by John T. Stirrup, Jr., Gainesville Supervisor from Prince William County Reports, Vol.2

May 2011

“Transportation has been a major concern for the Gainesville District. The completion of Heathcote Boulevard and the widening of Route 15 have helped with the traffic flow in our District. The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin Phase 4 of the Gainesville Interchange project, which will build an overpass for the railroad tracks on Route 29 and build an interchange at Route 29 and Linton Hall Road. The progress of this project can be checked at http://www.gainesvilleimprovements.org.

“Below is a list of other projects that will affect Gainesville residents:

“1. I-66 Widening from Route 29 to Route 15 – Widening to eight lanes including an HOV lane. The interchange at Route 15 and I-66 may be included. Project funding is being considered as part of the Governor’s Transportation funding package approved by the General Assembly. The project is currently at the scoping level and a survey is underway.

“2. Route 234 Commuter Lot off Cushing Road – Construct approximately 400 new spaces on Cushing Road near I-66. The lot will have direct exit access to I-66 for HOV and transit carriers. Right-of-way acquisition and advertisement for a construction contract is expected in 2011.

“3. Logmill Road at Parnell Court – Federal funds have been secured to improve the safety hazards that exist at this intersection. Completion of the project is expected in late 2012.

“4. Mountain Road – This project will pave 0.28 miles of the gravel portion of Mountain Road. The project will include a new crossing of Catharpin Creek. Construction is expected to be completed in 2012.

“5. Balls Ford Road at Groveton Road – Construction of turn lanes at the intersection. Right-of-way acquisition conducted in 2011. Construction advertisement in 2012.

“My office will continue to work with federal, state and county agencies to help alleviate the road congestion we have all  experienced. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to sign up for my monthly newsletter, please contact my office at 703-792-6195, Gainesville@pwcgov.org.”