For Immediate Release
May 21, 2019
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has posted Frequently Asked Questions about the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study, and has extended the deadline for the online survey for two weeks. The online survey will close on June 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
The survey was developed based on community input from first round survey results last year. The current survey will gather feedback from residents on future corridor transportation improvements and help the project team decide which improvements will be selected for screening and testing.
FCDOT, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), is conducting a multimodal corridor study for the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) from Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) to Route 1 (Richmond Highway). The study corridor is approximately 31 miles in length and consists of 83 intersections and 17 interchanges. There is a short-term and a long-term component of the study.
The Long-Range Planning Study, led by FCDOT and in collaboration with VDOT, will provide recommendations for 2040 and beyond for the FCP/FSP corridor. It will consider whether changes should be made to the county’s current Transportation Plan. Intensive analysis using the County’s Traffic Forecasting Model will be used to determine future network deficiencies. Alternatives to remedy those deficiencies will be developed, and public input will be sought on those alternatives. Final recommendations will be considered for incorporation into the county’s Transportation Plan. Some questions that are to be addressed in this study are:
- The degree to which existing intersections should be considered for conversion to interchanges or under/ overpasses
- How transit should be integrated into the corridor
- Whether tolling and or HOV lanes on the Parkways should be planned.
- Bicycle/ pedestrian mobility
VDOT Short-Term Study
The Short-Term Study, led by VDOT, was completed in 2017. The study evaluated existing transportation issues and developed recommendations for short-term multimodal improvements that can be implemented within one to ten years. Additional project resources:
- Fairfax County Parkway/Franconia-Springfield Parkway: Alternatives Analysis and Long-Term Planning Study - November 2016
- Fairfax County Parkway and Franconia-Springfield Parkway Corridor Study (May 24, 2016 Presentation to the Fairfax County Board Transportation Committee)