Outer Beltway -- Community Presentation 031813

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These slides are from a presentation given at a community meeting in Ashburn, VA on 3/18/13. For more information, visit www.pecva.org/outerbeltway

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Outer Beltway -- Community Presentation 031813

  1. 1. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILThe Outer BeltwayWhat’s Being Proposed,What’s the Impact?Chris Miller, President ofThe Piedmont Environmental CouncilAshburn, 3-18-13
  2. 2. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL• Where exactly are we talking about?• What kind of road would it be?• Would it make my commute easier?• Has Rt. 50 traffic impact been modeled?• Would it encourage 4-laning further west, replaceroundabouts, revive calls for Middleburg bypass?• How will it impact preservation plans to protect drinkingwater supplies?• Will it encourage more sprawl?• How much would it cost? How would it impact otherprojects?What, if anything, can I do about it?Brings up a lot of questions:
  3. 3. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILThe road has been repeatedly proposed and thenrejected, because of cost and ineffectiveness inaddressing real transportation needs:• 234 Bypass Extended-- 1988• Washington Bypass-- 1989 (a full outer beltway study)• Western Transportation Corridor-- 1997• Tri-County Parkway-- 2005• Bi-County Parkway-- 2011• North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance-- 2011• Northstar Blvd and Belmont Ridge Rd– 2012• 234 Bypass—2013 (name has returned)All compose elements of an ‘Outer Beltway’A little background on the ‘Outer Beltway’
  4. 4. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILOver time, therehave been manypotential routes…
  5. 5. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILA VDOT Planfrom 1990
  6. 6. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILA VDOT Planfrom 1997
  7. 7. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILIn 2011, the Statedesignated a:‘Corridor ofStatewideSignificance’
  8. 8. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL“Statewide Significance” has been translated to….
  9. 9. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILDecember, 2012
  10. 10. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL• Expand VA 234 to 6-lanesfrom I-95 to I-66• Construct Tri-CountyParkway (TCP), connectingI-66 and Route 50, throughManassas Battlefield• Expand Northstar Blvd to 6-lane facility• Spur road to Dulles AirportWhat does it mean?Different name—same game
  11. 11. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL• Cost of about $1 billionfor the entire lengthfrom I-95 to Route 7• Reference to HOTlanes implies tollsthrough public-privatepartnership• Spur to Dulles– Up to $813 million
  12. 12. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILProposed Access Corridor Alternatives to Dulles3 miles-$153 million
  13. 13. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILProposed Access Corridor Alternatives to Dulles4 miles$813 million
  14. 14. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL– Next meetingexpected in early April– Decision by Juneregarding locationDulles Access Road – Still in the public process
  15. 15. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILZooming back out:
  16. 16. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILExperience tells us…New highways lead to:• Speculative development (land is often rezonedto accommodate such development)
  17. 17. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILLand Speculation Along theOuter Beltway Route• During the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, Loudoun had over 35,000 housesapproved but not yet built; and builderswere seeking approval for over 45,000more with nearly half of those along theRoute 50 corridor. The Loudoun Boardvoted against adding those additionalunits.• Loudoun’s Transition Area limitsdevelopment to no more than 1 houseper acre, but landowners may feel thatthe new highway will justify rezoning tohigher density.• It may trigger a new round of rezoningrequests
  18. 18. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILIn PrinceWilliam, the roadwould putintensedevelopmentpressure on theRural Crescent,opening up80,000 acres.
  19. 19. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILIn Loudoun, the 22,813acre Transition Area,already under assault inthe past, would feel thepressure to develop atsuburban densities onceagain.
  20. 20. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL Missing links andBottlenecks add up to $1.46Billion * New unplanneddevelopment would addtraffic on those congestedroads needing fixes* Source: Loudoun County-- EasternLoudoun Transportation StudyEastern Loudoun has many unfunded transportation needs
  21. 21. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILThe road would cut through a National Park
  22. 22. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILEnvironmental ImpactAn Environmental Protection Agency analysis estimates that anew highway, when compared to alternatives, will cause:– 2.5x the impacts to threatened andendangered plants– 10x the impact onwetlands– 10x the impact on thefloodplain area– And potentially threaten theLake Manassas public watersupply
  23. 23. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILEnvironmental ImpactThreat to publicdrinking water
  24. 24. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILEnvironmental ImpactCounter toregionalplans forconservation
  25. 25. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILCommunity ImpactsCredit Carey PohankaDisconnected schoolsIncreased airpollutionSafety of young drivers
  26. 26. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILSo why is this road being proposed?
  27. 27. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILVDOT’s Public Rationale (from Dec 2012 presentation)
  28. 28. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILVDOT points to freight demands
