FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thursday morning, Governor Bob McDonnell, Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton and other state and local officials cut the ribbon on the new interchange at Fairfax County Parkway and Fair Lakes Parkway.
The $69.5 million-interchange replaces what the Virginia Department of Transportation calls one of the most congested intersections in northern Virginia.
The Fairfax County Parkway was widened from four to six lanes for three miles, from south of I-66 to Rugby Road. There are also now long ramps for access to and from Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive as well as shared-use paths and sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists.
There are no longer signals on Fairfax County Parkway from Popes head Road to Route 50.
Officials say the changes will improve the traffic flow in the area, saving drivers minutes off their travel time.