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Route One Improvements at Fort Belvoir - Public Information Meeting

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Belvoir, is continuing studies for improvements to U.S. Route One through Fort Belvoir. The limits of the studies are from Telegraph Road to Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Among the components of the study are identification of transportation needs, analysis of alternatives to meet those needs, and analysis of the environmental consequences of those alternatives, all of which will be documented in an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. Public involvement and coordination with local, state, and federal agencies will be ongoing throughout the study.

At this stage of the study, citizens will be updated on project activities to date and are invited to provide suggestions and comments on the range of alternatives that are being considered to address transportation needs in this section of the Route One corridor. This meeting is an opportunity for interested citizens to meet informally with study team members and discuss ideas, suggestions, and concerns.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
6-8 p.m.

South County Center, Room 221
8350 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, VA

Informational displays and handouts will be available at the meeting, and there will be a brief presentation at 6:30 PM. Additional project information can be found on FHWA's website: http://www.efl.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/environment.aspx. A summary of the public meeting will be posted on the site within two weeks following the meeting.

Comments:  Comments or other information relevant to the study may be submitted at the meeting or sent to FHWA's Project Manager, Mr. Jack Van Dop, Federal Highway Administration, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166 by the end of the business day on October 31, 2011. Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to: Jack.VanDop@dot.gov.

Special Assistance:  If you require additional information or special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting, please call Parsons Transportation Group at 202-469-6481.

Lorton Road Temporary Closure

Tropical Storm Lee destroyed the bridge on Lorton Road over Giles Run. This bridge will be replaced with a temporary structure within two months. The posted detour route will be a little more than eight miles long. This road carries about 6,000 vehicles a day.  Plans were already underway to permanently replace the bridge as part of the Fairfax County project for relocating Lorton Road, scheduled to begin in 2013.

Public Hearings for I-95 Hot Lanes

The Virginia Department of Transportation held design public hearings on the proposed high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on Interstate 95 between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County on Sept. 26, 28 and 29.

The hearings will provide the public with the opportunity to review findings of VDOT’s I-95 Environmental Assessment and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) Transit and Transportation Demand Management plan (TDM).

The I-95 Environmental Assessment summarizes the environmental impacts of the proposed improvements along the I-95 corridor and is available at www.vamegaprojects.com.

The I-95 Transit and TDM plan will identify potential transit and TDM improvements along the I-95 corridor to address the anticipated increase in congestion. The plan will provide recommendations only and will not provide a financial plan to advance improvements The plan was posted on September 26th at www.drpt.virginia.gov.

Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearings. Comments regarding the project design and environmental analysis should be sent to John Lynch, P.E., Regional Transportation Program Director, Virginia Megaprojects, 6363 Walker Lane, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22310 or to info@I-95hotlanes.com by Oct. 14, 2011 with “I-95 Joint Meetings” in the subject line.

Comments regarding the I-95 Transit and TDM plan can be sent to Public Information Office, DRPT, 600 E. Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219 or to drptpr@drpt.virginia.gov by Oct. 26, 2011.

The proposed I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes would:

  • Provide a seamless connection to the I-495 HOT lanes (under construction) and Tysons Corner.
  • Add new or improved access to and from the HOV/HOT network at key locations along the corridor.
  • Expand the I-95 HOV lanes from two to three lanes for 14 miles, from the vicinity of Edsall Road to the Prince William Parkway.
  • Extend the HOV lanes for nine miles, from Dumfries in Prince William County to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County, alleviating the worst bottleneck in the region. Stafford County would have HOV lanes for the first time.
  • Improve six miles of existing HOV lanes from the Prince William Parkway to Route 234.
  • Allow free travel for carpools with three or more persons as well as buses, vanpools, motorcycles and emergency vehicles.
  • Charge single person vehicles a toll based on time of day and travel distance.

Construction could begin as early as spring 2012 and likely take three years to complete. The $1 billion project is being financed and constructed under Virginia’s Public Private Transportation Act with the majority funded by the private sector and support from a state contribution.

Lorton Road Temporary Closure

Tropical Storm Lee destroyed the bridge on Lorton Road over Giles Run. This bridge will be replaced with a temporary structure within two months. The posted detour route will be a little more than eight miles long. This road carries about 6,000 vehicles a day.  Plans were already underway to permanently replace the bridge as part of the Fairfax County project for relocating Lorton Road, scheduled to begin in 2013.

Fairfax County Parkway Design and Build Project

For details on this project, including the one year closure of the Fullerton Road intersection, please visit the Fairfax County Parkway website.

Mulligan Road (Woodlawn Road Replacement)

Following the events of September 11, 2001, Woodlawn Road and Beulah Street were closed to public use through Ft. Belvoir. In a cooperative effort, VDOT, FHWA, Fairfax County and the US Army will construct a replacement road that will extend and widen existing Old Mill Road, now named Mulligan Road, from Route 1 (Richmond Highway) to Telegraph Road through Ft. Belvoir. The new connection to Telegraph Road requires that Telegraph Road be widened to four lanes from Beulah Street to 0.5 miles south of Hayfield Road, near the entrance to the Humphries Engineer Center.

This federal project will reestablish a road connection between Richmond Highway and Telegraph Road, which was cut off when the Army closed Beulah Street and Woodlawn Road through Fort Belvoir after 9/11. The connector road includes 1.5 miles of new construaccommodate both through-travel demand as well as traffic within the Laurel Hill area.  For complete coverage on this project, visit the Lorton Road Widening Project website.

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