Ellen Kamilakis 703-259-2220
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
May 6, 2016
BRADDOCK/PLEASANT VALLEY ROUNDABOUT COMPLETE
On-time, on-budget in western Fairfax County
CHANTILLY – Drivers have a smoother, safer and faster ride through the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads, as construction wrapped on the one-lane roundabout in western Fairfax this week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The roundabout replaces the four-way stop that saw significant backups and delays during the morning and afternoon rush hours. It increases the intersection’s capacity for forecasted traffic volumes, and improves safety by eliminating the potential for turn or angle crashes at the intersection.
"Roundabouts are one of the safest types of intersection designs," said District Construction Engineer Bill Cuttler. "We appreciate everyone's patience during construction as well as the partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax and Loudoun counties."
The roundabout at Braddock and Pleasant Valley also enhances pedestrian access with crosswalks and curb ramps, and it ties into the existing trail along the east side of Pleasant Valley Road, south of the intersection. New drainage structures installed with the project will also bring major relief to areas that accumulated high water during heavy rains. Crews also relocated utilities, added landscaping and lighting.
As of 2012, about 7,500 vehicles per day travelled this section of Braddock Road and about 8,500 travelled along Pleasant Valley Road.
Fort Myer Construction Corporation was the contractor for this design-build project.
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