New HOT Lanes Bridges Open on Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike


In the shadow of the new Little River Turnpike overpass, Supervisor Cook noted that big projects like the I-495 HOT Lanes are a way for the county to meet the transportation challenges for the future. One hallmark of these projects is the involvement of several groups. “You see the result of that today,” Cook said, before joining project and elected officials to cut the ribbon for the second span of the overpasses at Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike

The I-495 HOT Lanes is one of the Virginia Megaprojects, which are large scale construction projects in Northern Virginia that will significantly improve transportation in the area. Other Megaprojects include the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Telegraph Road interchange, Fairfax County Parkway extension, and the I-95 widening project, which was opened in July.
On the Fairfax County Parkway, VDOT is working on the final phase of the project to realign Rolling and Hooes Road. In late August, a new ramp was opened, improving the flow of traffic from the Fairfax County Parkway to the eastbound lanes of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway. Part of Donegal Lane was closed and the beams were placed for the new overpass, carrying Rolling Road over the parkway. This project is scheduled to be finished in spring 2012.

In late September, state officials are holding a series of public information meetings for the I-95 HOV/HOT lanes. This will be an opportunity to get information on design plans for the proposed high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. The meeting schedule is as follows:

    Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Botts Fire Hall, 1306 F Street, Woodbridge, VA 22191

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Waterford 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA 22150
    
    Thursday, September 29, 2011, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22554

Life After HOT Lanes Construction: Restore Your Property with Natural Landscaping

Due to the massive I-495 HOT Lanes construction project, many neighborhoods with property or public right-of-way adjacent to the Beltway have lost trees, shrubs, and other plants which provided screening that previously blocked the view, noise, and pollution of the Beltway. Although sound walls are now in place, replanting these areas with native species can restore lost beauty and enhance privacy while also providing a home for beneficial wildlife such as songbirds and butterflies.

Using native plants also takes less time and money than many traditional landscaping approaches. Hear local experts from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and more speak about the benefits of native vegetation and the various local programs that help guide landowners through the landscaping process. Whether you’re trying to block that unwanted view of rush hour traffic or simply trying to mitigate the impact of a newly installed sound wall, this conference will have information for you. Afterwards, stick around for a light lunch, and chat with our speakers about your particular yard. This program is hosted by Supervisor Cook, and presented by the Fairfax County Restoration Project.

Location: Braddock District Community Room, 9002 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015. More information will be available on the Fairfax County Restoration Project website: http:www. http://www.fcrpp3.org/
Time: Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free but space is limited! Please RSVP to Dan Schwartz: Dan.Schwartz@fairfaxcounty.gov, (703)-324-1422.

Transurban Announces Community Grant Cycle

Over the last two years, Transurban and Fluor, the private partners advancing the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes Project, have awarded 55 grants to nonprofit organizations in Fairfax County through its Capital Beltway Community Grant Program. This grant program is aimed at supporting organizations that serve communities adjacent to and most affected by the construction of the HOT Lanes. Grants are awarded in amounts between $250 and $5,000. Submitted projects should meet the following goals:
    •Promote safety
    •Enhance or protect the environment
    •Support the amenity, economic development or well-being of communities

Past grant recipients have focused on a range of program objectives including: enhancing the safety of neighborhoods and bicyclists; improving aesthetics of neighborhoods directly impacted by HOT Lanes construction; improving quality of life through cultural events, early childhood education and care, and by providing furniture to families in need; and promoting sustainable living and protecting the environment through an organic vegetable garden and Web site to centralize County-wide environmental coordination efforts. An overview of the grant program guidelines is available here for your reference.

Communities may access the grant application package online at www.virginiahotlanes.com/grants. Applications are awarded on a quarterly basis and are due for this review period by September 30, 2011. Grant applications should be emailed Mike McGurk at mmcgurk@transurban.com, or submitted via the website.


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