Driving Through the Braddock District
Reminder: Zion Drive Will Close this Month!
Fairfax County’s long awaited project to realign Zion Drive from Windsor
Hills Drive to Grovewood Way will begin this month. Dominion Power has
already completed the relocation of utilities and a contractor, Omni
Excavators, Inc., has been selected. This $1.02 million project was
funded with money approved by the voters in the 2007 Fairfax
Transportation Bond. The project will eliminate the dangerous curve in
the road that has been the cause of many accidents. It also includes the
installation of a dedicated pedestrian walkway, curb, gutter and storm
To accelerate construction that would otherwise disrupt traffic for many months, the County plans to close the portion of Zion Drive between Jib Lane and Windsor Hills Drive to thru traffic between the close of Fairfax County Public Schools for the summer (on or about June 21) and reopen the road to thru traffic prior to the reopening of school (on or before September 6). Access will be provided to residents on Zion Drive, the residential communities accessed by Zion Drive, the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church and the Pinn Community Center. At this time, the proposed detour is as follows: Westbound traffic from Guinea Road to Zion will be detoured to Roberts Road and eastbound traffic on Zion (i.e. coming from Ox Road) will be detoured to Roberts Road and Guinea Road. A link to the project and the detour can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/ziondrive.htm
Community Information Meeting on Wakefield Chapel Road Signal at NVCC Scheduled for June 13
At the regularly scheduled quarterly NVCC/Community Forum on May 19, the
College announced its intention to fund a new traffic signal at the
intersection of Wakefield Chapel Road and Chapel Drive. This signal will
allow traffic from the parking lot and the parking garage to safely
access Wakefield Chapel Road. In response to a request from a citizen,
VDOT had determined that a signal was warranted at this location in late
2008. Although preliminary meetings were held to look at where such a
signal could possibly be installed in 2009, no funding (estimated to be
approximately $250-300,000) was available and the project was suspended
in March of 2010. Until last month, the County was unaware that the
signal was in the process of design and was not notified by the College
that it had secured a funding source.
Because the impact of any new signal on adjoining neighborhoods has always been a concern, a meeting with the community has been scheduled in Braddock Hall, 9002 Burke Lake Road on June 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm to discuss signal timing, configuration and engineering.
Community Information Meeting on Danbury Forest Drive/Wakefield Chapel Road Improvements
On Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Braddock Hall, Supervisor Cook will be hosting a meeting to discuss potential short-term and long-term upgrades to mitigate traffic along this intersection. This meeting is a product of Supervisor Cook’s call to study this intersection and comes after much work by County staff and a consultant team.
Earlier this year, VDOT added signs and markings at the intersection of Danbury Forest and Braddock Road to warn drivers not to block the intersection - a first of many steps toward improving this intersection.
Save the Date: Town Hall on Future VRE Service in Burke
On Monday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Community Center,
Supervisor Cook will be hosting a meeting to discuss the future of VRE
and Transit service in the Burke Area. This meeting is held prior to the
VRE Board’s Retreat and will feature presentations from VRE and County
Staff as well as Supervisor Cook and Chairman Bulova.
Topics will include VRE, future bus service from Burke Centre to Tysons Corner and a potential shuttle to George Mason University.