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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2022, 06:19:39 PM »

I wonder if the Washington Commanders being in PWC MIGHT be the impetus needed to get I-95 in NOVA to become 12/14 lanes like the NJTP?

That makes a pretty big assumption that, at least as of the past few days' developments, is unwarranted.
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2022, 06:24:55 PM »

US 1 (Fraley Boulevard/Main Street) widening through Dumfries to begin soon: https://princewilliamliving.com/widening-fraley-boulevard-route-1-through-dumfries-on-pace-to-begin/

This project that will go on until 2027 is nearing its groundbreaking, which will replace a both 2-3 lane one-way (Fraley Boulevard) and semi-two directional (Main Street) pair of roads, into a six-lane thoroughfare and a two-lane local road (which may possibly become a business route). Currently, both are mostly lacking in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, but dead-end sidewalks are planned to be extended and connected to each other and the Route 1 Sidepath, discontinuously appearing throughout the left side of US 1, will be expanded to follow along Fraley Boulevard.

This project will help ease traffic and keep the historic Dumfries area more peaceful from through traffic while also better-connecting cyclists and pedestrians to their destinations in one of Prince William County's more populous and fastest-growing areas.

Here's what the current situation looks like: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/38.5621/-77.3299
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2022, 07:04:25 PM »

Thanks for that. I didn’t know that was in the cards. I haven’t driven south all that much in the past couple of years, and the southern extension of the I-95 express lanes has reduced the need to bail out to US-1. Be interesting to see that segment when it’s done.
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2022, 08:16:34 PM »

It will match up with the modern 6-lane routing already built through Triangle, which removed every business on US 1 in Triangle.

It looks like it is possible this Dumfries project will have to take out at least some businesses but wouldn't have to be the scorched earth widening Triangle was.
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2022, 12:55:09 AM »

It will match up with the modern 6-lane routing already built through Triangle, which removed every business on US 1 in Triangle.

It looks like it is possible this Dumfries project will have to take out at least some businesses but wouldn't have to be the scorched earth widening Triangle was.

This similarly happened along US 1 in "Downtown" Woodbridge, some of the small businesses were relocated to newer buildings built on top of empty parking lot space on the other side of the highway. Thankfully, a six-lane US 1 between Quantico and the Occoquan River is nearing completion, so not much more damage can be done (but unfortunately I happen to live along one of the final stretches of four-lane US 1- between Cardinal Drive/Neabsco Road and Dumfries Road- so years of construction right outside my neighborhood is going to be real fun).
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2022, 08:10:26 PM »

US 1 (Fraley Boulevard/Main Street) widening through Dumfries to begin soon: https://princewilliamliving.com/widening-fraley-boulevard-route-1-through-dumfries-on-pace-to-begin/

This project that will go on until 2027 is nearing its groundbreaking, which will replace a both 2-3 lane one-way (Fraley Boulevard) and semi-two directional (Main Street) pair of roads, into a six-lane thoroughfare and a two-lane local road (which may possibly become a business route). Currently, both are mostly lacking in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, but dead-end sidewalks are planned to be extended and connected to each other and the Route 1 Sidepath, discontinuously appearing throughout the left side of US 1, will be expanded to follow along Fraley Boulevard.

This project will help ease traffic and keep the historic Dumfries area more peaceful from through traffic while also better-connecting cyclists and pedestrians to their destinations in one of Prince William County's more populous and fastest-growing areas.

Here's what the current situation looks like: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/38.5621/-77.3299
Okay, why is there even a two-way portion along the southbound lanes now? Is there any reason they just can't convert the existing one-way pair of Main Street and Fraley Boulevard into six lanes and still add the pedestrian and bicycle friendly features they want?


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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2022, 10:26:13 PM »

US 1 (Fraley Boulevard/Main Street) widening through Dumfries to begin soon: https://princewilliamliving.com/widening-fraley-boulevard-route-1-through-dumfries-on-pace-to-begin/

This project that will go on until 2027 is nearing its groundbreaking, which will replace a both 2-3 lane one-way (Fraley Boulevard) and semi-two directional (Main Street) pair of roads, into a six-lane thoroughfare and a two-lane local road (which may possibly become a business route). Currently, both are mostly lacking in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, but dead-end sidewalks are planned to be extended and connected to each other and the Route 1 Sidepath, discontinuously appearing throughout the left side of US 1, will be expanded to follow along Fraley Boulevard.

This project will help ease traffic and keep the historic Dumfries area more peaceful from through traffic while also better-connecting cyclists and pedestrians to their destinations in one of Prince William County's more populous and fastest-growing areas.

Here's what the current situation looks like: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/38.5621/-77.3299
Okay, why is there even a two-way portion along the southbound lanes now? Is there any reason they just can't convert the existing one-way pair of Main Street and Fraley Boulevard into six lanes and still add the pedestrian and bicycle friendly features they want?




Because 90% of Dumfries would not be reachable from US 1 NB without going past Dumfries and turning around. There are zero roads between the alignments other than one near the south end of the split.

When I lived in Dumfries in 1995 the southbound alignment didn’t even have 2 lanes all the way through town, causing big backups during the afternoons.
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Re: Road improvements in Prince William County, Virginia
« Reply #32 on: Today at 08:13:15 AM »

Thankfully, a six-lane US 1 between Quantico and the Occoquan River is nearing completion, so not much more damage can be done (but unfortunately I happen to live along one of the final stretches of four-lane US 1- between Cardinal Drive/Neabsco Road and Dumfries Road- so years of construction right outside my neighborhood is going to be real fun).
Is there a timetable yet for when that final stretch will actually be constructed? Have not seen or heard anything.

Moving forward road project wise, I would like to see Prince William prioritize funding the following projects next:
1. Van Buren Road Extension
2. Finishing the six-laning of US-1
3. Building an interchange at VA-234/Sudley Manor Drive (with a Wellington Road overpass)
4. Adding a designated right turn lane at VA-55/Catharpin Road

The NVTA and perhaps the next county road bond would probably be the most likely funding sources. While the US-15 two lane choke at the grade separated railroad crossing in Haymarket is certainly annoying, it is still not as needed imo as the projects above.
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