Our Department of Transportation is hosting a second round of public information meetings later this month to discuss the long-term study on future improvements for the Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield parkways. The study, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation, will determine what improvements should be incorporated into the county’s Transportation Plan and what improvements are put into place along the corridor through 2040 and beyond.
Public input plays a key role at every stage of the study. Last November, more than 200 people attended meetings to learn about the study and provide feedback on their ideas for the future of the Parkways. Over 15,000 people responded to an online survey, and as a result, one future strategy – tolling on the parkways – was eliminated from consideration because of the overwhelming response against tolls.
Other highlights from survey responses include support for:
- Interchanges to eliminate signalized intersections
- Widening the parkways, but not for HOV-exclusive lanes
- Enhanced bike and pedestrian facilities, including a continuous trail along the parkways
- Enhanced transit, including additional park-and-ride lots
At the three upcoming public input meetings March 27, 28 and April 4, our county transportation staff will go into more detail on the survey results and discuss the next phase of the study. Based on the first round of public input, staff has developed some improvement strategies for the corridor that can be tested. You can provide feedback on the potential improvements at the meetings and by participating in a second online survey, available April 5 – May 6.