Tuesday, October 22, 2013

VDOT Six Year Plan public hearing is tonight

VDOT is holding a public hearing tonight starting at 6 p.m. at VDOT headquarters to take comments on the Six Year Improvement Program. The program includes road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in the Northern Virginia District. Search the online database to see a list of all projects in Fairfax County. You can also narrow the search using keywords.

We urge cyclists to attend the meeting to learn about bicycle projects that are included in the plan, and to speak out in favor of dedicated funding for bicycle projects in Fairfax. The Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan was recently completed and funds are needed to implement the many recommendations included in the plan, most of which are located on VDOT-controlled roads.

Details about the meeting:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

6 - 7 p.m. – Open house displays and general discussion
7 p.m. – Moderated public meeting
We plan to also make comments about specific projects on the list:
  • Connect ped/bike facilities on the HOT lanes bridges to nearby bicycle and pedestrian routes. The safety of the at-grade crossings on these bridges needs to be improved. (104005)
  • Strongly support the Tysons and Reston projects that improve pedestrian and bicycle access to Silver Line stations. For Tysons, Reston, and all other transit-oriented, mixed use areas to be successful residents and employees need multiple transportation options. Bicycles provide one of the best first and last mile solutions. (100469, 100470)
  • Expedite RMAG bicycle and pedestrian improvements to more closely align them with station opening. Ensure that any road improvements do not have a negative impact on bicycle and pedestrian access. (100470)
  • Support grade-separated bicycle and pedestrian crossings of the Dulles Toll Road as part of the Route 7 bridge project. The crossing is a critical non-motorized link for connecting residents to the new Spring Hill Metro station.  (82135)

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