Recently Completed: Jones Branch Connector in Fairfax County
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Please note: The project was named 2021 Project of the Year by the American Society of Highway Engineers, read more in the news release.
This project, in cooperation with Fairfax County, provides an important new link to Route 123 over I-495 (Capital Beltway) for commuters and visitors to Tysons. The link aims to improve local traffic and access for drivers, as well as provide a vital option for area transit, bicyclists and pedestrians to reach destinations such as the 495 Express Lanes and McLean Metro Station.
The half-mile project included a new bridge over the I-495 Inner Loop and the northbound 495 Express Lanes, and new roadway from the bridge to the former western terminus of Scotts Crossing Road. The bridge over the I-495 Outer Loop that existed prior to construction was lengthened to accommodate a future road underneath and widened. The existing bridge over the southbound 495 Express Lanes was also widened. Improvements were also made along the access road from Jones Branch Drive to the Express Lanes, as well as along the existing portion of Scotts Crossing Road.
Project features included:
- Two travel lanes and on-street bike lanes in each direction
- 8- to 12-foot-wide lighted sidewalks, landscaping and other streetscape amenities
- A wide, raised median to accommodate future transit
- A clear sound wall along westbound Scotts Crossing Road from Spring Gate Drive to the I-495 Inner Loop
The road, now called Scotts Crossing Road in its entirety between Jones Branch Drive and Route 123, is expected to carry more than 21,000 vehicles a day in 2020 and more than 32,000 by 2040.
Preliminary Engineering: $6.1 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $2.9 million
Construction: $51.3 million
Total: $60.2 million
The project was completed through a combination of federal, state and Fairfax County funds. Fairfax County led design and development, while VDOT administered construction.
By providing an alternate route across the Beltway and linking the Tysons East and Central areas, the project aims to relieve traffic along Route 123, at the I-495 interchange, and at other congested intersections.
Groundbreaking Ceremony - January 2017
Begin Construction - February 2017
"Pardon Our Dust" Meeting - May 2017
One Travel Lane in Each Direction Open to Traffic - December 2018
Two Travel Lanes in Each Direction Open to Traffic - December 2019
Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Open - February 2020
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony - March 2020
Final Completion - August 2020
Dinesh Singh, P.E., CCM
Chan Basnayake, P.E., PMP, CCM
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Phase: Recently Completed
State ID: 8102-029-065, P101, R201, C501, B627, B628, B629, D610
Federal ID: STP-5A01 (483), STP-5A01 (696), STP-5A01 (717)
Lat/Long: 38.928851, -77.213953