Route 28 Corridor Improvements
The development of the Route 28 corridor into a limited access roadway served to address the growing importance of Route 28 as a critical transportation link and economic engine in the Northern Virginia region. The highway connects I-66 with the Dulles Toll Road/Greenway and Route 7 and serves numerous major businesses, a Smithsonian museum, and Dulles International Airport.
In September 2002, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Clark and Shirley signed the Route 28 Corridor Improvements Comprehensive Agreement. It provided a combined commitment of approximately $200 million in improvements to convert six of ten at-grade, signalized intersections to high-capacity, grade-separated interchanges.
Developed under Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act, the project was financed primarily through revenues from the Route 28 Land Owners’ Tax District. In early 2006, members of Edgemoor and Shirley, both Clark subsidiaries, began working with the Land Owners’ Tax District, Loudoun County, and Fairfax County to develop a plan that would fund the conversion of the final four at grade intersections into grade separated interchanges.
The team came up with a creative plan for financing the additional work that was agreeable to all parties. The Land Owners’ Tax District, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and VDOT approved the deal in November 2006. The team was then authorized to proceed with the final four interchanges. Completion of the corridor will continue to spur economic development and improve the quality of life for the region.