VDOT News - Northern Virginia
Kathleen Leonard | Mike Murphy
July 6, 2022
Joint Virtual Location & Design Public Hearing and NEPA Public Hearing July 12 on Frontier Drive Extension and Braided Ramps
Learn more and give feedback online at virginiadot.org/FrontierDrive
SPRINGFIELD – The Virginia Department of Transportation and Metro will hold a joint virtual location & design public hearing and NEPA public hearing Tuesday, July 12 on plans to extend Frontier Drive (Route 2677) from its southern terminus at Franconia-Springfield Parkway (Route 289) to Loisdale Road (Route 789).
The project will involve changes in limited access control and includes:
- 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
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.
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 23 CFR Part 771, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved by the Federal Highway Administration and will be available for public review and comment. In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places is included in the EA. An executive summary (also available in Korean and Spanish), the EA and related reports are available online at virginiadot.org/FrontierDrive.
Within the project limits, Frontier Drive averages 33,000 vehicles a day and Franconia-Springfield Parkway averages about 53,000 based on 2019 data.
The project is partially funded for the preliminary engineering and right of way phases and is financed with federal, state, Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding. Additional funding opportunities will be pursued as they become available.
In lieu of an in-person hearing, VDOT and Metro invite residents and travelers to learn more, participate in the virtual hearing and give feedback in the following ways through Friday, July 29:
- Attend the Tuesday, July 12 online Register at virginiadot.org/FrontierDrive or to participate without registering in listen-only mode, call 877-568-4108 (use access code 998-539-348). The project team will make a short presentation beginning at 7 p.m. and answer questions for about an hour after the presentation. In case an alternate date is needed, the meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 19.
- Provide comments via the online survey, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, or leave a voicemail at 202-962-1901.
- Mail comments to Mr. Zamir Mirza, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 or Office of the Secretary, WMATA, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.
- Request an in-person appointment during business hours at VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please call ahead at 703-259-1795 or TTY/TDD 711 for an appointment. Materials are also available to review at Metro’s Headquarters, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. Please call ahead at 202-962-2511 for an appointment.
Meeting materials and the presentation will be available online at virginiadot.org/FrontierDrive, including the recorded presentation after the meeting.
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