Improvements to University Blvd. from Hornbaker Rd. to Sudley Manor Dr. are complete, and the road is officially open to traffic along its entire length from Godwin Drive, through Innovation Technology Park, across Va. 234 Bypass and connecting into Sudley Manor Dr.
The road project, which was part of the 2006 Bond Referendum, was completed ahead of schedule and came in at roughly 2.5 percent under the original budget estimate of $20.3 million and includes a include a 5-foot sidewalk along the length of the eastbound side of the road and shared use, asphalt path on the westbound side of the road.
“This new road is vital to our transportation infrastructure,” said Brentsville District Supervisor W.S. “Wally” Covington, III at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Covington noted how the County transportation system has come a long way from the days of over-crowding on two-lane roads.
“Citizens rightly voiced louder and louder complaints about local traffic gridlock,” Covington said. “Frustrated elected officials sought solutions outside-of-the-box and asked developers for transportation dollars up front, sought transportation improvements via proffers and public-private partnerships, redirected funds from recordation taxes and applied for grants. But most importantly, 15 years ago, citizens stepped up to the plate and authorized bonds that married up new roads and improvements and we are reaping the benefits of this Prince William County taxpayer investment today,”
The benefits of the road include easing of morning and evening traffic congestion on Wellington Rd., Linton Hall Rd., Hornbaker Rd., Highway 28 and Sudley Manor Drive, which should save commuters five minutes on their daily commute. Another key benefit is the added sidewalk and multipurpose asphalt trail, which increases the connected network of trails for pedestrians throughout the Linton Hall Corridor.
Prince William Chairman Corey A. Stewart reminded people that University Blvd. and other road projects across the county are part of a growing transportation system, and that there is still more work ahead. “This project today cannot be seen just by itself. It is part of a whole group of projects. Over the next five years we have another $500 million in County and state projects that will be completed here in Prince William County.”
Shirley Contracting and Dewberry Design built the road under the Public Private Transportation Act.