Monday, June 17, 2013

County Road Projects to Open Ahead of Schedule

A couple of road projects that should ease traffic congestion in the west end of the county will be completed ahead of schedule and within budget.

The $29 million Hornbaker Road-University Boulevard widening project, which is part of the 2006 Bond Referendum, was scheduled for completion in late December, but drivers should be allowed on the road sooner, said Khattab Shammout, the Prince William County Capital Projects Division Chief.
“I think we’ll probably have it open to traffic a little ahead of time,” Shammout said of the project, which includes widening and construction of University Boulevard from Route 234 Bypass to Sudley Manor Drive along with improvements to Hornbaker Road.
The planned opening of University Boulevard between Va. 234 and Hornbaker was Nov. 26., and the project completion is now estimated to be in late October. Hornbaker Road which was scheduled to open in late November is now expected to open in late October. Check out the map!
When all is done, University Boulevard will include a sidewalk on the eastbound side of the road and shared use, asphalt path on the westbound side of the 1.47-mile portion of improvements along the road. The Hornbaker piece of the project will include a sidewalk along the southbound lanes of its 1.47 miles of expansion.
The $15.1 million Rollins Ford Road Project, originally scheduled to open in May 2014, is way ahead of schedule with the projected opening moved to November, Shammout said.
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“We’ll have it open for what you call a ‘soft opening’ where you can use it but it’s not 100 percent done. We’ll have it open sometime in October or November of this year,” Shammout said of the project that will extend Rollins Ford Road to Vint Hill Road. “That has a significant bridge on it. It’s a dual use bridge that’s about 360 feet long.”

Leonard Coleman, Construction Manager on University/Hornbaker Project said commuters will save a bit of time once the project, which is being built under the Public-Private Partnership Transportation Act, is completed.
“The University Boulevard PPTA Project is going to help citizens by shaving three to five minutes off their daily commute between Sudley Manor and 234.” Coleman said of the project which is a partnership “between the citizens of Prince William County, the developers with their proffer funds and our designer/contractor Shirley Contracting Company and Dewberry Design.”
Coleman also said that commuters will be able to avoid Wellington Road with its truck traffic.
“That truck traffic will stay the same, but they won’t have to worry about too much truck traffic on University,” Coleman said. 
road projects 1 017.JPGCompleting a project ahead of schedule and within or under budget takes cooperation among all parties, Coleman said.
“A lot of value engineering was done by the contractor, as well as the designer and the county staff. We’re always trying to find ways to better facilitate project and bring the project in on time for the citizens,” he said.

 Another project that will benefit commuters is the completion of the federally-funded Telegraph Road Commuter Lot, which includes an additional 226 spaces to bring the total parking spaces at the lot to 726, Shammout said.

“The schedule for completion is for the end of the year,” Shammout said. 

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