This project is focused on Richmond Highway from Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway to Napper Road. The aim of the project is to:
- Widen Richmond Highway from four to six lanes
- Provide separate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on both sides of the roadway
- Preserve the median width necessary to accommodate future planned BRT for dedicated bus-only lanes
This project is early in the preliminary design phase. Field survey activities, preliminary environmental field work and studies are underway, along with preliminary traffic data collection and analysis.
Embark Richmond Highway supports the county’s long term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving the county’s multimodal transportation system for mixed use areas and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract more residents and businesses, and create more job and tax revenues. It also supports the county’s Strategic Economic Success Plan, and the goal of revitalizing the Richmond Highway corridor and attracting new high-quality development.
Embark Richmond Highway is a multi-year effort involving land use and transportation planning, design and construction activities that will result in a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will operate primarily on dedicated lanes along Richmond Highway initially from the Huntington Metrorail Station to Fort Belvoir, and will include a future extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line to Hybla Valley.
As part of the project, Fairfax County will consider how to update its land use plan to support the future population and job growth, and the planned transit system along the Richmond Highway corridor. The county will focus primarily on planning for walkable, urban-style mixed use development in the vicinity of the future transit stations with the goal of creating vibrant, active communities where people can live, work, shop and play—all with easy access to transit.
Embark Richmond Highway resulted from a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study on the transportation needs for the Richmond Highway corridor. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the study’s recommendations in May 2015, moving the project forward for planning, design and construction, with implementation anticipated to occur after 2020.