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Monday, January 13, 2014

Fairfax County considers projects to relieve Braddock Road congestion

Heading east on Braddock Road, approaching the beltway.

Fairfax County is moving ahead with long-longstanding plans to widen Braddock Road, reports Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook (Braddock). Funding would come from the landmark transportation bill approved by the Virginia General Assembly last year.  

One proposed project calls for adding a lane in each direction between Guinea Road and Burke Lake Road. Another proposal would add one HOV-bus lane in each direction between Burke Lake Road and the beltway.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve these projects as part of its next six-year transportation plan. The projects scored high on a cost-benefit analysis conducted by county transportation officials to determine which projects should be funded.  

This part of Braddock Road is one of the most congested corridors in the county, handling approximately 70,000 automobile trips a day, Cook says.

A third related project calls for a transit center—a parking garage and bus stops—along Braddock Road in back of the Kings Park Shopping Center. The transit center could be a key location for express bus service to Tysons using the beltway express lanes. That project is not funded, but will be considered during the planning process.

Cook invites the public to an informational meeting on these projects Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., in the Lecture Hall at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

A citizen’s committee involved in the planning process will be introduced at the meeting. The committee is chaired by Kevin Morse, the Braddock District appointee to the Transportation Advisory Commission. Tom Kennedy, the Braddock District representative on the Trails and Sidewalks Committee, is the vice chair. Leaders of community associations along the Braddock Road corridor will be asked to identify members of the committee.  

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