Virginia State Route 28

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State Route 28 marker

State Route 28
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 49 mi[1] (79 km)
Existed: Former alignments: 1918-1933 (various parts from Lovingston to New Baltimore, replaced by US 29), 1926-1940 (New Baltimore to Centreville via Manassas), 1936-1966 (Herndon to Dranesville);[1] current alignment: 1940 (Remington to Manassas), 1961 (Manassas to Chantilly), 1966 (Chantilly to VA 7) – present
Major junctions
South end: US 15 / US 29 / SR 657 near Remington
 

US 17 near Bealeton
SR 234 in Manassas


SR 234 Bus. in Manassas
US 29 in Centreville
I‑66 in Centreville
US 50 in Chantilly
SR 267 near Sterling (Washington Dulles International Airport access)
North end: SR 7 near Sterling
Highway system
SR 27 US 29

State Route 28 (SR 28) is a primary state highway that traverses the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Fauquier in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is a major artery through Northern Virginia.

Route description[edit]

Fauquier County[edit]

The southern terminus of route 28

Route 28 starts at busy US 29/US 15 just north of Culpeper County, and intersects US 17 about three miles (5 km) from its beginning. It is two lanes throughout rural Fauquier County with a speed limit of 45 mph (70 km/h) and passes by farms and agricultural areas. Most of the way through Fauquier County Route 28 runs parallel to railroad tracks in order to serve the towns that are placed along them. Several historical markers can be seen along Route 28 as it passes through Fauquier including Supreme Court Justice John Marshall's birthplace and the raid on Catlett Station. For many years the old bridge for Route 28 could be seen just outside of Catlett. Historically, the Catlett Fire Department Parade would close Route 28 for several hours each spring, however, this practice was discontinued as traffic became heavier in the 1990s.

Not far from the Prince William county border Route 28 passes the Waat Bodang Temple. Route 28 then changes names to Catlett Road and leaves Fauquier County.

Prince William County[edit]

Route 28 enters Prince William County at Nokesville. Upon leaving the town, it expands from two to four lanes and becomes Nokesville Road. Further on, it reaches its first interchange at SR 234 (Prince William Parkway), south of the City of Manassas.

VDOT has plans to create an interchange at Wellington Road in Manassas, mostly to grade-separate the crossing of Route 28 with nearby railroad tracks. This $18.3 million project was certified under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on October 5, 2009, and the contract was awarded on July 14, 2010.[2]

Route 28 is a main thoroughfare through Manassas, and separates into a one-way pair of Church and Center Streets in front of a Confederate cemetery. The split routes run through the center of the city and rejoin several blocks later, merging into Centreville Road. The road passes briefly through Manassas Park, than passes through Yorkshire until it crosses over Bull Run into Centreville, Fairfax County.

Fairfax County[edit]

Route 28/Centreville Road enters Fairfax County at Centreville, at which point it transitions from an undivided to a divided highway. It starts as a suburban arterial with only at-grade intersections, widening to six lanes at an intersection with Machen Road on the south side of Centreville. In the middle of Centreville, Route 28 intersects Interstate 66 and US 29 at partial cloverleafs; the US 29 interchange has traffic signals on US 29 but none on Route 28, while the interchange with I-66 has traffic signals on mainline Route 28. North of US 29 an expressway with both interchanges and at-grade intersections and changes designation to Sully Road. After a cloverleaf interchange with Westfields Boulevard, Route 28 enters Chantilly, and transitions from an expressway to a six lane freeway.

Route 28 travels through a single-point urban interchange with Willard Road and continues through Chantilly. Route 28 then enters Oak Hill and heads north along the eastern edge of the Washington Dulles International Airport. The next interchanges are for US 50 in Chantilly, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (an annex of the National Air and Space Museum), McLearen Road, and Frying Pan Road on the south end of Herndon. The road then exits into Loudoun County.

Loudoun County[edit]

The northern terminus of Route 28

The first interchange in Loudoun County is at the entrance to Dulles Airport, with access to the airport itself, to the Dulles Toll/Access Road (State Route 267) and Dulles Greenway, and to Innovation Avenue (State Route 209). Continuing north through Loudoun County, Route 28 has interchanges with Old Ox Road and Sterling Boulevard, the former also servicing Herndon. The next interchange is an elaborate interchange with Route 625, Waxpool Road and Church Road, which lead into Ashburn and Sterling, respectively. This interchange features two exits for Waxpool Road from the northbound lanes of Route 28: a left flyover and right loop ramp.

Heading north, Route 28 passes through the industrial and commercial areas of Dulles. It is still known as Sully Road through this stretch, although within Loudoun County it is co-designated as Darrell Green Boulevard, after the former Washington Redskins player.[3] A northbound-only, exit-only ramp at Warp Drive is followed by a partial cloverleaf serving Nokes Boulevard and the Dulles Town Center shopping mall. Route 28 ends at VA 7 in Sterling in a complete directional T interchange.

