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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
Oct. 31, 2014

Cost
$11 million construction

Contractor
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Charles M. Harvey, P.E.
Area Construction Engineer
703-259-3234
Priyam Shah
Construction Manager
571-220-4793

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 will have night activity starting July 7th and lane closures will be performed as needed. No complete roadway closures are planned for this update period.

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 June 2014

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

The project is continuing driving production piles and pouring concrete for the footings of Triple Arch Bridge over Dogue Creek.

Construction Planned for July 2014

Pile driving and pouring concrete for the footers are anticipated to be complete by the end of the month.

Storm drain across S. Van Dorn will be accomplished during night activity starting the week of July 7th.

 

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 complete in 2015, 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.

Resources

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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