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Route 50 Widening

From Route 28 in Fairfax to Poland Road in Loudoun

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
October 2011

Est Completion Date
November 2015

$94.9 million

Shirley Contracting

Fairfax and Loudoun

Northern Virginia

Larry Tomlinson, P.E., L.S.
Design Build Manager
Bill Atkins
Construction Manager
Shirlene Cleveland, P.E.
Program Manager for Design Build Projects

A third lane opened to eastbound traffic through the entire project on August 28, 2014. Read the release

About the Project

Route 50 is being reconstructed and widened from four to six lanes between Poland Road and Route 28 (about 3.7 miles). In addition, VDOT is also:

• Improving traffic signalization
• Improving turn lanes
• Providing a shared-use path on both sides of the road
• Providing crosswalks with curb ramps and pedestrian signals
• Widening and upgrading bridges

Route 50 narrows from six lanes to four just west of Route 28. Increased development and congestion in Loudoun County in recent years now leads to backups during much of the day on the existing four-lane segment, especially during morning and evening rush hours. 

This project aims to relieve current and anticipated congestion, to provide pedestrian and cyclist accommodations, and to improve safety along the corridor. The road will also be more level and provide wider buffers between travel lanes and roadside hazards.

The current project cost is estimated at about $94.9 million:

• $10.0 million for preliminary engineering
• $19.0 million for right of way acquisition
• $10.5 million for utility relocation
• $55.4 million for construction 

The entire project is scheduled for completion in November 2015.

Traffic Impacts

Regular closures: Drivers can expect periodic traffic shifts, daytime lane closures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in each direction, and some occasional overnight lane closures.


Presentation for Route 50 Widening project (June 2014)

Construction update (May 2014)

Construction update (April 2014)

Watch a brief video on the widening at

Environmental document (Categorical Exclusion)
Presentation from "pardon our dust" meeting held in June 2012
Brochure, presentation, and summary of comments from the public hearing held in February 2009
Public hearing display boards 
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UPC: 68757 State Project: 0050-96A-101, P101, R201, C501 
Federal Project: STP-5401(571)

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Page last modified: Sept. 12, 2014