Active Prince William

Helping to make Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park a More Livable, Sustainable Community.

Category: Interstate 66

Active Prince William Policy Positions for Active, Equitable, and Sustainable Mobility in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Proposed Prince William County Trails Network from 2007

1) Build Complete Streets, especially a Primary Bikeway Network that Crosses Major Barriers (e.g., rivers, freeways, land parcels)

a) Build a continuous “I-66 Trail”, largely along Balls Ford Rd and east across Bull Run stream into Fairfax County.

b) Build a quality bike/ped crossing of I-66 at or near Sudley Rd/Bus. 234.  In the short term, ensure space for paths beneath all new I-66 overpasses of Sudley Rd.

c) Retrofit quality bike/ped crossings of I-95, especially at/near Prince William Pkwy/Horner Rd and at/near Dale Blvd/Opitz Blvd, but also at/near Rte 123, Occoquan Rd, Cardinal Dr, Rte 234, & Joplin Rd.

d) Complete a continuous trail along Rte 234, from Rte 1 to I-66, including the totally missing segment between Brentsville Rd and I-66.

e) Include quality bike/ped access along and across Flat Branch and Bull Run in the proposed Godwin Dr Extension (Rte 28 environmental assessment).

f)  Improve US Bike Route 1, a Maine-to Florida bikeway: retrofit paved shoulders along Aden Rd (Joplin Rd to Fleetwood Dr) and Fleetwood Dr (Aden Rd to Fauquier line) and sign all of USBR1 in PWC.

g)  Improve bike/ped crossings of Bull Run and the Occoquan River, including at Old Centreville Rd/Ordway Rd, Rte 28, Yates Ford Rd, I-66 Trail (connect Balls Ford Rd to Bull Run Dr), and Rte 1.

h) Improve bike/ped access along the Rte 29 corridor (Bull Run stream to Fauquier line).

i)  Establish continuous ped/bike access along Old Bridge Rd.

j)  Plan and develop a bikeway and trail network in Manassas Park.

2) Improve VRE Bicycle Access: 

a)  Provide covered bicycle parking and rental bicycle lockers at every VRE station in PWC.

b)  Improve bike/ped connections to VRE stations from all directions, including the expanded Broad Run station (including the Broad Run Trail).

c)  Expand VRE bike-on-rail access (long capped at 17 round trips/day).

3) Expand and Enhance Public Transportation As An Effective Travel Choice

a)  Add midday, evening, and reverse-commute VRE trips, possibly as shortened runs to/from Alexandria and/or Springfield/Franconia.

b)  Add local and commuter bus service along Rte 28 and Sudley Rd, ideally in dedicated lanes.

c)  Extend Richmond Hwy BRT south through Prince William County along the Rte 1 corridor to Quantico.

4)  Make Walking and Bicycling Safer

a)  Improve pedestrian crossings of multilane arterials (e.g., add missing pedestrian crossing signals, LPEs, prominently marked crosswalks, sidewalk bulb outs, and/or streetlights; remove RTOLs).

b)  Retrofit missing sidewalks along arterial roadways and on walk routes to schools and transit.

5)  Build Livable, Walkable, and Vibrant Transit-Oriented Communities

a)  Plan to revive aging suburban retail corridors and malls with higher-density, mixed-use, bus-transit-oriented redevelopment (e.g., Manassas Mall and the Sudley Rd corridor, Rte 28 in Yorkshire, Rte 1, Dale Blvd, Old Bridge Rd).

b)  Remove the following proposed road widenings from the Comprehensive Plan: (to be listed here).

c)  Innovation Town Center—Plan and develop a robust pedestrian and bicycle network, including a high-quality connection to the north side of the expanded Broad Run VRE Station.

6) Establish Citizen Transportation Advisory Commissions for Prince William County, Manassas & Manassas Park

7)  Operate a Vibrant Safe Routes to School Program

a)  All new public schools, including the 13th high school, should be walkable and bikeable.

8)  Provide Ubiquitous, Quality Bicycle Parking Accommodations

9)  Build a Comprehensive Recreational Trails Network

a) Complete the East Coast Greenway/Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail shared-use path through Prince William County, generally between Rte 1 and the Potomac River.