  29. 29. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILBut the airport benefit may be overstatedOnly 0.1% of the Northern Virginia freight weight;0.2% by value comes through Dulles now.
  30. 30. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILBased on passenger trendsSource:http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/653.htm
  31. 31. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILAnd freight (000 lbs) trendsSource:www.metwashairports.com/dulles/653.htm
  32. 32. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILWhat about traffic congestion?Virginia ranks among the nation’s most congested regions
  33. 33. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILOur biggest traffic problems are east-west
  34. 34. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPopulation centers are largely east of the route
  35. 35. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILWhere NOVA Commuters Go DailyFairfax211,739Washington, D.C.156,598Arlington72,333Alexandria55,010Loudoun52,886PWFairfax City Manassas CityFalls ChurchCompiled from VA Employment Commission- Community Profiles Jan ‘13 data
  36. 36. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILWhere People Work (Va Employment Commission 2013)
  37. 37. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILWhere NOVA Commuters Go DailyAll trips betweenLoudoun & PrinceWilliam = 12,595 or 2%Trips to otherlocations in NOVA andDC =607,306 or 98%Compiled from VA Employment Commission- Community Profile data for Jan 2013
  38. 38. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILIn the future, VDOTpoints out:“Almost 57% of all new jobsand 32 % of new householdswill be located in activityclusters throughout theWashington region.”But note that mostof the ‘activityclusters’ are east ofcorridor route.
  39. 39. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
  40. 40. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILThere are alternatives--
  41. 41. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILAddress East-West commutes• Silver Line, VRE to Gainesville, Metro to Centreville• Complete Rt. 7, Waxpool, Dulles Toll Rd,Rt. 50 and I-66 improvements• Interchanges on Route 50 and Route 7• Dedicated commuter bus/HOV lane during peak hourcommutes• Key interchange upgrade at I-66 to Route 28 North
  42. 42. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILProvide local traffic solutions--Interconnected streets in new development--Roundabouts at key intersections like• Rt. 50 & Lenah Rd.• Rt. 50 & Willowsford intersections• Belmont Ridge Rd and Evergreen Mills• Rt. 659 and Sudley• Sudley and Pageland• Pageland and Rt. 29
  43. 43. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILLocalized Congestion Solutions: Gilberts CornerRoundabouts stillneeded to the east
  44. 44. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILVDOT has a 6 Year PlanIt includes statewide projects such as:• Additional lanes on I-66• Additional lanes on the Rt. 7 bypass in Leesburg• Additional lanes on Rt. 28• Intersection improvements at Rt. 215 and Rt. 29• Many badly needed bridge rehabilitations• Route 606 expansion to four lanesFund Original Plans
  45. 45. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILLoudoun has a PlanFund it and eliminate the1.46 billion in missing linksand bottlenecksFund Original Plans continued…
  46. 46. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPrince William has a Plan• Improvements to I-66• Improvements to Rt. 28• New Rt 1 & 123Interchange• Transit Improvements– Expanded PRTC Routes– New Park and Ride Lots– Extending VRE toGainesvilleFund Original Plans continued…
  47. 47. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILFairfax has a Plan• Tysons Corner transportationneeds• Silver Line Phase II• Reston/Herndon transit stationaccess• Route 50 and I-66 improvements• Metrorail to Centerville• Fairfax County Parkwayimprovements• Countywide Transit Study withnew high capacity transit serviceFund Original Plans continued…
  48. 48. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILOverall – we need a comprehensive strategy to address traffic:
  49. 49. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL• Transit-oriented development• Provide more homes close to jobs• Design new neighborhoods with moreconnected streets, and local connections toschools and stores• Protect rural areas, the Loudoun Transition Zoneand Prince William Rural CrescentThat incorporates smarter land use
  50. 50. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILBecause what’s the best use of funds?Completion of anew North-South Corridor$1-2 Billion for--Improvementsto heavily usedroutesOR
  51. 51. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL• Tri-County/Bi-County Parkway Study– Draft Environmental Impact Statement – Spring 2013– Final Environmental Impact Statement – Dec 2013• N-S Corridor– Public meetings in April 2013– State decision in May 2013• Dulles Connector– April Public Meetings– May/June CTB Decision• Virginia 6-Year Plan– Public Meetings in April (?) 2013– Final state decision in June 2013Decision Points Coming Up…
  52. 52. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILWho are the Decision-makers?1) Virginia Governor & Sec. of TransportationCan VDOT take land fromManassas NationalBattlefield?(DOI and DOJ must agree)2) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)Is the project approved forfederal funding?3) Virginia General Assembly
  53. 53. PIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILPIEDMONT ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCILContact:– Your state and federal elected officials– Governor McDonnellOther Actions:– Speak out at public input opportunities as they arise– Talk to your neighbors and spread the word– Continue to participate in local planning– Sign up for ‘Land Use & Transportation’ alerts so we cankeep you informed as new information becomes available:www.pecva.org/outerbeltwayWhat Can You Do?

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