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MillTheRoadgeek:

--- Quote from: Jmiles32 on September 09, 2022, 08:49:25 PM ---
--- Quote from: MillTheRoadgeek on September 09, 2022, 05:58:47 PM ---
--- Quote from: Jmiles32 on September 09, 2022, 04:30:51 PM ---I would have held out until there was enough funding to build an interchange. Yes it would've taken much longer but as Loudoun has shown with VA-28 and VA-7 (it appears US-15 and US-50 are next), patience and probably better strategies to obtain funding, pays off.

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Good point. I do wonder how US 15 is supposed to become a freeway; it sounds like even more of a challenge than any part of 50 from Fairfax to Aldie.

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Just the Leesburg Bypass part. While US-15 north of Leesburg will be widened to four lanes, it will not be turned into a freeway.

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Now that makes sense, but 15 being dualized out there is going to really change the landscape. It might still be useful considering all the traffic crossing the Potomac, though.

Roadsguy:

--- Quote from: Jmiles32 on September 08, 2022, 12:26:13 PM ---Here's what's being planned at the VA-234/Clover Hill Road intersection:
https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/bowtie-intersection-planned-for-busy-manassas-corridor/article_6e69d486-2db5-11ed-bf79-fb678c107b39.html

Hopefully the design is flexible enough where if PWC wanted to convert it to an interchange down the road they could. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the public comment process plays out.

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The right-of-way does seem to be the right shape for a parclo, with both loops to the south. Plus, the bend in Clover Hill Road seems to be to allow the bridge over the Parkway to be built more easily.

Joseph R P:

--- Quote from: Roadsguy on September 10, 2022, 09:41:52 AM ---
--- Quote from: Jmiles32 on September 08, 2022, 12:26:13 PM ---Here's what's being planned at the VA-234/Clover Hill Road intersection:
https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/bowtie-intersection-planned-for-busy-manassas-corridor/article_6e69d486-2db5-11ed-bf79-fb678c107b39.html

Hopefully the design is flexible enough where if PWC wanted to convert it to an interchange down the road they could. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the public comment process plays out.

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The right-of-way does seem to be the right shape for a parclo, with both loops to the south. Plus, the bend in Clover Hill Road seems to be to allow the bridge over the Parkway to be built more easily.

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That's exactly what I was thinking, too. I also thought that a SPUI could be squeezed in instead if that new warehouse isn't too close.

Instead of building an expensive intersection here they should just go ahead with an interchange at Clover Hill, same with the University Boulevard intersection, as well as move ahead with the proposed Sudley Manor SPUI/Wellington overpass. The 234-signed section of Prince William Parkway is not fit be a 4-lane stop-and-go expressway, considering it handles both the traffic coming from both PWP/294 and Dumfries Road/234, a lot of which is trucks.

Joseph R P:
Construction of the quadrant intersection has recently begun at Prince William Parkway and University Boulevard:

https://www.potomaclocal.com/2022/09/22/24-million-quadrant-intersection-work-to-begin-at-parkway-university/
https://www.potomaclocal.com/2022/09/29/prince-william-regional-officials-break-ground-on-jug-handle-intersection/

Jmiles32:
https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/updated-pw-digital-gateway-meeting-stretches-into-wednesday-morning/article_ed14f8f0-5a57-11ed-bd9d-f743c1753eea.html
https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/1626992/Item_3-A.pdf
(^Page 55 goes into potential infrastructure improvements)

Big changes are coming ahead for Prince William County as the controversial Digital Gateway rezoning, which would result in massive data centers being built along Pageland Lane (27.6 million square feet of data centers on 2,139 acres), was approved this morning by the PWC Board of Supervisors. As a result, Pageland Lane will be widened to four lanes in the near future along with other improvements like perhaps a direct connection from Pageland Lane to the I-66/VA-234 interchange. While I personally was not in favor of the digital gateway, now that it has been approved, I do think that there is now a legitimate opportunity for a new four-lane connection to Loudoun. However, instead of the previous "bi-county parkway" route that would encompass all of Pageland Lane and then go up Saunders lane (which would likely take many homes) connecting to Loudoun's Northstar Blvd, I think that instead, a better route would be to have an upgraded Pageland Lane veer northeast near Thornton Drive, cross VA-234 near Aldie Road, cross the Bull Run, and then tie into an upgraded Gum Spring Road in Loudoun by the quarry. Not only would this routing better connect to Dulles Airport (like the Bi-County Parkway was originally intended) and Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road (thanks to the new Arcola Blvd), but I also suspect that Loudoun would have no problem widening Gum Spring Road south of where the current four-lane section ends. Just my two cents. If Prince Wiliam County is going to do this, might as well do it right.

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