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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fairfax County provides funds for road projects

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors greenlighted several road projects in the Annandale/Mason area, including improvements addressing pedestrian issues on Route 50 and congestion on Route 236 at Interstate-395, Beauregard Street, and Cherokee Avenue.

At its April 9 meeting, the board reallocated $11.2 million in existing funds to complete more than 12 transportation projects countywide. The funds became available when two other completed projects—the Burke VRE parking garage and the Route 29/Gallows road intersection project in Merrifield—came in under budget.

That freed up approximately $6.8 million for 11 pedestrian improvements along Route 50 between Jaguar Trail in Falls Church and Olin Drive in Seven Corners.

The county reallocated $500,000 to improve signage on the I-395 southbound off-ramp to Route 236 westbound. This project, aimed at addressing increased traffic at the Mark Center, will let drivers know they can use Quantrell Avenue to access Beauregard Street, Lincolnia Road, and the Landmark shopping plaza.  

Another $700,000 million has been reallocated to build an exclusive northbound right turn lane from Cherokee Avenue onto Route 236. Both this project and the improved I-395 signage are part of the Mark Center spot improvements.


  1. 700 trillion dollars for a turn lane seems excessive... ;)

    All kidding aside, I can't believe it costs half a million dollars to repaint a sign.

  2. I can only hope they fired the project manager from the Merrifield fiasco. I do not think I have ever seen such waste since the old military $900 hammers.
    I'm not sure if some one's pockets got lined or it was just stupidity!!

  3. I consider it devious hairsplitting to divert transportation funding to pedestrian projects. Certainly not something of which the BOS should be proud.

  4. Having transportation funds utilized for pedestrian projects in a highly congested area is not devious hairsplitting - after all isn't walking a form of transportation? How else are sidewalks, paths, and crosswalks supposed to be built? Don't we want a more pedestrian-friendly community? I think its great that some of these funds will be used in Mason District!