Thursday, October 28, 2010

VDOT N. Va. District office is moving

The VDOT N. Va. District office is currently located just west of Rt 28 off Rt 50 on Avion Parkway in Chantilly. It's not a bike- or transit-friendly location to say the least. We've biked there on many occasions and the most difficult stretch is along Rt 50 under Rt 28.

On Nov. 1 the N. Va. District office will be moving to new offices located off West Ox Dr. just north of the intersection of Fairfax Co Parkway and Rt 29. The address is 4975 Alliance Drive Fairfax, VA 22030. We hear new bike racks will be in place, although we've also heard they are the infamous "wave racks" that are not recommended by most jurisdictions. There is only one contact point with the bike and most people who want to use a U-lock use the racks as a very complicated U-rack, parking parallel to the rack instead of perpendicular, reducing the rack capacity from many (5-11) to 2. Sigh.

The Fx Co Parkway trail passes directly in front of the offices on West Ox Rd. This is one of several sections where the trail is diverted off of the Parkway because a decision was made long ago to not purchase needed right of way or to not spend the money to build the trail over a major intersection. As a side note we've tried for several years to get wayfinding signs placed on the Parkway trail and have had no luck.

The new VDOT location is slightly more bike-friendly. For Fairfax residents, it's more centrally located and it's close to Fairfax County government offices. Here's info from VDOT about the move:
VDOT's Northern Virginia District Office is moving effective Monday, November 1, 2010. The new address is:

VDOT Northern Virginia
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

We are located near the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway, Route 29 and West Ox Road (next to Fairfax County's Public Safety Transportation Operations Center and across the street from Costco). We will share this new building with several other Virginia agencies including State Police, Department of Fire Programs, and Department of Emergency Management.

All VDOT employees located in the new office will have new telephone numbers.
Check the VDOT site for more information. The current office location is now listed on the site, but that information should be updated once the move takes place. All VDOT staff located in the new office will have new phone numbers as well.

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