Jenni McCord 703-259-1779
Michael Murphy 703-259-1757
July 9, 2015
GAINESVILLE IMPROVEMENTS OPEN TO TRAFFIC
State and local officials celebrate new interchange separating Route 29, Linton Hall Road and Norfolk Southern Railroad
GAINESVILLE―Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne and Department of Transportation, state and local officials cut the ribbon this morning on the new $230 million interchange at Route 29, Linton Hall Road and the Norfolk Southern Railroad, bringing major safety and operational improvements to Gainesville.
“This transformation is an outstanding improvement for both rail and road,” said Secretary Layne. “Four years ago, this intersection was flat, with drivers halted at every traffic signal during each rush hour and train crossing. Untangling Route 29, Linton Hall Road and Norfolk Southern Railroad traffic was a massive undertaking, but safer and more efficient access to Gainesville is now a reality for commuters, residents, shoppers, and rail users.”
The centerpiece of the project is a pair of overpasses: one carrying Route 29 over the Norfolk Southern Railroad for nearly 1,300 feet, and one carrying Linton Hall and Gallerher roads over the railroad and Route 29. To further improve traffic flow, Route 29 was widened to six lanes, with several driveway entrances and two traffic signals eliminated between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive.
Other features of the project include a five-foot sidewalk, ten-foot shared-use path, ten retaining walls, architectural treatments, road lighting and landscaping.
Beginning in 2009, crews spent two years carefully moving major utilities, then a year building two detour roads that kept drivers moving during heavy construction. They then moved in almost one million cubic yards of material to raise Route 29 and build the four new bridges.
Route 29 traffic was moved to its new overpass in May 2015, and the final ramps were opened earlier this month. Shirley Contracting Company is finishing the project’s final details this summer.
In 2008, Route 29 carried roughly 57,000 vehicles a day through Gainesville and is expected to increase to 87,000 by 2035. Linton Hall Road carried 15,500 vehicles per day in 2005, and by 2035 is expected to grow to 42,000.
The Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange is part of a series of major improvements made in the Gainesville area over the last decade, including the 1.3-mile, four-lane University Boulevard connecting Route 29 and Wellington Road, widening I-66 toeight lanes from Route 234/Sudley Road to the Route 234 Bypass, and then to Gainesville. For more information, visit www.gainesvilleimprovements.org.
Pictured (from left): VDOT District Construction Engineer Bill Cuttler, Prince William Supervisor Martin Nohe, Commonwealth Transportation Board Member James Dyke, Senators Charles Colgan and Richard Black, Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, Delegate Robert Marshall, Prince William Supervisors Jeanine Lawson, Michael May, Maureen Caddigan, and John Jenkins, VDOT District Administrator Helen Cuervo, Norfolk Southern Railroad Government Relations Representative Scott Muir.
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