Mike Salmon 703-383-2850

May 4, 2009

Removing traffic signal will smooth traffic flow

CHANTILLY —Beginning May 6, Route 28 motorists will no longer sit in stop-and-go traffic at Nokes Boulevard in Loudoun County with the opening of a new bridge over Route 28 and the elimination of the traffic signal. The entire $58 million interchange will be completed by mid-June, weather permitting, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In addition to the new interchange, a $3 million project is nearing completion to extend two lanes of Pacific Boulevard for nearly a half-mile, connecting Severn Way with Nokes Boulevard just west of the bridge. The traffic signal at Severn Way and Route 28 will be removed, and movements will be re-routed through the new interchange.
The Route 28 intersection at the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) parking lot and Steeplechase Drive will be modified to a right-in, right-out signalized access later this summer and will remain in place until the Atlantic Boulevard extension opens to traffic in 2010.
More improvements coming soon to Route 28 include:
    - The new Willard Road bridge over Route 28 in Fairfax County will open to traffic in late June, eliminating the need for a traffic signal on Route 28. 
    - Construction will begin in spring 2010 to extend Atlantic Boulevard from Church Road to Magnolia Road over the W&OD trail.

Nokes Boulevard is the eighth of 10 interchanges that have been built or are underway as part of the Route 28 public-private partnership in Loudoun and Fairfax counties. The interchanges have been designed and constructed under a 2002 agreement VDOT signed with The Clark Construction Group Inc., Shirley Contracting Company LLC, and Dewberry.
The 10 interchanges are being built as part of a $300 million design-build contract under Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act, which allows private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, building, financing and operating transportation improvements. Funding for the Route 28 corridor is provided in a combination of public and private funds, with 75 percent of the corridor improvements supported by the Route 28 special tax district. State and county funds make up the remainder of the total cost of the project.
The construction schedule for the Route 28 interchanges follows.

Interchange                                  Start                          Open to Traffic
Air & Space Museum Parkway     Feb. 2003                   December 2003
Waxpool Road                            Feb. 2003                   December 2005
Old Ox Road                               May 2003                   December 2004
Westfields Boulevard                    April 2004                  October 2005
McLearen Road                           Spring 2005                June 2006
Sterling Boulevard                        Fall 2005                   November 2007
Innovation Avenue (partial)             Summer 2007            October 2007
Nokes Boulevard                          Summer 2007            May 2009
Willard Road                                Summer 2007            Summer 2009
Frying Pan Road                          Fall 2007                   Fall 2009
Atlantic Blvd.                               Spring 2010               Late 2011


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