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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:30 pm | Updated: 6:38 pm, Wed Jun 18, 2014.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said today that he expects the Bi-County Parkway to receive a high priority rating among transportation projects being considered in Northern Virginia.

“We have to open up Dulles airport,” McAuliffe said. “We will have a resolution relatively quickly.”

McAuliffe made the comment in response to a question from Washington Airports Task Force President Keith Merlin after speaking at a Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

The governor indicated the Bi-County Parkway, long proposed to connect Prince William and Loudoun counties, had just entered the priority review process mandated by the General Assembly for all new transportation projects. That review is designed to rank projects based on a matrix of factors that includes congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality.

McAuliffe pointed to stalled growth in Dulles Airport’s passenger counts as a key concern. While efforts are being made to add new flights—such as Air China’s direct connections to Beijing that began last week—increased cargo operations will be important to keep the airport growing, he said.

Bi-County Parkway advocates say the new road is needed to facilitate cargo transports. Critics say the project would be a misuse of road construction funds needed to free up other travel choke points in the region.

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7 comments:

  • Gigi Robinson posted at 12:56 pm on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Gigi Robinson Posts: 2

    Once it gets to 50, Loudoun County, per attached will continue it up Belmont Ridge Road (659) or its new name - North Star, to dump the traffic on 7. http://www.loudoun.gov/images/pages/N2888/North-South%20Map.jpg. Or you can see it on http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=2885. Or you can see it on http://www.vtrans.org/northern_virginia_north-south_corridor.asp

    Even if there were not three components to this project and one just understood the "bi-County" portion, can Route 50 really accommodate all that extra traffic? Somehow I don't think that Fairfax will be able to remove all those lights....even if Loudoun can. This whole project needs more thought and less drama about Dulles Airport air traffic fall off...which is admitted to be temporary as it is the only airport that has room to expand in the area. They might also look at the fees at the airport....landing, gate, gas, etc.

     
  • norges53 posted at 12:36 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    norges53 Posts: 537

    It's the first thing Robert Pierce got correct in a long time!

     
  • Bob_Smith posted at 12:12 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Bob_Smith Posts: 417

    According to this drawing - http://bicountyparkway.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ctbLocationStudyMapsTCP.pdf - it goes to Route 50. Where is shown to go to (dead end) at Route 7?? Are folks assuming that this road will connect to existing roads that do lead to Route 7, and as we know, then essentially dead-end because there isn't much land between 7 and the river (and it's largely developed as...residential...not with jobs...so trips leave there in the morning and return to there in the evening...symptomatic of this entire County's economic and transportation condition.)

    If the BCPkwy did include improvements to existing roads to reach Rt. 7, and then go beyond it and include a river crossing (somewhere between Lansdowne and Cascades, and legitimately, if you've ever browsed the map, there are but a few plausible points to go through), where are people going? A bunch of countryside that MontCo property owners have locked down. The only place a commuter is going is toward Germantown, and connecting to Germantown Rd (118) which interchanges w/ I-270, which then leads you toward legitimate commuter destinations...but if you were trying to get inside the beltway anywhere...you've gone the entirely wrong direction...or if you think the route will go due east and connect with 370 (Sam Eig) to 270 then beltway and on to job centers, etc. on the other side of the Potomac.

     
  • Leesburg Resident posted at 12:39 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    Leesburg Resident Posts: 70

    This does it for me as a commuter from Leesburg to Arlington every day. I'm moving to New England. I've had enough of congestion and our public officials lousy policy planning decisions in all areas wrecking our quality of life.

     
  • i just wanted to know posted at 12:02 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    i just wanted to know Posts: 24

    the most important concern with our governor is the ability to be able to get to Washington to get his instructions from his owner.
    --and it will get done, regardless of costs or conveniences or hardship imposed on the public doing it.--enjoy people

     
  • Gigi Robinson posted at 7:14 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    Gigi Robinson Posts: 2

    As Mr. Pierce posted, this creates a "dead end" at Route 7. Until there are sufficient dispersion points, i.e. no lights on Rte. 7, access roads on either side such as completed Russell Branch and Riverside Pkwy, and a bridge to MD the congestion will become horrific. Getting more traffic to Dulles, particularly truck traffic for container cargo flight is admirable, but the side effects of such an endeavor will be crippling without the proper traffic alleviation in place.

     
  • Robert Pierce posted at 9:09 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Robert Pierce Posts: 48

    Working to "open up" Dulles Airport is an important and useful goal. However, this north/south route will be quickly clogged up with new unrestrained residential growth as new development regions are also "opened up." Don't expect the current BOS to exhibit any restraint. The eventual direction of this parkway is to dump the north-bound traffic onto Route 7. Where does it go then? Time for a river crossing? Is there any thinking or planning beyond the desirable goal of "opening up" Dulles?