Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 10, 2013
VDOT COMPLETES MERRIFIELD PROJECT
Intersection improvements at Lee Highway and Gallows Road smooth traffic
FAIRFAX─ The Virginia Department of Transportation’s $110 million project to increase safety, reduce congestion and enhance bicycle and pedestrian access at the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road in the heart of Merrifield is now complete.
Lee Highway has been widened from two to three lanes for a half-mile in each direction between I-495 and Merrilee Drive; and Gallows Road now has three through lanes for nearly a mile between Gatehouse Road and Prosperity Avenue.
Route 29 now has a six-foot sidewalk on the westbound side, and a five-foot sidewalk on the eastbound side. Gallows Road has a 10-foot asphalt path on the west side, and six-foot sidewalk on the east side. The project added dual left-turn lanes on Route 29 at Gallows Road and landscaped medians on both approaches.
Before construction could begin, the project required two years of massive utility relocation and right of way work costing $76 million. Seventy parcels were acquired, seven underground fuel tanks were moved and major water mains were relocated and upgraded.
At the intersection, Route 29 carries about 35,000 vehicles per day, with about 38,000 per day on Gallows Road. By 2035, up to 57,000 vehicles per day are expected on Route 29 and 46,000 on Gallows Road.
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