Transportation

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-877-5600
TTY 711

4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tom Biesiadny,
Director

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

News and Updates

Spring 2019 Community Meetings Held; Comments Deadline Extended to May 20

Fairfax County Parkway Reston photoIn November 2018, Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) sought feedback from the community, holding three public input meetings at locations along the corridor and hosting an online survey for a month and a half. 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 public meetings last fall and led to the removal of tolling along the parkway as one of the approved strategies for improvement.

FCDOT held a second round of community meetings March 27, March 28 and April 4 at various locations around the County. The meetings included a formal presentation, question and answer period, and time to give feedback through comments and a survey. The team will present potential future improvements to the Parkway by segment, and feedback gathered this spring will help determine which improvements will be developed for screening and testing.

For residents who could not attend the public meetings, please view the following resources: 

The public is invited to submit comments via the online survey, which will be available through May 20, 2019

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Community Meetings

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:

FCDOT held three public meetings on the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study input on future corridor enhancements for the Parkways, based on residents’ personal experiences and desires for multimodal access, connectivity and overall operations. Meetings were held:

  • 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

Attendees learned more about the study and took part in activities to give feedback on what they envision for the parkways.

Most recently, FCDOT held meetings in Spring 2019 to update the community with 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

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)

Project Background

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

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: