County, regional and state officials will be on hand today to celebrate the widening of Old Ox Rd. to four lanes in Sterling.
Construction crews completely rebuilt and widened the rural, two-lane road to four lanes from Evergreen Mills Road to the Dulles Greenway. The final four-lane segment between Pebble Run Place and Commerce Center Court opened to traffic Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Planning for widening the road between Rt. 50 and the Greenway started in the early 1990s. The first section, from Rt. 50 to Evergreen Mills Rd., was completed in 2003.
The $119 million project from Evergreen Mills to the Greenway also included two new bridges at Horsepen Dam, a new signalized intersection at Old Ox Rd. and Commerce Center Court, and more than five miles of shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians. It was jointly funded by Loudoun County, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The airports authority contributed about 24 acres of land to the project.
According to the state department of transportation, up to 26,000 vehicle a day travel Old Ox Rd. between Evergreen Mills Rd. and the Greenway. Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Supervisors Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), and Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) are expected to be on hand to celebrate the finished project, joined by airports authority Vice President and Dulles International Airport Manager Mike Stewart, Prince William County supervisors and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Chairman Martin E. Nohe, and Virginia Department of Transportation Northern Virginia District Construction Engineer William Cuttler.