New Braddock Transportation Improvements Breaking Ground in 2013

Transportation challenges have become a part of everyday life in Northern Virginia but there are three projects slated to begin in 2013 that should offer relief in Braddock.

This month, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will launch the first of what will eventually be three new bus lines that seek to take advantage of the 495 Express Lanes. The initial line, which begins at the Burke VRE Station, will provide commuters in the Braddock District with quick, reliable access to Tysons Corner. The inaugural ride on this line will occur on January 12, as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony that will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Supervisor Cook realizes the full potential of this new line lies beyond Fairfax. If residents of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park could be enticed to use transit to get to work, that would take additional cars off of Fairfax’s primary and secondary roads. In an effort to provide that incentive, Supervisor Cook submitted a board matter that directed County staff to initiate discussion with the VRE on establishing a system of transfer tickets, and developing a joint marketing campaign. That effort is currently underway and we will keep you informed as it progresses this year.

Secondly, construction that will double the length of the turn lanes on Braddock Road into Roanoke River Road, begins in earnest early in January. The project also includes new signals and new signal phasing, as well as cross walk improvements and additional lanes into George Mason University’s campus. Taken together this will help cars enter Mason more efficiently and reduce the impact to those driving east on Braddock past campus.

Finally, after significant community involvement on the design and implementation that came from meetings with the West Campus Connector Advisory Group and the University Community Forum, Campus Drive will begin and be completed in 2013. The intent of the bypass, which begins on Braddock Road just west of Route 123, is to keep eastbound traffic headed toward campus and westbound traffic leaving campus from entering the intersection of Braddock and Route 123 and as a result, a 10 to 30 percent reduction in congestion is expected. The detour will carry the existing four lanes of traffic along Route 123 between University Drive and Mason Pond Drive, and be removed upon completion of the underpass.

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