Live in Fairfax County?
The bulk of this project is in Supervisor Linda Smyth’s district. A recent Freedom of Information Act request showed emails from Supervisor Smyth that revealed a lack of concern for the opinions of her constituents that care about the health and safety of people who will use this trail.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re not satisfied.WABA and other trail advocates have been saying for years that we need a trail outside the sound barrier, and up until 2016, that was where the designs indicated the trail would go, until a small group of homeowners complained loudly enough to have those plans scrapped. We agree with Senator Scott Surovell that it’s disappointing that “a handful of homeowners’ desire to view a sound wall instead of a bike trail seems to trump the health, safety and convenience of thousands of Virginians.” It’s time for Fairfax County and VDOT to stop treating bicycling infrastructure as an afterthought, rather than an integral part of the transportation network. If the “goal of the project is to move more people, not more cars,” as VDOT Megaprojects Director Susan Shaw says, then VDOT needs to design the I-66 Trail in a safer and more accessible way, including finding space outside of the sound barrier for the trail. Billions of dollars are going into this infrastructure project. It will likely not be revisited for another 40 years once built. It should be designed with care, and done right the first time. All Northern Virginia residents are affected by this interstate expansion project. That’s one of the reasons that VDOT is justifying spending billions of dollars on it. By the same reasoning, all Northern Virginia residents have a stake in whether this trail is designed well. That’s why it’s so important that you speak up.
This trail is unlikely to be rebuilt for 40 years.This is our only chance to get it right. That’s why your help is urgently needed.
Live in Fairfax County?
Here’s how to get involved:
- If you live in Fairfax County, tell your County Supervisor that you expect them to stand up for your interests, and ensure that public money is spent responsibly! They should be pushing VDOT to design a trail people will want to use. Click here to ask that the trail design be improved.
- Keep the pressure on the VDOT trail design team by attending one (or all) of the public hearings in November: November 13 at Oakton High School November 14 at Stone Middle School November 16 at Piney Branch Elementary School
- Send your comments directly to the VDOT project team. Email Transform66@VDOT.Virginia.gov
- Volunteer with WABA. In November, we’ll be prepping for the November meetings and getting the word out to those who walk and bike in Northern Virginia. Will you pitch in? (If you’re interested in helping out, email firstname.lastname@example.org)