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Fairfax Board OKs Authorization of Rt. 1 Widening Agreement

Bulova calls project "much needed."

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously authorized the signing of an agreement to widen Route 1.

The agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Fort Belvoir and other agencies keeps the road-widening project in line with the National Historic Preservation Act.

The agreement was drafted after the proposed Route 1 improvements were found to have an “adverse effect” on historical properties in the area, including the Fort Belvoir Military Railroad bed and bridge, and the Woodlawn Stables area.

 “We move on with that project, which is very, very much needed, and not an easy project in an area with so much history and activity,” said board chairman Sharon Bulova.

County Executive Ed Long received authorization to sign the agreement two weeks after the Board approved the revised bypass option during its Sept. 13 meeting. The proposed project will widen Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Belvoir Road in Alexandria. It will also realign the road between Belvoir Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.

County supervisors have been unanimous in their support of the project, whose approval coincided with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s announcement that it will not renew the lease of Woodlawn Stables, a nearby equestrian facility, in 2016. Supporters of the facility have objected to the road widening, an act they fear will diminish the stables.

 to begin the Route 1 widening project, which will accommodate increased traffic at Fort Belvoir due to the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 (BRAC).

The funds are part of a $300 million appropriation secured by the Maryland and Virginia delegations for BRAC-related transportation improvements across the country.

BRAC and the recent opening of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are expected to bring more than 11,000 new DoD employees and 574,000 annual hospital patients onto Route 1, according to a statement issued by Congressman Moran's office.

David Bennett September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Thanks to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, VDOT, Federal Highway Administration, Fort Belvoir and Army Officials for seeing the need and acting on approving the widening of Route 1. You have done a big service to the residents of the Mount Vernon area. Now use the same logic in opening a road between Telegraph Road and Pole Road. Since 9/11, the residents of the area have had to travel over ten additional miles each time we travel to the Kingstowne and Springfield-Franconia areas. Now you will ask us to travel thru the construction, without giving us any alternative route. Your degree of care for the citizens of Mount Vernon for almost eleven years is a shameful disgrace. Nothing stood in your way for the widening of Route 1. It was approved in record time and we give you an ovation. Now let us see how fast you move to save us from traveling the additional 10 miles thru the new construction. You should know that the data used to get the construction approved is based on Mount Vernon citizens clogging Route 1. The time is now for getting the road open. No more excuses, delays and obvious disdain for the citizens of this area. David Bennett
SFDC September 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
David, A new road is under construction between Telegraph Road and Pole Road. Jeff Todd Way is a four-lane connector road that will run from the intersection of Richmond Highway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Route 235) and Telegraph Road. Grading on the segment between Pole Road and Telegraph Road is complete, and curbing and paving is under way. Ground clearing began in May 2012 for the segment of the road between Pole Road and Richmond Highway. The new road, which was previously known as Mulligan Road, is scheduled for completion in late 2013. The latest updates on this project and other projects around Richmond Highway can be found at www.SFDC.org
Rebeccah Ballo September 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
If you are interested in reading the Save Woodlawn Stables thoughts on the vote endorsing the road alignment, please go to our blog, also on Patch. http://mountvernon.patch.com/blog_posts/save-woodlawn-stables-phase-2-new-barns-and-thoughts-on-the-board-of-supervisors-vote
Janet Myhre September 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A couple of things, let's be very clear - it was Congressman Moran (D) and Congressman Connolly (D) that work hard, introduced and reintroduced the allocated funds for the widening of Route 1. Also - I'm not pleased with the "revised" plan - the best and cheapest plan would to have widen in place. Now we have a big huge swing around on a hill - taken prestine land versus adding a few feet on the current road way. Also Jessica - can you post the final revised plan as adopted. Delegate Surovell had the original plan - but I have yet to see the revised plan anywhere. Your link - just goes to another article.
PennyP September 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Hi Janet, go to the staff report from Fairfax County. All the reports are in one large document. It starts on page 129 of the PDF. The plans for the road start on page 147. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/bdagenda/2012/board-package-sept11.pdf
Virginia D. September 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
For employees and other personnel using Rte one access on to Fort Belvoir, the reopening of the Meeres Road access past the FB elementary school would certainly ease entry to FT Belvoir also from Franconia area from Telegraph via Jeff Todd Way to right on Meeres and entry which is now one way exit and only M-F 1500-1800.
Five Farms Resident September 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The revised bypass is a less than optimal solution which will have a deleterious impact on the adjacent communities, not to mention the environment. Dogue Creek is already as beleaguered as most of our other Potomac tributaries, and the relocation of the northbound lanes will encroach even further upon the strip of land bordering the creek’s fragile banks. The poor planning and hasty implementation will no doubt be compounded by sub-standard construction. The short-sightedness of our elected officials in pushing through a hasty fix is shameful, but par for the course.

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