Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials say construction on a project designed to make the Route 28 intersection at Old Centreville Road/Blooms Quarry Lane safer is set to begin this summer.
The roadways are located right at the Prince William County/Manassas Park line.
The project will eliminate the ability for most left turns currently available at the intersection, but motorists will still be able to turn left onto Blooms Quarry Lane from southbound Rt. 28, according to the project's design plan.
The southbound Rt. 28 dual left-turn lanes to eastbound Manassas Drive will be lengthened by modifying the existing raised concrete median.
The improvements are designed to eliminate conflicting traffic movements and improve safety, according to information about the project on VDOT's website. A study conducted by VDOT revealed at least eight ways a crash could occurr at the intersection in its current design, where there is no traffic light.
In addition, the crash study found a total of eight crashes with injuries did occurr in the immediate intersection from January 2005 to December of 2007. There were 16 reported incidents without injuries during the same time period in that area.
The project was recently updated from "proposed" to "under construction" after the public hearing process ended. VDOT says construction could begin as early as July 2012 and should be done by the end of October 2012. Cost for the project is about $230,000 for construction, and Arthur Construction Co. is the contractor.