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VDOT plans bicycle lanes, improved crosswalks in Fairfax County

A road project replaces pavement (via Fairfax County Department of Transportation)

Road paving and striping season has arrived.

The Fairfax County and Virginia transportation departments will hold multiple public meetings this month on proposed pedestrian crossing and road changes for 2022.

The changes include narrowing several roads to an 11-foot standard and upgrading crosswalks. Bicycle lanes are also slated for several areas across the county.

The most significant change appears to be in Sully District, where bicycle lanes — potentially buffered — have been proposed where possible on Braddock Road between Belle Pond Drive and Sully Station Drive.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation said underutilized travel lanes on Braddock Road will be converted.

New bicycle lanes are also planned in the following areas:

  • Lee District: Lockheed Boulevard, between Route 1 and the Huntley Meadows Park entrance where feasible
  • Providence District: Cottage Street between Gallows Road and Cedar Lane where possible, as well as Wolftrap Road between Gallows Road and the end of the street
  • Sully District: Centreville Farms Road, where outside travel lanes could be buffered between Lee Highway and Stringfellow Road

Crosswalk upgrades are slated for:

  • Braddock and Lee districts: Greeley Road at Bellamy Avenue near West Springfield Elementary School
  • Lee District: Summer Ridge Road at Westcott Hills Way
  • Mason District: Westmoreland Road at both Barrett and Wayne roads
  • Providence District: Madrillon Road at Boss Street and Merry Oaks Lane; Stonewall Drive and Shenandoah Street; Wolftrap Road at Wolftrap Court; and Hibbard Street at Chain Bridge Road
  • Springfield District: Autumn Willow Drive at Stringfellow Park as well as Fair Lakes Boulevard at Sedgehurst Drive
  • Sully District: Newton Patent Drive at Awbrey Patent Drive

Some areas could see parking restricted to help address sightline issues.

FCDOT will hold virtual community meetings to discuss the changes on April 18 for Dranesville, Hunter Mill, and Providence districts; April 19 for Lee, Mount Vernon and Springfield districts; and April 21 for Braddock, Mason and Sully districts.

There are no striping improvements proposed for Dranesville and Hunter Mill districts, though.

Comment periods will close two weeks after each meeting. Paving work will begin this spring and finish in November.

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