Thursday, January 30, 2014

Funding for bike projects approved by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

At their meeting on Tuesday the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved approximately $40 million in funding for bike projects over six years as part of a major 6-year transportation funding package. The bike funding is approximately $7 million/year. This is a significant increase in funding from previous years although only a small portion (3%) of the nearly $1.3 billion in total transportation funding. There was also significant funding for bike projects that will be included in many of the road projects that were part of the package. Most of the Bicycle/Pedestrian projects are sidewalks that could be used by some cyclists.

The major bike-related projects included on the list, many of which are multi-use trails, are: Old Keene Mill Road Bike Shoulders ($9 million), Route 236 Corridor Improvements (bike lanes, wide curb lanes, bike shoulders, $7.5 million), Scotts Run Stream Valley Trail ($3 million), Cinderbed Road Bikeway ($4 million), Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) ($6.5 million), Mason Neck Trail ($5 million), and improvements to Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail ($1.5 million).

There is also around $50 million for: ped/bike improvements to the Reston and Herndon Silver Line stations ($43 million); and Additional Countywide ped/bike projects ($7 million).

Several projects that were on the original list were not funded, including several of the big ticket items such as the two bridges across the Beltway/I-495 ($18 million), proposed bike lanes on Old Dominon Dr ($10 million), and proposed bike facilities on Great Falls Street (bike lanes/shoulders/sharrows/climbing lanes, $10 million).

Overall there are almost no on-road bike facilities such as bike lanes, cycle tracks, bike shoulders, or wide curb lanes. Some would question whether the projects that received the majority of the funding were the highest priority bike projects in the county. We have a large county with significant needs for bike facilities, and this funding, while significant, is really only a drop in the bucket compared to our needs.

The Board also approved the following:

  • $114 million for Pedestrian Projects
  • $195 million for Interchanges
  • $115 million for Road Extensions
  • $66 million for Spot Improvements
  • $381 million for Roadway Widenings
  • $327 million for Transit Capital/Operating, most of which went into the Transit Reserve ($200 million) and it included $9.5 million for Columbia Pike Transit Service
  • $10 million for Reserve for Capital Projects.
For a full list of projects see the Board Package for the Jan. 28 meeting (starting at page 455 425).  Below is our summary of the bike-related projects. Most of the projects without ID numbers were added based on comments during the Countywide Dialogue meetings:


Additional Countywide Dialogue on Transportation Requests Countywide

Countywide pedestrian and bicycle requests. Currently under review.

Belle  View Blvd/G.W. Parkway Mount Vernon
Partial funding for study only. Add bike/ped crossing and connection to Mount Vernon trail. Examine signalization including HAWK.
Burke Road Lane Diet and On-Road Bike Lanes Springfield
Re-striping from Liberty Bell Ct to Rolling Road VRE P&R lot. Existing lanes and on-street parking can remain, but widths may be adjusted. Includes bicycle signage and access improvements near Liberty Bell Ct to improve safety and sight distance.
Cinderbed Road Bikeway Lee
Provide approximately three miles of bikeway, extending from Fairfax County Parkway near Telegraph Road to the south side of the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station. The southern segment could include an on-road facility on Cinderbed Road.
Fairfax County Parkway Bicycle Wayfinding Signage Braddock
Install bicycle way finding signs along the Fairfax County Parkway and Franconia-Springfield Parkway.
Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station/VRE Enhanced Bicycle Parking Lee
Install covered bicycle parking to accommodate at least thirty bicycles. Improvements to the access driveway pavement and lighting and security may also be provided.

