May 19, 2003; For Immediate Release

On May 19, 2003, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Route 28 Corridor Improvements, LLC (Route 28, LLC) welcomed Loudoun County officials, Route 28 Landowners' Advisory Board members, and Virginia members of the House of Representatives for an official groundbreaking ceremony at the old First Union Bank site to mark the beginning of construction activities for two of the interchanges being constructed on Route 28 under Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act--Route 625 and Route 606. Three of the six interchanges included in this phase of the project are now under construction.

Speakers included: John DePasquale of VDOT, Michael E. Post of Shirley Contracting, LLC, Del. Dick Black (R-32nd), Laurey Millspaugh of the Route 28 Landowners' Advisory Board, Hobie Mitchell of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and Chairman Scott York of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

The intersection at Route 28 and Route 625 is being replaced with a partial cloverleaf, including a four-lane bridge to carry Route 625 traffic over Route 28 and a flyover ramp from northbound Route 28 to westbound Route 625. Construction started in March to widen the bridge over Broad Run from four to six lanes. A major improvement for bicyclists will include a bridge carrying Route 625 over the W&OD trail. The interchange will be completed in fall 2005.

The intersection at Route 28 and Route 606 is being replaced with a full cloverleaf interchange and a four-lane bridge to carry Route 606 traffic over Route 28. The interchange will be completed by early 2005.

Further south on Route 28 in Fairfax County, work continues on the interchange at Air and Space Museum Parkway (formerly Barnsfield Road). VDOT is building the interchange roads into the Museum and will complete them this fall. Route 28, LLC will complete the four-lane bridge over Route 28 and the new entrance to Sully Historic Site next spring.

Last fall, VDOT signed an agreement with Route 28, LLC comprised of The Clark Construction Group, Inc. and Shirley Contracting Company to develop, design and build six grade-separated interchanges. Ultimate plans call for construction of a total of 10 interchanges and widening Route 28 to eight lanes.

Route 28, LLC is responsible for right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, site development, design and construction services. The Route 28 Tax District is providing 75 percent of the cost of improvements in the corridor through special tax collections.

Please click here to view photographs of the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

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