Sound Wall Relocation Along I-495 South Near Long Pine Drive to Begin around Mid-February


As part of the construction of the I-495 Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, four new lanes (two in each direction) will be added to the Beltway. In order to make room for the two new Beltway lanes in each direction, the existing sound wall along Long Pine Drive near Heming Avenue must be relocated. The wall will be moved back on VDOT right-of-way approximately 8-10 feet closer to Long Pine Drive to accommodate the Beltway widening. To relocate the existing sound wall, the area behind the wall will be cleared of some trees and brush. Crews will add a construction fence behind the sound wall for residents without an existing barrier to the highway.

As part of the HOT Lanes project, new sound walls will be constructed along the project alignment. The new sound wall at Long Pine Drive will be approximately three feet taller than the existing barrier. The location and size of the new sound walls were determined based on VDOT’s computer modeling, current and projected noise readings, and other factors.
Construction crews will begin removing old sound barriers and posts in mid February. The entire operation will be complete in Spring 2011. Crews will do their best to build the new walls as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact Jeff Wagner with Fluor-Lane at (571) 480-4651 or by email at Jeff.Wagner@Fluor-Lane.com.

Public Hearing Scheduled for Newly Proposed Amendment to RPPD

In an effort to better serve the needs of residents living in the area of Northern Virginia Community College, Supervisor Cook has proposed an amendment to the portion of the County code that sets the criteria when considering petitions for Residential Permit Parking Districts.

Section 82-5A-4(a) currently reads “The Board of Supervisors may establish and expand a Residential Permit Parking District encompassing an area within 2,000 feet walking distance from the pedestrian entrances of an existing or proposed high school, existing or proposed rail station or existing Virginia college or university if:”. Supervisor Cook has proposed that it be amended to read “The Board of Supervisors may establish and expand a Residential Permit Parking District encompassing an area within either 2,000 feet walking distance from the pedestrian entrances and/or within 1,000 feet from the property boundaries of an existing or proposed high school, existing or proposed rail station or existing Virginia college or university if:”.

Supervisor Cook’s interest in this stems from the fact that out-of-the-area vehicles are being parked at an increasingly high rate in portions of residential neighborhoods near colleges and universities. The aforementioned drivers are creating walking paths into the facilities through portals that are not official pedestrian entrances. Expanding the criteria would allow residents near these unofficial entrances the opportunity to apply for an RPPD if they should want to do so.

A public hearing will take place February 22, 2011 at 4 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors meeting. If you would like to speak at the public hearing, we encourage you to register in advance with the BOS clerk at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bosclerk/speakerbos.htm or calling 703-324-3151 by 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing. Please feel free to call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300 if you have any questions about this amendment or the hearing.


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