Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Gallows Road
|Widening and improvements in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
Read news release: VDOT Completes Merrifield Project.
About the Project
This project widened and improved the congested intersection at Route 29 and Gallows Road in Merrifield, increasing safety, reducing congestion and enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access. The entire project included:
- Widening Route 29 from two to three through lanes in each direction between Merrilee Drive and I-495 (about 0.6 miles)
- Widening Gallows Road from two to three through lanes in each direction between Gatehouse Road and Prosperity Avenue (about 0.8 miles)
- On Route 29, a six-foot sidewalk on the westbound side, and 5-foot sidewalk on the eastbound side
- On Gallows Road, a ten-foot asphalt shared-use path on the west side, and six-foot sidewalk on the east side
- Dual left-turn lanes on Route 29 at Gallows Road
- Landscaped medians on both approaches
The $23 million contract to construct the improvements followed a massive, two-year utility relocation and right of way effort, including $76 million in 70 right of way parcels, extensive utility work to move seven underground fuel tanks and a separate $8 million project to relocate and upgrade major water mains. With $10.6 million in preliminary engineering, the entire project cost is about $110 million.
At the intersection, Route 29 carries about 35,000 vehicles per day, with about 38,000 per day on Gallows Road. By 2035, up to 57,000 vehicles per day are expected on Route 29 and 46,000 on Gallows Road.
Project Number: 0029-029-119, C508 (Order No. H52) UPC 11395
Federal Aid Project # STP-5401 (097)