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

Study News: Virtual Community Meetings Held; Comments Due Aug. 31, 2020

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held three virtual community meetings for the Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long-Term Planning Study this summer:

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, 7-9 p.m.

A document compiling questions and answers from all sessions will be available soon. Please check this page for updates.

Feedback was accepted through Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The presentation and supporting information are available below.

Summer 2020 Virtual Community Meetings

Fairfax County Parkway Reston photo

Over the last two years, FCDOT has worked to identify current deficiencies and future needs along the 31-mile corridor that stretches from Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) in Herndon to Route 1 (Richmond Highway) in Alexandria, suggest improvement strategies, and develop and test the Preliminary Alternatives that will be presented this summer. The goals of the Study include creating a more efficient option for commuters while serving local residents, minimizing impacts to property owners and the environment, and optimizing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

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. FCDOT will once again gather feedback during the meetings; via comments submitted online, via mail or by phone; and a post-presentation survey.

With this feedback, FCDOT plans to test these preliminary recommendations in its transportation models to ensure that the recommended improvements address future demand/commuter needs. FCDOT will present the final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors this winter. Once the Board of Supervisors have endorsed the Study, FCDOT will propose amending the Comprehensive Plan in Spring 2021. FCDOT also will prioritize the Study to show which recommendations may be implemented in the near future versus over a longer (10-50 year) horizon, as funding allows.

Additional meeting materials for review and comment (please check back as files will be uploaded soon):

  1. Watch: Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Study Presentation (Video) - Summer 2020
  2. Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Study Presentation - Summer 2020
  3. Fairfax County and Franconia-Springfield Parkways Q&A: By Meeting Date I By Category
  4. Summary of Spring 2019 public input (See "Community Meetings" below)
  5. Preliminary Recommendations Map
  6. Corridor Segment Map – from the current Comp Plan
  7. Alternatives Concepts:
    1. Concept 1 - Maximize Traffic Flow
    2. Concept 2 - Minimize Impacts
    3. Concept 3 - Optimize HOV
  8. Traffic analysis results:

Stay in touch with the Parkways Study and FCDOT:

  • Visit this webpage for project updates and meeting notices
  • Receive notifications to your phone or email by subscribing to Fairfax Alerts
  • Follow FCDOT on Facebook

FCDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need this information in an alternate format or would like to request reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711. Requests for assistance must be received at least 7 business days in advance of an event.

Community Meetings

Fall 2018: 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:

Spring 2019: 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

A second online survey was open for two months with nearly 1,400 survey responses. 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)
  • Public Outreach #3 – Present Preliminary Findings and Recommendations (Spring 2020) ← We Are Here
  • Refine and Finalize Study Recommendations, Complete Documentation (Summer 2020)
  • Board Endorsement of Final Study Report (Fall 2020)
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process (Spring 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

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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