Moving Through the Braddock District


Traffic Slowing on Wakefield Chapel Road

Due to concerns about increased traffic volume and speed along Wakefield Chapel Road since the beginning of the HOT Lanes construction, on April 29, approximately 30 residents from communities along the Wakefield Chapel Road corridor attended a meeting held by Supervisor Cook. The meeting informed the communities of options available for traffic “slowing” along this busy thoroughfare.

The presentation, given by Hari Sripathi, Traffic Engineer for VDOT, and David Metcalf of Virginia MegaProjects, offered two striping alternatives that would make the road feel narrower to traffic passing through, while still allowing for residents who live along Wakefield Chapel Road to park in front of their homes. Alternative 1 allowed for a middle two way turn lane, while Alternative 2 offered enhanced parking with bike-able lanes. Both options included signage advising of additional fines for speeding, as well as the use of speed radar devices.

The residents of the surrounding communities came to the meeting with concerns about line of sight and safety issues when turning onto Wakefield Chapel Road, as well as questions about the possibility of all way stops at the intersections of Queen Elizabeth and Braeburn. They also asked about the possibility of marked crosswalks at certain intersections, which VDOT agreed to consider.

While no formal vote was taken, a straw poll taken by Supervisor Cook indicated that the majority of those attending were more open to Alternative 2. VDOT will be taking the input given from residents into consideration when coming up with its final proposal. The goal is to have a final striping plan developed by June of 2010, and to eradicate the old striping and add the new in July of 2010.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the proposed alternatives, please feel free to call our office, and Ann Sharp or Rosemary Ryan will be able to assist you.

 

Gear up for Bike to Work Day, May 21

Many in Fairfax County will celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21, by pedaling to workplaces throughout the county. This yearly tradition is supported by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors as a way to encourage residents to participate in an effective means to improve air quality, reduce traffic and conserve energy.

Meet up with neighbors and coworkers at one of the 35 pit stops throughout the region. Of those, one will be at the Burke VRE Station (open 6:30-8:30 a.m.) in Braddock and another will be at Van Dyck Park (open 6:30-9:30 a.m.) in Fairfax City. At each pit stop there will be a raffle, prizes, food, drink and more at all pit stops throughout the region.

Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters. Free T-shirts will available for the first 8.500 registrants who are in attendance at the pit stop they registered for.

To register, go to http://waba.org/events/btwd/pitstops.php or call 202-518-0524.

 

Demolition of Little River Turnpike Bridge Expected to last 12 Weeks

As part of the construction of the I-495 Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, every bridge and overpass within the work zone area (Braddock Road to just north of the Dulles Toll Road) over the Beltway will be demolished and rebuilt. Demolition of the westbound portion of the Little River Turnpike/I-495 Bridge is scheduled to begin at the end of April and is expected to last 12 weeks.

In order to safely remove the Little River Turnpike bridges, demolition will occur at night (9:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.) and will require multiple lane closures in both directions on I-495 just before the Little River Turnpike interchange. Exit ramps to/from Little River turnpike will also be impacted as demolition continues.

Recently, demolition started on the existing westbound bridge, to be followed by the eastbound bridge. The work is expected to take 6 weeks to demolish each bridge for a total of 12 weeks. While bridge demolition work can create significant noise, VDOT will try to complete the demolition as soon as possible to minimize impacts to the community.

Little River Turnpike at I-495 will remain open during the entire construction of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project. During this second phase of bridge construction, traffic on Little River Turnpike has been shifted to the newly construction bridge. Three eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes will be maintained on the bridge over I-495. With the absence of a westbound merge lane, motorists exiting off I-495 north to Little River Turnpike westbound will have to yield before entering the westbound lanes on Little River Turnpike. This traffic shift will be in place for approximately 18 months.


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