VDOT Gainesville Improvement Project: What will it look like?
The VDOT Gainesville Improvement Project in Prince William County, Virginia is Making Good Progress
If you live in the Gainesville, Haymarket or Bristow area of Prince William County in Virginia, you have been impacted by the VDOT Gainesville Improvement Project. This project—the new Route 29/Linton Hall interchange—is one of the largest construction projects currently underway in Virginia.
If you are thinking about moving to this area or plan to live here for a while, this is good news!
For the past several years, the community has experienced traffic delays and due to intersection lights, daily trains, Route 29 distance travelers and rapid growth to the region. This change is welcomed.
A series of major improvements nearby have already been completed including the widening of 2.5 miles of I-66 to eight lanes from the Route 234 Bypass to the Route 29 Exit in Gainesville. While the Gainesville Improvement Project isn't scheduled for completion until 2015, a major change in traffic routing is already scheduled for this month.
At a recent meeting hosted by the VDOT and Shirley Contracting Co., citizens learned about the changes which were tentatively scheduled for August 16 to 18, 2013. The project has entered Stage 2 which will shift Route 29 traffic heading towards I-66 (one direction) over the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The transition will cause temporary delays but the improvement will be felt before the busy school year starts again.
Update: The lane shift will take place From 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until noon Sunday, Aug. 25, only one lane in each direction will be open on Route 29 and Linton Hall Road and some turning movements will be restricted.
Below is a rendering showing the future traffic pattern for BOTH directions on Route 29 over the railroad.
The centerpiece of the Project is a pair of overpasses: one carrying Route 29 over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and one carrying Linton Hall and Gallerher roads over the railroad and Route 29.
To further improve traffic flow, Route 29 will be widened to six lanes and eliminate driveway entrances and two traffic signals between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive.
Below are two renderings showing the future traffic patterns. One is the view from Route 29 towards I-66 with Atlas Walk Shopping in the upper right. The other is from I-66 looking down Route 29 heading towards Warrenton, VA.
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