Braddock Road Widening
"Begin with the premise that the automobile must accommodate the earth, rather than vice versa."
Lava-like, the asphalt flows and spreads across the Accotink Creek watershed. The proposed widening of Braddock Road would sacrifice acres of tree cover and cross over the Long Branch (central) tributary and the Accotink Creek mainstem.
Fairfax County Department of Transportation information:
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And participate in the online survey, open through July 25, 2017.
Braddock Road Study Area
Date: June 26, 2017, Braddock Road Public Meeting, Lake Braddock Secondary School
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Arriving at this meeting, an FCDOT sign directing attendees was pointed the wrong way, a metaphor for the backwards-looking solutions being proposed inside.
!!A new insult to the environment is proposed!! - in the form of a realignment of Danbury Forest Drive to form a standard intersection with Wakefield Chapel Road, then razing the forested wetland area between the old and new roadbeds for a stormwater pond. This would all be directly in the Resource Protection Area hard against the banks of Accotink tributary Long Branch central. This stream is already listed as impaired and is currently the subject of a TMDL report, but such considerations seem not to be of concern to the planners.
Nor, sadly, were they of concern to the nearby residents, who spent most of the meeting speaking against the idea of adding a 300 parking space transit center to the existing Kings Park Shopping Center. Oddly, a nearly as large park-and-ride alternative incurred far less opposition, although its footprint and taking of open space would be greater.
Otherwise, the most egregious proposals for widening Braddock Road have been scaled back to "improvements" without adding additional lanes (except the near-continuous areas where new turn lanes will appear and the ironic devastation of the wooded areas along both shoulders to provide for bike paths). Proposed stormwater ponds seem to be positioned for maximum loss of tree cover. A 495 inner loop off-ramp to Braddock Road eastbound would punch an additional lane through the struggling new landscaping.
The next public meeting is to be scheduled in August, 2017 for presentation of the final design.
There will be a series of smaller workshops regarding details of each section of the project through the rest of 2017:
Public input is invited via an online survey, open through July 25, 2017. You may always offer your comments directly via the links near the top of this page.
Construction is anticipated to run from 2020 through 2025.
The entire path of this project lies in the Accotink Creek watershed.
Traffic flow eased, but at what cost? Proposed Danbury Forest Drive realignment will obliterate wetlands and RPA. Who cares?
Date: June 9, 2015, Braddock Road Public Meeting, Lake Braddock Secondary School
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook and FCDOT representatives described the basic plan:
A Task Force of local civic association representatives has been meeting regularly with study contractors.
Upcoming public meetings will be in late 2015 and spring 2016. Construction would be in 2023.
Members of the public who spoke largely focused on the transit center, questioning the wisdom of locating it at the intersection of Burke Lake Road and Braddock Road.
Disappointingly, there was no mention of any environmental issue by either the presenters or members of the public.