Millions in transportation projects are coming to Prince William County, as a part of the Smart Scale initiative.
According to the Smart Scale website, the project is about “investing limited tax dollars in the right projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia,” and is being done as a partnership between the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
On the southbound I-95 ramp at State Route 784, a signal will be added, according to Jennifer McCord, the Communications Manager for Northern Virginia for VDOT.
“This project will make improvements to the ramp from southbound I-95 to Dale Boulevard, which include relocating the end of the ramp and adding a separate two-phased signal for traffic exiting southbound I-95 to safely merge onto Dale Boulevard. It also includes adding a sidewalk and pedestrian signal,” stated McCord.
A construction timeline is set to be finalized in late 2016, and the project will cost around $1.8 million, with $1.14 million in funding coming from the Smart Scale project, according to McCord.
According to McCord, another upcoming project includes widening Route 1 to six lanes, between Featherstone Road and Mary’s Way.
“It’s currently in the design phase with construction planned for 2019 to 2021,” stated McCord.
The cost estimate for the Route 1 widening is around $96 million, with $11.7 million from the Smart Scale Project and additional funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), according to McCord.
Another upcoming project is the widening of northbound Sudley Road, beween Dorsey Circle and Godwin Drive, stated McCord. The $7.4 million project is being fully funded by Smart Scale, and completed by the City of Manassas Park, stated McCord.
“The project is in early stages; the city is in the process of selecting a consultant for design,” stated McCord.
The final upcoming project connected to Smart Scale is the rehabilitation of the bridge on Old Centreville Road over Bull Run, according to McCord.
“This $3.24 million project would replace the superstructure with a continuous structure, and make repairs at piers and abutments. This work would be administered by VDOT,” stated McCord.