The Transportation Committee works with neighborhoods to identify problem intersections and other safety related issues on local streets and roadways. This includes both pedestrian and bicycle issues. The Committee established a pedestrian sub-committee in 2013 specifically to address and prioritize sidewalk issues in the MCA area. Members work closely with County and State transportation departments (DOT and VDOT) and with the District Supervisor to find solutions. Committee members follow the progress of major transportation initiatives that impact McLean, such as Rail to Dulles, and the Beltway widening proposal and prepare recommendations for MCA Board consideration.
The Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month. Please review the event calendar on MCA home page for meeting dates and times.
MCA MID-WINTER MEMBERSHIP MEETING: On January 26, 2017, the MCA membership heard a presentation by Tom Biesiadny, Fairfax County Director of Transportation. Mr. Biesiadny addressed a list of issues that had been presented to him by the Transportation Committee and also took questions from the audience.
On the issue of cut-through traffic by vehicle users seeking to avoid the Beltway and I-66 inside the Beltway, soon to be tolled at rush hour, Mr. Biesiadny stated that some local roads experiencing this traffic would qualify for traffic calming measures, and that VDOT studies have concluded that tolling of I-66 inside the Beltway should draw traffic from local roads, not add to it. Traffic calming is being studied on Churchill Road and the north section of Balls Hill Road, in addition to ongoing study of Magarity/Griffith, ballots for which have been sent to the Griffith Road HOA.
Mr. Biesiadny discussed some locations where traffic safety is an issue and some where traffic congestion is a particular problem, especially a number of intersections involving Route 123. The county has analyzed 29 intersections and recommended measures to alleviate traffic congestion by 2030. Of particular interest is the Route 7/123 intersection that is being investigated as a possible multi-level roundabout. Other intersections of interest are Dolly Madison/Old Dominion and Dolly Madison/Great Falls Street.
Mr. Biesiadny reported on progress in providing for and maintaining sidewalks and bike trails in the McLean area. Of the ongoing projects, 18 have been completed since 2013, including 11 on-road bike projects.
American Legion Bridge congestion continues to be discussed between the two states, including an ongoing traffic study by Maryland, which might lead to community involvement.
Some near-term projects in design include: the Dulles Toll Road/Beltway connector; Beltway/International Drive connector; and the Rt 123/ Beltway connection, in addition to the construction start of the Jones Branch Road connector to the Beltway and Dolly Madison Blvd.