Braddock Road Study
A study is currently being conducted to evaluate potential improvements to Braddock Road from Guinea Road to the Beltway. A plan for widening on Braddock Road was first adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1990. Later, the Northern Virginia 2010 Transportation Plan recommended HOV widening on Braddock Road from Burke Lake Road to I-495 and conventional widening from Guinea to Burke Lake Road. These are ideas that have been around for quite some time, but haven't been thoroughly examined or studied due to a lack of state construction funding. With funding now available, the County is conducting the first in-depth study of these suggestions.
Ensuring the community is actively involved in the decision making process is very important to Supervisor Cook. In February of last year, Supervisor Cook hosted a community information meeting with FCDOT staff. Subsequent to that, Supervisor Cook created a fifteen-member task force composed of representatives of the various HOA and Civic Associations in the potential project corridor. Since then, the citizen task force has met frequently to provide input and direction to the County as it collected traffic counts and other pertinent data. In June, Supervisor Cook held a second community-wide information meeting to keep people apprised of updates to the study and to gain a broader array of feedback from community members. A third community meeting is currently being planned for early next year.
The study will be examining a number of potential improvements to the corridor including improving the entrance of the 495 Express Lanes; implementing a prior plan to create a single perpendicular intersection at Wakefield, Braddock, and Danbury Forest Drive; completing the bike and pedestrian trail between Holy Spirit Church and Rolling Road; constructing safer pedestrian crossings of Braddock and Burke Lake Roads; the potential construction of one Express Bus/HOV lane in each direction from Burke Lake Road to the Beltway; and more commuter parking. Supervisor Cook is opposed to suggestions to add a tolling option to any new lanes. These ideas are currently in a study stage and any options would be subject to a cost-benefit analysis before further consideration. Any potential changes would be vetted through the citizens committee and be subject to extensive public input before any decisions are made.
Quite recently, county staff completed its study of a "no-build" option. This analysis shows most of the corridor at an "F" starting by 2040. It further shows rush hour travel times as high as 25 minutes between Guinea Road and the Beltway by 2040 absent improvements. Various alternatives are currently in design for further study. Community involvement is so important and your feedback will help us tremendously as we move forward in studying improvements. We will be updating this website with any new developments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of the study is to analyze and recommend a plan for increasing the capacity of Braddock Road from Guinea Road to I-495, including evaluation of managed lanes from Burke Lake Road to I-495.
Where are the potential improvements that the County is evaluating?
Potential improvements may include additional travel lanes, HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes, transit improvements, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and intersection improvements. However, at this time, this is simple a study. Whether or not these changes will be made has not yet been determined.
Which areas is the study specifically focused on?
Three potential projects have been a part of the Comprehensive Plan for several years. First, the study will evaluate the feasibility of adding one HOV lane in each direction from Burke Lake Road to I-495. Second, the study will evaluate the feasibility of adding one general-purpose lane in each direction from Guinea Road to Burke Lake Road. Lastly, the study is looking into whether a transit center should be constructed along Braddock Road located in the vicinity of the Kings Park Shopping Center.
Is it certain that these changes are going to be made?
No, at this time there has been no decision as to whether these changes will actually be made. The county is only conducting a study to determine whether or not it is advisable to widen Braddock Road, add bike lanes, improve the overall connectivity between the surrounding neighborhoods, and enhance pedestrian access.
For information regarding the Braddock Road Study Task Force, including meeting minutes, click here.