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Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study

Study News: Community Meetings On Hold
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to ensure ample opportunity for the community to provide input moving forward, the Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study outreach meetings initially planned for May 2020 have been postponed. Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff continues to assess prior survey results, public feedback and initial analyses and is in the process of developing and testing an array of potential alternative solutions for the Parkways that address community and commuter needs. Preliminary recommendations will be brought to the public for review and feedback, with consideration to study schedule and feasibility of in-person and/or virtual public meetings. Please use the feedback link below to contact the project team with any questions.

Spring 2019 Community Meetings Held; Public Outreach Summary Available

Fairfax County Parkway Reston photoThe Fairfax County Parkway and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Study seeks to explore improvements and make recommendations for the 31-mile corridor that stretches from Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) in Herndon to Route 1 (Richmond Highway) in Alexandria. To date, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has held two rounds of community meetings with opportunities for feedback and public comment in person and through online surveys. 

Results from the second round of meetings and public outreach are now available. The team currently is utilizing the feedback received from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 outreach efforts to develop and test alternative improvements for both Parkways. FCDOT will present preliminary results and recommendations for potential future improvements by segment and intersection at a third round of community meetings, anticipated in early 2020. For specific meeting information from 2018 and 2019, please see the Community Meetings section below.

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Community Meetings

FCDOT held its first round of public meetings on the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning in October 2018. Study input on future corridor enhancements for the Parkways, based on residents’ personal experiences and desires for multimodal access, connectivity and overall operations. Attendees learned more about the study and took part in activities to give feedback on what they envision for the parkways. More than 200 people attended meetings that were held along the corridor:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at Navy Elementary School, 3500 West Ox Road, Fairfax
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Sangster Elementary School, 7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Road, Reston

An online survey was open for a month and a half to collect feedback, and strong public participation15,150 responses led to the removal of tolling along the parkway as one of the approved strategies for improvement. A summary of the October 2018 community meetings was presented to the Board Transportation Committee on Feb. 12, 2019. The presentation can be viewed as a PowerPoint file or video below:

Most recently, FCDOT held meetings in Spring 2019 to present the community with refined improvement strategies based on results from the Fall 2018 survey, and to seek further input on residents' and commuters' preferred alternative for the Parkways. The meetings were held:

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Willow Springs Elementary School, 5400 Willow Springs School Road, Fairfax
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Road, Reston
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Sangster Elementary School, 7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield

Meeting materials from the Spring 2019 outreach efforts, along with the summary of public input from the meetings and survey, are available:

Study 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)
  • Refine Improvement Strategies (Winter 2019)
  • Public Outreach #2 – Present Refined Improvement Strategies, Identify Preferences Throughout Corridors (Spring 2019)
  • Process Public Feedback, Develop and Test Preliminary Alternatives (Summer 2019 to Winter 2020) We Are Here
  • Public Outreach #3 – Present Preliminary Findings and Recommendations (Spring 2020)
  • Refine and Finalize Study Recommendations, Complete Documentation (Summer 2020)
  • Board Endorsement of Final Study Report (Fall 2020)
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process (Winter 2021)

Study Background

The Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways study includes a short-term and a long-term component.

The Long-Range Planning Study, led by FCDOT and in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation (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

Strong public participation, with more than 200 people attending meetings and 15,150 responses to the online survey, informed the formulation of strategies that will be discussed at the upcoming round of public meetings and led to the removal of tolling along the parkway as one of the approved strategies for improvement. 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:

Frequently Asked Questions

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) staff have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions from community members and stakeholders regarding the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long-Term Planning Study. The questions are grouped into the following categories:

  1. Study Purpose and Outcomes
  2. Transportation Funding
  3. Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan
  4. Analysis Considerations
  5. Bicycle/Pedestrian
  6. Location-Specific Questions
  7. Park-and-Rides
  8. Transit
  9. Managed Lanes
  10. Noise Walls
  11. Public Outreach
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