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County Mulls Longterm Improvements to Fairfax County Parkway

by Fatimah Waseem October 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm 7 Comments

Fairfax County’s Department of Transportation is exploring ways to improve Fairfax County Parkway. In concert with the state transportation officials, the county plans to begin a multi-corridor study for Fairfax County Parkway from Route 7 to Route 1, covering a span of 31 miles with 83 intersections and 17 interchanges.

The study will offer longterm recommendations for 2040 and review whether or not changes to the county’s current transportation plan are warranted. According to the county, the study will offer “intensive analysis” to spot major problem areas and deficiencies.

Once completed, the study will explore the possibility of tolling and HOV lanes on the parkways, bicyclist and pedestrian mobility, the integration of transit, and if current intersections should be converted into interchanges, overpasses, and underpasses.

The county will lead a public meeting about the study in Reston on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Armstrong Elementary School (11900 Lake Newport Road). A presentation by the county will be followed by an opportunity for public input at 8 p.m.

After initiating a public engagement period, the county will pitch possible ideas to the public by the winter of next year and kickstart another round of public outreach. Officials plan to solidify recommendations by the summer of next year, review study recommendations with the public in the fall and explore any comprehensive plan amendments that might be necessary by the spring of 2020.

A short term study on transportation issues and recommendations for improvements along Fairfax County Parkway and Franconia-Springfield Parkway was completed in 2016. The 113-page report included a mix of recommendations, including improvements to trail crossings on the northbound ramp from Fairfax County Parkway to Sunset Hills Road.

Other meetings on the longterm study are set for today at Navy Elementary School (3500 West Ox Road in Fairfax) and on Thursday at Sangster Elementary School (7420 Reservation Drive in Springfield).

Photo via Virginia Department of Transportation

  • JoeInReston

    Great, we can pay $4.75 ($9.50 round trip!) to drive on the Dulles Toll Road and another $4.75 to access the Fairfax County Parkway. No matter where your destination is, rest assured, you’ll be paying tolls to get there.

  • cRAzy

    Wow! Sure sounds like FC is expecting Amazon’s HQ2 to settle nearby, thereby requiring some better roads (!) around the region. A long term plan is nice, but it doesn’t include a single penny to build anything. And there aren’t any pennies to be had. Just another piece of paper out of the paper mill.

  • OneReally

    Just make FFX county parkway a toll road and HOV-3. Issue solved according to the elected officials.

    It really needs a traffic diet. Maybe some whacko bike lanes would work as well.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Turn the West Ox intersection (the one just south of Herndon) into an interchange, the way it should have been in the first place. Or make a big traffic circle there. And make it so pedestrians don’t have to cross the Parkway at-grade.

    • OneReally

      Please no more ” big traffic circles”.

      Works in theory, but not in this area.

  • Greg

    The disastrous traffic signals between Sunrise Valley Drive and Town Center Parkway need to be redone as full interchanges. Especially at the toll road.

    Also, the traffic light timing is way off from Franklin Farm north to Leesburg Pike.

    The entire parkway should be redone as a troll-free freeway (as was long-ago planned).

  • 30yearsinreston

    Hudgins assures us that bike lanes are
    solution to all traffic woes
    In the meanwhile, Ken Plum is to busy writing his latest screed blaming Columbus for all the percieved injustices in America to get involved

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