Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Sept. 9, 2010
LAST SECTION OF CENTREVILLE ROAD WIDENED
Roadway designed to move traffic away from historic meetinghouse
CHANTILLY—The Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County officials today celebrated the completion of the final widening project on Centreville Road, a 0.4-mile section from West Ox Road to Frying Pan Road.
The segment opened to traffic earlier this summer and includes three travel lanes in each direction separated by a median, dual left-turn lanes at West Ox and Frying Pan roads, a sidewalk and a bicycle and pedestrian path.
“While this segment is only four-tenths of a mile, it packs a lot of punch,” said VDOT Acting Construction Engineer Helen Cuervo. “Before the widening, Centreville Road narrowed to two lanes from West Ox Road to Frying Pan Road, creating a major chokepoint along the corridor. Now, it’s smooth sailing from Route 50 all the way to the Dulles Toll Road.”
In addition to improving traffic flow, the project was designed to move Centreville Road traffic farther away from the historic c. 1791 Frying Pan Spring Meetinghouse. VDOT environmental studies identified the Floris Historic District, an important example of a small agrarian community in western Fairfax County. Floris is now listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places as a result of those studies.
Bowman’s Store, which was once the post office, general store and community hub for the dairy farming village, was demolished to make room for the project. To mitigate that loss, VDOT constructed board fencing around the meetinghouse and built a new gravel parking lot for the Frying Pan Park.
The total cost was $9.8 million, of which $5 million was for right of way acquisition. Centreville Road handles about 20,000 vehicles per day and is expected to handle 50,000 by 2024.
Centreville Road near Frying Pan Road before the widening.
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