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Friday, September 10, 2010

Fairfax County Parkway Extension to Open September

The first phase of the $198 million expansion and extension of the Fairfax County Parkway includes an extension of the Parkway from  Rolling Road to I-95.  The improvement is considered a critical road improvement project the County has ever undertaken to prepare for the transfer of 13,000 Defense Department employees to Ft. Belvoir as part of 2005 recommendations of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).

It it projected that the improvement, once completed, will allow access to Fairfax County residents new access point to I-95 northbound and southbound, which will help relieve congestion at other nearby on-ramps and exits.

The first phase completes a two-mile, four-lane section between Rolling Road and Fullerton Road. This portion of the Parkway will carry more than 8,500 employees to the new headquarters of the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at the Engineer Proving Ground in Springfield as part of BRAC.

Phase two of the project involves the construction of an interchange at Rolling Road and the entrance to the
Enginer Proving Ground and the extension of Boudinot Drive to provide a ramp to the Parkway southbound.

Phases three and four involve the relocation of Hooes Road and Rolling Road, improvements to the Springfield Parkway interchange, and the extension of Boudinot Drive at the Fairfax County Parkway.

The project is supported by a delegation in the U.S. Congress.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for early this month.

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