Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Final list of proposed unfunded projects presented to Board of Supervisors

At the Board of Supervisors December 17 Transportation Committee meeting Tom Biesiadny, Fairfax Co Dept. of Transportation director, presented the final list of projects to be built with new VA transportation funds. There are 112 Pedestrian and Bicycle projects totaling around $145 million. Another $50 million is proposed for ped/bike access to the Silver Line Phase II stations and $10 million for "Additional Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Requests." See the presentation on the unfunded projects. See the original lists of all of the proposed projects.

Most of the Pedestrian and Bicycle projects are sidewalks ("Walkways"). While some bicyclists will use sidewalks, especially kids riding to school, very few of those projects include bicycle facilities. We've identified 18 projects that are either primarily bike facilities, or include a major component that will benefit cyclists ($43.31 million over 6 years). I'm sure there are more but without knowing the width of the "Walkway" projects, it's difficult to know whether they would also serve cyclists.

Below shows the distribution of funds across the various project categories. Ped/Bike projects would receive 16% of the total. We've estimated that bike-only projects would receive approximately 3.5%. Many of the road projects will include bicycle facilities.

Total (Million)
Road Extensions
Spot Improvements
Roadway Widenings
Capital Projects Reserve
Bicycle and Pedestrian

FABB advocated for setting aside funds for projects included in the Bicycle Master Plan, which has not yet been adopted by the Board. The $10 million identified for additional dialogue requests could serve that purpose.

Below is the list of what we consider to be projects that will primarily benefit bicyclists, sorted by Supervisor District:

PROJECT DISTRICT  Other District project affects TOTAL EST CST MIL
Fairfax County Parkway Bicycle Wayfinding Signage Braddock Dranesville,Huntermill, Springfield, Braddock, Sully
Government Center Area Bicycle Demonstration Project Braddock

Braddock Road On-Road Bicycle Facilities Braddock

Westmoreland Street On-Road Bike Lanes Dranesville

Reston Town Center Hunter Mill

Cinderbed Road Bikeway Lee

Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station/VRE Enhanced Bicycle Parking Lee

Route 236 (LRT) Corridor Improvements Mason

Lanier Street Bike/Ped Connection Mason

Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) Mount Vernon

Mason Neck Trail (Gunston Road Walkway) Mount Vernon

Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) Pedestrian Bridge Providence

Vienna Metrorail Station Area Bicycle Connectivity Improvements Providence

Burke Road Lane Diet and On-Road Bike Lanes Springfield

Hunter Village Drive Bicycle Parking Springfield

Old Keene Mill Road Bike Shoulders Springfield

Shipplett Boulevard On-Road Bike Lanes Springfield

Rolling Valley Connector Trail Springfield


The Board will now evaluate the list and provide feedback to staff by January 14. A final list will be presented to the Board on January 28 when the Board will hold the public hearing on these projects and make a final decision. If there is a bike project that you think should be on the list, contact your Supervisor to ask that it be added.

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