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Proposed NoVi Trail Network

On November 14, 2006, a report on the Feasibility of Phase I of the NoVi Trail Network (see links below) was formally presented to the local community.
Phase I is a recreational trail proposed along Beulah Road from Abbotsford Road to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, with a spur on Clarks Crossing Road. A citizen advisory committee has determined that the trail is feasible due to favorable existing conditions, widespread community support, and ample publicly-held land along the trail alignment.

What's New

  • A pedestrian bridge is being designed to span the Dulles toll Road between Wolf Trap National Park and the Barns of Wolf Trap that will connect with the proposed Northern Vienna (NoVi) trail network. The No Vi Trail effort is noted by the Wolf Trap Foundation in its new environmental initiative.
  • A Hunter Mill District priority in the upcoming 2007 Transportation Bond Referendum on the ballot this November will include funds to construct a section of trail along Beulah Road within the aea identified as Phase 1, Sections A, B, and C. Please see Phase 1 Segment Map link below.
  • The remainder of an existing federal Transportation Enhancements grant will be used to fund a multi-purpose trail and crossing at Meadowlark Gardens Botanical, identified as the 830' proposed trail on the Phase 1 NoVi Trail Network Segment D Map.
  • The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and the County are exploring options to connect Northern Virginia parks by trails (See Parks and Facilities Map in study) via routes on existing public rights-of-way and parkland.

 

Please use the feedback form if you would like to comment or be involved in future trail planning.


Northern Vienna Trail Feasibility Study

The neighborhoods of northern Vienna are unique because they are home to outstanding public places such as Wolf Trap National Park, Meadowlark Botanical Garden, the W&OD and the Cross-County Trails. A feasibility study was performed to determine whether the community would benefit by making these places easier to reach by foot or on a bike. This would be accomplished by connecting the bits and pieces of sidewalks and trails which already exist into a continuous paved path along Beulah Road from Abbotsford Road to Meadowlark Gardens. The Beulah Road alignment is considered the first phase of a potential network of trails which could potentially provide better access to Wolf Trap National Park, the Barns of Wolf Trap, the W&OD Trail, the Fairfax County Cross-County Trail, ten county parks, the town of Vienna, Tysons Corner, and many local neighborhoods.

The Study Process

The study process was steered by a citizen advisory committee appointed by Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins comprised of local residents living on or nearby the proposed trail alignment. The committee followed guiding principles which emerged in an introductory community meeting held in December of 2004. Those principles are: to keep safety a paramount consideration, to have minimal impact on the character of the neighborhood, and to be responsive to the concerns of property owners and the community.

As part of the feasibility study, an opinion questionnaire was mailed to 1800 residences in September 2005. In addition, Fairfax County has surveyed property lines and McLean Police has conducted a traffic speed analysis.

The Study Alignment

The alignment and nature of the proposed project are in accordance with the Fairfax County Countywide Trails Plan which specifies a 10 foot wide paved multi-purpose trial. However, as part of the feasibility study, alternative dimensions and uses considered. The proposed route was analyzed in four separate segments.

The study was funded by an $80,000 grant (Transportation Enhancements grant) from the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The balance of the grant, and a second $80,000 Enhancements grant will fund construction of the 830' trail within Segment C noted above at Meadowlark Gardens Botanical Park.


Links

Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan - Area 2

Fairfax County Countywide Trail Plan

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Guidelines for creating Walkable Communities














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