Northern Virginia District Transportation Update, Fall 2021
John D. Lynch, P.E.
It is great to be back in Northern Virginia. I rejoined the district officially in June of this year, however I spent ten years here from 2003 to 2013, with stints in location and design, construction and Megaprojects before serving eight years as District Engineer in Culpeper.
With that said, as you know, this has been a year like no other no matter where you are. Like families, schools, businesses and agencies across the world, VDOT continued rigorous protocol over the last year to limit the spread of COVID-19 that affected nearly every aspect of our business. We carried much of our business remotely, and since we could not meet face-to-face with the public, became adept in the use of virtual public meetings and public hearings for our projects and other activities. Our resilient maintenance employees, field staff and contractors have adapted their operations to the pandemic and, through weather events and emergency incidents, continued to provide outstanding service each day to their communities, keeping vital goods, services, and people moving.
Despite the year’s challenges, VDOT staff continued to deliver our projects and execute our programs. Valuable public input has informed our projects in development via virtual meetings and survey tools, and in the last year many projects celebrated construction milestones or completion. In March 2021, VDOT, Arlington County, and NOVA Parks staff opened a new bridge for the Washington and Old Dominion Trail over Route 29, providing a safer crossing for more than 2,000 cyclists and pedestrians a day. In Leesburg, VDOT, along with the town, Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, opened the new Route 7 interchange with Battlefield Parkway. In Prince William, we joined the county for a belated, socially distant ribbon-cutting celebrating improvements to Route 1 between Marys Way and Annapolis Way, with shared-use path and sidewalk. In Fairfax County, a ramp providing direct access from I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro Station was opened. We also celebrated with our county partners as the recently completed Scotts Crossing Road over the Beltway in Tysons was named National Project of the Year by the American Society of Highway Engineers.
In the fourth round of SMART SCALE, Virginia’s data-driven prioritization for funding transportation projects, the Northern Virginia District was successful in having 11 projects with a total value of $238.4 million selected. Those projects represent critical safety and mobility improvements, and new transit, bicycle and pedestrian options for the commuters and travelers in our region.
In this update you will read more about our FY2021 accomplishments and how we’ve maintained a strong focus on our mission, to plan, develop, operate, maintain and support our vital transportation system in Northern Virginia. We are focused on on-time, and ahead-of-time performance, and meeting or exceeding our targets for pavement conditions, bridge and structure conditions, financial management, and absolutely not least, maintaining our highest level of customer service for the public at all times.
VDOT continues to closely monitor developments with COVID-19, with offices reopening and in-person meetings resuming as needed. As we make progress toward a “new normal,” on behalf of the Northern Virginia District team, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation network.
John D. Lynch, P.E.
NOVA District Engineer
About the document:
The 2021 Transportation Update provides an overview of the current, recently completed and proposed projects in VDOT’s Northern Virginia District as well as a report of the district’s overall performance during the fiscal year. This publication serves as a reference guide for state legislators and local officials and is updated annually.
For more information about the projects and initiatives covered in this document, contact the Northern Virginia District Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.