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Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements

Widening Route 1 and multimodal improvements from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction: Spring 2023

Phase
Preliminary Engineering

Cost
$215 million

Lengths and Limits
Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
William Dunn, P.E.
Project Manager
703-259-2950
Anissa Brown, P.E.
Environmental
703-259-3358
Amanda Baxter
Program Lead
703-259-1996

Note: A public information meeting was held November 6.

About the Project

This project will improve almost three miles of roadway from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road in Fairfax County.  

The project will:

• Widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes
• Provide separate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on both sides of the roadway
• Preserve the median width necessary to accommodate future planned Bus Rapid Transit for dedicated bus-only lanes

The BRT will not be constructed as part of this project, but is being administered by Fairfax County as part of the Embark Richmond Highway initiative. VDOT and Fairfax County will continue to coordinate as both projects move forward. 

Learn more about alternative intersections in the video below:

Preliminary Intersection Designs

Several intersection design concepts are being considered for Richmond Highway that aim to make travel easier for all users, whether you're crossing the street as a pedestrian, cyclist, driver, or transit user.

The preliminary design concepts being considered are:

Traditional Intersection

  • All turns (left, thru and right) are made at one intersection
  • The intersection must accommodate up to four signal phases, reducing intersection capacity

Superstreet Concept

  • Instead of turning left at the main intersection, drivers turn right and then make a U-turn; left-turn and thru movements from side streets are restricted
  • Signal operations are reduced to two phases, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians

Jughandle Intersection

  • Instead of turning left at the main intersection, drivers proceed straight through the intersection and then loop around to travel in either direction
  • Signal operations are reduced to two phases, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians

Background

In 2015, the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis study was completed. This study, sponsored by VDOT, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) and Fairfax and Prince William counties, was initiated to identify multimodal improvements that best met the needs of the community as well as travelers throughout the corridor. Key recommendations include implementation of a BRT system to be constructed in three phases. Long-term improvements include a three-mile extension of the Metro Yellow Line to Hybla Valley; short-term improvements include widening the road from four to six lanes and adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.  

In response to the study, Fairfax County requested VDOT initiate the Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements Project.

Current Status

This project is early in the preliminary design phase.  Field survey activities, preliminary environmental field work and studies are underway, along with preliminary traffic data collection and analysis. A public information meeting was held April 18, materials presented include:

Schedule & Cost

Schedule
First Public Information Meeting - April 2017
Second Public Information Meeting - Nov. 6, 2017
Second Public Information Meeting Comment Period End - Dec. 6, 2017
Third Public Information Meeting - Spring 2018
Design Public Hearing -  Spring 2018
Approve Design - Summer 2018
Begin Right of Way Acquisition -  Spring 2019 
Begin Utility Relocation - Summer 2020
Begin Construction - Spring 2023

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering: $12.5 million
Right of way & utility relocation: $142.3 million 
Construction: $60 million 
Total: $215 million

*This project is currently funded through preliminary engineering and includes Regional Surface Transportation Program, Revenue Sharing and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funds. 

Resources

Project Numbers
State: 0001-029-205, P101, R201, C501
UPC: 107187

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