Community Unites, Comments, and Barbecues for I-66 Transformation Concerns

We had a great turnout for commenting and barbecuing!  Many of us wrote comments for VDOT’s I-66 project plans and environmental assessment, while younger folks enjoyed a moon bounce and activities.  Thanks to all who participated, enjoyed good food, and the great weather.  A special thank you goes to our leaders who stopped by as well, including:

  • Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Lynda Smyth, Supervisor, Fairfax County, Providence District
  • Mark Keam, Delegate, Virginia General Assembly
  • Marcus Simon, Delegate, Virginia General Assembly
  • Scott Price, Regional Director for Senator Mark Warner, United States Congress
  • Patty Reed, Fairfax County School Board, Providence District

As a reminder, VDOT’s comment deadline is this Thursday, June 18.  Stay tuned right here at transform66wisely.org for more information about comments and more ways you can participate in the environmental policy process before then.

Commenting and Barbecuing

Marcus Simon and Scott Price

Deanna explains to bulova and price Keam talks to stenwood reps

writing comments

 

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3 Responses to Community Unites, Comments, and Barbecues for I-66 Transformation Concerns

  1. Charles Keener says:

    I hope everyone will include opposition to the proposed I-66 bike path in their comments.

    The proposed bike path along I-66 adds insult to injury for homeowners and communities who already stand to lose from the proposed widening of I-66 by robbing us of an additional 7-10 feet of property. Stenwood Elementary is already slated to suffer major losses of ball fields heavily used by children throughout the year. The bike path takes even more of those fields. I live in Cyrandall Valley townhouses off Blake Lane. We are already slated to lose most of the woods behind my home when the 66 sound wall is pushed much closer to our homes. Many trees will be killed and a fragile natural habitat destroyed. The Fairfax County Park Authority estimates that up to 150 ACRES of trees will be destroyed by the proposed I-66 project.

    A bike path inside the wall would mean the destruction of the rest of the trees along the wall not already destroyed by the 66 widening. It would rob us of the few small green spaces we have between us an the wall and in some cases would be a very tight fit to even squeeze the path into our community. And our community land would have to be taken from us for this to occur. Our children currently play in these open areas. Those living as I do right along the wall would go from having a peaceful wooded area where more deer walk through than people to a high traffic of strangers traversing right outside our backyard courtyards. Safety concerns are obvious. It is bad enough having the incessant racket of 66 traffic brought much closer but losing the little green space and trees standing between our community and the Godawful highway is just too much ! I have not owned a car for over 35 years and only use public transportation and my own two feet to get where I need to go. I am all for fewer cars – which is why the 66 plans for more asphalt revolt me. And I am all for alternate modes of transport , including bikes. But the cost of a bike path railroaded through the length of I-66 is just too high for communities like mine and kids like those at Stenwood Elementary. Accommodations must be made and appropriate detours and workarounds developed instead of just plowing through folks back yards and precious community green space. There is already an established bike route on Blake Lane right in front of our development.

    My neighbor is an avid bicyclist and rides to work frequently. At the VDOT hearing last night he testified against the bike path through Cyrandall Valley as destructive and unnecessary. He cited numerous other trails which he already uses regularly. VDOT should not stand against those like Stenwood and Cyrandall Valley who have a very compelling case against forcing a bike path though them.

    Va State Senator Chap Petersen said the following on his Facebook page : “Let it be known that I’m a “pro-bike” and “pro trail” guy. I ran six miles on the W&OD this morning. But this is not the GW Parkway, where you have miles of open green space. There is simply no physical way to fit a bike lane in the I-66 Corridor, at least through Vienna. Simply adding extra travel lanes is stressful enough.VDOT has done a pretty good job of listening to the community and altering their plans accordingly. But there’s no point in reducing the right of way take for new lanes, if you’re simply going to take it for a bike path.” Bravo Chap ! No bike path through Cryandall Valley or at the cost of Stenwood Elementary students !

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    • Bryan says:

      Charles,
      Welcome to Transform 66 Wisely. Note that the 150 acres figure only includes wooded habitat in the Fairfax County portion of the project.

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      • Charles Keener says:

        What they will destroy behind my home is wooded habitat. So the destruction of green space is even more horrific than the 150 acre figure ? Thanks ! Charles

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