VDOT Wants Your Thoughts on Fairfax County Parkway

by Karen Goff June 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments

Fairfax County Parkway/Courtesy VDOTThe Virginia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Fairfax County, is holding three public information meetings this month on a multimodal study of the 31-mile Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) corridor from Route 7 to Route 1.

The study is assessing existing transportation issues and developing short-term multimodal improvements that can be implemented within the next 1 to 10 years.

This project began in 2014 and is expected to be completed by early 2017. It Includes the following activities:

• Traffic/Safety Data Analysis – Spring 2015
• Identify Issues – Spring 2015
• Analysis of Existing Conditions – Fall 2015/Winter 2015-2016
• Identify & Evaluate Improvements – Winter 2015-2016/Spring 2016
• Public Information Meetings – June 2016
• Finalize Evaluations/Final Project Documentation – Winter 2016/2017

The public is invited to stop by to learn more about the study, view displays and discuss questions with VDOT and Fairfax County staff at one three meetings.

The closest meeting to Reston is on Thursday, June 9 at Oak Hill Elementary School, 3210 Kinross Circle, Herndon.

Other meetings will be held

Wednesday, June 8 at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria and Monday, June 13 at Sangster Elementary School, 7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield,

All meeting times are 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m.

Comments maysent to VDOT by July 5.

Visit the VDOT project page for more details.

Photo: Fairfax County Parkway/VDOT

  • Greg

    At a minimum, raise the speed limit to 55.

    Put in proper interchanges at the toll road and get rid of them never synchronized, jam-causing lights.

    Install LED street lights so we can see and avoid the deer.

    Eliminate some of the traffic lights and better time all of them, especially those between Franklin Farm and Leesburg Pike.

    Better yet, turn the parkway into a limited-access highway as was the original plan (the outer beltway) and get rid of all of the at-grade interchanges and traffic lights. See Rt. 28 to the west for how to do this, but do it faster.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Make safer, better pedestrian crossings so we can all use the parkway bike/walking trail or just get to the other side of 286 safely.

  • Rick

    There are places like the right turn onto West Ox Road when heading south, where the exit lane could be extended further to allow people to get out of the main flow or the jam-up waiting for the light, and keep moving as people head home at night. Extend as many of these exit lanes as far back as you can and it will keep traffic moving better along the route.


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