Map of construction project districts

Under Construction

Telegraph Road Improvements

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

Area Maps

Project Photos

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 28, 2013

Est Completion Date
October 31, 2014

$19.2 million

Shirley Contracting Company, LLC


Northern Virginia

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

As of Aug. 31, 2014, VDOT crews opened two lanes of traffic in each direction and new turn lanes. The entire project is scheduled for completion by Oct. 31, 2014.

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 August 2014

-Backfilled around Triple Arch culvert.
-Laid down the sub-base for Telegraph Rd. final alignment.
-Installed under drain along Telegraph Rd.
-Traffic Signals have been installed and reconfigured the new signals with modified signal timing.
-Sidewalks have been poured.
-Douge Creek restoration on upstream side were performed, including installation of rock vane.
-Asphalt was laid down up to intermediate coarse mix on Telegraph Rd.
-Opened two traffic lanes in each direction of Telegraph Rd. Detour has been closed in preparation for demolition.

Construction Planned for September 2014

-Demolition of the detour road.
-Finish installing the remaining Triple Arch Panels and pour the wing walls on downstream side of Douge Creek.
-Prepare the widening for final configuration.
-Lay down asphalt surface mix.
-Install the park gate.
-Restore Douge Creek south side.
-Substantial completions walk-through and prepare a punch list.

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 October 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

Bristol area projects Salem area projects Staunton area projects Lynchburg area projects Culpeper area projects Richmond area projects Northern Virginia projects Fredericksburg area projects Hampton Roads projects
Page last modified: Oct. 8, 2014