Jones Branch Connector
|Constructing a new link from Jones Branch Drive to Route 123 in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Partially Open to Traffic: Winter 2018/19
Lengths and Limits
Jones Branch Dr to
Note: Inner Loop and 495 Express Lanes access point overnight closures through May.
About the Project
This project, in cooperation with Fairfax County, will provide an important new link to Route 123 over the Capital Beltway (I-495) for commuters and visitors to Tysons. The link will improve local traffic and access for drivers, as well as provide a vital option for area bicyclists and pedestrians.
The half-mile project includes new roadway from the interchange of the I-495 Express Lanes and Jones Branch Drive to Scotts Crossing Road. Improvements will also be made along the access road from Jones Branch Drive to the Express Lanes, as well as along Scotts Crossing Road. Project features include:
- Two travel lanes and on-street bike lanes in each direction
- Three bridges over the I-495 Express and general-purpose lanes
- 8- to 12-foot-wide lighted sidewalks, landscaping and other streetscape amenities
- A wide, raised median to accommodate the future Tysons Circulator bus
By providing an alternate route across the Beltway and linking the Tysons East and Central areas, the Connector is expected to relieve traffic along Route 123, at the I-495 interchange, and at other congested intersections. The road is expected to carry more than 32,000 vehicles per day by 2040.
The project is being completed through a combination of federal, state and county funds. Fairfax County led design and development, while VDOT is administering construction.
Begin Construction: January 2017
One Lane in Each Direction Open to Traffic (Interim Milestone): Winter 2018/19
Estimated Construction Completion: Fall 2019
Preliminary Engineering: $4.7 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $2.8 million
Construction: $50.3 million
Total: $57.8 million
Pardon Our Dust Meeting
March 2018 - Steel beam placement for the bridge over I-495 has begun. Abutment and retaining wall work is ongoing, as is Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and traffic signal work. Light pole foundations continue to be installed along Scotts Crossing Road, and sound wall work along I-495 is continuing.
Lane closures on the Beltway and the 495 Express Lanes are required and are being announced as steel beams are put in place. As construction progresses, drivers can expect phases of nighttime lane closures on Dolley Madison Boulevard, Scotts Crossing Road and Jones Branch Drive. Access to all businesses is being maintained during construction.
State: 8102-029-065, B627, B628, B629, C501
Federal: STP-5A01 (717)