Thursday, February 14, 2013
Fairfax County supervisors may direct VDOT to study long-term congestion fix on the roadway, which could include HOV and HOT lanes.
Fairfax County officials are considering tasking the Virginia Department of Transportation with studying potential improvements to the Fairfax County Parkway. Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) put forth a motion for staff to request that VDOT study the 35-mile highway, which runs from Springfield to the Loudoun County line, identifying ways to decrease congestion, including HOT and HOV lanes. The Parkway currently carries up to 80,000 vehicles a day, and that number is only expected to increase, Herrity told his colleagues. “This critical corridor is currently handling more traffic than it was designed for, is continually congested and shortly will be handling interstate level volumes,” he said in his motion. According to the county’s…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The interchange is intended to help improve traffic flow in the area.
The Virginia Department of Transportation opened the new Fairfax County Parkway bridges over Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive to traffic Thursday morning. Motorists will now have a five-mile stretch without a traffic signal between Popes Head Road and Route 50. The overpass extends from south of Fair Lakes Parkway to north of Monument Drive. The entire project cost $69.5 million and is funded through stimulus, according to a news release. In addition to the overpass, the project widens Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from south of I-66 to north of Rugby Road. The goal with the interchange is to help improve traffic flow in the area by separating local and parkway traffic. Fairfax County Parkway was first built in the …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Three local parkways, including Fairfax County Parkway, move from secondary to primary roads.
Drivers may have noticed new signs along the Fairfax County Parkway. Formerly known as Route 7100, the Fairfax County Parkway was transferred from secondary to primary road status in February. The new signs indicate the change. A primary road is eligible for additional federal funding. This funding covers 80 percent of the road's maintenance costs and pays for improvements and other projects, VDOT said. "The Parkway is one of our main streets, and for years it has been neglected and overlooked," said Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, who spearheaded the change. Herrity's research found that federal stimulus monies can only be spent on primary roads, and Virginia spends more time and money on primary roads. "For those two …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation will repave 24 miles of Fairfax County Parkway this spring.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Starting this spring the Virginia Department of Transportation will repave 24 miles of the 32-mile Fairfax County Parkway, starting at Route 7 and extending to Rolling Road in Springfield. The maintenance project will cost $19 million and the majority of the work will be completed at night and on weekends. It will require lane closures and occassional detours. VDOT will hold four community meetings along the corridor to talk about the work being done and the schedule with area residents. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Meetings will be held: • April 11 at Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Rd., in Reston. • April 17 at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., in Fairfax. • April 24 at the VDOT District Office, 4975 …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A 56-year-old man died in a crash near Franklin Farms on Tuesday
Update (10:55 a.m. March 22): Police have identified the driver as Robert Bittner of 21322 Sorrel Grove Court in Ashburn. Bittner was operating a 1999 Toyota Camry. ----- Original: Man Dies in County Parkway Crash A 56-year-old man from the Ashburn area died Tuesday after his vehicle struck the sound barrier on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farms Road. Fairfax County Police from the Fair Oaks District responded to the crash at around 12:56 p.m. Tuesday. The man was driving southbound on Fairfax County Parkway and for unknown reasons, left the roadway just past Franklin Farms Road and struck the sound barrier, police said. After passersby had pulled the driver from the vehicle, the vehicle caught on fire. The driver was …