In Design: Frontier Drive Extension in Fairfax County

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This project is in preliminary design and, in partnership with Fairfax County, will extend Frontier Drive (Route 2677) from its southern terminus at Franconia-Springfield Parkway (Route 289) to Loisdale Road.

The project (location map shows 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.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $10 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $25 million
Construction: $105 million
Total: $140 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.

Within the project limits, Frontier Drive averages 36,000 vehicles a day and Franconia-Springfield Parkway averages up to 54,000.

Benefits 

The project aims to relieve congestion, improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians and enhance access to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, Springfield Mall and Town Center area, and the General Services Administration (GSA) warehouse and other properties on Springfield Center Drive.

Major Milestones 

Schedule
Public Information Meeting: December 2017
Begin Right of Way Acquisition: To be determined as additional funding becomes available
Begin Construction: To be determined as additional funding becomes available

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $10 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $25 million
Construction: $105 million
Total: $140 million

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

Resources

Contact Info:

Zamir Mirza
Location & Design

Andrew Beacher, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering

Other relevant links:

Preliminary Noise Report - April 2018

Phase: In Design

UPC: 106742

State ID: 2677-029-204, P101

Federal ID: STP/F-5B01 (030)

Lat/Long: 38.766313, -77.172249

Locality: Fairfax

Page last modified: Nov. 12, 2019