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 1918 – 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
Counties Fauquier, Prince William, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, Fairfax, Loudoun
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, particularly the portions within western Fairfax County and eastern Loudoun County, where most of the route is a 6-lane freeway.

Route description[edit]

SR 28 is one of two routes to survive from the 1918 inception of Virginia's state route system without being completely decommissioned or renumbered, the other being SR 10. However, due to extensions, truncations, and partial renumberings, the current SR 28 contains no portion of the earliest routing, which ran near present-day U.S. 29 from Lovingston in Nelson County to Charlottesville. [1]

Fauquier County[edit]

The southern terminus of route 28

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.

Prince William County[edit]

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 south 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.[2]

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.

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.

View south along VA 28 from Air and Space Museum Parkway on the border of Oak Hill and Chantilly

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]

View west along VA 7 towards the interchange with 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 Hall of Famer (the team's official headquarters is in Ashburn), whose uniform number was 28.[3] 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.

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 US 50, VA 7 and VA 267.[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
  • SR 625 Interchange – Completed
  • SR 625 Interchange (Waxpool/Church Roads), Flyover Bridge & Waxpool Road widening – Completed Fall 2005
  • Church Road Widening and W&OD Trail Bridge – Completed Fall 2006
  • SR 606 Interchange (Old Ox Road) – Completed Spring 2005
  • SR 662 Interchange (Westfields Boulevard) – Completed Fall 2005
  • SR 668 Interchange (McLearen Road) – Completed Spring 2006
  • SR 846 Interchange (Sterling Boulevard) – Completed Spring 2007
  • SR 607 (Loudoun County Parkway) – Completed Summer 2006
  • SR 657 (Centreville Road) – Completed Fall 2007
  • Pacific Boulevard (between Sterling Blvd. and Cedar Green Rd.) – Completed Spring 2007
  • Willard Road Interchange – Completed Summer 2009
  • SR 608 Interchange (Frying Pan Road) – Completed Spring 2010
  • VA 209 (Innovation Avenue) – right-in, right-out – Completed Fall 2007
  • SR 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 Intersection – Completed Spring 2007[5]
  • VA 209, full interchange – Construction began Fall 2011, completed early 2017.[6]
  • Atlantic Boulevard (extension to Church Road)] – Construction began Spring 2010, completed December 2011.[7]
  • Interstate 66/Braddock Road/Walney Road interchange reconstruction and Poplar Tree Road overpass – construction began April 2018[8]

VA 28 was widened to four lanes southbound between Waxpool Road and Innovation Avenue in January 2017, and northbound between McLearen Road and VA 267 in June 2017.[9] 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.[10] The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors most recently endorsed the bridge at a summer 2017 transportation summit, although Montgomery County, Maryland remains adamantly opposed to the project.[11]

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location mi[12] km Destinations Notes
Fauquier Remington 0.00 0.00 US 15 / US 29 (James Madison Highway) / SR 657 (Kings Hill Road) – Culpeper, Warrenton Southern terminus
Bealeton 2.30 3.70 US 17 (Marsh Road) – Warrenton, Fredericksburg
Prince William Bristow 18.84 30.32 SR 215 west (Vint Hill Road) / SR 779 north (Chapel Springs Road)
18.96 30.51 SR 619 (Linton Hall Road) – Gainesville, Bristow, Independent Hill
City of Manassas 20.36 32.77 SR 234 to I-66 – Dumfries Partial cloverleaf interchange with flyover ramps
23.23 37.39
SR 234 Bus. (Grant Avenue)
City of Manassas Park 24.89 40.06 Manassas Drive (SR 213)
Fairfax Centreville 29.65 47.72 US 29 to I-66 west – Fairfax, Gainesville, Front Royal Partial cloverleaf interchange
30.19 48.59 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
Chantilly 32.26 51.92 SR 662 (Westfields Boulevard) South end of freeway
Willard Road (SR 6215 / SR 8457) Single-point urban interchange
34.14 54.94 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
McNair SR 608 (Frying Pan Road) Trumpet interchange
Loudoun Sterling 38.98 62.73 SR 267 east / Dulles Toll Road east / west – Washington & Dulles Airport SR 267 exit 9

SR 267 Toll west – Leesburg
SR 267 exit 9A; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Innovation Avenue (SR 209) Trumpet interchange
39.98 64.34 SR 606 (Old Ox Road) to US 50 west – Herndon Cloverleaf interchange
40.60 65.34 SR 846 (Sterling Boulevard) Partial cloverleaf interchange
41.73 67.16 SR 625 (Waxpool Road / Church Road) / to Pacific Boulevard south – Ashburn, Sterling
Warp Drive Northbound exit only
SR 1793 (Nokes Boulevard / Gloucester Parkway) – Dulles Town Center Cloverleaf interchange
44.89 72.24 SR 7 west – Leesburg, Winchester Northbound exit and southbound entrance; serves Inova Loudoun Hospital
SR 1582 (Algonkian Parkway) Southbound entrance only
SR 7 east – Tysons Corner, Falls Church Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Innovation Avenue Phases 2 and 3". Route 28 Public/Private Partnership. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Final Section of Atlantic Boulevard Open to Traffic Dec. 14". Virginia Department of Transportation. December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "I-66 Outside the Beltway Construction Overview". 
  9. ^ "Route 28 Spot Widening". VDOT. 
  10. ^ Cetron, Ari (September 28, 2005). "Three Men and a Bridge". Vienna Connection Newspaper. [dead link]
  11. ^ Kashiwagi, Sydney (12 July 2017). "New bridge crossing from Loudoun to Maryland? No thanks, say Maryland leaders". 
  12. ^ Traffic Engineering Division (2016). "2016 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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