Sunday, December 11, 2016
University Drive Extension Meeting This Week
On Tuesday, 13 December, the City of Fairfax is holding a meeting to decide whether to move forward with the extension of University Drive north of Fairfax Boulevard, a project that will include the creation of bike lanes on both sides of the street. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, and FABB encourages its City of Fairfax members to attend and speak in favor of the extension.
In June the City was awarded nearly $10 million in federal funds through Virginia's competitive SmartScale program for the extension. The project is an important part of efforts to revitalize Fairfax Boulevard as a more walkable and bikeable destination.
Many residents along and near University Drive have expressed concerns about the proposed extension’s impact on safety. Such concerns are understandable, but many of the safety issues already exist and the City is planning and implementing new measures to make University Drive safer. For example, the City has added an in-street crosswalk sign at the intersection of University and Stratford Avenue and made it a four-way stop.The University Drive extension is just one part of larger plans to make the City of Fairfax more walkable and bikeable by creating a more connected street network. The City has also secured funding to extend Government Center Parkway from Stevenson Drive to Jermantown Road, which will connect the western side of the City with the Government Center/Fair Lakes area and include bike lanes.