Officials are take steps to address traffic and prepare for future growth.
The second phase of the Route 28 widening project is finished. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently.
As part of the project, the highway was expanded to four lanes from Vint Hill Road to Fitzwater Drive.
Crew members also installed bridges across Kettle Run, a multi-use trail and a sidewalk, according to a release from Prince William County.
“I have noticed that [people] are already using this trail to exercise and just enjoy the outdoors … Once this Route 28 project is all done, I think there’s going to be just great improvement in the quality of life for our residents, and certainly for our commuters,” Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson said in a release.
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) provided funding for the work.
Projects along Route 28 will help commuters save time, according to NVTA Chairman and Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe.
“This will alleviate traffic for residents of Prince William County, as well as residents of Manassas and Manassas Park,” Nohe said in a release. “It will increase capacity of some crucial arteries throughout the area by making it easier to use some of the other improvements that we’ve made.”
The population, Chairman Corey Stewart explained, is expected to continue growing.
He added that Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park will have about 575,000 residents in a few years.
“That growth means that we need to continue … to focus on building that road infrastructure to make sure that our citizens are served not just now, but in the future,” Stewart said in a release.
An estimated $226,000 contract has been awarded to Pavilion Bristow LLC to add a traffic signal and make additional updates on Route 28 and Hornbaker Road. The Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) approved the agreement.
Pavilion Bristow LLC is installing the signal for the third phase of the Route 28 widening project.
The four Route 28 lanes will also be expanded to six from Linton Hall Road to Pennsylvania Avenue during the third phase.