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Telegraph Road Improvements

From South Van Dorn Street to South Kings Highway in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 28, 2013

Est Completion Date
Completed Nov. 15, 2014

$19.2 million

Shirley Contracting Company, LLC


Northern Virginia

Charles "Mel" Harvey, P.E.
Area Construction Engineer

Note: This project was completed on Nov. 15, 2014.

About the Project

This project featured 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 reconstructed the Huntley Meadows Park entrance and parking lot on South Kings Highway to provide safer access. Utilities relocated included a water main, sewer lines, gas line, and overhead utility lines. The stream crossing at Dogue Creek was widened with a new, prefabricated structure.

Project Background

While this project was designed and constructed by VDOT, it was 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 that had been experiencing the most severe congestion. 

The project improved conditions for drivers using Telegraph to access I-495 via South Van Dorn Street and just south of the intersection before it splits to Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway.


Detour plan (Nov. 2013)
Public hearing brochure and comments (Sept. 2010)

UPC: 96509
State Project: 0611-029-891, P101, R201, C501, D604

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