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The Fix to Route 286: Solutions to Fairfax County Parkway Problems

By Supervisor Pat Herrity

We have had some successes in improving parts of the Parkway (completing the full Parkway repaving, the Fair Lakes Interchange project and converting the Parkway to a primary road), but even with these improvements, the Parkway is experiencing significant congestion.

In order to get in front of the problem and before we wake up and find the Parkway as congested as I-66, I have asked the Board of Supervisors at today’s meeting to request the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conduct a Corridor Improvement Study (CIS).

A CIS will provide a comprehensive look at what improvements need to be made to the Parkway in order to keep up with increased use.  The study will outline short and long term solutions, examine various methods for increasing capacity such as grade separated interchanges, adding a third lane, analyzing the feasibility of HOT and HOV lanes, and calculate which solutions will provide the greatest congestion relief.

This study is the next step in getting out in front of the problem of congestion on the Parkway. At the Parkway Visioning Town Hall Meeting I hosted last October I heard from many residents about what they thought the future of the Parkway should look like, this was a great first step. With a Corridor Improvement Study we can gauge realistic options for congestion relief.”

Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and local VDOT leaders like former District Director Garrett Moore have been instrumental in the Parkway improvements we have seen over the past few years. With their help and commitment we can ensure the Parkway keeps people moving.

Kenny Head February 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Why was the route # for the Fairfax Co Parkway changed? I still call it 7100. And the same for Prince William Parkway.
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Hi Kenny, Thanks for reading! We ran a story on that not too long ago: http://patch.com/A-vqdQ
Kenny Head February 13, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I should have known it was about money. Though if it helps Fairfax Co tax payers I am all for it. thanks for the quick reply to my question. Kenny Head
Stewart Bentley February 13, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Having driven the Parkway nearly every day for the past 13 years, even though I am not a traffic engineer, I can tell you that the major source of congestion between Route 1 and I-66 on the Parkway is the intersection at Pope's Head Road. We should follow the model of the construction on Sudley Road- Route 28 and begin by putting in a cloverleaft at Pope's Head. We should follow that up with similar construction as has occurred at the Parkway and Fair Lakes Parkway.

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