Roberts Road to See Significant Improvements

Posted: June 19, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm

By Dave Andrews

As part of Mason’s faculty and staff housing project, Masonvale, the university is providing many improvements to Roberts Road.

To make the area safer for pedestrians as well as vehicles, Roberts Road will be realigned, and extensive improvements will be made at the Shenandoah River Lane intersection. The improved intersection will feature a right-turn lane from Shenandoah onto Roberts Road, as well as right and left turn lanes on Roberts Road.

Further north on Roberts Road, Mason will create an entrance to Masonvale with additional turn lanes into the community to maintain traffic flow. Furthermore, Mason will build a continuation of the Fairfax County’s pedestrian trail along Roberts Road.

The narrow, yet well-traveled Roberts Road will require a great deal of tree pruning and removal. The tree removal will begin in late July and last approximately one month.  Project managers assure the community that traffic will not be affected in any way during that time.

However, the grading and utility work beginning in early August is likely to cause occasional lane closures. This work will be done by companies such as Verizon, Washington Gas and Virginia Power, making it difficult to predict a specific traffic schedule at this time.

As necessary, flag workers and traffic control devices will be in place throughout the project. To minimize traffic impact, the Virginia Department of Transportation allows such construction work only during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The entire project is expected to be complete by early January 2010. If you have questions, contact Mason’s Transportation Office.

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