After years of discussion, it appears that Fairfax County is finally moving forward on plans for a wide-range of improvements along Braddock Road.
The county Board of Supervisors recently approved project agreements with VDOT to start design work on multimodal improvements on Braddock Road from Humphries Drive to Ravensworth Road.
The upgrades along the 3-mile stretch will be guided by a comprehensive study of the corridor completed in May. This included an analysis of traffic and pedestrian conditions at 20 intersections along the corridor. While many different proposals were discussed, a county task force ultimately recommended a series of upgrades labeled as “Intersection and Corridor Improvements.”
Key changes along the corridor will include:
-Realigning Braddock Road near the Guinea Road intersection. The entire intersection would shift to the south, and there would be a smoother curve of the road.
-Adding a through lane along westbound Braddock Road from Rolling Road to Guinea Road.
-Construction of a 10-foot-wide shared use path.
-A 16-foot-wide median.
-Modifications of ramps to I-495.
-A pedestrian overpass bridge, most likely at the Kings Crossing Shopping Center.
“These improvements will decrease congestion, increase capacity, improve safety, expand mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians, and provide better and safer access to transit stops along the corridor,” Fairfax County planners said.
The county task force shot down a proposal to add a Park N’ Ride at the Kings Crossing Shopping Center.
The entire slate of improvements will be split into two projects. The first project will involve work from Braddock Road from Humphries Drive to Southampton Drive, while the second will address improvements on Braddock Road from Southampton Drive to Ravensworth Road. The price tag for the projects is $11.3 million.
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