Those living off Minnieville Road and Spriggs Road can breathe a sigh of relief.
Work on the Minnieville Road widening project has been completed.
“It’s all done,” Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chairman Corey Stewart said to a round of applause on Thursday morning.
County staff members and residents celebrated the accomplishment at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the parking lot of Howison Park in Woodbridge.
Through the $30 million project, Minnieville Road was expanded from two lanes to four. A raised median was added from Spriggs Road to Route 234, as well.
“It’s a major connector for Prince William County residents, a major alternative for a lot of people when things are really, really jammed up bad on 95,” Stewart said.
The project, which is part of the 2006 Road Bond Referendum, began two years ago.
According to Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, it mirrors the county’s goal to offer multiple modes of transportation to citizens.
“It serves the commuters, the neighborhood residents, the bicyclists, the pedestrians alike, and the commuters and others will now easily be able to travel between Dumfries Road and Old Bridge Road,” Caddigan said.
In addition to enhancing mobility, the Minnieville Road widening project addresses environmental issues.
During the 1970s, motorists were unable to travel on Minnieville Road when the county received a significant amount of rain, according to Supervisor Marty Nohe. Instead, they were forced to travel on Spriggs Road, which also hadn’t been developed.
Throughout the years, officials made improvements, but they served as temporary solutions.
“What Prince William County transportation has succeeded in doing with this project is not really just widen this road but actually building [a] new, 21st century state-of-the-art road that addresses these environmental concerns in the space where a 19th century country road once sat,” Nohe said.
The county supervisors recognized many of those involved with the widening project.
Nohe also extended his thanks to individuals who were impacted by it every day.
“What I can promise is that two years of patience on this project is going to lead to generations of a higher quality of life for the people who choose to make this Independent Hill area their home, and for that I think this something of which we really all can be prince william proud,” Nohe said.
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