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Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements

Widening Route 1 and multimodal improvements from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Construction: 2023

Phase
In Design

Cost
$372 million

Lengths and Limits
Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Ln

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Dan Reinhard, P.E.
Location & Design

Anissa Brown
Environmental

Note: A design public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium/cafeteria (use entrance 4) at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

If cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting will be held Thursday, April 11.

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Presentation - February 2019

Richmond Highway interactive map

About the Project

VDOT is working to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help increase the community’s multimodal options along about three miles of Richmond Highway (Route 1) from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane (Route 626). This project will:

• Widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes
• Add separate bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road
• Reserve median width to accommodate Fairfax County's future dedicated bus-only lanes

All pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be ADA-compliant, turn lanes will be extended wherever possible to improve safety and capacity, and signals throughout the corridor will also be optimized.

For more information visit Fairfax County's site on the county's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and the Embark Richmond Highway initiative. While BRT will not be constructed as part of this project, VDOT and Fairfax County are closely coordinating as both projects move forward.

Design, field survey activities, environmental field work and studies are occurring, along with traffic data collection and analysis.

The project team continues public outreach and meetings as design progresses. To schedule a local visit to your community, use the contacts on this page.

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Background

In 2015, the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, sponsored by VDOT, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, as well as Fairfax and Prince William counties, identified improvements needed to best meet the needs of both the community and corridor travelers. Key recommendations included a Bus Rapid Transit system constructed in three phases; long-term, a three-mile extension of the Metro Yellow Line to Hybla Valley, and short-term, widening Route 1 with bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  

Schedule & Estimated Costs

Public Information Meetings - April and November 2017, April 2018
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Hearing and
Public Information Meeting - October 2018
Design Public Hearing - March 26, 2019
Design Public Hearing Public Comment Deadline - April 26, 2019
Approve Design - Spring 2019
Begin Right of Way Acquisition - Summer 2019 
Begin Utility Relocation - Summer 2020
Begin Construction - 2023

Preliminary Engineering: $16 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $163.5 million 
Construction: $192.5 million 
Total: $372 million

Preliminary engineering has been fully funded by federal, state and county sources, as well as the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. 

Environmental Document

Copies of the Environmental Assessment, required as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for this project, will be available at the design public hearing Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a presentation will begin at 7 p.m.) in the auditorium/cafeteria (use entrance 4) at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309. VDOT's environmental team will be at the meeting to answer questions. 

Resources

Design Public Hearing - March 26, 2019 (Ad)

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Presentation - February 2019

National Environmental Policy Act Public Hearing and Public Information Meeting - October 2018 (Ad)

Meeting Materials: English | Korean | Spanish

Displays: Welcome, Purpose and Need, Potential Impacts, Typical Section, Pedestrian Underpass | Sacramento & Cooper Intersection | Highland & Frye Intersections | South County Government Center | Buckman Road & Mt. Vernon Highway | Environmental Study Area | Stormwater Management Strategy Typical

Environmental Assessment

Public Information Meetings

April 2018 (Ad)

Interactive Map
Meeting Materials: English | Spanish | Korean
Display Boards: Preferred Design Alternatives | Traffic Analysis | Bird's Eye View


November 2017 (Ad)

Brochure: English | Korean | Spanish and Presentation
Meeting Displays: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18

April 2017
(Ad)

Brochure: English | Spanish | Korean and Presentation 
Meeting Displays: Sacramento Drive and Cooper Road | Highland Lane and Frye Road | South County Government Center | Buckman Road and Mt. Vernon Highway | Access Management Principles | Traditional and Superstreet intersection options | Crash History | Purpose and Need | Typical Sections for Route 1 and Stormwater Management

Environmental Reports: Air Quality Analysis | Hazardous Materials Assessment | Indirect and Cumulative Effects Natural Resources Noise Analysis | Socioeconomics and Land Use

Project Numbers
State: 0001-029-205, P101, R201, C501, B617, B618, D603
UPC: 107187
Federal: STP-5A01 (686)

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