The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding a design public hearing on Tuesday, July 18, concerning plans to widen the ramp where northbound Fairfax County Parkway traffic exits to continue north on the Parkway, just past the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.
At the open house style event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., residents may view design displays and ask questions of VDOT staff. The meeting is at ,
6703 Barnack Drive in Springfield.
In the last year, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency relocated an additional 4,500 Department of Defense employees to the new building at the Fort Belvoir North Area along the Fairfax County Parkway. Many of these employees travel to points west and north in the afternoon, using the Fairfax County Parkway, creating congestion at this ramp.
To help accommodate the surge in traffic, VDOT will construct an additional lane on this ramp, and a fourth auxiliary lane that extends to the Stream Way intersection. To access the ramp, there will be a dual turn lane with a traffic signal from Rolling Road.
The Franconia-Springfield Parkway section approaching the interchange from the east will drop from three to two at the Rolling Road exit ramp. This will provide two lanes continuing north/west along the Fairfax County Parkway.
The Fairfax County Parkway will gain two lanes at the two lane loop ramp merge, providing four lanes in this section of the Fairfax County Parkway. The fourth lane will extend to and end at the intersection of Stream Way. The third lane will continue to the Gambrill Road Interchange, as it does today.
Other improvements include retaining walls, a paved shoulder and a concrete median.
Citizens may submit written comments at the meeting, or through July 31, 2012:
- By mail to Mr. Nassre Obeed, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax 22030.
- By email to email@example.com Please reference “Fairfax County Parkway at Franconia-Springfield Parkway” in the subject line.