Widened Route 1 Opens in Northern Virginia

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Photo courtesy of Prince William Co.

June 13, 2012Location: Herndon, Virginia

Prince William County celebrated the widening of Route 1 in Quantico, Virginia, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2012.  The event was attended by several County Supervisors and the Base Commander of Marine Corps Base Quantico.

The location is considered to be an important gateway into the county, and improvements were considered essential to help revitalize and redevelop the area.  This segment of Route 1, between Joplin Road and Brady's Hill Road, was improved to a 6-lane divided highway within a 140-foot right-of-way. The project included a multi-use asphalt trail, sidewalk, widened outside lanes to accommodate bicycles, and a 16-foot median.

As the lead designer, JMT began with design alternatives based on analyses of factors such as livability, traffic, and the recurring flooding. While we developed the final plans, we also provided utility relocation design services and addressed potential issues related to soils, groundwater, and various existing and proposed features. JMT also attended to Marine Corps Base Quantico's concerns regarding preservation of the aesthetics of the Iwo Jima Memorial statue, the base's primary entrance feature.

This successful project will improve traffic flow, address recurring flooding issues, and provide drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians with safer conditions along the corridor.