Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The RFP process will begin this week.
The process to widen Route 1 near Fort Belvoir is moving forward. The Environmental Assessment is complete, and an RFP will be sent to selected contractors this week, according to an update released by Fairfax County. The Finding of No Significant Impact was issued on Nov. 20, Fairfax County BRAC Coordinator Laura Miller told Patch. This document is posted on the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands Division website, along with the 4(f) determination and the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement. "Issuance of those documents conclude the environmental planning and compliance phase of the project," Miller told Patch in an email. According to Miller, the RFP that will be sent this week is going to the contractors who were pre-…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Comments must be submitted by Friday.
Public comments regarding the Route 1 widening plans are due to the Federal Highway Administration on July 6. The three widening options — widen-in-place, southern bypass, and no-action — were discussed at a public hearing at Hayfield High School in early June. Hundreds of concerned residents attended the hearing to voice their concerns about the options. The widening options will affect a historic cemetery at Woodlawn Baptist Church and the day-to-day operations of Woodlawn Stables. Comments may be submitted via the Eastern Federal Lands website.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has sent a letter to local officials and community leaders regarding its choices for widening Route 1.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has sent a letter to local officials and community leaders announcing it would support the southern bypass Route 1 widening alternative as a "Plan B." The letter, dated June 15, states that the National Trust “strongly prefers” the no-build alternative, which would avoid any adverse impact to local historic resources. The Federal Highway Administration is currently discussing three alternatives to widening Route 1 to help ease traffic: Hundreds of residents and community leaders attended a public hearing at Hayfield Secondary School earlier this month to express their concerns about these alternatives. If the Federal Highway Administration says "no" to a no-build option, the National Trust would…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Local church wants to preserve its cemetery, but current plans to widen Route 1 threaten its plans.
One hundred burials could be exhumed from the Woodlawn Baptist Church cemetery if current plans to widen Route 1 come to fruition. There are 177 graves in the church's cemetery, some dating back to the 19th century. For four years, the church has been battling the Federal Highway Administration to preserve the cemetery — and its land. Pastor Travis Hilton says the church received its first proposition for Route 1 widening from the Federal Highway Administration during the fall of 2008. Church leaders started dealing with the possibility of road widening and how it would affect the cemetery. Hilton said the church did not sign the proposal. “That’s when things really started to accelerate, realizing that we were going to be dealing with it…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Petition landed nearly 1,000 signatures in 24 hours.
A petition to save a Mount Vernon equestrian facility from closing garnered nearly 1,000 signatures in one day. Save Woodlawn Stables was organized by Mount Vernon residents Shelley Castle, Autumn Clayton and Laura Wainwright. The grassroots organization is dedicated to preserving Woodlawn Stables, whose future might be in jeopardy because of plans to widen Richmond Highway. “We all have this place in our heart,” said Castle, a former riding student at Woodlawn Stables. “I can probably speak for anyone who lives in [the] area.” Castle, Clayton and Wainwright started riding horses at a young age and continued to pursue their passion in adulthood. When they learned about the plans to widen Richmond Highway and its impact on the stables, they…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Three plans under consideration would enable business to continue.
This is the second in a multi-part series from Patch about the economic and other impacts of the declining equestrian industry in Fairfax County. Part 1: Fairfax County Losing Equestrian-Related Revenue Due to Lack of Planning was published Tuesday, Feb. 21. Part 3: Laurel Hill Equestrian Facility Moves Forward was published Thursday, Feb. 23. Part 4: Fairfax County Equestrian Opportunities was published Friday, Feb. 24. ------------- Woodlawn Stables, a horseback riding institution near Fort Belvoir, may be spared by upcoming road improvements to Richmond Highway after all. The stables, at 8907 Richmond Hwy., have been in continuous operation since 1979, when the area had fewer commercial developments and significantly less traffic. …