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Watch for changes on Route 28 near Dulles

The new interchange at Route 28 and Frying Pan Road is scheduled to be completely open to traffic by Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation says. The entire Route 28 project, years in the making, is now in its final phase of widenings and interchange improvements.

This will represent one of the most significant road improvements in the region during the decade.

But for now, just worry about staying alert through the Frying Pan Road interchange for various lane closures and flagging operations in anticipation of the full opening. This redirection of traffic should continue through 6 a.m. Thursday. Then starting Thursday, traffic on westbound Frying Pan Road will reach southbound Route 28 by the new interchange ramp.

Also, from after this evening's rush hour through noon Monday, westbound Frying Pan Road traffic heading toward northbound Route 28 will be detoured to the Air & Space Parkway interchange and then back to Route 28. When the detour is lifted on Monday morning, the $24.6 million interchange will be completely open.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 28, 2009; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Route 28, VDOT  
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Finally! When this is done, I'll hit no lights on 28 on my commute.

Posted by: Hemisphire | October 28, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's still not enough. Traffic on Rt 28 going towards I-66 is now backed up routinely through the Westfields exit. Until they either eliminate the left onto I-66 eastbound, or put a fly over to eastbound I-66, you are going to sit in traffic on Rt 28.

Posted by: wburn42167 | October 28, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

And Rte. 28NB still backs up from the DTR exit to the Waxpool Interchange each and every evening rush hour because of the disaster that is that "improved" interchange. That Waxpool left-lane exit is one of VDOT's biggest mistakes ever.

So happy we moved out of Ashburn and don't deal with that debacle each and every evening.

Posted by: nocando | October 28, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Rte. 28 NorthBound backs up for Waxpool going west because everyone in Ashburn is avoiding the high Greenway tolls. The first few miles/exits of the Greenway should cost less than going all the way to Leesburg. Would you pay ~$5 for 2 to 5 miles?

Posted by: jd1123 | October 28, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I see these are mostly complaints, but traffic flow overall on 28 has improved *dramatically* since VDOT eliminated most of the intersections. I can't think of a recent transportation project in Nova. that's produced such an immediate benefit. Now, about that left turn on to I-66 East...

Posted by: signof4 | October 29, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Rte 28 is definitely better than a few years ago.

For the complaints, first I would fix a small issue - that stoplight at the park that's in between Westfields & I-66. Especially since most of the cars using that light are just doing U-turns onto southbound 28.

Then close the Braddock left-turners. They can just take Rte 29/Stone Rd or the Westfields exit.

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | October 29, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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