Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force

November 1, 2011 Minutes 

Attendance by Task Force Members

Bill Pike
Rita Zimmerman
Dorothy Beck
Barry Wilson
Jennifer Porter

Task Force Members Excused from the Meeting

Dave Dexter
Linda Mass
Linda Shapiro
Kathy Hart
Elizabethe Hall

Others in Attendance

Roger Awad, Resident of Fairfax County
Laura Miller, BRAC Coordinator, FCDOT
Seyed Nabavi, Project Manager and Liaison to I-95 Hot Lanes Project, FCDOT
Tom Burke, Senior Transportation Planner, FCDOT
Clara Pizana, Office of Supervisor Penny Gross
David Grover, City of Alexandria
Cindy Wilson, Fairfax County Resident
Ellie Ashford, Annandale Blog

Welcome and Introductions

The meeting was called to order at 7:24 p.m.

Approval of October 4, 2011 Minutes

The minutes for the October 4, 2011 Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force were approved as presented by a vote of the task of the task force membership. 

Presentation by Laura Miller - BRAC Coordinator, FCDOT

Laura reported that there were no additional employees relocated to the Mark Center facility in the month of October 2011. There is about a ten percent absentee rate on a daily basis.  The move in rate for November and December 2100 will be about 75 employees /day which will result in a total of about 4800 employees being relocated to the facility by the end of 2011.  Parking issues will become evident in December as the number of parking spaces is exceeded by the number of employees assigned to the facility.  Information will be available soon on the Virginia Mega Projects Web site. 

Laura Miller discussed the SuperNova transit study recently announced by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit (VDRPT).  Governor Bob McDonnell announced on October 3, 2011 that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) will initiate a study of current and projected commuter patterns in the northern part of Virginia to plan transit and transportation demand management (TDM) enhancements needed to keep Northern Virginia moving.  The "Super NoVa" study will disregard jurisdictional boundaries in order to develop a comprehensive plan to address transit improvements necessary to move people to and from the employment centers of Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.  The Super NoVa study area will cover commuting within Northern Virginia as traditionally defined, as well as west from the Shenandoah Valley, south through Culpeper and Caroline counties, and east from the Northern Neck.  The impact of commuters traveling from Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. into Northern Virginia also will be considered in the study.

Laura Miller also discussed that the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) had announced that day, November 2, 2011, that Fairfax County would receive $180 million in funding to complete the widening of Route 1 through Fort Belvoir, through a program aimed at improving patient access to new medical facilities constructed under the BRAC 2005 legislation.

Presentation by Thomas Burke - Senior Transportation Planner, FCDOT

Thomas presented the draft Mark Center Spot Improvement Priority List to the Task Force.  While reviewing those non-submitted items from the priority list, a citizen suggested two additional spot improvements for Route 236 (Little River Turnpike) addressing existing safety issues: 

3E. Channelize westbound left turns on Route 236 at Beauregard Street.  This effectively would prohibit vehicles exiting the Landmark Plaza onto Route 236 from cutting-across all lanes of westbound traffic in order to make the left turn (or U-turn) at Beauregard Street. 

3F. Close the service drive access in front of the Exxon Gas station on the south side of Route 236, east of Beauregard Street.  This would allow for the installation of a bus pull-out.  This would also cut-down on the number of vehicles using the service drive as a means to bypass the traffic signal at Route 236 and Beauregard Street. 

Additional discussion followed regarding  a new project, assigned number 4D, which would add a mountable curb in the Chowan Avenue median, south of the intersection of Route 236, slowing cross-traffic accessing the service drive. 

A vote of the Task Force membership eliminated the projects numbered 3A, 3C, 4A, and 4C.
The Task Force voted to recommend the following projects be added officially to the final priority list, which already included a pre-approved #1 and #2.
The first group of projects selected to be added included those numbered 3B, 3E, and 4D.
The second group of projects selected to be added included that numbered 5.
The third group of projects selected to be added included that numbered 3F.
The fourth group of projects selected to be added included that numbered 3D.
The fifth group of projects selected to be added included that numbered 6.
The sixth group of projects selected to be added included that numbered 4B.
The membership of the Task Force voted to table the ranking of those projects numbered 7 and 8. 

Additional discussion of the final ranking of the above projects was held with a consensus reached about the following items:

Project 3 - Route 236 at Beauregard Street: Project 3B is better for all, but either project 3A or 3B could be done.  Remove item 3C from the list.  Item 3D is a good idea.   Ask for a feasibility study of this option. 

Project 4 - Route 236 at Chowan and Cherokee:  Remove the option of one way pairs (Project 4C) from list.  Option 4B is the least opposed option by the communities affected by this issue.  There is a concern about the design of the access road in this area which will need to be addressed.  Crash data for this area has been requested.  There is also a concern about the infrastructure on Cherokee including the ditches and other design issues. 

Project 5B - Widen south-bound I-395 off-ramp to Quantrell Avenue. 

Project 6 - Lincolnia Road, Braddock Road to North Chambliss Street. 

Project 7 - Route 236, Braddock Road to I-395:  Possibly use the extra lane for transit only. 

Project 8 - South Van Dorn:  This option is located within the City of Alexandria. 

It was noted that NEPA documents will be needed for Project 2, the improved signage/way finding project, approved by the task force on August 2, 2011. 

In summary, using the above numbering, the final priority list shall be:

1              #1 – Traffic Signal Optimization (previously approved)
2              #2 – I-395 SB Off-Ramp to Route 236 (Enhanced Signage/Way-Finding) (previously approved)
3T           #4D – Chowan Avenue Safety improvement (Mountable Curb)
3T           #3E – Route 236 (Channelize WB Lefts at Beauregard Street)
3T           #3B – North Chambliss Street (Eliminate SB Free-Flow to Beauregard Street and Route 236)
6              #5 – I-395 SB Off-Ramp to Route 236 (Widen to Quantrell Avenue Exit)
7              #3F – Route 236 (Closure of Service Drive Access, Installation of Bus Pull-Out)
8              #3D – Route 236 at Beauregard Street (3rd SB Left Turn Lane)
9              #6 – Lincolnia Road (Improved 2-Lane Facility)
10           #4B – Route 236 at Cherokee Avenue (Exclusive NB Right Turn Lane) 

The next meeting of the Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force will be, subject to room availability, on February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

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