Braddock Road 6 Feb Meeting Recap

February 13, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Supervisor Cook’s Braddock Road Community Meeting Recap
No additional lanes should be built on Braddock Road from Guinea Road to the Beltway. Instead, a series of intersection improvements, including significant adjustments to the Burke Lake Road and Wakefield Chapel Road intersections, and access management techniques – making some unsignalized intersections right in right out only – should be built. These were the initial recommendations of the citizen task force that has studied the corridor in depth over the last two years. County transportation staff concurs in the recommendations, which were presented to the community at a public meeting last night, sponsored by Supervisor Cook and attended by about 300 residents.
The task force also presented pedestrian and bicycle options, but not recommendations, which will come later in the spring. These include construction of mixed use paths on both sides of the road, completion of all missing trail connections, and one or more pedestrian overpasses. The group is especially interested in residents’ opinions on pedestrian overpasses.
The task force set aside the question of whether to build a transit center. Once road and pedestrian recommendations are finalized, then the group will take back up the transit center questions. Options for transit will be presented to the public at a community meeting in the late spring.
Implementation of these recommendations would present only one-third the cost of adding lanes to the roadway. The study showed that adding lanes would increase the number of trips handled by the road, but travel times would not decrease as much as with the intersection and access management improvements because extra cars would be drawn to the road. The intersection improvement plan shows fairly significant reductions in travel time when compared with the no-build option. The study was based on a 2040 planning horizon. The no-build option showed significant degradation in road conditions and significant increases in travel time compared to today.
The public is urged to review the complete presentation online and make comments over the next two weeks. Please submit your comments by February 20th at