Virginia has put together another clever collaboration to get a road improvement project off the ground.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is moving forward to ease traffic congestion on Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road (Rte. 606) in Loudoun County by seeking Request of Qualifications (RFQ) from the construction industry to design and build the project.
The project will rebuild and widen the existing two-lane rural road to four lanes between Evergreen Mills Road (Rte. 621) and the Dulles Greenway (Rte. 267). The project will also include a grassy median, wide enough to allow for future expansion. There also will be a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.
"The commonwealth is accelerating the design and construction of Rte. 606 to relieve congestion and help people get to their destinations faster," said Gov. Bob McDonnell. "This project is progressing to construction as a result of VDOT's partnership with Loudoun County and MWAA as well as from the new sustainable funding source generated by the transportation package passed earlier this year by the General Assembly."
The initial $105 million phase of the project is to be jointly funded by VDOT, Loudoun County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). VDOT has committed $40 million toward the project, with the remainder of the funding to come from Loudoun County and MWAA. The RFQ is in advance of anticipated financial action by Loudoun County and MWAA to help fund the project. Once those financial commitments have been made, VDOT will be able to move immediately to develop the project.
Other improvements include turn lanes at major intersections, traffic signals, sign structures and improved drainage facilities.
Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road connects two major roads, Rte. 50 and Rte. 28 (Sully Road) and is a desirable route for motorists from points west to access Ashburn, Sterling and Herndon. The road is currently congested in both directions during peak hours. This project will increase capacity on this section of road due to growth in the surrounding area and the increased traffic congestion.
The project will be built via a design-build contract. This contracting method is expected to deliver the project three years faster, with anticipated completion in fall 2017.