The Virginia Department of Transportation opened the new Fairfax County Parkway bridges over Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive to traffic Thursday morning.
Motorists will now have a five-mile stretch without a traffic signal between Popes Head Road and Route 50. The overpass extends from south of Fair Lakes Parkway to north of Monument Drive.
The entire project cost $69.5 million and is funded through stimulus, according to a news release. In addition to the overpass, the project widens Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from south of I-66 to north of Rugby Road.
The goal with the interchange is to help improve traffic flow in the area by separating local and parkway traffic.
Fairfax County Parkway was first built in the 1980s. Although VDOT always planned to build the interchange, the release states other projects and needed right-of-way projects took precedence.
Additional information about the project can be found on VDOT's website.