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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
Nov. 15, 2014

$11 million construction

Shirley Contracting Company, LLC


Northern Virginia

Charles M. Harvey, P.E.
Area Construction Engineer
Dustin Doerschlag
Construction Manager

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.

Traffic Impacts

Lane Closures
Lane closures will be performed as needed during non-peak travel times. No complete roadway closures are planned for this update period.

Drivers can expect periodic daytime lane closures during non-peak hours through the project area. Flagger use within the project limits should be anticipated, please stay alert.

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 Updates

March 2014
The roadway detour is now in place and traffic will stay in this configuration through the early summer. Work continues on the waterline on both sides of Telegraph Rd. The surcharge on the south side of Dogue Creek is almost full height and the waiting period has begun.  The surcharge placement on the north side of the creek is also almost to full height and the waiting period has begun.  Prep work for asphalt along South Kings Hwy has been completed and this area will be paved once the weather breaks.The roadway was re-striped to help improve visibility at night and during poor weather conditions.

April 2014
The new waterline service will be tested and tied in. The Huntley Meadows parking lot and East Side of South Kings Hwy will be paved (weather dependent).  Excavation and pile driving for the new culvert footings will start in the middle of the month.

Reminder: The Huntley Meadows parking lot off of South Kings Hwy is an active construction zone and currently is not to be used for parking. We will update this site once that changes.

Project Background

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)

Public hearing brochure and comments (Sept. 2010)

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

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