July 12, 2021

ASHE Awards Jones Branch Connector National Project of the Year

The Jones Branch Connector Project in Tysons Corner, VA, was recently named the 2021 National Project of the Year by the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).

RK&K prepared a planning study and preliminary design for this project, a joint effort by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fairfax County to build a new crossing over the Capital Beltway in Tysons. Staff worked on both the widening of the road and extension across I-495, as well as surveying, a traffic operational analysis, VISSIM modeling, preliminary design, stormwater management, and public involvement support. A full-time RK&K construction manager and two full time field inspectors were provided during construction.

Completed in spring 2020, Scotts Crossing Road, coined the “Jones Branch Connector,” is a half mile of new road and bridges across the Beltway from Jones Branch Drive to SR 123 in Tysons. Four travel lanes, two bicycle lanes, and lighted sidewalks were built to link the Tysons East and Central areas. The road is estimated to pull 21,000 vehicles a day from local intersections, increasing to 32,000 by 2040 as business and residential redevelopment expands in Tysons.

“This project is a wonderful example of solving complex transportation issues through collaboration and innovation,” said VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Rob Cary. “The Jones Branch Connector provides a safer and more efficient way to move people and goods through this key area, improving the quality of life today, while also ensuring the ability for future expansion of multimodal transportation in Tysons.”

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