Saturday, January 15, 2011

Governor's list of transportation projects

Virginia Governor McDonnell recently announced 900 statewide projects to be funded by selling more booze, borrowing money, and taking $140 million from the general fund. Fairfax County projects include several that contain bike facilities: I-495 HOT Lanes Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities (probably trail connections, $100,000), Mulligan Rd widening from Route 1 to Telegraph Rd (wide outside lanes; it will become part of U.S. Bike Route 1 once completed, $584,625).

Other projects that include some bike facilities include Rt 50 widening from Rt. 28 to Poland Rd (sidepath, $40,658,585), Fairfax Cty Pkwy Extension Project (sidepaths in three segments, $3,304,166, $742,862, $464,069), West Ox Rd widening from Penderbrook to Ox Trail (sidepath, $586,607, although we thought this project was completed), Telegraph Rd widening from Beulah St to Leaf Rd (bike lanes and sidepath, $13,245). Cyclists will need to ensure that other projects include bike facilities.

What's key with all of the listed projects is ensuring that VA complies with the "Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations." This is especially true of bridge replacements which occur much less frequently than road widening. See the Governor's press release.



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