Roanoke River Rd/Braddock Rd Road Improvements
Roanoke River Road/Braddock Road Improvements
As part of a joint project between George Mason University and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, road improvements will be made to Roanoke River Road and Braddock Road starting in July 2012.
The road improvements include (1) doubling the length of the left turn lane for east-bound Braddock Road into Roanoke River Road onto campus; (2) widening Roanoke River Road on campus to have three lanes outbound, a median, and two lanes into campus with a dedicated left turn lane into Lot K and a dedicated right turn lane onto Po River Lane by the Patriot Center as the road heads toward Lots L and A; and (3) synchronizing the traffic signal at Roanoke River Road and Braddock Road, so left turns out of campus and University Mall can be made simultaneously to improve traffic flow on Braddock Road.
Roanoke River Road will be closed July 27 – August 17, 2012. To minimize the lane closures and effects on traffic when the fall 2012 semester begins in late August, Roanoke River Road will be completely closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic from early July to late August to allow the contractor as much time as possible to get the maximum amount of work done.
Expect heavy traffic on Braddock Road. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are strongly urged to find alternative access points to campus, including Mason Pond Drive off Rt. 123, University Drive, and Shenandoah River Lane off Roberts Road. Alternate directions can be found at here. Although detours using Nottoway River Lane off Braddock Road will be in place, traffic between Roberts Road and Rt. 123 and to the east and west will still be disrupted, so avoiding Braddock Road altogether is highly encouraged in July and August.
To see a project overview, get current information and updates on this and other upcoming road projects, revisit Building Patriot Pride. For information about parking, transportation, and the effects on traffic caused by construction and events, check out Parking and Transportation on Facebook and Twitter.
The project will be administered by Mason’s Facilities Management in coordination with Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and University Mall, which will undergo a simultaneous renovation that includes work on the westbound left-hand turn lane as you approach the mall entrance on Braddock Road. Mason’s contractor will do the actual work for University Mall on Braddock Road but will be paid through the University Mall project.