Driving Through the Braddock District
Update on HOT Lanes Construction in Braddock
Soundwall Construction Underway
At Supervisor Cook’s request, the Megaprojects recently provided the following updates on specific segments:
Barrier 5C (Inner Loop, North Springfield) Portions north of Heming are now under construction, while portions south of Heming will go under construction in summer 2011.
Barrier 6B (Inner Loop, Americana Drive) This wall will experience work until summer, 2010. As one of the longest walls on the project, some “holes” will temporarily remain in this wall for utility relocation/access, or retaining wall construction.
Barrier 5B (Outer Loop, Ravensworth below the industrial park) Expected to be under construction in summer 2010.
Barrier 6C (Outer Loop, Port Royal Industrial Park to Wakefield Park/Little River Turnpike) The wall is scheduled to start construction in late spring or early summer 2010 and will continue through winter 2010/early 2011. Again some holes in will remain in this wall for utility relocation/access, retaining wall construction or right-of-way concerns.
Beltway Bridges Set to Reopen and Shift
Work on the first phase of the bridge replacements over both Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike at the Beltway is nearing completion. Weather permitting; all traffic will be shifted to the new Braddock Road Bridge in May, 2010 with demolition and reconstruction of the old bridge to follow. An identical shift to the new bridge over Little River Turnpike may come as early as April, 2010 with identical demolition and reconstruction of the bridge currently in use.
Future Intersection Improvements Discussed for Braddock Road/Wakefield Drive/Danbury Forrest
Residents from communities in the vicinity of Wakefield Chapel Road, Braddock Road and Danbury Forest Drive met at Kings Glen Elementary School last week to discuss ideas on improving safety and traffic flow at this congested intersection.
The left turn lane to Wakefield Chapel Drive is too short and backs up eastbound Braddock Road in the morning. There are also a large number of accidents in this area. So, Supervisor Cook asked the county to set aside funding to examine the feasibility of improving those intersections.
In a two hour community information meeting, residents offered their observations and suggestions to County Transportation Planner Beth Ianetta, who is beginning a detailed analysis of speed, traffic volume and accident history at this location.
Larry Ichter, Chief of the Capital Facilities Branch of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services offered a history of residential development in the area and the traffic impacts caused by the incremental widening of Braddock Road from two lanes to its current six lanes in this vicinity. He also made participants aware of the regulatory steps involved in any significant realignment of this road.
Anyone who was not present for the meeting and has suggestions or concerns can e-mail Braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov or contact the office.
GMU Begins Long Range Transportation Planning
Representatives from several Fairfax County and Fairfax City agencies were recently invited to participate in George Mason University’s Transportation and Traffic Management Planning Process for the Fairfax Campus. The goal of this study is to create the comprehensive framework needed to address traffic congestion and pedestrian/vehicular safety issues on and surrounding the Fairfax Campus.
Mason is looking to develop a range of solutions related to its transportation systems, traffic management, flow of pedestrians, bicycles, service and utility vehicles and the inter-campus shuttle system. The study will look at daily conditions as well as event-related impacts. It is anticipated that the recommendations will be finalized by late May, 2010.
The Braddock office is participating in this working group, which has examined Fairfax County’s long range plan for the intersection of Braddock Road and Rt. 123 in addition to short-term improvements which have already been funded by the county on both these roads.