10)  Provide Meaningful and Robust Public Participation Processes for the Coming Comprehensive Plan Updates for the County and Cities

Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Design Public Hearings, November 13, 14 & 16

Design Public Hearings
for Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway
November 13, 14 and 16, 2017

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with I-66 Express Mobility Partners (EMP), will host Design Public Hearings on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project regarding plans for the 22.5 mile corridor from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville.

This will be our final opportunity to review and comment on the proposed design of the I-66 Trail, between Gallows Rd. in Dunn Loring and University Blvd. & Rte 29 in Gainesville.

Public Hearing Dates and Locations

All hearing times are from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

Monday, November 13, 2017
for project segment 3 from Route 50 to I-495
Oakton High School Cafeteria 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
for project segment 2 from Route 29 in Centreville to Route 50
Stone Middle School Cafeteria 5500 Sully Park Drive, Centreville, VA 20120

Thursday, November 16, 2017
for project segment 1 from Gainesville to Route 29 in Centreville
Piney Branch Elementary School Cafeteria/Gym 8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136

Details:

  • View design plans and learn more about the proposed improvements
  • Discuss your questions with staff during the open house
  • Attend the formal presentation, followed by a public comment period
  • Provide oral and/or written comments
  • Comment period through November 29, 2017

Bi-County Parkway Gone from County Plan; Takes Safe I-66 Bicycle Crossing With It

On March 15th, the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors voted to remove the Bi-County Parkway from the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Unfortunately, along with it goes one of only a few planned shared-use trail crossing of Interstate 66 (I-66). Options to replace the trail crossing in the comprehensive plan may soon be considered by the County Planning Office.

I66 - Route 234 Interchange Overview

Active Prince William supported Supervisors’ vote, as the Bi-County Parkway would have negatively impacted the protected Rural Crescent and increased truck traffic through Prince William County, while primarily benefiting Loudoun County and the Dulles Airport Authority (more background on the Bi-County Parkway). But the now-defunct Parkway did include one key benefit for Prince William residents: the plan called for a shared-use trail along its entire length, opening up a significant area for recreation to many Western Prince William County residents, and providing a key crossing of I-66, which is a significant barrier to bicylists, hikers, and walkers in the Manassas National Battlefield Park and the surrounding area. Now plans need to be updated to replace the shared-use path crossing of I-66 that was lost with the removal of the Bi-County Parkway.

Options to replace the Bi-County shared use path crossing of I-66 may soon be considered by the County’s Planning Office as part of a technical update of the County’s trails and non-motorized transportation portions of the Comprehensive Plan, or during the Transportation Chapter update that will begin in the next year. The Prince William County Trails and Blueways Council (TBC) has discussed adding Groveton Road to the Comprehensive Plan as an I-66 crossing along with the addition of proposed bicycling improvements for Pageland Lane, a partly unpaved road that parallels I-66 West from Groveton then turns North where the Bi-County Parkway would have been built (see the map below, key: Bi-County Parkway in Red, Groveton Road in Green, and Pageland Lane in Blue).

The only existing safe crossing of I-66 along the approximately 10 mile stretch from the Fairfax County line to Route 15 is located at University Blvd (see map below). Other planned crossings are currently unsafe for people walking or biking, and include:

  • Sudley Rd (Rt 234 Business)
  • Catharpin Rd (under construction)
  • Old Carolina Rd (bridge updated)
  • Rt 15 (under construction)

VDOT has suggested 2 additional bicycle/pedestrian I-66 crossings as part of its future I-66 Outside the Beltway expansion project, under the I-66 overpass at Bull Run and at Groveton Rd. To see the full VDOT I-66 Trail plan, click here. Both of these VDOT proposed trail crossings have been discussed by the TBC, but are not currently in the PWC Comprehensive Plan.

NOTE: Even though PWC is removing the Bi-County Parkway from its Comprehensive Plan, VDOT and others still have plans for the Bi-County Parkway. So, it isn’t necessarily “dead”… yet.