Project News and Updates
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is planning to hold public meetings on the Long-Range Fairfax County Parkway Corridor Study in the fall of 2018. Meeting dates and locations will be announced on this webpage. (For notifications, follow Fairfax County Transportation on Facebook or sign up for "DOT - Public Meetings and Events" on Fairfax Alerts.)
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, 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
Further input and direction from the public will help develop these preliminary alternatives and lead to an FCDOT / VDOT final recommendation in identifying a preferred alternative concept plan.
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)
Project Activities and Schedule
The anticipated schedule of the Long-Range Planning Study includes:
- Public Outreach #1 – Identify Future Deficiencies and Needs within the 30+ Mile Corridor (October 2018)
- Develop Preliminary Alternatives (Fall 2018/Winter 2019)
- Public Outreach #2 – Development and Testing of Preliminary Alternative Solutions (Spring 2019)
- Identify Preferred Corridor Alternatives (Spring-Summer 2019)
- Public Outreach #3 – Study Recommendations (Fall 2019)
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process (Winter-Spring 2020)
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