County Hits Pause on Old Bridge Road/123 Intersection Flyover Ramp

County Hits Pause on Old Bridge Road/123 Intersection Flyover Ramp

Anybody who has woven through four lanes of traffic to turn left from Route 123 onto Old Bridge Road, or waited indefinitely to make a right turn there, knows that traffic safety and flow improvements are sorely needed at this intersection. Achieving these will be a massive undertaking. We will just get one shot at it and it must be done right. I support the PWC Department of Transportation (DOT) taking a step back from the flyover option as it is currently conceived.

When weighing in on the concepts produced by Virginia Department of Transportation, I’ve emphasized the need to minimize impacts to nearby residents and businesses, and have appreciated the sensitivity our DOT has shown to these concerns as they gathered and responded to constituent feedback. I look forward to continuing discussions with staff and community members as to next steps that can be a net positive for residents of the Occoquan District. Keep an eye out for details on a Mobility Town Hall next month, focused on this and other transportation initiatives in our district.

As reported in INSIDENOVA: Prince William County’s Department of Transportation is hitting the pause button on a major proposal for the Route 123 and Old Bridge Road intersection in Woodbridge, saying concern from businesses and residents is prompting a rethink on the plan for a massive new flyover ramp.

In a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors, Transportation Director Rick Canizales said his office needed to “take a step back” before moving forward with the project’s 30% design phase. (The 30% design phase essentially means defining and refining the project’s scope, schedule and budget.)

“We are actually going back and negotiating a task order [with the consultant]. We’re splitting the task order into two and taking a step back,” Canizales said in the April 4 presentation. “We’re gonna take a look at some potential other concepts before we start working on a 30% design that we can take to public hearing.” Read the full article at INSIDENOVA.