5 November 1996 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance: Dick Frank (TAC), Al Linch (Virginia Run), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glenn)

  2. On 29 October 1996 there were several meetings with transportation impacts.

    1. Al Linch reported on a meeting held in Prince William County concerning the Route 234 Bypass west of the Manasses battlefield. This will eventually tie into the National Battlefield's proposed Route 29 Bypass and the Tri-County connector in Fairfax.
    2. Dick Frank reported that members of the Fairfax and Prince William Counties Boards of Supervisors met to discuss the eight Occoquan river crossings. They approved a Memorandum of Understanding which authorized $150,000 to conduct a destination and origin study of current cross-river traffic. The study will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to concentrate on commuter traffic and not consider vacation or weekend traffic.
    3. Al Linch attended a meeting on the I-66 Major Investment Study. The plan will consider fixed guideway systems (light rail alternatives) as part of the overall effort. Two rail possibilities were mentioned, with either the VRE extending out to Gainesville along the current rail right-of way or a Metro derivative to Centreville. These are mutually exclusive two options -- if one happens, the other will not. The study will use the Northern Virginia Regional Travel Model as input. The full cost of the improvements to be considered by the Major Investment Study is $11 billion.
    4. The Virginia Department of Transportation held another public information meeting on the Route 28/29 intersection. The current plans show improved pedestrian and bike access. The plans also show three lanes of through Route 28 traffic from the intersection to the current I-66 interchange. The Route 29 intersections at Braddock Road and Old Centreville Road will be combined. The plans do not indicate complete funding for the soundwalls at Willougby's Ridge. Improvements to Old Centreville Road at its intersection at Route 28 will address Singleton's Run access. The interchange won=t be complete before 1999 or 2000.

  3. Upcoming meetings scheduled for November included:

    1. Western Bypass - 13 November at Manasses's Stonewall Jackson High School and 21 November in Ashburn.
    2. Transportation Enhancement Program - 21 November at Chantilly High School. The committee recommended two items for discussion at the meeting:
      • Signage for the Fairfax County Bike Path informing riders of the route along West Ox Road and the Fair Lakes Parkway rather than continuing along the parkway under I-66.
      • Funding for the continuation of Horse Pen Creek Pedestrian Trail Under the Fairfax County Parkway.

  4. The Virginia Department of Transportation has started posting details of certain transportation improvements on the Internet. The detailed information presented in last month's minutes about the Beltway improvements was from one of its postings.

  5. Members of the committee commented on inferior construction techniques noted on certain construction jobs. Route 50 east of the Fairfax County Parkway, the Lees Corner Road creek bridge, and portions of the Fairfax County Parkway's pavement were all examples of inferior construction. Dick Frank indicated that he would bring the problem up at a meeting of the Transportation Advisory Commission.

  6. The Comprehensive Plan Review of transportation elements is being worked upon by Staff and the Planning and Transportation Advisory Commissions. Dick Frank reported that the staff and the commissions were in agreement in most areas. The one area of disagreement was a requirement that the staff prepare an annual report detailing the progress on actions taken transportation enhancements and improvements.

  7. Improvements to the Centreville Road Route 50 Intersection should start in 1997. Once they are complete improvements on Route 50 from Stringfellow Road to the intersection should proceed. Some time after the state will start improvements on Centreville Road from Route 50 north to McLearen Road.

  8. The next meeting of the Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee will convene Monday, 2 December 1996 at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee

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