BiCounty Parkway Presentation for Congressman Wittman

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This is the quick presentation I made to Congressman Wittman on August 26, 2013.

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BiCounty Parkway Presentation for Congressman Wittman

  1. 1. Bi-County Parkway “Question the Generalizations”
  2. 2. Traffic Source for Graph • Source: VDOT Traffic Modeling and Analysis Memorandum • May 18 Revised • 366 pages • Page 15 Analysis is easy to understand • The proposal for this road is based on percentages, should be based on actual numbers and capacity
  3. 3. Notice significant decrease in traffic on Gum Spring Road, but not significant decrease on other roads
  4. 4. This road helps Gum Spring Road Personal Testimony: I drove up Gum Spring Road during PM rush hour last week and there was no traffic. Recently, Gum Spring Road has been widened to four lanes. There is no need to relieve congestion on Gum Spring Road anymore. I question whether these traffic numbers take the new lanes on Gum Spring Road into consideration.
  5. 5. 2040 PM Traffic No Build Road color indicates capacity • Notice Gum Spring Road is Purple going south • Arrows point to true congestion • Source: Mr. Kilpatrick’s VDOT Hylton Presentation, July 3rd, 2013 ?
  6. 6. 2040 PM Build Scenario • Notice Gum Spring Road is now pink going south • All other areas stay the same for rush hour traffic ?
  7. 7. Land Bought by Developers • Source: Piedmont Environmental Council
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  9. 9. Corbelis Developer to Build Part of BiCounty Parkway • Source: Washington Biz Journal, http://www. bizjournals.c om/washing ton/breakin g_ground/2 013/04/tran sportationlarger-issueinloudoun.ht ml?page=all
  10. 10. Environmental Impact: Trucks Through Rural Crescent
  11. 11. Environmental Impact on Water Shed • “This project threatens our water resources and green infrastructure. The Rural Crescent is located within the northeast quadrant and eastern quadrant of the Culpeper groundwater basin and consists of an interbedded sequence of sedimentary and basaltic that is highly fractured and overlain by a thin cover of overburden. Groundwater is typically protected against contamination from the surface by the soils and rock layers covering the aquifer, but there is inadequate overburden in much of the Rural Crescent. Once contaminated, groundwater is very difficult to clean and there is limited if any natural attenuation in this type of geology and the aquifer could be polluted beyond our ability to remediate.” • GreenRisks, http://greenrisks.blogspot.com/2013/05/tricounty-parkway-to-destroy-rural.html, Elizabeth Ward, May 2, 2013
  12. 12. Bi-County Parkway is not Justified • Traffic congestion does not exist and will not be relieved • Economic data is non existent • Issues with cargo – This was touted as a cargo route at the public information meetings in December and January 2013 – The cargo demand is down 11% at Dulles this past year – Mr. Connaughton said that it was no longer a cargo route at the August 6th meeting for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors
  13. 13. Bi-County Parkway Process Issues • Lack of consideration for local roads, including Featherbed Lane, Pageland Lane, Groveton, and proper analysis of Balls Ford Road • Public hearing did not include closing of 234, nor did any of the official public info meetings • How is it ok for the NPS to take private land without homeowner’s permission? • No engineering study for the Corridor of Statewide Significance • Stacking of comments in the Corridor Master Plan
  14. 14. Bi-County Parkway Creates Transportation Issues • There is no way for someone to get from Rt 29 to the Bi-County Parkway • Traffic on Balls Ford Road will increase to pandemic congestion as a result of the BiCounty Parkway
  15. 15. Suggestions • Focus on public transportation – Gas prices are going to go up as we run out of “easy oil” – Advocate to build bus, VRE, and metro infrastructure now to prevent an uncomfortable transition to alternative transportation later • Build VRE to Gainesville • Increase buses to/from DC, including the commuter lot at 234 bypass and during off-peak hours • Advocate for Metro to Fairfax County Parkway • Add a bus from Gainesville to Woodbridge
  16. 16. What about the connection b/t PWC and Loudoun? • Build the Battlefield Bypass first before closing 234, as was intended in the 1988 resolution • Is there a way to make a little two lane connection from 234 Bypass to Pageland Lane that doesn’t utilize park land?
  17. 17. What about the traffic in the park? • Put up “No Trucks” signs • Lower the roads within the park - or • Build pedestrian tunnels under the road • Example: JMU pedestrian tunnel to the arts facility. It’s beautiful!

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