Virginia State Route 28
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||49 mi (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); current alignment: 1940 (Remington to Manassas), 1961 (Manassas to Chantilly), 1966 (Chantilly to VA 7) – present|
|South end:||US 15 / US 29 / SR 657 near Remington|
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|
|Counties:||Fauquier, Prince William, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, Fairfax, Loudoun|
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 28 starts as Catlett Road at busy US 29/US 15 in Fauquier County 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 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 as Route 28 leaves Fauquier County.
Prince William County
Upon entering Prince William County at Nokesville, SR 28 changes its name to Nokesville Road. North of the town, it expands from two to four lanes just north of SR 215. Further north, it reaches its first grade-separated interchange at SR 234/Prince William Parkway, south of the City of Manassas.
The next interchange is at Wellington Road in Manassas, mostly to grade-separate the crossing of SR 28 with nearby railroad tracks. This interchange was built as an $18.3 million project and certified under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on October 5, 2009. The contract for construction of this interchange was awarded on July 14, 2010.
SR 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 and then passes through Yorkshire as SR 28 leaves Prince William County where crossing Bull Run into Centreville, Fairfax County.
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.
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 Hall of Famer (the team's official headquarters is in Ashburn), whose uniform number was 28. A northbound-only, exit-only ramp at Warp Drive is followed by a partial cloverleaf serving Gloucester Parkway and Nokes Boulevard. This interchange leads to both Ashburn and the Dulles Town Center shopping mall. Route 28 ends at VA 7 in Sterling in a complete directional T interchange.
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.
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
- Innovation Avenue – Phase II [Full Interchange] (Center for Innovative Technology) – Construction began Fall 2011, expected completion December 2016.
- Atlantic Boulevard (extension to Church Road)] – Construction began Spring 2010.
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. 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.
||This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.|
|Fauquier||||0||0.0||US 15 / US 29 (James Madison Highway) / SR 657 (Kings Hill Road) – Culpeper, Warrenton|
|Bealeton||2||3.2||US 17 (Marsh Road) – Warrenton, Fredericksburg|
|Catlett||SR 667 (Old Dumfries Road) / SR 806 (Elk Run Road)||former SR 233 south|
|Prince William||Bristow||21||34||SR 215 west (Vint Hill Road) / SR 779 north (Chapel Springs Road)|
|SR 619 (Linton Hall Road) – Gainesville, Bristow, Independent Hill|
|City of Manassas||23||37||SR 234 to I‑66 – Dumfries||interchange|
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 line||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)||Will be trumpet interchange when completed; COMPLETELY CLOSED as of January 5, 2016 until completion of Innovation Avenue Phases II and III. Detour signs are posted on northbound route 28. Expected completion December 7, 2016.|
|Oak Grove||SR 606 (Old Ox Road) to US 50 west – Herndon||Cloverleaf interchange|
|Oak Grove–Sterling line||SR 846 (Sterling Boulevard)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|Sterling||Cedar Green Road (SR 775)||Permanently closed in July 2015 except for emergency vehicle access.|
|Sterling–Ashburn line||SR 625 (Waxpool Road / Church Road) / to Pacific Boulevard south – Ashburn, Sterling||interchange|
|Sterling||Warp Drive||northbound exit only|
|Dulles Town Center–Ashburn line||SR 1793 (Nokes Boulevard / Gloucester Parkway) – 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
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- "ARRA Project Tracking Sheet" (PDF). p. 11. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "SB 1004 Darrell Green Boulevard". Legislative Information System. Virginia General Assembly. March 24, 2003. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Project Overview". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Braddock/ Walney and Route 28 Intersection". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Innovation Avenue Phases 2 and 3". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- "Atlantic Boulevard Extension". Virginia Department of Transportation. January 5, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "8 Lane Widening Study" (PDF). Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Cetron, Ari (September 28, 2005). "Three Men and a Bridge". Vienna Connection Newspaper.[dead link]
- "Interchange near Dulles still a work in progress". The Washington Post. May 13, 2014.
- "Traffic Update". Route 28 Corridor Improvements. Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens Belfort Park Road" (PDF). Shirley Contracting Company, LLC. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
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