Driving on Route 28 is no picnic.
Over the years, traffic congestion on the corridor has steadily worsened — to the point that many commuters choose to avoid it.
“This area is the single greatest source of congestion in all of Northern Virginia — the most congested corridor in all of Northern Virginia,” Supervisor Marty Nohe said at an Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday.
Officials are hopeful that a few improvements will help.
Construction on Route 28 was among several transportation projects Nohe described at the meeting, which the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted at its headquarters in Manassas.
Nohe serves as chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), which is providing funding for many of the projects through its Six Year Program (SYP).
Officials are eyeing two solutions that could help relieve Route 28 congestion: Going through Yorkshire from Godwyn Road, or crossing Old Centerville Road in Fairfax County and reconnecting to the corridor.
NVTA has approved $89 million for the chosen alternative.
The project is expected to cost $228 million. Work may begin as early as 2021 and could be completed by 2025.
“This is going to be a really big deal for our county, but it’s going to take a little bit of patience,” Nohe said.
The construction of an “innovative interchange” at Route 234 and Brentsville Road was discussed, as well.
As part of project, Old Business Route 234 will be connected to Brentsville Road.
“It will eliminate a lot of the movements, creating much more free-flowing traffic through this heavily congested intersection,” Nohe said.
NVTA has approved nearly $55 million for the project, which is expected to begin in fiscal 2019.
Here are additional projects Nohe provided details on at the meeting:
The transportation authority has also awarded nearly $45 million to the Town of Dumfries for the widening of Route 1.
The list of Northern Virginia transportation projects included in the SYP is available online.
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