Richmond Highway Widening

The VDOT project to widen Richmond Highway is called the “Richmond Highway Improvements Project.” This project is focused on Richmond Highway from Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway/Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane.

The aim of the project is to:​​

  • Widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes
  • Provide separate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on both sides of the roadway
  • Preserve the median width necessary to accommodate future planned BRT for dedicated bus-only lanes

Current Timeline

Spring 2023
Begin Phase 1 Partial Right of Way Acquisitions

Late 2023
Begin Phase 2 Partial Right of Way Acquisitions

Early 2025
Begin Utility Relocation

2027   Begin Construction

2029  Complete Construction



Began full parcel acquisitions – April 2021

Public Information Meetings – April and November 2017, April 2018
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Hearing and Public Information Meeting – October 2018
Design Public Hearing – March 2019
Approve Design – Spring 2019

Proposed Cross Section


Project News

July 2019
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a road design for Richmond Highway widening to keep the project on schedule. Design items included :
1.  Two-way paths for bicycles on both sides of the highway.
2. Construction of the BRT bridges at Little Hunting Creek and Dogue Creek.
3. Install a new traffic light at the US Post Office in Engleside as part of the project.
4. Construction of pedestrian underpasses at Little Hunting Creek and Dogue Creek.

February 2019
Project manager for the Richmond Highway widening, Dan Reinhart, and his staff speak to the Chamber about results of the environmental assessment of the project. This is a Federal requirement. Click here to see the presentation.


Embark Richmond Highway supports the county’s long term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving the county’s multimodal transportation system for mixed use areas and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract more residents and businesses, and create more job and tax revenues. Learn more about Embark Richmond Highway.

Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Phase I will connect Huntington Metro via North Kings Highway and Richmond Highway to Hybla Valley. The BRT lanes will be built in the center of Richmond Highway. Learn more about BRT.