Improvement project[edit]

In 1987, Virginia authorized the creation of special tax districts. Fairfax and Loudoun Counties quickly formed the first transportation improvement district in the Commonwealth, by imposing a 20 cent per $100 real estate surcharge on commercial and industrial property located near Route 28. The surcharge financed bonds to pay for improvements to Route 28. From 1988 to 1991, 14 miles (23 km) of Route 28 were widened from two lanes to six lanes and interchanges were built at Routes 50, 7 and the Dulles Toll Road.[4]

Waxpool Road at Interchange Route 28

The completion schedule for each funded interchange and roadway is as follows:

  • Air & Space Museum Parkway Interchange - Completed Summer 2004
  • Route 625 Interchange - Completed
  • Rt. 625 Interchange (Waxpool/Church Roads), Flyover Bridge & Waxpool Road widening - Completed Fall 2005
  • Church Road Widening and W&OD Trail Bridge - Completed Fall 2006
  • Route 606 Interchange (Old Ox Road) - Completed Spring 2005
  • Route 662 Interchange (Westfields Boulevard) - Completed Fall 2005
  • Route 668 Interchange (McLearen Road) - Completed Spring 2006
  • Route 846 Interchange (Sterling Boulevard) - Completed Spring 2007
  • Route 607 (Loudoun County Parkway) - Completed Summer 2006
  • Route 657 (Centreville Road) - Completed Fall 2007
  • Pacific Boulevard (between Sterling Blvd. and Cedar Green Rd.) - Completed Spring 2007
  • Willard Road Interchange - Completed Summer 2009
  • Route 608 Interchange (Frying Pan Road) - Completed Spring 2010
  • Innovation Avenue - Phase I [Partial Interchange] (Center for Innovative Technology) - Completed Fall 2007
  • Route 1793 Interchange (Nokes Boulevard/Dulles Town Center) - Completed Summer 2009
  • Warp Drive (formerly Steeplechase Drive), converted from at-grade intersection to northbound exit ramp only - completed fall 2011
  • Pacific Boulevard (between Severn Way and Nokes Blvd.) - Fall 2009
  • Braddock/Walney Roads and Route 28 Intersection - Completed Spring 2007[5]
  • Innovation Avenue - Phase II [Full Interchange] (Center for Innovative Technology) - Construction began Fall 2011.
  • Atlantic Boulevard (extension to Church Road)] - Construction began Spring 2010.[6]

Clark is currently studying the widening of Route 28 to eight lanes and will file a proposal in the fall of 2010 expected to cover at least 30% of the 6-lane stretch.[7] For a decade there have also been proposals to extend Route 28 to north to connect it with Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg, Maryland over a Techway Bridge across the Potomac River.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Fauquier   0 0 US 15 / US 29 (James Madison Highway) / SR 657 (Kings Hill Road) – Culpeper, Warrenton
Bealeton 2 3 US 17 (Marsh Road) – Warrenton, Fredericksburg
Catlett SR 667 (Old Dumfries Road) / SR 806 (Elk Run Road) former SR 233 south
Prince William   21 34 SR 215 west (Vint Hill Road) / SR 779 north (Chapel Springs Road)
City of Manassas 23 37 SR 234 to I‑66 – Dumfries interchange
25 40
SR 234 Bus. (Grant Avenue)
City of Manassas Park 27 43 Manassas Drive (SR 213)
Fairfax Centreville New Braddock Road (SR 7783 / SR 8350)
32 51 US 29 to I‑66 west – Fairfax, Gainesville, Front Royal Partial cloverleaf interchange
32.5 52.3 I‑66 – Front Royal, Washington I-66 exit 53; no direct access from SR 28 north to I-66 west or I-66 east to SR 28 south
Braddock Road (SR 620) / Walney Road (SR 657) - Walney Visitors Center no left turns allowed except from SR 28 north
Chantilly SR 662 (Westfields Boulevard) Cloverleaf interchange
Willard Road (SR 6215 / SR 8457) Single-point urban interchange
36.5 58.7 US 50 – Fairfax, Winchester Cloverleaf interchange
  Air and Space Museum Parkway (SR 7833) - Sully Historic Site, Air & Space Museum Cloverleaf interchange
Floris SR 668 (McLearen Road) Trumpet interchange
Floris
McNair
SR 608 (Frying Pan Road) Trumpet interchange
Loudoun   43 69 SR 267 east – Washington, Dulles Airport SR 267 exit 9
  43 69 SR 267 west – Leesburg SR 267 exit 9; northbound exit and southbound entrance
  43.5 70.0 Innovation Avenue (SR 209) Interchange; northbound access only, remainder under construction as of Spring 2014[9]
Oak Grove SR 606 (Old Ox Road) to US 50 west – Herndon Cloverleaf interchange
Oak Grove
Sterling
SR 846 (Sterling Boulevard) Partial cloverleaf interchange
Sterling Cedar Green Road (SR 775) northbound exit only
Sterling / Ashburn SR 625 (Waxpool Road / Church Road) / to Pacific Boulevard south – Ashburn, Sterling interchange
Sterling Warp Drive northbound exit only
Dulles Town Center / Ashburn SR 1793 (Nokes Boulevard) – Dulles Town Center Cloverleaf interchange
  49 79 SR 7 – Leesburg, Winchester, Tysons Corner, Falls Church interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "VA 28". Retrieved March 31, 2012. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "ARRA Project Tracking Sheet" (PDF). p. 11. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SB 1004 Darrell Green Boulevard". Legislative Information System. Virginia General Assembly. March 24, 2003. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Project Overview". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Braddock/ Walney and Route 28 Intersection". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Atlantic Boulevard Extension". Virginia Department of Transportation. January 5, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "8 Lane Widening Study". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ Cetron, Ari (September 28, 2005). "Three Men and a Bridge". Vienna Connection Newspaper. [dead link]
  9. ^ Interchange near Dulles still a work in progress

External links[edit]

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