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Lorton Road Project Moving Forward

It's funded, and there's a community meeting on the project on Tuesday night.

Parts of the $66 million improvement project for Lorton Road may begin as early as this summer.

The project includes Lorton Road from Route 123 to Silverbrook Road, 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. 

Construction will begin after underground and aerial utilities are relocated, and is anticipated to be advertised for bid in late 2013.  However, there is still prep work that needs to be done, including the acquisition of land rights of 35 properties necessary for construction.

"The land acquisition phase is anticipated to be completed this fall," said Jeanmarie Roberson, a senior engineer with the Fairfax County DOT, in an email to Patch. 

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. 

On Tuesday, June 5, the South County Federation will host representatives of the FCDOT to discuss the project at library. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

Elayne June 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Hallelujah it’s about time. Lorton valley residents have a heck of a time departing from the subdivision onto Lorton road west towards OX road. When I-95 has a problem car after car takes Lorton road to 123 (ox road) and they are backed up for a half mile…It’s a country road and its beautiful but also very dangerous with many pot holes due to Valcun trucks and high volume.
Sally Spangler June 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Considering that Lorton Road used to be a farm road for the Workhouse and Reformatory for so many years. The Apple Orchard was on either side of that road. At one time, trucks loaded with gravel and dirt used to try to speed down that hill between the two orchards and turn over spewing their contents all over the road. The Reformatory used to maintain their road and the power lines along side. Wasn't unusual to get the chief electrician out with his prisoner work team to maintain the power lines in he middle of the night. Or for that matter for the men out to plow that road. They even plowed our road from the post office on Route 600 (now Gunston Cove Road) to US 1 in the winter.

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