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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
October 31, 2014

$11 million construction

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
The project has night activity and 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 Hwy is still an active construction zone and currently is not to be used for parking. We will update this site once that changes.

Construction Performed in July 2014

The roadway detour is still in place and traffic will stay in this configuration through the summer.

Triple Arch culvert pre cast panels have been installed. Only two panels on Northeast corner remains to be installed due to current configuration of detour. West side wing walls of triple arch culvert are installed.

Storm drain pipes and drainage structures are installed along Telegraph Road, followed by final grading and under-drain installation.

Drainage ditch connecting drainage from S. Van Dorn to Dogue Creek is being graded in its final configuration. Seeding and matting of graded ditch is in progress.

Sidewalks and curb and gutters are being installed on Telegraph Rd.

Traffic signal poles have been installed on S. Van Dorn & Telegraph Rd. Traffic signal pole foundations have been poured for S. Kings Hwy & Telegraph Rd.

Rip Rap along Dogue Creek has been set.

Asphalt placement for widened sections of Telegraph Rd and to build up existing portions of Telegraph Rd was conducted during this month

Construction Planned for August 2014

Backfill around newly constructed Triple Arch culvert to construct new alignment of Telegraph Road will be performed during this month.

Asphalt paving and pavement marking for widened and realigned Telegraph Rd.

Switch traffic on to new alignment of Telegraph road and remove the detour. Complete construction of remaining triple arch and east wing walls.

Complete Installation of matting and mulch the ditches; construct 10’ shared bike trail from S. Van Dorn along Telegraph Road up to S. Kings Hwy.

Finish curb and gutter and sidewalks.

Final configuration and construction of the roadway and ready to remove most of the E&S measures.

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 on October 31, 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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