Sunday, January 11, 2009

FABB discusses Lorton Road bike lanes with Fairfax County DOT

FABB was recently invited to review proposed bike lanes on the Lorton Road widening project. The road will be widened from 2 to 4 lanes between Route 123 and Silverbrook Rd. There is also a short section of Furnace Rd to be widened from Lorton Rd to Hooes Rd. Both segments will include bike lanes. We discussed various design issues, including routing of the bike lanes through major intersections.

This is one of the few projects conducted by the county and not VDOT, although VDOT is involved in the design and approval process. Several issues still need to be resolved and we will continue to work with the county and VDOT as the project progresses. Our contact is the project manager, Jeanmarie Roberson with Fairfax Co DOT.
The inclusion of bike lanes in this County-managed project is wonderful news. Since Lorton Road is part of U.S. Bike Route 1, the inclusion of bike lanes in this project is vital and should not be controversial.
This is great news! That section of Lorton rd is really narrow making for a stressful ride. Bike lanes will be a welcomed addition.

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