An Update on Braddock District Sidewalks, Trails and Parks


An Update on Braddock District Sidewalks and Trails

Sidewalks and trails are critical to the lifestyle that exists within the Braddock District. Recommendations from residents, staff and VDOT are factored into decisions to add or improve trails, as funding becomes available. Over the past year a number of projects have been completed that will improve connections and safety of street crossings. Additional projects are at various stages of planning or construction.

Roberts Road: New sidewalks and trails were part of the recent road widening project along Roberts Rd. Mason, VDOT and Fairfax County worked collaboratively to build this trail; allowing convenient pedestrian and bicycle access from Braddock Rd. to Mason’s east entrances, and a continuous off-road pedestrian and bicycle route between Braddock Road and Main Street.

Braddock Road at Wakefield Chapel Road:
Crossing either Wakefield Chapel Road or Braddock Road has long been difficult for pedestrians due to the location of a crosswalk through traffic on Wakefield Chapel Rd. and the lack of timed crossing on Braddock Rd. This situation has now been corrected to provide improved pedestrian safety.

HOT Lane Construction: Bridge Construction at both Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road is progressing, and both bridges are targeted for completion by Spring, 2011. The new spans will include separate bike and pedestrian lanes, and the County has applied for grant funding to connect these lanes to existing sidewalks on both roads.

Zion Road Improvements: Final plans have been submitted to VDOT to reconstruct the curve in Zion Rd east of Windsor Hill Dr. The project includes pedestrian improvements along the length of the project which is scheduled for construction next summer.

Guinea Road at Falmead Road: Sidewalk and trail connections at this intersection are now complete; providing improved pedestrian access to Guinea Rd. from the communities that feed into Falmead Rd. The segment also allows improved pedestrian access to both the local Target and the Burke VRE by completing the trail connection along Guinea between Falmead and Zion Road.

Burke Centre Pkwy at Terra Centre Elementary School: In coordination with Terra Centre Elementary School and the Burke Centre community, plans have been developed for construction of a sidewalk between Pond Spice Lane and Terra Centre. This project will provide pedestrian access along the North side of Burke Centre Pkwy to the school, and avoid the current hazardous pedestrian crossing of Burke Centre Pkwy. Construction will be completed by June, 2012.

Burke Commons Road Trail Extension: Preliminary planning for improved pedestrian access along Burke Commons Road to Burke Center Parkway, improving access to the Burke VRE, a community pool and local businesses is underway. Additional meetings are planned with the community on the alignment.

Pohick Stream Valley Trail: The Fairfax County Park Authority is nearing completion of plans for construction of trail and bridge crossings needed to complete a segment of the Pohick Stream Valley Trail between Burke Village Center II and the Burke VRE. This connection will allow improved bicycle and pedestrian access to the VRE, and access to the Burke Village Center shops. Construction is expected in 2012.

The Board of Supervisors has also authorized the Park Authority to apply for VDOT grant funding to construct another segment of this trail between Burke Lake Road at the end of Coffer Woods and the sharp curve in Burke Road immediately South of Burke Nursery, which, if approved, would take several years to complete.

Please contact the office or Braddock District Trails and Sidewalk Committee representative, Tom Kennedy (tfkinva@aol.com) with any additional recommendations.

Tom Kennedy provided this update to the Braddock Beacon

Master Plan Process Starts for Monticello Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority has begun developing a park master plan for Monticello Park. The decisions made as a result of this public process will shape the future development of the park. A public information meeting was scheduled for Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Bonnie Brae Elementary School, but due to inclement weather was cancelled and will be rescheduled.

The meeting will feature a presentation describing the site’s existing conditions, potential future uses and the park master planning process. The plan serves as a long-range vision (10-20 year timeframe); is conceptual in nature and not intended to address detailed issues related to site design or park operations. One potential future use, already proposed, is a dog park.
A public discussion will follow the staff presentation in an effort to identify community concerns, answer questions and receive suggestions for future park uses. This dialogue will serve as the basis for the draft master plan.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/monticello.htm. If you are unable to attend, comments can be sent to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Bid to Dredge Lake Barton Received

The County recently received three bids for the Lake Barton dredging project. The apparent low bidder is Lake Services, Inc. (http://www.lakeservices.com/). Construction Management Division (CMD) is finalizing the review of the bids and contractor. The Board of Supervisors will vote on this contract at its January 11, 2011 meeting.

The apparent low bid for the complete project (up to 35,000 cubic yards) was slightly higher than the original budget of $1.5 million. Despite this, based on recent awards and proposed project schedules for this fiscal year, the County believes that it will be able to fund the full dredging project. The goal will be to maximize the amount of dredging to take advantage of the cost savings per cubic yard. This will result in a fully restored sediment pool capacity and extended life of Lake Barton.

Lake Services is proposing to mechanically dredge the wet soil. As a result, the lake water levels will not need to be drawn down to complete this project. A temporary drawdown may be needed for shoreline stabilization and replacement of the boat launch ramp. Lake Services is proposing to haul the dredge material to the private Lorton Construction Landfill where it will be used as a landscaping soil media to aide in capping and closing that landfill. This is a beneficial re-use of dredge material which would otherwise need to be buried.


Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Artistic Rain Barrel Program

Are you a conservation-minded artist or do you know one? The Northern Virginia Rain Barrel Program is looking for volunteers to turn rain barrels into works of art this spring! The barrels will be displayed along with artist information at prominent local businesses and community centers. Create a design and send it in with a basic application by mid-January. For more details or to apply, please see: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/rainbarrelart.htm


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