I-66 Bicycle Facilities: 495 to Haymarket
It is exciting that current plans for I-66 Outside the Beltway include the parallel trail and bike and pedestrian connections on all rebuilt bridges, but we want to make sure it becomes a reality! Your help is needed to continue showing strong support for the bike infrastructure as the I-66 project moves into the procurement phase.
VDOT's draft RFP includes the Technical Requirements and Comprehensive Agreement, which will set the terms of the I-66 contract with the private-sector partner. Searching the documents for "bicycle" will quickly direct you to key sections. While the parallel trail and bridge facilities are discussed in the technical requirements, the comprehensive agreement currently does not mention the bicycle facilities. Please let VDOT know that you support the I-66 bicycle plan and urge them to fully include it in the comprehensive agreement.
Comments can be submitted until June 10th. Please direct them to Ms. Susan Shaw, Megaprojects Director, by email to Transform66@VDOT.Virginia.gov or mail to VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Reference "Transform 66 Outside the Beltway" in the subject line.
See the current plans for the parallel I-66 trail in Fairfax:
- April 2016 Concept plans—The parallel trail is included in each of the section plans.
- Fairfax County Parallel Trail Plan October 2015.
- Plans for ped/bike facilities on all of the rebuilt bridges, under Alternatives (October 2015)
- May 2015 FFX Co Parallel Trail Plan showing Options 1 & 2.
- FABB's I-66 Parallel Trail Map showing access points and FABB's recommended access points.
Fairfax County Info
- Fairfax County Trails Plan—Includes a Major Regional Trail along I-66. The Trails Plan is part of Fairfax County's Comprehensive Plan.
- Bicycle Master Plan—Includes a shared use path on the north side of I-66 between the Beltway and Route 50.
- Population Density Map—A trail along I-66 would connect major population centers in the I-66 corridor and allow many more short trips to be taken by bike, and it would provide recreational cyclists a local cycling alternative vs. driving to a more bike-friendly area.
- Bicycle Route Map—There are few safe bicycle routes in the I-66 corridor.
- FABB I-66 Letter to VDOT—Recommends "providing grade-separated trails parallel to I-66 that would be an extension of the Custis Trail, and ensure safe and accessible bike and pedestrian connections to transit and at all I-66 crossings."
- Board of Supervisors I-66 Letter to VDOT (p. 433) —"the County requests consideration be given to serving the immediate vicinity of the I-66 mainline similar in concept and operations and interconnecting with the Custis Trail inside the Beltway." Bike facilities section of BOS letter.
- Tier 2 Environmental Assessment documents—Comment period ends February 4, 2016.
- RFP Documents as of 1/5/2016— includes Volume III, Draft Technical Requirements that contains proposed trail access points.
- Transform66 Outside the Beltway—Project information page.
- October 2015 Public Hearing Exhibits—including drawings for the Custis Trail extension and planned ped/bike facilities for rebuilt bridges.
- Video of latest plans including bike facilities at 2:00.
- May/June 2015 Public Hearing Exhibits. Jan/Feb Meeting presentation video
- Jan/Feb 2015 Public Meeting Information—Includes project brochure, comment sheet, project map, etc.
- VDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy— which states the following: "The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will initiate all highway construction projects with the presumption that the projects shall accommodate bicycling and walking."
- Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Tier 1 Record of Decision contains the following:
On page 3-6:
Steps 2 and 3: Identify Capacity Improvement Concepts and Quantify Their Ability to Carry Person-Trips. Based on previous studies as well as input from the general public and participating agencies, a list of means for carrying person-trips in the corridor was developed. These were identified as potential improvement concepts that represent the full range of travel modes that are likely within the I-66 corridor. Based on the inclusion of bicycle facilities in locality transportation plans, all capacity improvement concepts are assumed to include them. As previously discussed, a total of six capacity improvement concepts (with abbreviations shown in parentheses) were considered:
On page 3-9:
Additional improvements that could further improve travel choices and interconnectivity include the provision of a bicycle trail adjacent to or near I-66 and intermodal facilities that include park-and-ride and priority bus facilities that include direct connections to the I-66 travel lanes (particularly the HOV or managed lanes)
On page 3-10:
Bicycle travel is becoming an increasingly important travel mode for both commuter and recreational travel, and is included in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan - Transportation Map and the Bicycle Master Plan currently under development. The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) serves much of the I-66 corridor inside the Capital Beltway and runs immediately adjacent to the highway in several locations. The trail diverts from I-66 at the Capital Beltway and runs northwest to the Towns of Vienna and Herndon. The provision of a bicycle trail that serves the I-66 corridor outside of the Beltway, which is included in the County's transportation plan, would provide bicycle accessibility to large portions of Fairfax County and beyond. Furthermore, this trail and/or future extensions of this trail would provide interconnectivity to other bicycle facilities planned in both Fairfax and Prince William Counties and allow for opportunities to provide crossings of I-66 with exclusive bicycle/ pedestrian bridges or underpasses.
From the Board of Supervisors' letter:
As was done with the construction of the Capital Beltway Managed Lanes project, this project presents an opportunity to provide improved bike/pedestrian facilities on rebuilt bridge crossings. We are pleased that VDOT is including bike and pedestrian facilities on the bridges it is rebuilding. Although the Blake Lane bridge is not expected to be rebuilt, it is recommended that enhancements regarding bike/pedestrian applications for Blake Lane be included within this I-66 Corridor Improvement Project.
The County's Trail Plan and the recently adopted Bicycle Master Plan call for a Major Regional Trail along I-66 with a minimum width of eight feet. The I-66 Corridor Improvement Project may be the best opportunity in the foreseeable future to begin implementation of such a trail. Therefore, the County requests consideration be given to serving the immediate vicinity of the I-66 mainline similar in concept and operations and interconnecting with the Custis Trail inside the Beltway. It is recognized that there may be difficulty in accommodating a trail within the I-66 right-of-way and that this regional trail may need to cross I-66 between north and south sides at other bridge crossings expected to be improved for bike/pedestrian enhancements as part of the I-66 Corridor Improvement Project. We also recognize that in some cases it will be more appropriate for this trail facility to be located on a parallel facility, and we request that you coordinate this aspect of the project closely with the County.
From Volume III of the RFP Technical Requirements, p. 123
The Developer shall design and construct the Project to include proposed pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian facilities within the Project corridor, as identified in the RFP Conceptual Plans. The Developer shall not preclude the future design and construction of pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian facilities currently being planned or anticipated.
The Developer shall design a shared use path parallel to I-66. Where proposed noise barriers are to be located near homes, the path shall be on the I-66 side of the noise barrier. In addition a roadway barrier with fencing shall separate I-66 from the new pedestrian/bicycle facility.
Access points to the shared use path parallel to I-66 shall be provided at approximately half mile increments. These locations may be co-located with other access needs to reduce the breaks in the sound barriers. The Developer shall coordinate with local jurisdictions regarding the locations and design of each access point. Possible access points are in the vicinity of the locations listed below:1. Cul-de-sac on Green Post Ct (Cub Run Valley Park Area)
2. The corner of Rydell Rd and McCoy Rd (Cub Run Valley Park Area)
3. US 29 nearby I-66 Interchange (Centreville)
4. Braddock Rd at NW Quadrant of Route 28 Interchange
5. Audrey Dr (Cabells Mill Development, Centreville)
6. The cul-de-sac on Veronica Rd (Cabells Mill Development, Centreville)
7. Stringfellow Rd
8. Fair Lakes Shopping Center (between BJ's Wholesale and Target)
9. East Market Shopping Center (behind Starbucks & UPS Store)
10. Existing trail from Waples Mill Rd (NE Quadrant of US 50 Interchange)
11. Arrowhead Dr/Rosehaven St (SW quadrant of Route 123 Interchange)
12. Bushman Dr (east of tennis courts)
13. Cul-de-sac on east end of Dellwood Dr (west of Southside Park)
Mile marker and wayfinding signs shall be incorporated into the design. Existing trails impacted by the Project shall be replaced.