Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019

Richmond Highway Widening Update

VDOT’s project team hosted a Design Public Hearing on March 26th for the Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements project in Fairfax County, thereby reaching a major milestone for the project. VDOT is now able to seek final design endorsement from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and then final design approval from VDOT.

The project will widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane, and reserve 56 feet between the travel lanes for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes. There are 199 properties impacted by the project improvements, plus 46 businesses and approximately 17 homeowners that may be displaced.

VDOT anticipates beginning the right-of-way acquisition process in late 2019, and has allocated two years to complete the acquisitions. The project has funding for final design, right-of-way acquisition, and utility relocation. Construction on the road improvements is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2023.

The project will be disruptive to existing businesses, property owners, and residents along the corridor; however, VDOT and Fairfax County hope that the project will be transformative to the area and enable the realization of the goals within the County’s Embark Richmond Highway plan.

The firm currently represents over a dozen property owners in connection with the anticipated taking of their property. If you require any assistance in an eminent domain matter, please contact Michael J. Coughlin at mcoughlin@thelandlawyers.com or at 703.680.4664.