Delay Fairfax County Pkwy Lane Expansion Decision until new interchanges are complete
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The signers of this petition request that Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) cease all lane expansion plans for the Fairfax County Parkway until the Popes Head Road and Burke Center Parkway interchanges are complete.
Currently VDOT plans to widen the Fairfax County Parkway between Ox Road and Lee Highway. This portion of road experiences very little congestion and when it does experience congestion it is during rush-hour and caused by the traffic lights at Burke Center Parkway and Popes Head Road. VDOT has currently secured funds to remove the traffic signal at Popes Head Road. It would be financially prudent for VDOT to see the results of this interchange upgrade and an upgrade at Burke Center Parkway prior to expanding the road. VDOT will argue that doing the Burke Center Parkway interchange and Parkway lane expansion at the same time will save money. This is true only if the expansion project is necessary. Otherwise it is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. It is the opinion of the petitioners that the road expansion is not needed once the interchanges are fixed.
In a recent community outreach session VDOT disclosed their plans to fix the interchanges and expand the road. When members of the community asked why a lane expansion was required they responded by saying that this expansion was planned 20 years ago. When asked if there was data to show that it is needed today based on current conditions they responded by saying the expansion was planned 20 years ago. When asked if there is evidence that an expansion will be needed following the interchange upgrades they responded by saying the expansion WILL occur because it was planned 20 years ago.
Since an expansion of the Fairfax County Parkway is not needed, will be expensive to tax payers, and will cause chaos for years during construction it is imperative that the plans are based on real data and a real need. A 20-year-old outdated plan is not necessarily the right plan today.
Please sign this petition and stop VDOT and Fairfax County from frivolously spending money on an unnecessary road expansion.
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