Route 28 bypass online info session planned over next 3 months

County leaders in Prince William are holding more information sessions on one of the most expensive regional transportation projects in recent memory, the Route 28 bypass.

The first session will be held today, from noon until 1 p.m. It will focus on the construction timeline of the $300 million project to build a new four-lane road connecting Godwin Drive in Manassas to Route 28 at the Fairfax County line.

It’s the first of four informational sessions to be held on the project. The next, on May 28 will focus on the right-of-way process, as a total of 50 single-family homes could be demolished as part of the construction process.

The topics for two additional sessions slated for June 22 and July 27 have yet to be determined. The session topics will be derived from public comments on the project that have been posted to the county transportation department website.

In February, the county held an online video town hall on the project. Chairman At-large Ann Wheeler scrutinized residents who asked what she referred to as “silly” questions about the project. Many of those residents stand to lose their homes to the new road.

The controversial plan for the road was defeated last summer when the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to kill the project in favor of widening Route 28 in its current footprint, between Liberia Avenue in Manassas and the Fairfax County line, from four to six lanes.

A week later, the Board of County Supervisors reversed course after pressure from regional leaders outside the county who threatened to pull funding for a congestion solution for Route 28. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the road was dubbed one of the most congested streets in Northern Virginia.

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