VDOT News - Northern Virginia



Jennifer McCord 571-230-2926
Kathleen Leonard 703-638-9115

Dec. 8, 2016

CTB Awards Contract for Jones Branch Connector in Tysons
Construction to begin early 2017

FAIRFAX—The Commonwealth Transportation Board yesterday awarded a contract to build a new link over the Capital Beltway for the Tysons East and Central areas, to improve access for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to destinations such as the I-495 Express Lanes and McLean Metro Station.

The $39.7 million contract was awarded to Archer Western Construction LLC, of Atlanta, Ga., to build the new road from the Express Lanes/Jones Branch Drive interchange to Scotts Crossing Road, a little more than a half a mile.

By providing an alternate route across the Beltway, the Connector will relieve traffic along Route 123, at the Route 123/I-495 interchange, and at other congested intersections in the Tysons shopping and business areas. The road is expected to carry more than 21,000 vehicles per day by 2020, and create a vital option for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Tysons area.

The project’s features and improvements include:

  • Two travel lanes and on-street bike lanes in each direction
  • Three bridges over the I-495 Express and general purpose lanes
  • 8- to 12-foot wide lighted sidewalks, landscaping and other streetscape amenities
  • A wide, raised median to accommodate future expansion of bus or other transit

The total project cost, including engineering, right of way and construction is about $57.8 million.

Work will begin early next year, with one lane of traffic in each direction planned to open in November 2018. The entire project is expected to be complete by late 2019.

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).

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