Editorial: Yes to Fairfax Transportation Bond

Editorial: Yes to Fairfax Transportation Bond

$84 million for pedestrian, bike and trail improvements.

Of more than 75 projects included in the current proposal, on the ballot for Nov. 4, all but seven are designed to make Fairfax County safer and more inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Voters will decide on Election Day whether to authorize $100 million for:

  • Spot road improvements to increase roadway capacity, reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve transit access ($16 million)

  • Pedestrian improvements to improve capacity, enhance safety and complete missing pedestrian links that connect neighborhoods, and improve access to schools, Metrorail stations and activity centers ($78 million)

  • Bicycle improvements that include developing new bicycle facilities, constructing trails, adding bicycle parking and enhancing accessibility ($6 million)

Fairfax voters have a long history of approving bond questions for local transportation, schools and parks. This should be no exception.


The importance of voting, and the difference just a few votes can make, is on display in Virginia, where close elections decided by a fraction of a percent of total voters have set the stage for some big changes.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. But you don’t have to wait until then.

In person absentee voting is underway at Fairfax County Governmental Center and seven satellite locations thru Nov. 1.

Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Conf. Rooms 2/3, Fairfax, 22035. Now - Oct. 31, Monday thru Friday - 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Satellite Voting Locations:

Franconia Governmental Center - 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, 22310

Dolley Madison Library - 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 22101

North County Human Services Bldg. - 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, 20190

West Springfield Governmental Center - 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, 22152

Mason Governmental Center - 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003

Mount Vernon Governmental Center - 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria 22306

Sully District Governmental Center - 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly 20151

Monday - Friday, Through Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, call 703-222-0776 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee.htm

You’ll need photo identification to vote either on Election Day or absentee. Any registered voter can apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth. Voters applying for the Virginia Voter Photo ID Card will have to complete the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, have their picture taken, and sign the digital signature pad. Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter.

List of Transportation Projects

If voters approve the 2014 transportation bond referendum, the money is intended for the following projects:

Spot Road Improvements ($16 million)

They include adding or lengthening turn lanes; upgrading traffic signals, and signage; constructing walkways and providing crosswalks; and enhancing accessibility. As a result, these projects will increase capacity, reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve access to transit.

  • Braddock Road/Roberts Road, Fairfax, 22032

  • North Chambliss St/Beauregard St, Lincolnia, VA 22312

  • Lorton Road/Lorton Market Road, Lorton, 22079

  • Silverbrook Road at Southrun Road, Lorton, 22079

  • Fort Hunt Road and Collingwood Road, Mount Vernon, 22308

  • Old Courthouse Road and Besley Road, Tysons, 22182

  • Route 123 (Dolley Madison) and Great Falls/Lewinsville Road Intersection, McLean, 22102

Pedestrian Improvements ($77.5 million)

They include building missing sidewalk and trail links; adding and improving signalized crosswalks; intersection improvements; signage; and enhancing accessibility. As a result, these projects will improve capacity, enhance safety and complete missing pedestrian links that connect neighborhoods, improve access to schools, and Metro stations.

  • Braddock Road/Olley Lane, 22032
  • Burke Lake Road/Coffer Woods Road, Burke, 22015
  • Lakepointe Dr/Guinea Rd, 22032
  • Highland St/Backlick Rd/Amherst Ave, Springfield, 22150
  • Annandale Road/Graham Road, Falls Church, 22042
  • Backlick Road/Edsall Road, Springfield 22151
  • Columbia Pike (John Marr Dr, Gallows Rd), Annandale, 22003
  • Pohick Road/Southrun Road, Springfield 22153
  • Hooes Road/Newington Forest Ave, Springfield 22153
  • Route 50/Sullyfield Circle/Centerview Dr, Chantilly, 20151
  • Centreville Road/Machen Road, Centreville, 20121
  • Old Keene Mill Rd Walkway, Springfield
  • Dolly Madison Blvd Sidewalk Improvements, McLean
  • North West St Sidewalk
  • Sunrise Valley Dr Sidewalk, Reston
  • Franconia Road Walkway
  • South Van Dorn St @ Franconia Rd Walkway
  • Silverbrook Road Walkway
  • Backlick Road Walkway Improvements
  • Braddock Road Walkway
  • Center Road Walkway
  • Chain Bridge Road (Route 123)/Boone Boulevard, Tysons
  • Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) Walkway
  • Chichester Lane Walkway
  • Edsall Road Walkway Improvements
  • Fair Lakes Boulevard Walkway
  • Fleet Drive Walkway
  • Fort Hunt Road Walkway
  • Fox Mill Road Walkway
  • Gallows Road/Route 50
  • Glen Forest Drive Walkway
  • Gunston Cove Road Walkway
  • Jermantown Road/Oak Marr Recreation Center, Oakton, 22124
  • Kirby Road Walkway Improvements
  • Lee Chapel Road Walkway
  • Lee Highway (Route 29) Walkway
  • Little River Turnpike (Route 236)/Old Columbia Pike
  • Medford Drive Walkway
  • Pleasant Valley Road Walkway
  • Post Forest Drive Walkway
  • Quander Avenue Walkway
  • Riverside Road Walkway
  • Rolling Road Walkway
  • Rugby Road Walkway
  • Seminary Road Walkway
  • South Lakes Drive Walkways
  • Sunrise Valley Drive Walkway
  • Telegraph Road - Hayfield Secondary School Pedestrian Improvements
  • Telegraph Road Walkways
  • Westmoreland Street Walkway
  • Richmond Highway Public Transportation Initiative
  • Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG) Study Recommendations (Phase II)
  • Old Mount Vernon Road Walkway
  • Great Falls Street Walkway
  • Little River Turnpike Walkway Improvements
  • Bike and Trail Improvements ($6.5 million)
  • They include developing new bicycle facilities, constructing trails, adding bicycle parking, and enhancing accessibility.
  • Wakefield Chapel Rd Walkway/Bike Lanes
  • Lake Braddock Drive Road Diet
  • Burke VRE Connector Ph. IV
  • Cross County Trail Upgrades
  • Burke Road Bike Lanes
  • West Ox Road Trail
  • Route 50 Trail
  • Elm St/Dolley Madison Blvd Improved Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing
  • Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station/VRE Enhanced Bicycle Parking
  • Government Center Area Bicycle Demonstration Project
  • Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus, Springfield
  • Vienna Metrorail Station Area Bicycle Connectivity Improvements
  • Westmoreland Street On-Road Bike Lanes
  • Westmoreland Street/Rosemont Drive