Bike and Pedestrian Projects Approved for Silver Line, North County Commuters
Dec. 8, 2015
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved several transportation projects affecting commuters in the Dranesville and Hunter Mill Districts at their regularly scheduled meeting today.
The 31 pedestrian and bicycle projects approved by the Board aim to encourage multimodal commuting, increase access to the Herndon and Reston Town Center Silver Line Metro stations, and improve safety conditions for all. The projects are part of the Herndon Metrorail Station Access Management Study (HMSAMS), which includes projects within the Town of Herndon, and Reston Metrorail Access Group Phase 2 (RMAG2).
“Our Board supports these projects to help expand transportation options for Fairfax County residents,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “As more people are looking for ways to walk and bike to work, Fairfax County strives to make the infrastructure available for residents to use. These crosswalks, sidewalks and the W&OD trail access will also support the eventual opening of the new Phase II Silver Line stations.”
The approved HMSAMS projects include:
- 3 pedestrian/bicycle intersection improvements;
- 7 pedestrian and bicycle facility improvement projects, including signalized crosswalks, lighting, sidewalks, shared-use paths and on-road bike lanes; and
- 3 projects that will study the design feasibility and costs of major pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects.
The approved RMAG2 projects include 18 bicycle and pedestrian projects, which not only provide similar improvements to those initiated through the HMSAMS recommendations, but also feature:
- Crosswalk improvements;
- Trail realignment;
- Bike share expansion; and
- An access ramp to the W&OD Trail from Town Center Parkway.
As part of Fairfax County’s FY 2015 – FY 2020 Transportation Priorities Plan, the Board approved $42.92 million for HMSAMS and RMAG2 projects on Jan. 28, 2014. The cost of the projects approved today is approximately $22 million, according to the preliminary estimates by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).
For more information on the approved projects, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot, or call FCDOT at 703-877-5606, TTY 711
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