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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
September 2011

Est Completion Date
Completed Dec. 2015

$95 million

Shirley Contracting

Fairfax and Loudoun

Northern Virginia

Arif Rahman, P.E.

About the Project

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

• Improved traffic signalization
• Improved turn lanes
• Provided a shared-use path on both sides of the road
• Provided crosswalks with curb ramps and pedestrian signals
• Widened and upgraded bridges

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

This project aimed to relieve congestion, provide pedestrian and cyclist accommodations and improve safety along the corridor. The road now is also more level and provides wider buffers between travel lanes and roadside hazards.

The project cost is $94.9 million:

• $10 million for preliminary engineering
• $19 million for right of way acquisition
• $10.5 million for utility relocation
• $55.4 million for construction 

The entire project was completed in December 2015.

Project Milestones

Milestones Reached

  • Third eastbound lane open to traffic throughout entire project - August 2014
  • Third westbound lane open to traffic throughout entire project - December 2014
  • Westbound traffic shift to permanent lanes between Lee Road and Pleasant Valley Road (Fairfax) - July 2015
  • Spur ramp from Route 28 South to Lee Road open and westbound traffic shift between Route 28 and Lee Road - September 2015
  • Complete median construction between the Cub Run bridge and Route 28 - December 2015
  • Final completion - December 2015



Construction updates: Dec. 2014 Sept. 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | Aug 2013
Project presentation (June 2014)
Environmental document (Categorical Exclusion)
Presentation from "pardon our dust" meeting held in June 2012
Public Hearing brochure, presentation, and summary of comments (Feb. 2009)
Public hearing display boards 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

UPC: 68757 State Project: 0050-96A-101, P101, R201, C501 
Federal Project: STP-5401(571)

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