Virginia’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment has planned an open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn to answer questions and take comments about the Northern Virginia North-South Corridor Master Plan Study.
The study, underway since May 2012, is nearing completion of the evaluation of transportation options that connect major centers of activity within the corridor, which has been designated as one of 12 “Corridors of Statewide Significance” by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The 45-mile corridor generally includes the east and west of the Route 234/Prince William Parkway and the CTB-approved location of the Tri-County Parkway between Route 95 and 50, and connections to the Dulles Greenway and Route 7.
Opponents have raised concerns about creating a significant new western connection between I-95 and Route 7, while supporters have argued that the airport and surrounding business community need additional access to grow as intended.
As explained by VDOT, “the purpose of the corridor is to ensure adequate multimodal capacity and access to Dulles Airport and the surrounding area, including the travel needs for both people and goods; accommodate projected high employment and population growth within the corridor over the next 30 years, and the associated growing need for north-south travel movements; connect the corridor by transit and other more sustainable transportation modes such as high occupancy vehicles and bicycle/pedestrian trails, and protect environmental, community and historical resources in any future plans for the corridor.”
The alternatives about which the public may comment are:
- Alternative 1 would improve access to Dulles Airport, link several planned roadway improvements within the North-South Corridor; and expand bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the corridor.
- Alternative 2 would add high occupancy vehicle and high occupancy toll (HOV/HOT) lanes and high-frequency transit from I-95 to Dulles Airport. Carpools with three or more persons would ride free; others would pay a toll during peak periods. Alternative 2 also includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the corridor.
Funding options are also a consideration for the proposed alternatives.
Besides the Ashburn meeting, another meeting has been scheduled Wednesday in Manassas:
- Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stone Bridge High School
43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Best Western Battlefield Inn
10820 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA 20109
Anyone who requires special assistance to attend the meeting or provide comments can call 804-786-2085 or TTY/TDD 711.
Written comments about the study may be given at the open houses or e-mailed by January 2, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be submitted to the study’s public outreach coordinator, Susan Sharp, Sharp & Company, 794 Nelson Street, Rockville, MD 20850.
More information on the study can be found online: www.vtrans.org.