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Fairfax County Overpass Opening

Donegal Lane access shuts down April 10.

As part of the Fairfax County Parkway Phase 3 project, Donegal Lane in Springfield will be closing on April 10 in conjunction with the opening of the new Rolling Road Bridge, expected in early April.  For more information on the Fairfax County Parkway Phase 3 Project, visit the website at: www.fcparkway.com/index.htm

As part of the Fairfax County Parkway Phase 3 project, Donegal Lane in Springfield will be closing on April 10 in conjunction with the opening of the new Rolling Road Bridge, expected in early April. For more information on the Fairfax County Parkway Phase 3 Project, visit the website at: www.fcparkway.com/index.htm Photo by Victoria Ross.

Fast Facts: The $174 Million Project

When the first two phases of the four-phase Fairfax County Parkway Extension project opened in September 2010, at a cost of $124 million, motorists gained a direct route to I-95 through the Fort Belvoir North Area in Springfield.

Project Phases

*Phase 1 - Construction of a four-lane section between Rolling Road and Fullerton Road that provides direct access to I-95. Construction began in November 2008 and was finished in September 2010.

*Phase 2 - Construction of a partial cloverleaf interchange at Rolling Road and the Fort Belvoir North Area entrance. Extension of Boudinot Drive provided an on-ramp to the southbound parkway. Construction finished in September 2010.

*Phase 3 and 4 - The last two phases of the Fairfax County Parkway, priced at $50 million, will be partially funded by the American Restoration and Recovery Act (ARRA). Phase four was completed in July 2011, while phase three was a separate design-build contract with a scheduled completion of fall 2012. Highlights include: relocating Hooes Road and Rolling Road with improvements to the Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange and the Fairfax County Parkway and extending Boudinot Drive at the parkway linked with a loop ramp.

*In late 2011, the U.S. Army relocated nearly 19,000 jobs to Fort Belvoir, Alexandria and Springfield as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Plan (BRAC). To handle the increased traffic in southern Fairfax County, the parkway was extended by two miles between Rolling Road and Fullerton Road. The realignment of Rolling Road will be complete this summer.

*The Fairfax County Parkway was designated as the John F. (Jack) Herrity Parkway in 2001. Former Chairman Jack Herrity, who served on the Board of Supervisors for 12 years, was instrumental in getting the road built.

For additional information on any VDOT projects, go to www.vamegaprojects.com

Information provided by VDOT.

— On Tuesday, April 10, the Virginia Department of Transportation is permanently closing the intersection of Donegal Lane and the Fairfax County Parkway, and simultaneously opening the overpass carrying the new alignment of Rolling Road over the parkway.

To implement that new road configuration, there will be multiple lane closures on the parkway in the area of Rolling Road and Donegal Lane beginning at 9 a.m. April 10.

In addition to the lane closures, temporary traffic shut-downs of the parkway northbound and southbound will occur between10 a.m. until noon. These stoppages will be between 5 and 15 minutes in length for removal of traffic signals.

After the new road configuration is in place, motorists will no longer be able to access the parkway from Donegal Lane at the intersection, and motorists will not be able to turn onto Donegal Lane. Motorists who want to access Donegal Lane from the Fairfax County Parkway will be required to follow the signs for Rolling Road or take the Barta Road exit ramp. Temporary message boards and new signs will be in place to direct motorists to the new access areas.