The Fairfax Board of Supervisors is scheduled to sort through a long list of proposed road improvements today to decide which should receive funds from a bond referendum passed last November.
County officials have warned that money from the referendum would be insufficient to cover all 63 road improvement projects the county would like to undertake, and staff have drawn up a priority list of 42 projects.
Supervisor Joseph Alexander (D-Lee), said he was "satisfied" with the list, which he said included all his top priority projects.
However, Supervisor Audrey Moore (D-Annandale) said she was concerned about the rankings, which placed the Guinea Road and Burke Road intersection in seventh place, among intersection projects, and the Zion Drive and Guinea Road intersection in 10th place in the "Spot Safety Improvements" category.
"I'm going to scream and yell about that," Moore said. "They're dangerous. I really think they should have higher priority than what they've gotten."
The 1982 bond referendum raised $2.6 million for design and engineering work on roads. However, county staff estimates that engineering work on all 63 projects planned by the county would cost at least $4.4 million, and possibly more.
The county staff has divided the 42 projects to be funded into a total of five categories, ranging from safety improvements to bottlenecks to Metrorail-related improvements.
Within those categories, the projects were then ranked, based on the severity of the problem, estimates of costs and judgments regarding which projects appear to be the quickest to implement.
If the supervisors approved the rankings, the projects on the bottom of the list would be the first to be cut if the costs of higher priority projects were more than estimated.
The top priority projects on the list included making Blake Lane, near the Vienna Metrorail stop, four lanes and extending it to Rte. 50; and making Gosnell Road four lanes between Old Courthouse Road and Dawson Street; improvements to the intersection of Rte. 50 and Graham Road, to the intersection of Buckman Road and Russell Road, on Backlick Road between Old Keene Mill Road and Hooes Road, and on Hillside Drive between Old Keene Mill Road and Pohick Creek.
Projects that did not make the county staff list, include making Rte. 1 six lanes between Mount Vernon Highway and Belvoir Road; Ox Road four lanes between Burke Lake Road and the Southern railroad; North Kings Highway four lanes between Rte. 1 and Telegraph Road; and Cumberland Avenue four lanes between Old Keene Mill Road and Amherst Avenue.
Other projects that would not be funded by the 1982 bond money under the staff proposal, include intersection improvements at Backlick and Hooes roads, a proposed pedestrian bridge over Rte. 50 near Jefferson Village, a pedestrian bridge over Rte. 123 in McLean, noise walls on I-495 between Gallows Road and Rte. 236.
Here are the projects, by category and priority, that have been slated for funding: Metrorail station access:
Haycock Road Increased road capacity:
Backlick Road between Old Keene Mill Road and Hooes Road, excluding Amherst Avenue connection)
Lee Chapel Road between Burke Lake Road and Old Keene Mill Road)
Reston Avenue between Fox Mill Road and Sunrise Valley Drive)
Rolling Road between Burke Road and Burke Lake Road) Improvements to traffic flow:
John Marr Drive between Backlick Road and Ravensworth Road. Intersection improvements:
Rte. 50-Graham Road
Franconia Road-Commerce Street
Rte. 7-Baron Cameron Avenue
Rte. 50-West Ox Road
Rte. 123-Old Dominion Drive
Backlick Road-Edsal Road
Guinea Road-Twinbrook Road-Commonwealth Avenue
Rte. 236-Olley Lane
Telegraph Road-Rose Hill Drive
Rte. 1 signal system
Rte. 29 signal system
Rte. 1-Belvoir Road Spot Safety Improvements:1. Intersections:
Buckman Road/ Russell Road
Columbia Pike/Old Columbia Pike/Lincolnia Road
Rte. 1/ Buckman Road (2 intersections)
Lincolnia Road/Chambliss Street/Beauregard Street
Hooes Road/ Rolling Road
Lewinsville Road/ Spring Hill Road
Guinea Road/ Burke Road
Old Dominion Drive/ Swinks Mill Road
Franconia Road/ Clermont Drive
Zion Drive at Guinea Road
Cherokee Avenue/ Edsal Road2. Segments:
Shiplett Boulevard/Capella Avenue
Electric Avenue between Woodford Road and Cedar Lane.
Hunter Mill Road
Shirley Gate Road
Electric Avenue between Woodford Road and Chestertown Drive
Poplar Tree Road