Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I-66 project meeting Thursday at VDOT NoVa offices

VDOT is holding the first Fairfax County I-66 Multimodal project meeting on Thursday, January 29 at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 1st Floor, Occoquan Room, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Please consider attending one of the I-66 meetings to learn more about the project and voice your support for bike access, or Take Action Now to insist that biking and walking be an integral part of the planned multi-modal improvements to the I-66 corridor.

Providing bicycle and pedestrian facilities along I-66 will:
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian access to transit and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Promote biking for both long distance and short local trips
  • Reduce traffic congestion along I-66 and neighboring roads 
  • Provide a great recreational asset and opportunities for physical fitness
Two other meetings are planned for next week:
  • Tuesday, February 3, at Oakton High School in Vienna from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 5, at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office in Fairfax from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Supporting documentation for an extension of the Custis Trail outside the Beltway, parallel to I-66

Fairfax County Trails Plan includes a Major Regional Trail along I-66. The Trails Plan is part of Fairfax County's Comprehensive Plan.

Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Tier 1 Record of Decision contains the following:
On page 3-6:

Steps 2 and 3: Identify Capacity Improvement Concepts and Quantify Their Ability to Carry Person-Trips.  Based on previous studies as well as input from the general public and participating agencies, a list of means for carrying person-trips in the corridor was developed.  These were identified as potential improvement concepts that represent the full range of travel modes that are likely within the I-66 corridor. Based on the inclusion of bicycle facilities in locality transportation plans, all capacity improvement concepts are assumed to include them. As previously discussed, a total of six capacity improvement concepts (with abbreviations shown in parentheses) were considered:

On page 3-9:

Additional improvements that could further improve travel choices and interconnectivity include the provision of a bicycle trail adjacent to or near I-66 and intermodal facilities that include park-and-ride and priority bus facilities that include direct connections to the I-66 travel lanes (particularly the HOV or managed lanes)

On page 3-10:

Bicycle travel is becoming an increasingly important travel mode for both commuter and recreational travel, and is included in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Map and the Bicycle Master Plan currently under development. The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) serves much of the I-66 corridor inside the Capital Beltway and runs immediately adjacent to the highway in several locations. The trail diverts from I-66 at the Capital Beltway and runs northwest to the Towns of Vienna and Herndon. The provision of a bicycle trail that serves the I-66 corridor outside of the Beltway, which is included in the County’s transportation plan, would provide bicycle accessibility to large portions of Fairfax County and beyond.  Furthermore, this trail and/or future extensions of this trail would provide interconnectivity to other bicycle facilities planned in both Fairfax and Prince William Counties and allow for opportunities to provide crossings of I-66 with exclusive bicycle/ pedestrian bridges or underpasses.

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