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Tysons Corner may be booming, but Tysons Forest is moving closer to staying green, unpaved

A graphic showing where ten large planned developments want to build, or already are building, around Tysons Corner. The number of applicants surprised Fairfax County officials. To see the whole thing, click here. (Gene Thorp and Corinne Reilly and Google Earth/The Washington Post)

One of the original proposals for the new Tysons City was a big fat road right down the middle of Old Courthouse Spring Branch park, a 33-acre forest that is the last expanse of green space in the area. Residents organized against it and seemed to have convinced the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that it was a bad idea. The board in November voted to ask planners to take the option off the table.

Now the Fairfax Department of Transportation has weighed in with a letter examining the idea of an exit ramp from the Dulles Toll Road down into the park, to connect with the big fat road (aka Boone Boulevard). Director Tom Biesiadny writes to the board in the letter below that his staff believes this option “can be eliminated from further study.”

The full letter is below, and the Board will take up this matter formally on Jan. 15. But both the transportation department and park authority have determined that this watershed and formally designated “resource protection area” needs to be, uh, protected. Are we done here now?

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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