October 3, 2002 the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
signed a Comprehensive Agreement with The Clark Construction Group,
Inc. and its road and bridge construction subsidiary, Shirley Contracting
Company, LLC to develop, design and build six high-capacity grade-separated
interchanges on Route 28 in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Improvements
to the corridor are vital to the continued economic development
of the fast-growing area that is home to Dulles International Airport,
AOL Time Warner Headquarters and the Smithsonian's new Air and Space
The agreement provided a combined commitment of $200 million in
improvements to the Route 28 corridor over the next four years.
Ultimate plans call for constructing a total of 10 interchanges
and widening Route 28 from six to eight lanes between Route 7 and
Interstate 66. The initial six interchange upgrades included Route
606, Route 625 and Sterling Boulevard in Loudoun County, and Air
& Space Museum Parkway (formerly Barnsfield Road), Westfields
Boulevard and McLearen Road in Fairfax County. Route 28 Corridor
Improvements, LLC (the Clark/Shirley team) is responsible for right-of-way
acquisition, utility relocation, site development, design and construction
As a result of the successful completion of the first six interchanges on
time and on budget, VDOT awarded the Clark/Shirley Team a change order to
construct an additional four interchanges in November 2006. The interchanges
included Nokes Boulevard, Innovation Avenue, Frying Pan Road and Willard Road.
These interchanges were opened to traffic by the end of 2009.
Additionally, the Route 28 project scope includes widening Route 28 to
eight (8) lanes (as yet unfunded) and constructing secondary road improvements
on Centreville Road (complete), Atlantic Boulevard (under construction),
Loudoun County Parkway (complete), Davis Drive (complete) and two (2)
sections of Pacific Boulevard (complete).
project is being built under Virginia's Public-Private Transportation
Act, which allows private entities to propose innovative solutions
for designing, building, financing and operating transportation
improvements. VDOT will contribute state highway funds, and revenue
bonds backed by proceeds from the Route 28 Tax District will be
utilized to finance the balance of the project. Landowners along
Route 28 agreed to pay for improvements to the corridor in 1988
through a special tax district.
County, Virginia is the second fastest growing county in the nation.
More than 100,000 cars a day use the segment of Route 28 just north
of the Dulles Toll Road. By 2012, transportation officials estimate
that segment will carry 200,000 cars a day.