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Fairfax County Parkway Earns Top Quality Award

The most recently completed portion of the Fairfax County Parkway won the Virginia Transportation Construction Project Award for the best construction program in Virginia for the year 2002. This is an annual award program conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Road and Transportation Builders Association (VRTBA).

The project selected is the Fairfax County Parkway segment from Sunset Hills Road to Walnut Branch Road in Herndon. The award went to the VDOT Northern Virginia Construction Fairfax Parkway Project Team. The VDOT Construction Fairfax County Parkway Project Team consisted of VDOT’s Northern Virginia District, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Moore Brothers Company, Inc. The team was specifically cited for “quality construction, innovative evaluation and prioritization of project elements and opening a high quality and strategic roadway corridor to the traveling public ahead of schedule.”

The Parkway is Fairfax County’s only circumferential highway outside the Capital Beltway. It links three major limited access facilities, I-95, I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road. The Parkway also provides access to the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station and the Transportation center east of I-95. The half-mile section of the Parkway from Walnut Branch Road to Sunset Hills Road including the Baron Cameron Avenue interchange opened to traffic November 5, 2001. Its completion gave motorists a continuous 33-mile four and six-lane highway from Route 7 in Dranesville to Beulah Street in Kingstowne.

The Virginia Transportation Construction Project Award is an annual award program conducted by VDOT and VRTBA. A joint committee consisting of VDOT and VRTBA representatives review the nominee packages and perform on-site reviews of all projects under consideration. Projects are submitted from each of the nine VDOT districts in Virginia. Of the nine projects, only one is selected for the statewide award. As a result of winning the state title, the Fairfax Parkway project will be Virginia’s entry into the National Partnership for Highway Quality Construction Achievement Awards competition.

The award was presented at the VDOT/VRTBA Contractor/Engineer Conference, April 1 in Norfolk, Virginia.
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