The Stafford County Board of Supervisors this week voted to support a widening plan for U.S. 1 in the Boswell’s Corner area.

The plan, developed by the Federal Highway Administration, is geared to help the corridor handle increased traffic, primarily related to Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Base Realignment and Closure, which brought thousands of federal workers into the commuting mix in North Stafford and southern Prince William County.

The plan calls for widening U.S. 1 to six lanes from Telegraph Road to the Quantico base’s main gate at Joplin and Fuller roads in Triangle. A similar widening project on U.S. 1 was done in the Triangle area.

Along with widening the highway, there are plans for a raised median and numerous intersection improvements, including Russell Road, where an interchange will be built. The plans also include multi-use paths along the highway.

There is no timeline at this point for the widening project, and it isn’t fully funded. The estimated cost of the work is $76 million.

The designs were developed by the FHWA, but Virginia Department of Transportation is now handling the project.

A companion project includes improvements to the Telegraph Road intersection.

That work, being handled by the FHWA’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, will add turn lanes on Telegraph and U.S. 1. It is slated to start in the spring of 2014 and possibly be finished by next fall.

A public hearing on the intersection work will be held Nov. 21.

Both projects will impact businesses along U.S. 1, causing some concern among owners and residents. Those concerns came up at public meetings focused on the projects.

Stafford has plans for the Boswell’s Corner area, considering it a place that could become “a vibrant business community anchor,” according to the county’s website.

Already in the Boswell’s Corner area there is the Quantico Corporate Center, where numerous retail businesses and defense contractors are leasing space. The county also recently bought 13 acres at the development for its technology and research park.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436

WANT TO COMMENT?

A public hearing on the U.S. 1 improvement plan in North Stafford will be held 6–8 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The meeting will be held at the Hilldrup Moving Co. and Storage, at 4022 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford.

Those wishing to make written comments can mail them by Dec. 9 to: Robert Morris, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20166–6511. Emails may be sent to Robert.Morris@dot.gov. Include “Telegraph Road and Route 1 Improvements” in the subject line.

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