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Jones Branch Connector

Constructing a new link from Jones Branch Drive to Route 123 in Fairfax County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
January 2017

Est Completion Date
Partially open to traffic: Late 2018

Final completion:
Late 2019

Cost
$58 million

Lengths and Limits
Jones Branch Dr to Rt 123

Contractor
Archer Western Construction, LLC

Locality
Fairfax

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Tim Diliscia, CCM
Construction
540-247-9953
Dinesh Singh, P.E.
Construction
703-259-2216
Chan Basnayake, P.E., PMP, CCM
Construction
703-259-2947

Pardon Our Dust Meeting

May 18, 2017 Pardon Our Dust meeting presentation from VDOT Northern Virginia

About the Project

This project, in cooperation with Fairfax County, will provide an important new link to Route 123 over the Capital Beltway (I-495) for commuters and visitors to Tysons. The link will improve local traffic and access for drivers, as well as provide a vital option for area bicyclists and pedestrians.  

The half-mile project includes new roadway from the interchange of the I-495 Express Lanes and Jones Branch Drive to Scotts Crossing Road. Improvements will also be made along the access road from Jones Branch Drive to the Express Lanes, as well as along Scotts Crossing Road. Project features include:

  • Two travel lanes and on-street bike lanes in each direction
  • Three bridges over the I-495 Express and general-purpose lanes
  • 8- to 12-foot-wide lighted sidewalks, landscaping and other streetscape amenities
  • A wide, raised median to accommodate the future Tysons Circulator bus

By providing an alternate route across the Beltway and linking the Tysons East and Central areas, the Connector is expected to relieve traffic along Route 123, at the I-495 interchange, and at other congested intersections. The road is expected to carry more than 32,000 vehicles per day by 2040.

The project is being completed through a combination of federal, state and county funds. Fairfax County led design and development, while VDOT is administering construction.

Schedule
Begin construction: January 2017
One lane in each direction open to traffic (interim milestone): Late 2018
Estimated completion: Late 2019

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering: $4.7 million
Right of way: $2.8 million
Construction: $50.3 million
Total: $57.8 million

Construction Update

Oct. 2017 - Bridge pier, abutment and retaining wall work is ongoing. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) work continues on the west side (Jones Branch Drive) and east side of the project (Route 123/Scotts Crossing Road).

Most of this month's work is planned for daytime hours with lane closures possible. Occasional nighttime lane closures may be needed.

Traffic Impacts

No major traffic impacts are expected in the immediate future.

Lane closures on the Beltway and the 495 Express Lanes will be required and announced when steel girders are put in place. As construction progresses, drivers can expect phases of nighttime lane closures on Dolley Madison Boulevard, Scotts Crossing Road and Jones Branch Drive. Access to all businesses will be maintained during construction.

Resources

Aerial overview of project

Project Numbers
UPC: 103907
State: 8102-029-065, B627, B628, B629, C501
Federal: STP-5A01 (717)

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