Beginning of March Brings Roadway Changes to Braddock
Improvements for Danbury Forrest, Braddock Road Intersection
In late February, early March VDOT added signs and markings at the intersection of Danbury Forest and Braddock Road to warn drivers not to block the intersection. During peak periods, vehicles traveling eastbound on Braddock Road sometimes obstruct the access to Danbury Forest Drive. These improvements are designed to discourage this blocking of the intersection.
These intersection enhancements are a product of Supervisor Cook’s call to study potential short-term and long-term upgrades to mitigate traffic along this intersection and are the result of several community meetings. Work is still progressing on identifying additional potential solutions, but this is a good first step, and should provide some much needed relief to those seeking to access Braddock Road.
New Beltway Exit Ramps Open this Month
The HOT Lanes project will shift traffic onto the new exit ramp from I-495 north to Braddock Road east during the first week of March as weather permits. The ramp from I-495 north to Little River Turnpike east is scheduled to be shifted on or about March 14. Both ramps are slightly to the right of the existing exit ramps.
Town Hall to Discuss George Mason University Transportation Plans
On Monday, March 28 at 7:30 PM, Supervisor Cook will host a Town Hall meeting on George Mason University’s proposed transportation plans - most significant of which is the proposed western by-pass. The meeting will take place at Fairfax Villa Elementary School, 10900 Santa Clara Drive in Fairfax.
The University’s plan is to build a roadway that will allow eastbound drivers on Braddock Road to enter Mason property at the intersection of Braddock Road and Prestwick Drive, skirt the western area of the campus and cross Ox Road (Hwy. 123) by overpass and to enter the east side of campus via Mason Pond Drive. A future option could connect University Drive in front of the field house, allowing drivers to use the existing traffic signal to facilitate turning onto northbound Hwy. 123, bypassing the intersection of Braddock Road and Hwy. 123. Each of these new routes could potentially divert a significant portion of traffic away from the Braddock Road/Hwy. 123 intersection.
While funding for this project did not make the final state budget this year, funding options are still being discussed in Richmond.
This meeting will allow residents to hear more about the plans, ask questions and voice their concerns. Representatives from George Mason University, VDOT and FCDOT will be there with Supervisor Cook to respond to residents’ concerns.
This is a meeting you will not want to miss, particularly if you live in the Fairfax Villa, University Square, Roberts Square or Brecon Ridge areas of the County, or Warren Woods in the city of Fairfax.