Virginia State Route 611 (Fairfax County)

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State Route 611

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length17.07 mi[1] (27.47 km)
Telegraph Rd. 9.16 mi.

Old Colchester Rd. 3.85 mi.

Furnace Rd. 4.06 mi.
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
Northeast end SR 241 in Alexandria
Major intersections
Southwest end SR 123 in Lorton
CountryUnited States
Highway system

State Route 611 in Fairfax County, Virginia is a secondary state highway which traverses the eastern portion of the county. SR 611 provides a major artery for commuters, connecting the Eisenhower Valley section of Alexandria with Lorton and points south along US 1. SR 611 is known by three names: Telegraph Road, Old Colchester Road, and Furnace Road.

Route description

Telegraph Road

Telegraph Road at its intersection with Jeff Todd Way, after a late March snowstorm in 2018

SR 611 starts as Telegraph Road at an intersection with SR 241, North Kings Highway, near Alexandria. North of this intersection Telegraph Road intersects with the Capital Beltway (I-95 and I-495), and SR 236 (Duke Street). Telegraph Road starts as a six-lane divided highway, passing a short commercial section and a residential section. When Telegraph Road passes SR 644 (Franconia Road), it reduces to four lanes divided, and gradually reduces from there to two lanes undivided.

Shortly before SR 611 intersects with SR 633 (South Kings Highway), it intersects with SR 1635 (Rose Hill Drive). Across from this intersection is the entrance to Lee District Park. As Telegraph Road approaches South Kings Highway it passes Greendale Golf Course to the northwest. As SR 611 approaches SR 613 (Beulah Street), it widens to four lanes divided. Throughout most of the route from SR 635 (Hayfield Road) to the Fairfax County Parkway it forms the northernmost boundary of Fort Belvoir.

After intersecting with the Fairfax County Parkway, Telegraph Road gradually turns to the south and passes by an industrialized area. It ends at an intersection with US 1 (Richmond Highway).

Old Colchester Road

On the other side of US 1, SR 611 becomes Old Colchester Road. Almost immediately it reduces to two lanes undivided. Shortly after this point it passes the rear side of the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant, which empties its treated water into nearby Pohick Creek.[2] Old Colchester Road then crosses Pohick Creek, and soon after intersects with SR 242, Gunston Road. From there Old Colchester Road heads toward the Occoquan River. It first intersects with Furnace Road. One must turn west to stay on SR 611.

Furnace Road

Furnace Road starts out as a two lane undivided road. It crosses under railroad tracks owned by CSX Transportation through a one-lane underpass. The road curves and is parallel with US 1, then turns and intersects with that road.

On the other side of US 1, Furnace Road is four-lanes divided until an underpass with I-95, where it reduces to two lanes undivided. As it heads north, Furnace Road passes the I-95 Landfill (run by Fairfax County) to the west and a private landfill area to the east. The road turns slightly to the west and joins SR 642, Lorton Road at a Y intersection. Shortly after, the two routes diverge in another Y intersection. SR 611 heads to the west, and ends at an intersection with SR 123, Ox Road.


Old Colchester Road

Old Colchester Road used to be a road leading to the seaport of Colchester, Virginia, which was on the banks of the Occoquan River near the Potomac River. Silt filled up the Occoquan River, making Colchester untenable as a seaport. Alexandria, Virginia became the major seaport in the area, taking the place of Colchester. The result was that Old Colchester Road became a minor road, and much later was incorporated into SR 611 (Fairfax County).

Furnace Road

Furnace Road largely borders the old Lorton Reformatory property to the east. Part of that property has become Fairfax County's I-95 Landfill.[3] The area to the east of the I-95 Landfill is owned by Waste Management is known as Lorton Landfill[4] Two large tracts south of the landfill are destined to become Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority parkland, although right now (January 2010) they are just wooded land.[5] North of the landfill is a tract that is destined to be parkland run by the Fairfax County Park Authority, although it, too, is just a wooded piece of land.[5]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Fairfax County.


SR 241 (Telegraph Road/North Kings Highway) to I-95 / I-495 / SR 236 – Alexandria, Huntington
Rose Hill0.440.71 SR 644 (Franconia Road) – Springfield
3.135.04 SR 633 (South Kings Highway) – Alexandria, Huntington
Franconia3.335.36 SR 613 (South Van Dorn Street)
4.567.34 SR 635 (Hayfield Road)
6.129.85 SR 613 (Beulah Street) – Alexandria, Fort Belvoir
Newington7.8012.55 SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) – Springfield, RestonInterchange
9.1614.74 US 1 (Richmond Highway) – Richmond, Washington, DC
Lorton11.0417.77 SR 242 (Gunston Road) – Lorton
13.3821.53 US 1 (Richmond Highway) – Alexandria, Richmond
15.9225.62 SR 642 (Lorton Road)Northern terminus of concurrency with SR 642

SR 642 (Workhouse Road) to SR 123 south
Southern terminus of concurrency with SR 642

SR 636 (Hooes Road) to SR 123 south – Springfield
SR 123 north
Southern terminus of SR 611; no access to SR 123 south
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b 2008 VDOT AADT Guide for Fairfax County pp.39-40 VDOT Retrieved December 1, 2009
  2. ^ Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant Retrieved January 15, 2010
  3. ^ Laurel Hill Property Division Retrieved January 20, 2010
  4. ^ Comprehensive Plan - Lower Potomac p. 79 Retrieved January 21, 2010
  5. ^ a b Laurel Hill Master Plan Retrieved January 20, 2010