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Frontier Drive Extension

Improvements including extending Frontier Dr from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Loisdale Road in Fairfax County

Area Maps

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction:
Late 2021 / Early 2022

Phase
Public Comment Period

Cost
$116 million

Lengths and Limits
Just north of Franconia-Springfield Pkwy to Loisdale Rd; just west of existing Frontier Dr to just west of Walker Ln

Locality
Fairfax

Contact
Zamir Mirza
Location & Design
703-259-1794
Andrew Beacher, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering
703-259-2239

Note: A public information meeting was held December 14. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you may still submit comments via email (please put "Frontier Drive Extension" in the subject line) or mail on or prior to Wednesday, Dec. 27.

About the Project

This project, in partnership with Fairfax County, will extend Frontier Drive from its southern terminus at Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Loisdale Road in order to relieve traffic congestion and improve access and safety for users to sites and facilities throughout the project area, including the existing Franconia-Springfield Metro station, the Springfield Mall and Town Center area, and the General Services Administration (GSA) warehouse on Springfield Center Drive.

The project (location map shown on right, with newly constructed roadway in blue and existing roadway in orange) will include:

  • A four-lane divided roadway, which includes a combination of new construction and improvements to Springfield Center Drive and a new bridge over Long Branch, with on-road bicycle facilities, as well as a shared-use path on one side and a sidewalk on the other side
  • Braided ramps at the Frontier Drive and Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange to improve access and eliminate weaving movements
  • Improvements to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station circulatory road and access to the Metro station parking structures, including three new bus bays and a direct connection from the transit center to eastbound Franconia-Springfield Parkway

VDOT, in coordination with Fairfax County, has worked on preliminary plans to update the roadway configuration that was identified as the preferred alternative based on the Frontier Drive Extension traffic operational analysis done in 2012. Throughout this process, the typical section for Frontier Drive has been refined. The configuration of the braided ramp interchange was modified to limit the number of new structures and better facilitate pedestrian and bicycle access. The roadway alignment and intersection designs were updated based on changes to the existing conditions and planned development in the area that has occurred since 2012.

Schedule
Public Information Meeting: Dec. 14, 2017
Public Information Meeting Comment Period End: Dec. 27, 2017
Design Public Hearing: Late 2018
Approve Design: Early 2019
Begin Construction: Late 2021 / Early 2022

This schedule is subject to change based on funding availability and based on selection of project delivery method.

Estimated Costs
Engineering Design: $10 million
Right of Way Acquisition/Utility Relocation: $25 million
Construction: $81 million
Total: $116 million

These project costs are subject to change as the project design is further developed. The project is being financed with state and local funds, including Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding.

Resources

Public Information Meeting (December 2017)

Project numbers
State: 2677-029-204, P101
UPC: 106742

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