Transportation Approval Chain Moved Forward Four Road Projects In Fairfax County

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority has moved forward on four projects in the county that are designed to help traffic congestion. The four projects are the Richmond Highway Widening from Mount Vernon Memorial Highway/Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane in the Alexandria section of the county; the Rolling Road Widening project from Hunter Village Drive to Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield; Fairfax County Parkway Widening from Lee Highway (Route 29) to Nomes Court; the Soapstone Drive Extension from Sunset Hills Road to Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

The intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway and Popes Head Road is a focal point of one of the four projects

According to, “The Soapstone Drive Extension is a Fairfax County DOT project, and the other three are state projects and are listed currently on the Virginia Department of Transportation webpage under “In Design.” According to the NVTA, these projects were picked because they compared the congestion reduction relative to the cost of the project, and these four projects are aimed at reducing congestion which is a quantitative factor referred to as Congestion Reduction Relative to Cost (CRRC) impact of the respective projects, looking out to a 2040 horizon, NVTA said. With the backing from the NVTA, the funding will be in place to the completion of the project, said NVTA’S Monica Backmon.”

As per, “That doesn’t mean bulldozers will roll out any sooner than originally planned, but funding will be in place and that “definitely helps to get to the ultimate goal which is completion,” Backmon said. The NVTA regularly partners with the two-state agencies that are heavily involved in surface transportation in Northern Virginia – VDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). Both VDOT and DRPT have their own funding sources for transportation projects and sometimes jointly fund transportation projects with the NVTA, their information stated.”

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