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Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway

A new interchange in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Fall 2010

Est Completion Date
Oct. 2013

Cost
$69.5 million

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Sanjeev Suri
Area Construction Engineer
703-259-2232
Oscar Jamilla
Construction Manager
703-259-2769

About the Project

The new $69.5 million interchange is partially funded through stimulus. The project widens Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from south of I-66 to north of Rugby Road (more than three miles). Signals will be eliminated and entrance and exit ramps will be constructed to and from the Fairfax County Parkway, Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive. Shared-use paths and sidewalks will enhance pedestrian access at the interchange and to the Rocky Run Stream Valley Park trail system.

Improved traffic flow on all three of these roads will save daily commuters time on their trips to work, school and shopping once the project is completed. In addition to the new interchange, drivers will enjoy the following benefits:

  • No signals on Fairfax County Parkway from Popes Head Road to Route 50.
  • Significantly improved traffic flow on Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive by separating local and Parkway traffic.
  • Improved traffic flow at I-66, Route 50 and Rugby Road with the additional lanes of Fairfax County Parkway.

The interchange has been planned since the 1980s when the Parkway was first built—much of the needed right-of-way was set aside at that time.

Long-Term Traffic Impacts

As part of the project, the existing North Lake Drive intersection with the Fairfax County Parkway is being removed to enhance safety on the Parkway. Alternative access for North Lake Drive is  provided via Tall Timbers Drive.

A phased construction plan is designed to minimize traffic delays along the Fairfax County Parkway. The Parkway will retain full access to Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive during construction, but will require some traffic shifts. Traffic signals at Fair Lakes Parkway and Fair Lakes Circle will be adjusted as needed to minimize impacts.

Fairfax County Parkway will be temporarily shifted with decreased speed limits to the newly built northbound and southbound ramps, parallel to the Parkway, for about one year for safety purposes.

Construction Updates and Lane Closures

June 2013

The speed limit is increased from 40 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour (as of March 29, 2013) through the project limits.

Note:
Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) through traffic is now using the new overpass bridges at Fair Lakes and Monument Drive. Local traffic still exits at the ramps to access Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive. Please be aware of the new traffic pattern.

Fairfax County Parkway:
Crews continue to install final asphalt and pavement markings at night with lane closures and some ramp closures at Rt. 50/1-66. Please be aware of new traffic patterns and surfaces. 

Crews continue to set sign structures, light poles, new curb and guardrail, and perform final grading and landscaping.

The speed limit is increased to 50 miles per hour (as of March 29, 2013) through the project limits.

Fair Lakes Parkway/Monument Drive:  
Crews will install final asphalt and pavement markings at night under lane closures and some temporary detours of Fair Lakes Parkway. Please be aware of new traffic patterns and surfaces. 

Trail:
The multipurpose trail that runs adjacent to northbound Fairfax County Parkway around to the ramp for Rt. 50 eastbound is open. The trail will be paved this month (work will require a one-day closure; date will be posted on this page).

Lane Closures for June 2013

  • Night paving continues 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday nights. Drivers can expect single-lane closures on Rt. 286, Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument with possible detours at night, and some ramp closures at Route 60/I-66. It is expected that this operation will take six weeks, weather permitting.
  • Drivers can expect shoulder- and single-lane closures in both directions along  Fairfax County Parkway, Rt. 50, Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive during the week on non-peak hours.

August 2013

Fairfax County Parkway:

Crews continue to set ground mounted sign structures and wire light poles along Fairfax County Parkway.  Final grading operations and landscaping will also be performed. This work will be completed during the day under off peak hours under single lane closures.

Rte 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) speed limit has been increased from 40 mph to 50 mph as of March 29, 2013 throughout the project limits.

Fair Lakes Parkway/Monument Drive: 

Crews continue to set ground mounted sign structures and wire light poles along Fairfax County Parkway.  Final grading operations and landscaping will also be performed. This work will be completed during the day under off peak hours under single lane closures.
 

Trail:

The multipurpose trail that runs adjacent to northbound Fairfax County Parkway around to the Ramp for Rte 50 eastbound is now paved and open.

Lane Closures for August 2013

  •  Motorists can expect shoulder- and single-lane closures during the day northbound and southbound along the Fairfax County Parkway, Rte 50, Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive during the week on non-peak hours.

 

 

Fair Lakes Community

A number of features have been incorporated in the project’s design to preserve and aesthetically enhance the identity of Fair Lakes:

  • Retaining walls to reduce right-of-way impacts and preserve existing trees
  • Retaining walls and sound barriers with an ashlar stone finish
  • Ornamental lighting along pedestrian facilities
  • Landscaping

The Fair Lakes League has plans for additional landscaping, irrigation systems, new community signage and will supplement future maintenance of the project’s grass and landscaped areas. Their continued efforts will ensure a sense of place remains once the project is complete.

Resources

Interchange plans and Fairfax County Parkway plans
Presentation from Pardon Our Dust meeting (Oct. 27, 2010)
Detour maps and details

News Releases
VDOT Breaks Ground on Interchange at Fairfax County Parkway and Fair Lakes (Oct. 22, 2010)
 

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