Telegraph Road Improvements
|From South Van Dorn Street to South Kings Highway in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
About the Project
This project features the following improvements along the 0.2-mile section of Telegraph Road between South Van Dorn Street (Route 613) to South Kings Highway (Route 633):
- One turn lane from northbound Telegraph Road to South Kings Highway (Route 633)
- Single right-turn lane from southbound Telegraph Road to South Van Dorn Street
- Dual left-turn lanes from South Kings Highway to southbound Telegraph Road
- Dual left-turn lanes from South Van Dorn Street to northbound Telegraph Road
- A raised median
- Two striped, four-foot-wide on-road bike lanes
- A five-foot-wide sidewalk on the east and ten-foot-wide shared-use path on the west
- Replacement of the existing culvert carrying Dogue Creek under the road
- Storm water management facilities
- Provision for future dual left-turn lanes from northbound Telegraph Road to South Van Dorn Street
At the request of the Fairfax County Park Authority, the project will reconstruct the Huntley Meadows Park entrance and parking lot on South Kings Highway to provide safer access. Utilities to be relocated include a water main, sewer lines, gas line, and overhead utility lines. The existing stream crossing at Dogue Creek will also be widened with a new, prefabricated structure.
Drivers can expect periodic daytime lane closures during non-peak hours through the project area.
A few complete overnight closures of Telegraph Road may be needed to set box culverts in late 2013/early 2014. The details of those closures and detours will be announced in advance.
Notice: The Telegraph Road improvement project will be shifting traffic onto the detour road on Monday, Nov. 25 before the afternoon rush hour.
Bikers: Please note, the trail will been intermittently shifted just north of S. Kings Highway. Please slow down and use caution.
Construction Performed in September
Construction continued on the sanitary sewer line along Telegraph Road. The new apron and drainage were installed for the Huntley Meadows parking lot and it will be paved in October. The hiker/biker trail has been shifted to allow for storm drain installation near Huntley Meadows entrance.
Activities Planned for October
Work will continue to relocate the sanitary sewer along the southbound roadway. Two pits will be installed to jack and bore the new waterline under Telegraph Rd. Work will begin on the revised detour plan that will shift the traffic to the east of the project and allow for most of the permanent construction to be completed in a single phase.
While this project will be designed and constructed by VDOT, it is being funded by Fairfax County.
The original widening project, from Leaf Road to South Kings Highway (about 2.2 miles) lost state and federal funding to other priority projects within the county and was officially tabled in May 2010.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors allocated $10 million in local funds for the project to improve this 0.2-mile segment from South Van Dorn Street to South Kings Highway, the portion currently experiencing the most severe congestion.
When the project is complete in 2015, it is expected to improve conditions for drivers using Telegraph to access I-495 via South Van Dorn Street and at the bottleneck just south of the intersection before it splits to Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway.
Detour plan (Nov. 2013)
State Project: 0611-029-891, P101, R201, C501, D604