Sunday, July 23, 2017

$6.7 Million in Little River Turnpike Improvements Sought

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week will be reviewing for approval a package of bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvement projects developed from FCDOT's Little River Turnpike Bicycle Corridor Study, which covers portions of Braddock, Mason and Providence Districts. 

The Little River Turnpike study refined the county‚Äôs corridor design as envisioned in the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. It resulted in short and long-term recommendations for bicycle facilities along the approximately seven-mile corridor through Annandale between the City of Fairfax and the City of Alexandria. The study emphasized improving connectivity, comfort, and convenience for bicyclists currently utilizing the corridor but also on developing a corridor where novice bicyclists will feel more comfortable and safe. The study provided the added benefit of enhancing pedestrian environments through complementary bicycle treatments, specifically shared-use paths, median refuge areas, and enhanced crossing treatments. 

The short and long-term recommendations were based in part on existing funded and planned projects, including: ongoing repaving projects on Little River Turnpike and adjacent streets; funded pedestrian walkways and crosswalks on Little River Turnpike; funded bike lanes connecting to Little River Turnpike (some of which were constructed during the study); and a long-term widening and streetscaping study for Little River Turnpike between I-495 and John Marr Drive. 

Among the improvements for the 13 Eastbound segments are a shared-use path along the existing shoulder with upgraded ramps and crosswalks between Lake Drive and Pineridge Drive and shared-lane markings (sharrows) between Pineridge Drive and Pinecrest Parkway with improved crossings at the I-495 ramps. The 14 Westbound segments feature an improved transition from the shared-use path to an existing frontage road between Wakefield Chapel Road and Lake Drive with ADA-compliant ramp, signage and sharrows.  Additional sharrows will be installed between Pineridge Drive and Backlick Road. Funding for all of these improvements was previously approved. 

FABB members who live or ride in the Braddock, Mason and Providence Districts are encouraged to contact that Supervisor's office and express your support for these much needed bicycle and pedestrian improvements before the Board meeting on Tuesday, July 25. 

Contact Information:
Braddock District: or 703-425-9300
Mason District: or 703-256-7717
Providence District: or 703-560-6946

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