County Parkway right of way and building a new shared-use path to make the trail continuous within the project limits.

The project will be implemented as part of a phased approach based on funding availability:

  • Phase 1: Popes Head Road and Shirley Gate Road interchange
  • Phase 2: Fairfax County Parkway widening

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

Schedule and Cost

First Public Information Meeting - December 2017
Second Public Information Meeting (Series) - September and October 2018
Third Public Information Meeting - January 2019
Design Public Hearing: Mid 2019
Design Approval: Mid 2019
Begin Phase 1 Construction: Early 2020 at the earliest, depending on project delivery method
Begin Phase 2 Construction: To be determined as additional funding becomes available 

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $14 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $32 million
Construction (Phase 1): $55 million
Construction (Phase 2): $94 million
Total: $195 million

These project costs are estimates and subject to change as the project design is further developed.This project is being financed with federal, state and local funds, including Smart Scale and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding.


Burke Centre Parkway Intersection "Option C" - April 2019

Third Public Information Meeting - January 2019 (Ad)

Meeting Materials and Displays

Preliminary Noise Analysis - October 2018

Report, Figures, Appendices A - B and Appendices C - K

Second Public Information Meeting (Series) - September and October 2018 (Ad)

Sept. 25 Meeting Materials | Sept. 27 Meeting Materials | Oct. 3 Meeting Materials

Displays: Noise | Project Corridor | Popes Head Interchange Options 1, 1A and 2 | Popes Head Interchange Options 2A and 2D, and Route 123 Interchange

First Public Information Meeting - December 2017 (Ad)

Meeting Materials and Displays

Fairfax County Department of Transportation Concept Plans - June 2013

Fairfax County Parkway & Franconia-Springfield Parkway Corridor Study

Project Numbers
State: 0286-029-259, P101   
UPC: 107937   
Federal: STP-5A01 (775)

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