U.S. 1 widening construction in Woodbridge

Cars travel through road widening construction underway in Woodbrige in this February 2018 file photo.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors awarded a more than $14.4 million contract to begin work on the next leg in the U.S. 1 widening project.

The work will bring a six-lane divided roadway and related streetscape improvements to 1.3 miles between Mary’s Way at the Todos Super Market and Featherstone Road. Once completed, the project brings six lanes of travel on U.S. 1 from near the Fairfax County line to Cardinal Drive.

The initial work of moving utilities underground and installing a waterline will be conducted by Sagres Construction Corp.

The widening project has more than $66 million in funding, according to Ricardo Canizales, the county’s transportation director. The project will also include the construction of a 10-foot-wide, multi-modal trail and a 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk.

The project is set to be completed in 2021, said Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, adding that the county is working with about 120 businesses to acquire rights of way for the project.

On Tuesday, the board approved buying $535,000 of property and easements at 14328 Jefferson Davis Highway, which will be a part of the widening project.

After a closed session, the board voted to acquire 15009 and 15019 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge as part of the widening project. Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, was absent for that vote. A price was not immediately available.

The board acquired the property because the county needed a portion for a right of way and what would be left would not necessarily be enough space for a business, Principi said.  

The first phase of construction could take a year to 13 months, said Sherry Djouharian, an engineer with the county’s transportation department. Once completed, the county will advertise for bids for the actual construction and widening of the road, said Khattab Shammout, chief of the transportation department’s capital projects division.

TRAFFIC CONCERNS

The board also approved a request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to consider restricting through-truck traffic on Kettle Run Road and Schaeffer Lane between Fitzwater Drive and Vint Hill Road in the Brentsville District.

Nokesville resident Tammy Spinks said she supports the request to the state transportation board. The roads have been degrading due to high traffic, including commercial trucks, she said, noting she’d support a sign and enforcement by Prince William police.

The board also approved a speed table on the 13400 block of Marumsco Drive and to install a raised pedestrian crossing near 2295 W. Longview Dr. Both installations are in the Woodbridge District.

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