The graphic below show VDOT’s partner design for the new flyovers and ramps over the Dunn Loring area. Note that his design has NOT yet been approved and the designs are preliminary in nature. However it shows that a lot of engineering has already been done to design a system of elevated bridges and high flyovers.
The purple lanes extending from the south side of I-66 would be new flyovers. One, near Prosperity Avenue, would connect I-66 eastbound traffic to I-66 eastbound Express Lanes. VDOT had orginally said that this was necessary, because it would be “impossible” to build a direct Express Lanes entrance at Nutley Street. Now, even with plans to build a direct Express Lanes entrance at Nutley street, this flyover is still in the works.
The longer purple lane structure extends into the Metro area, and is elevated at the Metro station. The narrow “tree conservation area” behind the Dunn Loring Metro garage will be destroyed, and the bridge will be built through this area. Two lanes of I-66 traffic will be elevated over the entire Dunn Loring Metro station, and continue over Gallows Road. Imagine looking up at Interstate traffic, passing over Gallows Road, in addition to the current traffic passing below Gallows Road. Is this the new Dunn Loring/Merrifield that Fairfax County spent so many years in planning, in conjunction with the new walkable mixed use village constructed at the Dunn Loring Metro station?
Earlier this week VDOT’s Renée Hamilton told the Transportation Planning Board that this flyover design feature “was basically something that we thought was in the best interest of everyone.” Do you think that this is true?