Sunday, March 31, 2013

Stringfellow Road meeting April 3

Stringfellow Road
On April 3 VDOT is holding a public meeting to discuss construction on Stringfellow Road. The road is being widened from two lanes to four lanes between Fair Lakes Boulevard and Route 50. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2015.

When the project was first proposed in 2007 FABB advocated that bike lanes be included on the road. Five-foot bike lanes were included in an early version of the plan but right-of-way concerns caused those lanes to be replaced by wide outside curb lanes. Even then there was strong opposition to any space on the road for bikes other than the normal travel lanes. The final road profile includes a wide outside lane, a 10-foot trail on one side and a five- to six-foot-wide sidewalk on the other.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in the library of Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road. The construction schedule and traffic impacts will be discussed. Cyclists are encouraged to attend to find out how VDOT plans to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian travel along the corridor during construction. The existing paved side path is in very poor condition but is used by many cyclists and pedestrians and continued access during this project needs to be provided.

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