Transportation


New HOT Lanes Bridges Open on Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike
September 2011 - 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. This section also includes the following articles:

            Life After HOT Lanes Construction: Restore Your Property with Natural Landscaping
            Transurban Announces Community Grant Cycle

Driving Through Braddock
July 2011 - Fair Lakes Parkway Detour Begins Early July: Through Traffic at Fairfax County Parkway to Use Fair Lakes Circle, Start of Guinea Road Bridge Project Delayed and Adaptive Traffic Signals Coming to Braddock Road

Supervisor Cook Announces Sidewalk Construction in Front of Terra Centre School to Begin Soon
July 2011 - Supervisor Cook announces that Fairfax County will soon begin building a sidewalk from the corner of Pond Spice Lane to Terra Centre Elementary School in Burke. Construction is set to begin within the next few weeks, months of ahead of schedule.

Driving Through the Braddock District
June 2011 - In this section see the reminder on the upcoming Zion Road Closure and mark your calendars for meetings on the proposed signal at Wakefield Chapel Road near NVCC, potential improvements to the Danbury Forest Drive/Wakefield Chapel Road intersection and a Town Hall on the future of VRE service in Burke

The Time Has Come for Local Control of Local Roads
May 2011 - It’s Spring, and that means the grass is already growing tall on secondary roadways in Fairfax County. VDOT intends to stick to last year’s schedule of only two or three mowings, even though six are needed. Tall grass disrupts drivers’ line of sight, creates safety issues, and reduces property values as our streets look cheap and in disrepair. In addition, the effects of the last two winters and limited secondary road repaving, are beginning to be seen. We are not resigned to this fate, however.

State Funds GMU Bypass; Supervisor Cook to Lead Community Input Process
May 2011 - Braddock District will soon receive a significant transportation improvement.  In his just-released six year transportation plan, Governor Bob McDonnell agreed to provide $15 million in funding for George Mason University’s proposed “Western Bypass.” Supervisor Cook is a strong supporter of the bypass and personally lobbied Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton to fund the project. Supervisor Cook is equally committed to insuring that the community is at the table as the project is designed and constructed. This section also includes an article on the May 28 Braddock Bike day and repair work being done to Guinea Road Bridge.

Recap of George Mason University Community Information Meeting
April 2011 - Over 50 residents who live in communities surrounding George Mason University attended a community information meeting hosted by Supervisor Cook to discuss future road construction plans on and adjacent to the Mason campus.

Beginning of March Brings Roadway Changes to Braddock
March 2011 - Improvements for Danbury Forrest/Braddock Road Intersection, Beltway Exit Ramps open this month and discussion continues on George Mason University’s proposed transportation plans during a Town Hall meeting, hosted by Supervisor Cook on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 PM, at Fairfax Villa Elementary School

Sound Wall Relocation Along I-495 South near Long Pine Drive to Begin around Mid-February
February 2011 - 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.

HOT Lanes Construction Progress in the Braddock District
January 2011 - Construction on the HOT Lanes project continued to disrupt travel for many Braddock residents in 2010, but significant progress has been made. At a recent briefing for Braddock District, Fluor Lane highlighted major activities from 2010 and emphasized that it remains on schedule to complete the project by late 2012.

VDOT Snow Summit Highlights New Approach to Plowing
December 2010 - When VDOT held a briefing for elected officials and their staff in early November, we were happy to hear that some lessons had been learned from the snow storms of 2009-2010, and that new practices have been adopted and will be implemented for the winter of 2010-2011. What follows is a summary of the steps being taken to ensure future snow storms will be dealt with more effectively than those in the past.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of New Beltway Sound Wall at North Springfield Elementary School 
December 2010 - The Virginia Department of Transportation and its private partners for the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, Transurban-Fluor, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Decemeber 1, celebrating the completion of a new sound wall constructed at the North Springfield Elementary School.

Board of Supervisors, Fairfax City and George Mason University Establish Fairfax Campus Advisory Board 
October 2010 - From a small, sleepy campus in the woods, George Mason University has grown into one of the largest universities in Virginia, gaining national distinction in a range of academic fields along the way. Such a progression has provided innumerable benefits to the County, but it certainly has not always been either smooth or trouble-free with local communities. In an effort to minimize, and perhaps avoid, such difficulties in the future, it is in the best interests of the County, Fairfax City and Mason to foster open communication, the timely sharing of information and a collaborative decision making process.

