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Russell Road at Route 1 STARS Safety and Operational Improvements Study

Enhancements at the Russell Road/Route 1 interchange in Prince William County

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
April 2020

Est Completion Date
May 2021

Phase
Study

Cost
$179,000 (Study)

Locality
Prince William

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Clinton Smith, P.E.
Planning
804-786-6752
Rahul Trivedi, P.E.
Planning
703-259-2308

About the Study

This STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) study assessed potential safety and operational improvements for the Russell Road and Route 1 interchange. The final report was released in May 2021. 

The interchange experiences frequent backups, especially on weekdays during peak commute hours. Additionally, rerouted traffic during I-95 incidents compound the congestion. These backups are contributing factors to crashes in the area. 

The recommended Russell Road and Route 1 interchange improvements include:

Intersection of Russell Road and ramps west of Route 1: 

  • Widening Russell Road from two to four lanes in the area of the intersection.
  • Installing a traffic signal at the intersection.
  • Adding a second left-turn lane on the southbound Route 1 ramp to westbound Russell Road.
  • Converting the free-flow right turn to a signalized right-turn lane on the southbound Route 1 ramp to eastbound Russell Road.

Intersection of Russell Road and ramps east of Route 1:

  • Widening Russell Road from two to four lanes in the area of the intersection.
  • Installing a Continuous Green-T signal allowing continuous eastbound traffic along Russell Road.
  • Adding a second left-turn lane from northbound Route 1 to eastbound Russell Road.
  • Converting the free-flow right turn to a signalized right-turn lane on the northbound Route 1 ramp to westbound Russell Road.

Russell Road over Route 1:

  • Constructing a new two-lane bridge for eastbound Russell Road traffic and converting the existing bridge to two lanes of westbound Russell Road traffic

Please note that this study does not set construction dates for any improvements, but develops proposed improvements that localities can pursue for funding and consider including in their comprehensive plans

Schedule
Begin Study - April 2020
Virtual Public Involvement - October 2020
Study Completion - May 2021

Resources

Final Report - May 2021

Virtual Public Involvement Video Presentation and PDF Presentation - Oct. 2020

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