T he latest news from the Virginia Department of Transportation on plans to improve
Richmond Highway (Route 1) from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road in Fairfax County

Join us for a second public information meeting on 
Monday , November 6, 2017  from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  ( presentation will begin at 7 p.m.) at  Mount Vernon High School , 8515 Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309.

The project team has been refining the preliminary design over the last several months, and this meeting is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to:
  • Learn about the project and review preliminary design concepts
  • Attend the presentation and discuss questions with the project team
  • Submit comments on the project

Richmond Highway connects residents, commuters, employers, and businesses throughout the corridor. This important roadway needs to be improved to ease the current congestion and plan for future increased demand, while improving safety for all users. 

This project will address improvements needed to serve multiple travel modes as identified in the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis. These include widening the road from four to six lanes, adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and preserving the median for Fairfax County's planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. 


Several intersection design concepts are being considered for Richmond Highway that aim to  make travel easier for all users, whether you're crossing the street as a pedestrian, cyclist, driver, or transit user.

The terms "superstreet" and "jughandle" may be new to you, so here is a quick overview of the preliminary design concepts being considered: 

Traditional Intersection:
  • All turns (left, thru and right) are made at one intersection
  • The intersection must accommodate up to four signal phases, reducing intersection capacity
Superstreet Concept:
  • Instead of turning left at the main intersection, drivers turn right and then make a U-turn; left-turn and thru movements from side streets are restricted
  • Signal operations are reduced to two phases, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians
Jughandle Intersection:
  • Instead of turning left at the main intersection, drivers proceed straight through the intersection and then loop around to travel in either direction
  • Signal operations are reduced to two phases, improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians
The graphics below, show a traditional intersection as compared to the new superstreet design option:

At this stage of the preliminary design, the project team has conducted a noise analysis. The results will determine areas within the corridor that qualify for noise walls. Once those areas have been identified, additional community outreach will take place to address specific issues and provide an opportunity for impacted residents to vote for or against the installation of noise walls. More information will be provided on the process as the project moves forward.

Public involvement is a critical element in the development and delivery of transportation projects. Since the project began, VDOT and the project team have met with several community and homeowner associations along the corridor. We value your input as the project progresses. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting, please  contact the project team today or make sure to join us at the public information meeting next week to review preliminary designs and have your questions answered by the project team.
Virginia Department of Transportation | virginiadot.org/richmondhighway

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