Braddock Road Community Meeting
On April 25th, Supervisor Cook, along with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, hosted a community meeting at Lake Braddock Secondary School on the proposed Braddock Road Multimodal project. More than 200 residents turned out to voice their thoughts and opinions about the project. This multimodal study has been directly influenced by citizen comments like those, and the study has changed as a result.
If you were unable to make the meeting, there will still be a number of opportunities to comment throughout the process. You can provide comments here, and view the PowerPoint presentation made on Monday here. Public representation is essential, and that is the reason a citizen committee was created in 2014 to analyze the project and provide a direct method of public participation into the process.
The Committee consists of civic association and homeowners association leaders from the communities along the project corridor, and has been meeting periodically to study the project and provide recommendations. A detailed list of the meetings, as well as the information distributed at them, can be found here.
The purpose of this study is to analyze a variety of roadway options, and offer a series of recommendations, for the stretch of Braddock Road from Guinea Road to I-495.
The study is examining three concepts that have been part of the Comprehensive Plan for several years:
1. Widening of Braddock Road from six (6) to eight (8) lanes from Burke Lake Road to I-495 by constructing/adding one HOV/bus lane in each direction.
2. Widening of Braddock Road from four (4) to six (6) lanes from Guinea Road to Burke Lake Road by constructing/adding one general purpose lane in each direction.
3. Construction of a transit center along Braddock Road located in the vicinity of the Kings Park Shopping Center or other appropriate location.
The study is also investigating ways to improve both pedestrian and bicycling access and mobility along the Braddock Road corridor. The section of Braddock Road being studied currently handles approximately 70,000 vehicle trips a day.
At the April 25th meeting, the community was updated on the current analysis of four options:
(1) "No Build" Scenario. No changes are made; road is not widened.
This is the baseline for the Braddock Road study. All proposed changes are compared to this option and weighed against what the roadway corridor will look like if no action is taken. The modeling for the 2040 no build scenario has been completed and was discussed at the April 25th meeting. If you view slides 12-14, you will see that compared to today, it is expected that total delays in the corridor will increase dramatically by the year 2040. For example, travel time through the corridor, which currently sits at a little over 10 minutes in the eastbound, morning rush, is projected to lengthen to nearly 30 minutes.
(2) "Spot Improvement" Scenario. Intersection improvements are made along the corridor, but the road is not widened.
Not originally considered by the County Staff/Consultant team, following feedback gathered at initial meetings with the Braddock Road Task Force and the community at large, specific attention was given to study improving intersections along the corridor as a way to improve Braddock Road overall.
Currently there are 10 such improvements being proposed, and are outlined individually, beginning on slide 15.
By implementing these proposed changes, which include adding/extending turning lanes in some cases, limiting turning movements to only right in/right out in others, and even realigning intersections, Braddock Road is improved as compared to the "No Build" scenario. Detailed information about these spot improvements can be found on slides 15-26.
At the April 25th meeting, county staff indicated that the spot improvement options were under serious consideration as they provided real benefits to the corridor.
(3) "HOV Widening."
A potential plan for HOV widening on Braddock Road was first adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1990. Additionally, the Northern Virginia 2010 Transportation Plan recommended HOV widening on Braddock Road from Burke Lake Road to I-495 and conventional widening from Guinea to Burke Lake Road.
Currently, examination of potential HOV widening is not complete. Over the summer the County and consultant team will continue to study the viability of HOV lanes and will look at two distinct options. One has the HOV lanes on the inside of the road, and the other has them on the outside. In both cases the lanes would be for HOV 2 and bus-traffic. There are no current recommendations from County staff or the task force regarding whether or not to add HOV/bus lanes.
More information on the HOV lanes option will be forthcoming in the fall, when further study is complete. Should this option be implemented, it would also include the above-mentioned spot improvements. In addition, County staff did indicate that, if HOV/bus lanes were added from Burke Lake Road to the beltway, then the additional general purposes lanes (one in each direction) from Burke Lake Road to Guinea would need to be built to support the additional capacity.
(4) "General Purpose Widening."
The option for general purpose widening includes the addition of one lane in each direction, available for all users. This modeling is not yet complete and thus extensive details are not presently available. Should this option be implemented, it would include the above-mentioned spot improvements as well.
Transit Center Options
There are currently two possible locations for a transit center, the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) and behind the Kings Park Shopping Center. Both options include safe bike and pedestrian access to the surrounding neighborhoods. Each prospective transit center site offers two design possibilities detailed on slides 29-39.
The NVTC sites could be constructed on either the west or east side of the land. Both NVTC proposals include 300 parking spaces and five bus routes. Both NVTC options would assume two new bus routes to serve the area, and would provide new evening service, at six busses per hour.
The Kings Park Shopping Center also offers two transit center possibilities. Both are proposed to be built behind the shopping center; one option contains a parking garage and the other a surface lot. The surface option adds 210 new parking spaces, and nine bus routes. The garage option offers the same routes, but has a total of 300 parking spots. Both Kings Park Shopping Center transit center options provide for 1 new bus route, with 14 more bus arrivals per hour during peak hours than currently available, and also introduces new evening service with six buses per hour.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
This section of the road is not solely the domain of cars, and a top priority for this project is to improve both the safety and effectiveness of the trail/sidewalk network for pedestrians and bicyclists. Information regarding pedestrian and bicycle facilities can be found on slides 40-43. The study includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities such as:
- Shared use paths on both sides of Braddock Road.
- Pedestrian and bicycle crossings of Braddock Road along the corridor, including potential grade-separated crossings.
- Pedestrian bridges and trail-under crossings.
It is important to remember that no decision has yet been made. The next step is to develop recommendations. This is a community process, and every effort is being made to include everyone in the process.
Again, if you wish to submit your thoughts on this project, please click here. If you have any questions, or if Supervisor Cook's office can be of help in any way, please reply to this email or call 703-425-9300.