The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is weighing the pros and cons of making changes to one of the busiest roads in the state.
Members of the Fairfax County community gathered together to participate in a Q&A about the Braddock Road multi-modal study.
The meeting specifically focused on the possibility of putting either a park and ride lot or transit center around the Kings Park Shopping Center area.
Representatives from FCDOT say the Braddock Road corridor from Guinea Road to the beltway carries 72,000 trips a day, the second most traveled secondary road in the state.
“It’s got to handle more people. Part of that is to handle more cars, to make the road work better and part of it is to optimize the use of transit,” says John Cook, the Braddock District Supervisor.
Officials are actively seeking comments from the public about the possible changes.
The task force providing recommendations says if the park and ride is to be built, they recommend making improvements to the road first.
The park and ride proposes 260 spaces for cars, encouraging carpooling and therefore more use of HOV-3 traffic lanes.
It would also act as overflow parking for the shopping center on the weekends.
“Well I think we really appreciate the community input, that has been really important in the process,” remarked Tom Biesiadny, Director of the FCDOT.
Officials say they’ve considered elements like the environment, safety, and roadway travel time in addition to improving intersections where traffic bottlenecks and accommodating cyclists and pedestrians.
“This is a complicated project, in fact our engineers have said this is one of the most complicated projects they’ve ever worked on and so the feedback has been a lot of questions, a lot of concerns about what does this mean for my neighborhood, for my street,” says Cook about the feedback he’s gotten so far.
The FCDOT is asking for community input on the transit center or park and ride lot.
The survey will close July 25th.
You can find the link to the online survey at the Fairfax County website.
The next step in the process will be fall workshops to discuss specific intersections along Braddock Road.
Those begin on September 18th.