From VDOT Today: Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard Interchange to Open Friday

The Virginia Department of Transportation this morning issued this announcement:
Following Friday morning's rush hour (Oct. 7), VDOT and the Route 28 Corridor Improvements team will open an interchange at Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard in Fairfax County. The traffic signal at Westfields will be removed and the bridge, along with six of the eight interchange loops and ramps will open to traffic.

Crews will work non-stop through the weekend to complete construction of the remaining two loops that cannot be completed until traffic is shifted to the new bridge. All of the interchange movements are planned to be ready in time for Monday morning's rush hour.

The Route 28/Westfield Interchange is the fourth of six interchanges to be rebuilt on congested Route 28 in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties since the public-private partnership began in Oct. 2002 The former intersection is now a full cloverleaf interchange with a six-lane bridge carrying Westfields Boulevard over Route 28.

With more than 85,000 vehicles a day on Route 28 and 30,000 vehicles a day traveling Westfields Boulevard, traffic is reduced to a crawl at the signalized intersection during the morning and evening rush hours. Once the interchange opens Friday, vehicles traveling on both Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard will no longer wait at a red light for what can be as long as three minutes, or more. This is the sixth of nine traffic signals that are being eliminated on the Route 28 project.

Six interchanges are being built as part of a $200 million design-build contract under Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act, which allows private entities to propose innovative solutions for designing, building, financing and operating transportation improvements. The newest interchange cost $22.7 million to design and build. All right of way was dedicated by the adjoining Westfields developments at no cost to the project.

The original 14-mile widening of Route 28, from Route 7 in Loudoun County to I-66 in Fairfax County, began in 1987 and was completed in 1991. Route 28 was transformed form a two-lane road to a six-lane divided highway with interchanges at Routes 50, 7 and the Dulles Toll Road. An interchange at McLearen Road is also under construction, and work is planned to start this month on the sixth and final interchange at Sterling Boulevard.

Funding for the Route 28 corridor is provided in a combination of public and private funds, with 75 percent of the corridor improvements supported by the Route 28 special tax district. State and County funds make up the remainder of the total cost of the project.

Construction Schedule for Six Interchanges on Route 28

Interchange Start Open to Traffic
Air & Space Museum Parkway Feb. 2003 December 2003
Waxpool Road Feb. 2003 Fall 2005
Old Ox Road May 2003 December 2004
Westfields Boulevard April 2004 October 2005
McLearen Road Spring 2005 Summer 2006
Sterling Boulevard Fall 2005 Mid-2007

By Steve Fehr |  October 3, 2005; 11:07 AM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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