The Prince William County Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting so that people can learn about the Balls Ford Road interchange construction project at Va. 234. The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Gainesville Middle School, 8001 Limestone Drive, in Gainesville.
During the meeting, interested the public will have the chance to see the alignment of the project, which is set to begin in early 2020 on a design-build basis. Design-build means that the design of the project will be done concurrently with construction.
The scope of the project includes, but is not limited to, the design and construction of a four-lane, divided roadway and bridge crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad and a diverging diamond interchange over the Prince William Parkway. The project begins approximately 2,900 feet west of the existing Devlin Road-Wellington Road intersection and extends eastward approximately 6,800 feet, with a new alignment, to the existing Balls Ford Road-Doane Drive intersection. It also includes a 10-foot wide, multi-use path on the east side of the project and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the project's west side.
Elnour Adam, the county's mega projects branch chief, said people who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to talk with the Virginia Department of Transportation and county transportation department officials, and to provide input on the project. "They will see the construction design – where the alignment of the road will be. If they have any suggestions or if they have any concerns, they can let us know. If we see any major suggestions for changes, we can look at them."
Adam said that the project will improve access to Interstate 66 for nearby existing and planned developments and help alleviate some of the congestion in that area. "The Balls Ford Road interchange improvements will contribute to relieving existing and future traffic congestion within the Route 234 corridor, as well as improve traffic operations and coordinate with other planned transportation improvements in the vicinity of the interchange."
In addition to commenting at the meeting, people can send emails to EMADAM@pwcgov.org
. Please reference "Ball Ford Interchange PIM Comments" in the subject heading. Comments may also be mailed to: Elnour Adam, Mega Projects Branch Chief, Prince William County Department of Transportation, 5 County Complex Court, Prince William Va., 22192. Written comments must be received by April 26.
More information about transportation projects in the county can be found at pwcgov.org/transportation.