Prince William County officials are celebrating the completion of the Minnieville Road project to widen a two-mile stretch between Spriggs and Dumfries roads from two lanes to four lanes, as well as a sidewalk and shared-use path.
This is the last stretch of Minnieville Road to be widened, and includes a traffic light at the Howison Park entrance, as well as paving the parking lot at the park, according to a news release. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 13.
"This is certainly the big one we've been waiting on for a long, long time. It's a major improvement for all the county residents,” Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart said.
Supervisor Marty Nohe, Coles District, said the project ties into a lot of the county's strategic goals, including the goal of making the community more walkable and more bikeable.
“The citizens of Minnieville Road have not been able to walk or bike anywhere other than up and down their own street, ever, until this was done,” Nohe said.
Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan said the road will make travel easier around the area.
"Commuters and others will now easily be able to travel between Dumfries Road and Old Bridge Road,” she said. “Parents and other neighborhood residents will easily and safely be able to get their children to Howison Park. And bicyclists and pedestrians alike can use the sidewalk and shared-use path to not only get to the park, but to the rest of the Minnieville Road corridor."
The project began with a bond referendum in 2006 when the citizens said they wanted the road, supervisors noted.
"Everything about this project is about something citizens told us they wanted,” Nohe said. “Every step of the way, this project was based on what the citizens told us, as a government, that they wanted us to do for them."
Under direction by supervisors, county staff are developing a potential list of projects that could be a part of a new referendum for voters in coming years.
For more information about transportation projects in the county, visit pwcgov.org/transportation.