Five brief updates on the future Richmond Highway widening
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond Highway Corridor Improvements project between Jeff Todd Way and Sherwood Hall Lane is still a few years’ shy of construction — the tentative start date for phase one construction between Jeff Todd Way and just north of Frye Road is still early 2027 — but preparations continue to take place.
On the MoVe recently got some brief updates on the project from VDOT senior communications specialist Mike Murphy:
- The final property scheduled for demolition in 2023, the shuttered Shell station at 8851 Richmond Highway, will be demolished by the end of the year.
- In the first quarter of 2024, demolition crews will remove the building that formerly housed the Mezcalero restaurant at 8368 Richmond Highway.
- Empty lots where demolitions have taken place will remain vacant until project construction begins.
- The partial right of way acquisition process is scheduled to begin this winter. Phase one partial acquisitions were originally slated to begin in late summer 2023.
- Both phases of construction are now fully funded. According to VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Transportation Update from October 2023, the estimated cost for the entire project is $466 million.