Fairfax County Parkway

Constructing and completing the Fairfax County Parkway was one of the Alliance’s original priorities. The Alliance recommends converting the Fairfax County Parkway to a limited access facility and widening to 6-8 lanes with grade separations at select intersections between the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) and US Route 50.

The Alliance Urges Fairfax County Parkway Improvements Move Forward

January 24, 2019 in: Alliance PositionVDOT

As a primary focus of the Alliance since its founding in 1987, the Fairfax County Parkway has been one of the unsung Northern Virginia transportation success stories. Moving hundreds of thousands of trips every day, the Parkway provides a critical north-south connection in Fairfax County that has been instrumental to the County’s and region’s evolution, quality of […]


Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition Urges Focus on Performance-Based Transportation Investments

January 16, 2019 in: 2019 General Assembly

With the recent start of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly Session, the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition – a partnership consisting of the Alliance and 20 other organizations representing the vast majority of Northern Virginia’s private sector businesses and employees – has issued a position paper calling on Virginia legislators to pass performance-based transportation legislation to […]


Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Six-Year Program Choosing Wisely Now, More Important than Ever

June 1, 2018 in: 2018 General AssemblyAlliance PositionNorthern Virginia Transportation AuthorityPrioritizationTransportation Funding

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Six-Year Program Choosing Wisely Now, More Important than Ever The Virginia General Assembly’s*recent diversion of more than $100 million per year in regional and local funds to Metro makes it more important than ever for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to choose wisely in selecting highway and transit investments for its […]

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Fairfax County Parkway Overview


Constructing and completing the Fairfax County Parkway was one of the Alliance’s original priorities. The fact that in one of the wealthiest counties in America it took nearly 30 years after planning began to complete construction of the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286), formerly known as the Springfield Bypass, is indicative of how hard transportation progress is to achieve in this area and why persistence is so important. The 35-mile Parkway connects Route 1 in southern Fairfax County with Route 7 in the north.

The Alliance has long called for the development of a long-term Fairfax County Parkway Upgrade Master Plan.

Fairfax County recently requested the Virginia Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the entire Fairfax County Parkway to help identify and sequence the key Parkway improvements. Partial funding for preliminary engineering is being provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Fairfax County will also provide partial funding.

At this point the next two most logical improvements include the Popes Head Road and Loisdale Road interchanges. The VDOT study should help confirm these and other needed improvements.

Recent Upgrades

Improving access from Rolling Road and northbound I-95

This upgrade will make interchange improvements at the Fairfax County Parkway and Rolling Road, and at Fairfax County Parkway and I-95, to help meet projected increases in future traffic demands. This project is a vital I-95 connector for regional population and employment growth, but also in light of recent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission decisions which will bring 12,900 civilian and military jobs to the Engineering Proving Grounds and Fort Belvoir, located west of I-95 and east of the Fairfax County Parkway.

The improvements include:

  • Widen the one-lane loop ramp to two lanes from north and southbound Rolling Road to Fairfax County Parkway north.
  • Construct a flyover ramp from northbound I-95 to northbound Fairfax County Parkway.

Current Status

Under Construction. Click here for more information

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