• Show your support for planned bike facilities in VDOT’s 495 NEXT project meeting on 5 October.
  • Ask for improved links to area’s existing and planned bike infrastructure.

Screen Shot 2020 09 08 at 7.44.02 AM 300x207 - Public Hearing Set for 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Study (NEXT)FABB is asking local riders and concerned citizens to participate in a virtual Location & Design Public Hearing for the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension project. The meeting is on Monday, October 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will use the meeting to present the environmental assessment and draft design plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge. The project’s goals are to reduce congestion, improve safety and travel reliability, and provide additional travel choices. The project includes bicycle and pedestrian facilities that will link nearby areas with roads and bike lanes leading into and from Tysons.

This is a great opportunity to share your ideas on how to maximize the utility and safety of the planned addition of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. As it has during earlier meetings, FABB intends to request that VDOT and Fairfax County focus on improving facilities that will link the 495 NEXT path to Tysons. This includes more separated bike lanes, regular bike lanes, or at least sharrows in an around Tysons, improved access underneath the Dulles Toll Road into Tysons, upgraded traffic signals, and adequate wayfinding signage.

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You can visit the project webpage here  or call 703-691-6715 for information on how to access and participate in the virtual public hearing and provide formal comments.

You can make comments at the meeting or by completing the online comment form. You also can submit them by October 23, 2020, to [email protected] or to Abi Lerner, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please reference “495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Study” in the subject line.

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