Fairfax County will solicit potential names for the proposed I-66 bike path at two public information meetings this month. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Transporation (VDOT), the meetings will provide an update on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.
As it stands right now, the project includes 11 miles of bike and pedestrian lanes between Centreville and Gallows Road, with eight miles of trail running adjacent to 66, and three miles of trail running on 66 itself.
Slated for completion in December, 2022, the bike and pedestrian trails are just one of the many features of the $3.7 billion project. Transform66.org lists the following improvements:
- 22.5 miles of new Express Lanes alongside three regular lanes on I-66 from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville
- More reliable and faster trips on I-66 due to dynamically-tolled Express Lanes – available to solo drivers choosing to pay a toll and free to vehicles with three or more people
- New and improved bus service and transit routes
- New and expanded park and ride lots providing convenient access to the Express Lanes and more than 4,000 new park and ride spaces
- Interchange improvements to enhance safety and reduce congestion, including auxiliary lanes between interchanges, where needed
On paper the plan sounds like a slam dunk, assuredly everyone in Fairfax County would love to see major improvements to 66. However, the project has not been without controversy, and critics have listed a number of concerns with proposed changes. Of the concerns, one has been an alleged lack of transparency from VDOT, something which the upcoming meetings may help to solve.
Details on the two upcoming meetings are below:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. at Marshall Road Elementary School (cafeteria), located at 730 Marshall Rd SW in Vienna.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Centreville Elementary School (cafeteria), located at 14330 Green Trails Blvd in Centreville.
More information on the meetings can be found here.