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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Fairfax County Update

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In the President’s Report, I mentioned three items that I want to bring to your attention. They are, 1) the reinstatement of a truck ban on Bull Run Post Office (BRPO) Road, 2) Prince William County’s approval of Option 2b for the Route 28-bypass, and 3) opening of Braddock Road from Loudoun County by eliminating the ‘S’ curve and building a ‘jug handle’ at the Lee Road intersection. I have prepared a summary of the actions taken recently to support our neighbors on BRPO Rd as well as future actions necessary to protect our Community and the surrounding neighbors. 

As the President of the Board, I submitted a letter in support of our neighbors on BRPO Road for the reinstatement of the truck ban between U.S. Route 29 [Lee Highway] and the Loudoun County line. This ban is like the ban we enjoy on Pleasant Valley Road. Twenty years ago, it was a welcome relief when granted, to restrict the heavy truck traffic once experience by the Community residents. I do not need to tell you, that BRPO Road is a very narrow country road with extremely poor sight lines. Some sections are too narrow to be striped to allow for two-way traffic and lacks significant shoulders or areas where traffic may pull-off to allow larger traffic to pass. Far too many trucks attempt to avoid backup traffic on Route 234 and Route 29 intersection in the battlefield by using BRPO Rd as a cut through. From our observation, very few of these trucks are headed to destinations within the local area. Most are heading to points further south and east to Interstate 66 construction. This truck ban is increasingly important for residents on BRPO Rd as Luck Stone Quarry presses forward with their reclamation project. 

Regarding the Route 28-bypass, there is yet more sickening, if not disastrous news recently on land use, transportation, and the environment in Fairfax County. As of 8 September 2020, Prince William County Board of Supervisors agreed, 5 -3 to reinstate option 2B, for the Route 28-bypass. Indications are, that they will be moving forward with design plans for the bypass through Bull Run Regional Park in Fairfax County. As it stands right now, the US Army Corps of Engineers and an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) are the only things standing in the way of this becoming a catastrophic reality. If Prince William County had public hearings on the Route 28-bypass, one would think that the citizens of Fairfax County should at a minimum have a public hearing on the segment in Fairfax County. Unfortunately, there were none. Fairfax County citizens ought to have notice and an opportunity to be heard on yet another disaster before it happens and before this environmentally sensitive area is ruined forever. 

Finally, the Braddock Road/ Lee Road changes. As a Community we need to support our neighbors living along Braddock Road. I do not think it is unreasonable to ask that the Board of Supervisors reconsider their 28 July 2020 vote and a $16M funding request without an environmental impact study, especially given the significance of its location in the R-C. In the past, this has had documented environmental issues with so much proposed disturbance in the floodplain, especially downhill from a globally rare forest. Do we need to repeat the mistake of the roundabout all over again? A better solution is to adopt the existing comprehensive plan and what has been dubbed the “Dick Frank option”. That option would avoid the environmentally sensitive areas as well as provide relief to residents living along Braddock Road. This is just another case, where the Board of Supervisors acting on a recommendation from the Sully Supervisor, bowing to Loudoun County without public hearings. 

So. the last time I took the opportunity to inform the Association of these Board of Supervisor actions, I was asked, “what can I do about this if I do not agree with position taken by the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, or the Board of Zoning Appeals. Well here is how. There is always in-person testimony, which may not be allowed due to COVID-19. So, the alternatives are: 

The schedule for the Board of Supervisors may be obtained on the Fairfax County Government website at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ boardofsupervisors/2020-board-meetings


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