Wednesday, October 27, 2010

VDOT Announces Extension of Atlantic Boulevard

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in just over a year from now, Loudoun County drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy an additional alternative to Route 28 with the extension of Atlantic Boulevard from Magnolia Road to Church Road.

When it opens to traffic in late 2011, the new 0.4-mile section of Atlantic Boulevard will provide a continuous route from Sterling Road (Route 846) north to Route 7 (about 4.5 miles). Atlantic Boulevard runs parallel and just to the east of Route 28, serving as an alternative to the heavily traveled highway.

The new roadway will have four lanes, a raised median, an asphalt multi-purpose trail on the east and a concrete sidewalk on the west. It will also feature a single-span bridge over the Washington and Old Dominion Trail with connections to the trail.

The total cost, including preliminary engineering, right of way, utilities and construction is $24 million.

Although the extension will be constructed under the Route 28 PPTA design-build contract, it is state-funded and will be maintained by VDOT when complete. Final work will be completed in spring 2012. The contractor is Route 28 Corridor Improvements, LLC.

In September, VDOT completed the $23 million design-build project to construct a missing segment of Pacific Boulevard, providing a parallel network just to the west of Route 28 from Dresden Street to Nokes Boulevard (about two miles).

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