County to Face Significant Transportation Decisions This Fall 
August 2010 - Receiving a proper level of transportation funding from the Commonwealth has long been a challenge for Northern Virginia; a situation our current economic difficulties have only compounded. In Virginia, almost all roads are owned and maintained by the state, not the county, and state funding has plummeted. Now, state officials openly talk about handing responsibility for local roads over to local governments and there is no state plan that comes close to meeting our transportation needs in Fairfax. This fall, after exploring the financial, legal and legislative issues associated with transportation funding and with the delivery of roadway service, County staff will provide the Board with a recommended course of action on whether or not we should seek control of secondary roads - and to what extent.

Driving Through the Braddock District 
July 2010 - Obey the Speed Limit While Driving Through Braddock: We are all busy and often in a hurry. However, speeding and reckless driving are a danger both to ourselves and others. Especially in the summer, when school is out and more people - notably children - are out walking around, we need to be careful while driving so as not to endanger pedestrians.

Neighborhood Roads May Need Local Fix
June 2010 - From unfilled potholes to uncut grass, state government is not adequately addressing even our most basic transportation needs. And as the state’s ability to fund transportation continues to decline, the outlook for Fairfax will remain bleak unless we adapt to the current reality.

Moving Through the Braddock District
May 2010 - Traffic Slowing on Wakefield Chapel Road; Gear up for Bike to Work Day, May 21; Demolition of Little River Turnpike Bridge Expected to last 12 Weeks

Driving Through the Braddock District 
April 2010 - HOT Lanes Project to Accelerate Construction, Will Shave Months off Bridge Construction Time: Staff from VDOT Megaprojects and Fluor Lane met with citizens at Annandale High School on March 30, to announce acceleration in the construction schedule for the Little River Turnpike bridge over the Beltway.

Driving Through the Braddock District 
February 2010 - Future Intersection Improvements Discussed for Braddock Road/Wakefield Drive/Danbury Forrest: Residents from communities in the vicinity of Wakefield Chapel Road, Braddock Road and Danbury Forest Drive met at Kings Glen Elementary School last week to discuss ideas on improving safety and traffic flow at this congested intersection. 

Driving Through the Braddock District
December 2009 - Tysons Shoppers Will Have Real-Time Traffic and Transit Information: Shoppers at Tysons Corner Center can check out how traffic is moving before leaving the mall thanks to real-time travel information now displayed on screens near mall exits. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) installed the screens to arm travelers with the latest traffic and transit information while construction is under way on the Beltway HOT (high occupancy toll) Lanes and rail to Dulles.

Moving Through the Braddock District
November 2009 - Expect Night Time Delays on Metro in November; HOT Lanes Bridge Work Continues

Moving Through the Braddock District 
October 2009 - Safety is Paramount in HOT Lanes Construction Zones; UPDATE on HOT Lanes Construction; Major Changes Coming to Route 7/Route 123 Interchange in Tysons

Fairfax’s Looming Transportation Crisis
August 2009 - Fairfax County has long faced difficult transportation problems, but today it faces a transportation crisis which, if not met, could choke off our economic recovery and put a host of our long-term goals out of reach. Strong, creative leadership is needed at the county level to meet this crisis head on.

Public Private Partnership Will Help Reforest 1-495
August 2009 - The clearing of trees and vegetation to make way for the HOT Lanes on I-495 has resulted in the loss of almost 200 acres of vegetation, wildlife habitat and the removal of many native plants along the right-of-way. Over the last six months, a public private partnership, the Fairfax County Restoration Project, has been formed to proactively work with VDOT and Fluor to restore much of that land. Preliminary plans include planting of trees, preserving resource protection areas, soil and habitat restoration and community gardening.

Moving Through the Braddock District: A Look at Transportation Issues Impacting our Community
July 2009 - Summer paving Projects on Guinea, Olley, Steamboat Landing; HOT Lanes Project Temporarily Halted, Now Reopened; State Money for Construction and Maintenance Lacking


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