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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Delays ahead in Manassas

By Robert Thomson

The Virginia Department of Transportation is building a four-lane bridge on Route 28 over Wellington Road and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in Manassas to eliminate the at-grade crossing. On a typical weekday, 20 trains and about 23,500 vehicles make their way through that area.

The bridge is being built on a new alignment, so construction won't be very disruptive to traffic. But starting Wednesday, VDOT says, drivers may encounter construction delays in either direction on Route 28 (Nokesville Road) near Wellington Road. One of two lanes will be closed between Technology Drive and Cockrell Road through the first week of February. As an alternative, drivers can use Godwin Drive and Sudley Road.

The project is scheduled to be done in November 2012. It was advanced five years on Virginia's long-term plan thanks to the addition of $18.3 million in federal stimulus money. The total price will be about $44 million.

In eliminating the at-grade crossing, the new bridge also will allow the number of railroad tracks to increase from one to three, which holds the potential for improved VRE service,

Here's a map of the work area.

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By Robert Thomson  | January 18, 2011; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, VDOT  
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