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Telegraph Road Improvements

From South Van Dorn Street to South Kings Highway in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 28, 2013

Est Completion Date
November 2014

$19.2 million

Shirley Contracting Company, LLC


Northern Virginia

Priyam Shah (RK&K)
Construction Manager
Charles "Mel" Harvey, P.E.
Area Construction Engineer

About the Project

This project features the following improvements along the 0.2-mile section of Telegraph Road between South Van Dorn Street (Route 613) to South Kings Highway (Route 633):

  • One turn lane from northbound Telegraph Road to South Kings Highway (Route 633)
  • Single right-turn lane from southbound Telegraph Road to South Van Dorn Street
  • Dual left-turn lanes from South Kings Highway to southbound Telegraph Road
  • Dual left-turn lanes from South Van Dorn Street to northbound Telegraph Road  
  • A raised median
  • Two striped, four-foot-wide on-road bike lanes
  • A five-foot-wide sidewalk on the east and ten-foot-wide shared-use path on the west
  • Replacement of the existing culvert carrying Dogue Creek under the road
  • Storm water management facilities
  • Provision for future dual left-turn lanes from northbound Telegraph Road to South Van Dorn Street

At the request of the Fairfax County Park Authority, the project will reconstruct the Huntley Meadows Park entrance and parking lot on South Kings Highway to provide safer access. Utilities to be relocated include a water main, sewer lines, gas line, and overhead utility lines. The existing stream crossing at Dogue Creek will also be widened with a new, prefabricated structure.

Traffic Impacts

Lane Closures
Lane closures will be performed as needed. No complete roadway closures are planned.

Construction Updates

Reminder: The Huntley Meadows parking lot off of South Kings Highway is still an active construction zone and currently is not to be used for parking. 

The Huntley Meadows parking lot off of South Kings Highway is anticipated to be open for use by November 15, 2014.

Construction Performed in October 2014

-Finished pouring wing walls on downstream side.

-Finished demolition of the detour road.

-Finished back-filling the remainder of the triple arch.

-Finished restoring Dogue Creek downstream side.

-Finished laying down Asphalt.

-Park gate has been installed.

-Guardrail has been installed.

-Sand-filter tests has been conducted and passed.

-Finished installing under-drain.

-Sidewalks poured.

-Signal poles are operating.

-Sign Posts and Panels installed.

-Final walk-through has been conducted and issued a punch list.

-Bioretention Media has been installed.

Construction Planned for November 2014

Work on punch list items. Major items on the punch list being worked on by contractor are:

-General clean up, removal of construction entrances in staging areas and re-grading and seeding of these areas as needed. 

-Touch up and cleanup of some storm structures as identified by VDOT maintenance inspector. 

-Replacement of any broken curbs and sidewalk identified during inspection. 

-Installation of handrail at both ends of triple arch culvert as per the request made by VDOT bridge and structures department during final inspection.

Project Background

While this project will be designed and constructed by VDOT, it is being funded by Fairfax County.

The original widening project, from Leaf Road to South Kings Highway (about 2.2 miles) lost state and federal funding to other priority projects within the county and was officially tabled in May 2010.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors allocated $10 million in local funds for the project to improve this 0.2-mile segment from South Van Dorn Street to South Kings Highway, the portion currently experiencing the most severe congestion. 

When the project is completed in November 2014, it is expected to improve conditions for drivers using Telegraph to access I-495 via South Van Dorn Street and at the bottleneck just south of the intersection before it splits to Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway.


Detour plan (Nov. 2013)
Public hearing brochure and comments (Sept. 2010)

UPC: 96509
State Project: 0611-029-891, P101, R201, C501, D604

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