In Design: Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements in Fairfax County

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Note: A design public hearing was held March 26. 

Meeting Materials: English, Korean and Spanish

Displays: Welcome, Agenda, Typical Section, Potential Pedestrian Underpass and Calendar Schedule | Sacramento and Cooper Intersection | Highland and Frye Intersections | South County Government Center | Buckman Road and Mount Vernon Highway | NEPA - Potential Impacts and Purpose and Need, Environmental Study Area 1 and Environmental Study Area 2 | Stormwater Management Strategy Typical | Traffic - Existing Traffic Volumes, Future Traffic Volumes and 2045 Intersection Level of Service and Travel Times

Explore the project's interactive map.

Richmond Highway Interactive Map

This project will occur along three miles of Richmond Highway (Route 1) from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane (Route 626). This project will:

• Widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes
• Add separate bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road
• Reserve median width to accommodate Fairfax County's future dedicated bus-only lanes

All pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be ADA-compliant, turn lanes will be extended wherever possible to improve safety and capacity, and signals throughout the corridor will also be optimized.

In 2015, the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, sponsored by VDOT, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, as well as Fairfax and Prince William counties, identified improvements needed to best meet the needs of both the community and corridor travelers. Key recommendations included a Bus Rapid Transit system constructed in three phases; long-term, a three-mile extension of the Metro Yellow Line to Hybla Valley, and short-term, widening Route 1 with bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 

For more information visit Fairfax County's site on the county's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and the Embark Richmond Highway initiative. While BRT will not be constructed as part of this project, VDOT and Fairfax County are closely coordinating as both projects move forward. 

Design, field survey activities, environmental field work and studies are occurring, along with traffic data collection and analysis.

The project team continues public outreach and meetings as design progresses. To schedule a local visit to your community, use the contacts on this page.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $16 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $163.5 million 
Construction: $192.5 million 
Total: $372 million

Preliminary engineering and right of way have been fully funded by federal, state and county sources, as well as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. 

Richmond Highway averages up to 52,000 vehicles a day within the project limits.


The project aims to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help increase the community’s multimodal options.

Major Milestones 

First Public Information Meetings - April 2017
Second Public Information Meeting - November 2017
Third Public Information Meeting - April 2018
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Hearing and
Fourth Public Information Meeting - October 2018
Design Public Hearing - March 2019
Begin Right of Way Acquisition - Winter 2019/20 
Begin Construction - Summer 2023


Other relevant links:

Harmony Place Presentation - February 2020

English and Spanish

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Presentation - February 2019

Noise Analysis - March 2018

Air Quality Analysis - December 2017

Hazardous Materials Assessment - December 2017

Indirect and Cumulative Effects Technical Report - December 2017

Socioeconomics and Land Use Technical Report - December 2017

Natural Resources Technical Report - April 2017

VDOT Right of Way Guide: English and Spanish

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Phase: In Design

UPC: 107187

State ID: 0001-029-205, P101, R201, C501, B617, B618, D603

Federal ID: STP-5A01 (686)

Lat/Long: 38.728437, -77.109253

Locality: Fairfax

Page last modified: Feb. 28, 2020