Linton Hall connector nearly complete
Part of Rollins Ford Road extension includes a bridge over Broad Run. The Prince William County project will connect Vint Hill Road to Linton Hall Road and will eventually be the site of a soccer field complex.
Folks traveling between Prince William and Fauquier County will soon have another entry point off Vint Hill Road.
The Rollins Ford extension project, which will connect Vint Hill to the heavily traveled Linton Hall Road, is way ahead of schedule, said Prince William County Transportation Director Tom Blaser.
What once was a projected April 2014 opening may now occur as early as the end of 2013, said Prince William government officials.
When completed, commuters should be able to save 10 to 15 minutes on their commute times when the two roads are connected.
There are currently two ways for residents to get from Vint Hill to Linton Hall, which runs roughly parallel: they can either cut across using Glenkirk Road to the north, or Sudley Manor Drive to the south.
Rollins Ford Road is a middle option, so drivers don't have to go as far out of their way to cut across from east to west.
Those traveling Vint Hill have probably noticed the construction around the entrance to Rollins Ford Road. As a result of the construction, Vint Hill has been widened temporarily in that section with barricades separating the two new lanes from the two original lanes.
When the project is completed, there will be both a right-turn lane and left turn lane off Vint Hill onto Rollins Ford.
The project is being paid for through Prince William County's 2006 Bond Referendum. The most expensive part of the $15.1 million project was building a four-lane bridge spanning Broad Run closer to Linton Hall.
"You’ll have 365-foot double-span, twin bridges; one bridge for the southbound and one bridge for the northbound,” said Lenny Coleman, construction manager for the Prince William County Department of Transportation. “It’s a pretty big, long bridge.”
According to the county Capital Improvement Plan, there will be a soccer complex built alongside Rollins Ford to accommodate the growing population along the Gainesville - Linton Hall corridor.
The park will include an artificial turf field, five natural grass soccer fields, a playground and trails for passive recreation.
While the fields are scheduled to come online the next two summers, they will not be constructed until all funding is identified.
Staff writer Kipp Hanley can be reached at (540) 878-2414.
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