Franconia-Springfield Parkway Trail Connections Lee
Extend shared use path from  Spring Village Dr. to Ridgeway Dr. across Metrorail station.
Government Center Area Bicycle Demonstration Project Braddock
Road diet on roadways to make the area more bicycle friendly. Government Center Pkwy from Random Hills Rd to Fairfax City. Post Forest Dr (West Ox Rd to Gov't Center Pkwy), Legato Rd (Post Forest Dr to US 29), and Ridge Top Rd (Random Hills Rd to US 29).
Herndon Metrorail Station Access Management Study (HMSAMS) Dranesville
These projects include construction of intersection pedestrian improvements, new sidewalks, new trails and new on-road bicycle facilities within a one-mine radius of the Herndon and Innovation Center Metrorail Station.

Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail Mason
Upgrade pavement to better serve commuter bicyclists.
Hunter Village Drive Bicycle Parking Springfield
This project will complement the new on-road bike lanes by installing covered bicycle parking on the north end of Hunter Village Drive in the vicinity of Old Keene Mill Road.
INOVA Center Medical Education Campus Lee
Enhance bicycle and pedestrian access from the medical education campus located off Metropolitan Center Drive in Springfield to the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station and nearby activity centers.

Lanier Street Bike/Ped Connection Mason

Lanier Street from Exeter St to Carrico Dr
Mason Neck Trail (Gunston Road Walkway) Mount Vernon
Construct missing links of walkway on Gunston Road from Richmond Highway (Route 1) to Potomac River.
Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) Mount Vernon
Project will complete missing segments of the Trail from southeast of Route 1 (Richmond Hwy) in the vicinity of the Washington's Mill Historic State Park to Grist Mill Park (southeast of Old Mill Rd). Includes bridge over Dogue Creek.
Old Keene Mill Road Bike Shoulders Springfield
This project includes the installation of bicycle shoulders on Old Keene Mill Road from Lee Chapel Road to Spring Road, providing connectivity for the south-central area of the County. Supplemental signage will be installed.
Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG) Study Recommendations (Phase II) Hunter Mill
These projects include construction of intersection pedestrian improvements, new sidewalks, new trails and new on-road bicycle facilities within a one-mine radius of the Reston Town Center Metrorail Station.

Reston Town Center Hunter Mill
Road/Lane Diets - add on-road bike lanes

Rolling Valley Connector Trail Springfield
Construct new shared use path from Rolling Valley Park & Ride to Pohick Stream Valley Park

Route 236 (LRT) Corridor Improvements Mason
Add bike lanes, wide curb lanes, bike shoulders to complete network gaps
Scotts Run Stream Valley Trail Dranesville
Partially funded to construct trail on the west side of I-495 from Georgetown Pike to the Scotts Run Stream Valley.
Shipplett Boulevard On-Road Bike Lanes Springfield
Provide on-road bike lanes on Shipplett Boulevard from Burke Lake Road to Old Keene Mill Road by reducing roadway lane width. No roadway widening is anticipated.
Van Dorn Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Improvements Lee
Existing trail extenuating from Oakwood Rd (ramp underpass) to the Alexandria City Line will be improved to current geometric standards, including those segments under the Capital Beltway (I-95) and the railroad. Lighting and way finding signage included.
Vienna Metrorail Station Area Bicycle Connectivity Improvements Providence
Enhance bike access to the Vienna Metrorail and Metro West Town Center; Vaden Dr Bridge, Five Oaks Rd from Vaden Dr to Blake Ln, and Virginia Centre Blvd through lane and road dieting. Includes bike wayfinding signage and shared lane markings.
Westmoreland Street On-Road Bike Lanes Dranesville
Extend existing on-road bike lanes from Kirby Rd to Arlington County Line. Done as part of VDOT's repaving program. Westmoreland St is a priority route providing bicycle connectivity between McLean, Arlington, Metrorail stations, and the W&OD Trail.

Total Bicycle Projects


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Why is FFX county spending so much money on those horrible cement sound barriers along the highway. In most cases, people bought their houses knowing the hwys were there. Does someone in charge own a cement company?
$9 million for shoulders on Old Keene Mill Rd? I can't get over how much it will cost to put shoulders on this road.

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