July 12, 2010
Virginia Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 1475
Richmond, VA 23218
Dear Mr. Secretary,
I am writing to follow up on our meeting with Congressman Wolf and the numerous
conversations we have had regarding my opposition to VDOT’s plans to construct
dual turn lanes at the intersection of Route 7 and Georgetown Pike. As
you know, the current plan is also opposed by our local Supervisor, John Foust, our
state Senator Janet Howell, as well as Congressman Wolf and myself.
The Great Falls Citizens Association and the McLean Citizens Association,
together representing over 30,000 households in the area, have joined in
opposition to the project design and passed detailed resolutions in opposition
to the dual turn lanes. (Attached). Our communities overwhelmingly oppose the
dual turn lane, which not only would increase the volume on an already heavily
congested Georgetown Pike, but would divert resources from the primary purpose
to widen Route 7 which would help the entire region.
The community supports the need to widen Route 7 and supports the overall
widening project to promote better traffic flow. By deflecting
resources to widening the turn lane and reconfiguring Georgetown Pike, the
project as currently designed doesn’t accomplish as much widening of Route 7 –
the primary goal of the project.
Per the Great Falls Citizens Association Resolution: Georgetown Pike is
not identified for improvements in County or Commonwealth transportation
planning documents, and the project design as endorsed by the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors and approved by VDOT’s Chief Engineer is not in
conformance with the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan (2007 Edition, Area III,
Pages 95 and 103, Transportation) or Senate Document No. 47 (page 83) direction
as to the alignment and widening of Georgetown Pike or the use of
alternative means of dealing with traffic volume in order to maintain this
For many in our neighborhoods, Georgetown Pike is the only access from their
homes. Many have concerns about the extended effect of these plans not only on
Great Falls but also on Old Dominion Drive and the Langley areas in McLean.
I respectfully ask that you continue to work with us for a solution that would
support these affected communities by cancelling the realignment of the
intersection of Georgetown Pike and Route 7 and focus the funding and efforts
of the project on widening Route 7. While we continue to explore ways
that our local Board of Supervisors would reverse their support for the Dual
Turn Lanes, I would ask that you also continue to reconsider how we might find
a successful resolution to this issue that is in keeping with the overwhelming
and serious concerns of the community.
Thank you for your continuing attention to this important matter.
Member of the House of Delegates, 34th District