Frontier Drive Extension
|Improvements including extending Frontier Dr from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Loisdale Road in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
Lengths and Limits
Just north of Franconia-Springfield Pkwy to Loisdale Rd; just west of existing Frontier Dr to just west of Walker Ln
About the Project
This project, in partnership with Fairfax County, will extend Frontier Drive from its southern terminus at Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Loisdale Road in order to relieve traffic congestion and improve access and safety for users to sites and facilities throughout the project area, including the existing Franconia-Springfield Metro station, the Springfield Mall and Town Center area, and the General Services Administration (GSA) warehouse on Springfield Center Drive.
The project (location map shown on right, with newly constructed roadway in blue and existing roadway in orange) will include:
- A four-lane divided roadway, which includes a combination of new construction and improvements to Springfield Center Drive and a new bridge over Long Branch, with on-road bicycle facilities, as well as a shared-use path on one side and a sidewalk on the other side
- Braided ramps at the Frontier Drive and Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange to improve access and eliminate weaving movements
- Improvements to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station circulatory road and access to the Metro station parking structures, including three new bus bays and a direct connection from the transit center to eastbound Franconia-Springfield Parkway
VDOT, in coordination with Fairfax County, has worked on preliminary plans to update the roadway configuration that was identified as the preferred alternative based on the Frontier Drive Extension traffic operational analysis done in 2012. Throughout this process, the typical section for Frontier Drive has been refined. The configuration of the braided ramp interchange was modified to limit the number of new structures and better facilitate pedestrian and bicycle access. The roadway alignment and intersection designs were updated based on changes to the existing conditions and planned development in the area that has occurred since 2012.
Estimated Schedule and Cost
Public Information Meeting: December 2017
Design Public Hearing: Late 2018
Approve Design: Early 2019
Begin Construction: 2021
*This schedule is subject to change based on funding availability and based on selection of project delivery method.
Preliminary Engineering: $10 million
Right of Way Acquisition/Utility Relocation: $25 million
Construction: $81 million
Total: $116 million
*These project costs are subject to change as the project design is further developed. The project is being financed with state and local funds, including Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding.
Public Information Meeting - Dec. 14, 2017 (Ad)
State: 2677-029-204, P101 UPC: 106742