Get ready for a couple years of road construction in Lorton. Now that the land acquisition phase of the $66 million, 2.5-mile Lorton Road Widening Project is complete, the project will soon be going out to bid and construction may start by next spring.
“We’re ready to get to the construction part of the project,” said Jeanmarie Roberson, a senior engineer with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, to the South County Federation on Tuesday night.
The Federation, as part of its regular meeting, approved a resolution asking Fairfax County to modify its current plan and to rename Furnace Road at the fork with Lorton Road (which leads to the Workhouse Arts Center) to be renamed Workhouse Road.
The project includes widening Lorton Road from Route 123 to Rt. 1, and Furnace Road from Route 123 to Lorton Road. It will include the installation of 90 degree intersections, on-road bike lanes, dedicated turn lanes, 10-foot-wide shared use paths and new bridges over Giles Run and the Greenway Trail.
The Lorton Road project is funded by $20 million from the Fairfax County November 2007 Transportation Bond Referendum, $1.3 million from developer contributions and $45 million from the Commercial Real Estate Tax for Transportation program.
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