The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) plans to construct approximately 2,200 linear feet of eight-foot wide asphalt trail as the next segment of the Pohick Stream Valley Trail. The project will connect the existing trail network within Burke Station Park to Hillside Road near Old Keene Mill Road and provide increased access to recreational facilities within Burke Station Park and the Virginia Railway Express Rolling Road station. The project is identified in the Countywide Trail Plan in the Transportation section of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan, and shall be designed and constructed to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM) standards. It will serve both pedestrians and cyclists and create approximately two (2) miles of fully accessible continuous stream valley trail from Burke Lake Parkway to Hillside Avenue for persons of all abilities.
The trail will be constructed on FCPA property and extend through the floodplain on the northern side of Pohick Creek. Minor impacts to wetlands and waters of the U.S. are anticipated as part of the proposed trail construction, including crossing an unnamed tributary with a fiberglass bridge, and all required Section 404/401 Permits will be obtained prior to construction. Confirmation of the trail construction as a permitted use within the FEMA-regulated floodplain has been obtained for the project. No cumulative and/or indirect impacts associated with the project have been identified.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has applied for federal funding assistance from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Detailed project information, including plans and environmental analysis documentation pertinent to compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is available for review at the project website or in hardcopy from the Fairfax County Park Authority in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit written comments on this application.
The public comment period for this application will close on April 19, 2020, and all comments must be received by this date in order to be included in the official public record that will be sent to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Comments can be emailed to: Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov . Written comments should be directed to Amy Linderman, Planning & Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. For more information, contact Amy Linderman, FCPA Project Manager, at 703-324-8629.