The intersection of Donegal Lane and the Fairfax County Parkway will permanently close on April 10.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials said an overpass will instead carry the new alignment of Rolling Road over the parkway. (See this map for details.)
Multiple lane closures will begin starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Drivers may also run into temporary traffic stoppages between 10 a.m. and noon that day so crews may remove traffic signals.
Once the roadwork is complete, drivers will not be able to access Donegal Lane from the Fairfax County Parkway. Instead, they will have to take Rolling Road or take the Barta Road exit ramp.
Emergency Response Changes
According to Donegal Lane resident Neal Schiff, community members are concerned about the delay in emergency vehicle response times with the closure of direct access from Donegal Lane to the parkway.
"There are a lot of neighborhoods back here," Schiff said. "The fire department ran a test and said it would only take 30 seconds longer, but there is a lot of up and down and around with the new configuration."
"John Caussin with Fairfax Fire and Rescue drove a fire truck over the overpass and made the turn onto Rolling Road," said Mike Salmon, Public/Community Outreach Specialist with Virginia Megaprojects. "Caussin then met with several members of the community and explained the response times are within their allowable requirements with the new configuration. Fire and Rescue has no concerns in responding to the communities," said Salmon.
The Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, administrator of the project, will conduct a 30-day evaluation of the new road and the traffic configurations associated with it, according to Salmon.
"They'll look to see if anything needs adjusting, and they can do it then," Salmon said. The evaluation will start sometime in mid-May, to allow drivers to acclimate to the new configuration.
"Getting notifications from the feds, the county, and even the Mt. Vernon District has been very difficult over the years of this parkway project," Schiff said. "Meetings are scheduled, but only a small number of the homes receive notices." He hopes for better notification when the evaluation begins.
When the Rolling Road overpass opens, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access the existing multi-purpose trail for jogging, walking and biking along Fairfax County Parkway.
A commuter lot — Saratoga Park and Ride (see screen shot) — is planned for a triangular parcel of land at the intersection of Barta Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. Construction will start on the lot in June, and it is scheduled to open on Oct. 31 of this year, according to Salmon. The lot will have 535 spaces, bus access, parking and lockers for bikes and a direct connection to the southbound lanes of the parkway.
More information is available at vamegaprojects.com.