With the completion of the Minnieville Road project, people will now find it easier to drive across the county from Old Bridge Road to Dumfries Road. The project widens the two-mile stretch of road between Spriggs Road and Dumfries Road from two lanes to four lanes, divided, and includes a sidewalk and shared-use path. This is the last stretch of Minnieville Road to be widened. It also includes a traffic light at the Howison Park entrance, as well as paving the parking lot at the park.
Members of the community, elected officials and those who worked on the project recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the two-year project.
Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart praised the project. "This is certainly the big one we've been waiting on for a long, long time. It's a major improvement for all the county residents."
Supervisor Marty Nohe, Coles District Supervisor agreed. "What's really exciting about this road for me – one of the many things – is it really ties into a lot of the county's strategic goals. Yes, it ties into our goal of a better road network, but it also ties into our goal of making our community more walkable and more bikeable. The citizens of Minnieville Road have not been able to walk or bike anywhere other than up and down their own street, ever, until this was done." The project is partially in the Coles District.
The other part of the project runs through the Potomac District, represented by Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who also spoke at the ribbon cutting.
Caddigan said in addition to helping district residents, the widened road will help everyone. "Commuters and others will now easily be able to travel between Dumfries Road and Old Bridge Road. Parents and other neighborhood residents will easily and safely be able to get their children to Howison Park… And bicyclists and pedestrians alike can use the sidewalk and shared-use path to not only get to the park, but to the rest of the Minnieville Road corridor."
She also said that widening the road was something county residents said they wanted. "This began as a bond referendum in 2006 when the citizens said they wanted this road. It was very important."
Nohe agreed. "Everything about this project is about something citizens told us they wanted. Every step of the way, this project was based on what the citizens told us, as a government, that they wanted us to do for them."
For more information about transportation projects in the county, visit pwcgov.org/transportation.