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Frontier Drive Extension and Braided Ramps Public Hearing-Fairfax County

July 12 @ 7:00 pm

*NVTA Funded Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) are hosting a joint virtual location & design public hearing on the Frontier Drive Extension and Braided Ramps project. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. (in case an alternate date is needed, the meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at the same time), please register here.     

Information for accessing and participating in the virtual meeting is available at https://www.virginiadot.org/FrontierDrive and https://wmata.com/plansandprojects. The project team will make a short presentation beginning at 7 p.m. and answer questions for about an hour after the presentation.

This project, in partnership with Fairfax County, will extend Frontier Drive (Route 2677) from its southern terminus at Franconia-Springfield Parkway (Route 289) to Loisdale Road (Route 789).

Preliminary design plans include:

-A four-lane divided roadway (combination of new construction and improvements to existing Springfield Center Drive) with a shared-use path on one side and sidewalk on the other

-New braided ramps at the Frontier Drive/Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange

-A new intersection at Metro Access Road with Frontier Drive

-Reconfigured sections of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station circulatory road and access to parking garage entrances, all existing access points will be maintained

Within the project limits, Frontier Drive averages 33,000 vehicles a day and Franconia-Springfield Parkway averages up to 53,000 based on 2019 data.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering: $12.6 million
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $38.5 million
Construction: $129.1 million
Total: $180.2 million

These project costs are subject to change as the project design is further developed. The preliminary engineering phase is currently funded by Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; additional funding opportunities will be pursued as they become available.

Benefits

The project aims to relieve congestion and improve access to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, the Springfield Mall and Town Center area, the General Services Administration (GSA) complex, the Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus and the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) building on Springfield Center Drive.

Major Milestones

Public Information Meeting – December 2017
Virtual Public Information Meeting – May 2021
Joint Virtual Location & Design Public Hearing and NEPA Public Hearing – July 12, 2022
Joint Virtual Location & Design Public Hearing and NEPA Public Hearing Comment Deadlne – July 29, 2022
Design Approval – Fall 2022
Begin Right of Way Acquisition – To be determined as additional funding becomes available
Begin Construction – To be determined as additional funding becomes available

VDOT and Metro ensure nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT Civil Rights at 703-259-1775. ASL interpretation will be provided. Languages other than English interpretation/translation services can be provided free of charge upon request. For ASL assistance, contact Metro at 202-962-2511.
State Project: 2677-029-204, P101, R201, C501 UPC: 106742 Federal: STP/F-5B01 (030)

Organizer

VDOT

Venue

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