Two Northern Virginia Projects Grab The Spotlight

September 14, 2012Location: Herndon, Virginia

On September 6, Prince William County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a new, 553 space Telegraph Road park & ride facility.  This high profile project was needed quickly due to parking space reductions at another location.  JMT's design helped accommodate hundreds of additional Washington DC and northern Virginia commuters, including bicyclists, seeking to share the road. 

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A sidebar to the project with its own sustainable benefits is the collaboration between JMT, Prince William County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC).  JMT designed a "test bed" for LED luminaires that will light the park & ride facility using fixtures from six manufacturers.  The intent of the evaluation is to analyze LED fixtures and compare the color and photometrics with those of standard 250W high pressure sodium fixtures as well as to monitor how each performs over time.  VTRC will conduct the tests and analyze the results, while Prince William County is funding the design and VDOT is administering the project.  Results will be applied to promote energy-saving lighting projects throughout Virginia.

Read more about the project and see photos of the ribbon-cutting ceremony via these links.

On September 13, the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance held its annual Transportation Engineering Awards celebration.  JMT's design of the Fairfax County Parkway Phases I/II and IV received the VTCA's award for VDOT projects greater than $10 million. 

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Fairfax County Parkway (FCP), a fast-tracked Design-Build project, completed a vital link to I-95 and helped address the traffic impact of the US Army relocating 8,500 jobs to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Campus East at Fort Belvoir North Area as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program. The work included interchange designs, multi-purpose trails along FCP, grading for a future Park-n-Ride, geotechnical engineering, seven new bridges, one bridge widening, multiple retaining walls, two noise walls, two box culvert extensions, and widening of I-95 to accommodate a new exit lane for direct access to the NGA.

The VTCA award is JMT's third engineering honor received for this project.

The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance is an association of more than 300 companies -- contractors, aggregate producers, engineers, suppliers and service providers -- who design, build and maintain Virginia's transportation network.