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Route 50 STARS Safety and Operational Improvements Study - Chantilly

Route 28 to Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Phase 1: September 2017
Phase 2: February 2021

Est Completion Date
Phase 1: March 2021
Phase 2: Winter 2021/22

Phase
Study

Cost
$450,000 (Study)

Lengths and Limits
Rt 28 to Stringfellow Rd (2 mi)

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Regina Moore
Planning
703-259-1999
Andrew Beacher, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering
703-259-2239

About the Study

This STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) study assessed potential safety and operational improvements for nearly two miles of Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Highway) between Route 28 (Sully Road) and Stringfellow Road (Route 645), and is further assessing potential innovative intersection improvements at Lees Corner Road and Stringfellow Road.

There are significant backups and congestion during morning and evening peak periods. Route 50 averages 71,000 vehicles a day within the study limits based on 2019 data.

Potential Corridorwide Improvements Assessed

Phase 1

The first phase of the study assessed potential safety and operational improvements for the nearly two-mile segment of Route 50. The final report was issued in March 2021.

Short-term improvement options recommended in the first phase include: 

  • Adding reflective traffic signal backplates
  • Upgrading pedestrian ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Replacing and adding pavement and crosswalk markings 
  • Providing additional signage
  • Continuing the traffic signal timing optimization program
  • Adding pedestrian signals in the median (two-stage crossing)
  • Converting bus stops to bus shelters
  • Adding a Galesbury Lane and Lees Corner Road sidewalk connection

Mid-term improvement options recommended in the first phase include:

  • Reconfiguring and modifying intersections
  • Access management strategies for properties along the corridor

Assessing Potential Innovative Intersection Improvements

Phase 2

Based on public feedback from the first phase, the second phase is further assessing potential innovative intersection improvements, including partial median u-turns, at Lees Corner Road and Stringfellow Road. The second phase is also assessing potential safety improvements for side street intersections along the Route 50 service road. A virtual public information meeting was held in September, with a second virtual public information meeting scheduled this winter.

This study does not set construction dates for any improvements, but develops proposed improvements that localities can pursue for funding.

Schedule
Phase 1

Begin - September 2017
Public Information Meeting - January 2020
Phase 1 Final Report - March 2021

Phase 2
Begin - February 2021
First Virtual Public Information Meeting - September 2021
Second Virtual Public Information Meeting - Winter 2021/22
Completion - Winter 2021/22

Study Cost
Phase 1 - $317,000
Phase 2 - $133,000
Total - $450,000

Resources

Phase 2 First Virtual Public Information Meeting VideoEnglish Presentation, Korean Presentation, Spanish Presentation, Comment SheetNews ReleaseAd and Meeting Details - September 2021

Phase 1 Final Report - March 2021

Phase 1 Public Information Meeting MaterialsDisplays and Ad - January 2020

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