The new Thomasson Barn Road connecting Hornbaker Road and Discovery Boulevard is now open.
Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson said she was glad the 1,600-foot, divided road is finished. "It is good to see Thomasson Barn Road come to fruition on time and budget. With the addition of new office space, and the growing popularity of 2 Silos-Farm Brew Live, traffic in this portion of Innovation Park is increasing daily. By opening a second access point here, the county ensures that traffic will move smoothly as additional businesses locate here."
The project was built largely in-house with a bit of outside help, said Rick Canizales, the director of the county's Department of Transportation, "It was a collaborative effort between the county's Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works to construct this facility as it had been envisioned in plans for the area. Transportation led the planning, design and procurement, and Public Works constructed it, with assistance from Shirley Construction."
During a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the road, Canizales mentioned the importance of the interagency collaboration. "We started this project by engineering it. (Public Works) staff came in and constructed the project, but… this is Innovation. It's an Economic Development project that we've done here. So, it's bringing three departments together to create a nice project that has this great result."
"This is a very proud moment for us. This is the first project of its kind where we build a project from scratch exclusively with county crews and county equipment," said Tom Bruun, the county's Public Works director. "As Rick said, it demonstrates a great partnership with different departments to bring a project like this home."
Lawson echoed those sentiments. "This is an exciting day. This is a great project that was paid for through the Innovation Enterprise Fund, and I'm going to commend the Public Works Department for their fine job for building this connection. This is going to be a great new piece of the network out here. I'm so excited about the future of Innovation Park, and I look forward to more economic development out here."
County Executive Chris Martino noted that the Board of County Supervisors purchased the 500 acres at Innovation in 1997 and set up the Innovation Enterprise Fund as a way to fund infrastructure improvements through the land sales there. "It's a great way to fund this project, put the money right back into our investment, which is bearing tremendous fruits all around. It's a great, great project… It makes an important connection to this whole area."
According to Mo Ayyoubi, a capital projects manager with the county's Department of Transportation, the project construction started in November 2018 and was built and designed for future improvements. "We designed it in case we have to widen the road to four lanes; and we're going to put sidewalks in that corridor. That job is coming up very soon."
More information about transportation and mobility projects in the county can be found at pwcgov.org/transportation.