Widened Route 1 Opens in Northern Virginia
June 13, 2012Location: Herndon, Virginia
Photo courtesy of Prince William Co.
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.