The Virginia Department of Transportation is continuing to seek feedback on whether it should limit access from Georgetown Pike to I-495 north, as a way to curb rush-hour congestion in McLean.
VDOT will hold a second public hearing on Sept. 13 to discuss ways to reduce the level of traffic that has spilled over into neighborhoods near the Capital Beltway. One possible pilot program would eliminate access from Georgetown Pike to the Beltway northbound from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
VDOT has acknowledged that this closure would be an “unusual solution” with some downsides. VDOT is discussing a 4-month pilot program, after which conditions and impact would be analyzed. The agency is also exploring an alternative plan that would keep the ramp open, but forbid turns onto the Beltway.
A first community meeting in August revealed some resident opposition to the ramp closure, according to InsideNova.com. Residents said the closure would cause them to backtrack to Route 123 to get onto the Beltway.
When: Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
Where: McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd., McLean