Thursday, March 14, 2013

VDOT public hearing tonight on I-66 outside the Beltway

Consider attending the VDOT public hearing being held tonight to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement on I-66 outside the Beltway: "The Tier 1 EIS is studying potential multimodal improvements that can address existing and future transportation needs in the Interstate 66 corridor from U.S. Route 15 in Prince William County to Interstate 495 in Fairfax County."

I-66 extends through the heart of Fairfax County. The Custis Trail should be extended from inside the Beltway along this stretch of the highway. Questions cyclists should pose include: Are bike facilities included parallel to I-66 as is required by the Fairfax Co Countywide Trails Plan? Can cyclists safely travel through I-66 intersections? Are there good connections to transit? Can cyclists access Park & Ride facilities and find good bike parking?

According to the EIS, "The identified needs to be addressed include: transportation capacity deficiencies, major points of congestion, limited travel mode choices, safety deficiencies, and lack of transportation predictability." All of these problems can be addressed with better bicycle connectivity. 

I-66 EIS Public Hearing
Thursday, March 14, 2013
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

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