Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

R. Holder Trumbo, Jr.,  Chairman, Scott District Supervisor

July 9, 2009

Staff Lead:


Paul S. McCulla, County Administrator

County Administration



Follow-up Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Route 29 Study Work Session Regarding a Buckland Bypass


Topic Description:

The VDOT consulting team recently met with Prince William County Supervisors Wally Covington and John Stirrup regarding Route 29, as was done with the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors at its May 14, 2009 work session.  One topic that emerged in Prince William County was the need for a bypass of the Village of Buckland (National Register) and the core area of the Buckland Mills (Buckland Races) Civil War Battle. David Cubbage, Virginia Department of Transportation Residency Administrator for the Warrenton Residency, along with VDOT consultant’s (Joe Springer and Charles Rasnick), will meet with the Board of Supervisors in work session to discuss such a “Bypass” and other associated road capacity issues.   

Background Information:

Such a “Bypass” was a topic of major interest in the 2006-2007 timeframe. As a result, the Buckland/Gainesville Bypass Study Report (Rinker Design Associates; January 31, 2007) was prepared for both Fauquier and Prince William Counties.  The $100,000 study cost was shared and funded through the VDOT (NOVA and Culpeper Districts) 2006-2011 Six-Year Improvement Program.  There was a joint Fauquier County/Prince William County Committee, which included, for example, representatives from VDOT (Culpeper and Northern Virginia Districts), Prince William County Supervisors Wally Covington and John Stirrup, Fauquier County Supervisors Bill Downey and Ray Graham, Planning Commissioner Holder Trumbo. This combined Committee reviewed and commented on consultant study drafts. 

Since there was no state funding available ultimately for the required NEPA study of the alternatives, the initial report was completed with no further action. The Fauquier County representatives at that time did not offer support for the report’s alternatives linking I-66 to Route 29 through Fauquier County.  Copies of the 3 options presented in the Buckland/Gainesville Bypass Study Report are attached for reference purposes.

Prince William County Comprehensive Plan Amendment:

The capacity of Route 29 in the Buckland area has a new planned restriction.  Here it is noted that Prince William County is in the process of adopting its revised Transportation and Transit Plan Update (CPA#PLN2008-00202).  It includes major refinements in policies, implementation requirements and recommended changes in its planned road network and other modes. 

One change affecting Fauquier County is the proposed plan’s capacity downgrade of Route 29 from a planned 6-lane “Principal Arterial” to 4-lanes between the Fauquier County line to the Route 29/Route 15 intersection.  This proposed action and its future results also may be the focus of the VDOT consulting team.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Conduct the work session.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

There is no fiscal impact.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Virginia Department of Transportation

Attachments Buckland/Gainesville Bypass:

Option A

Option B

Option C

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