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Latest from VDOT on Route 7 Improvements & Traffic Updates-- Lane Closures for April 5-10, 2021

Crews will be performing excavation and fill operations, clearing and other construction-related activities on April 5-10 along eastbound and westbound Route 7 and on other neighborhood streets. As a reminder, drivers will experience lane shifts on Route 7, traffic pattern changes on neighborhood streets, and detours along the corridor.

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Reminder:  Great Falls Park Entrance may close temporarily on nice weekends.   NO STREET PARKING where posted on Georgetown Pike or Old Dominion drive.

According to the National Park Service, Great Falls Park Entrance may close temporarily on nice weekends.
NO STREET PARKING  where posted.

On weekends, if the park fills & parking is not available, the entrance will close. When the intersection at Georgetown Pike & Old Dominion Dr. is blocked by Police, you may not enter until it reopens. NO STREET PARKING. Updates at Great Falls Park Facebook.

Notice for Area Students - Apply to be an EQAC Student Representative (Due May 14)

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its student member term running from July 2021 through June 2022. EQAC is comprised of one citizen representative from each of nine magisterial districts, four at‑large members, and one student representative. Each member is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a three-year term, except the student member, who serves during her or his junior or senior year of high school.

If you are currently a sophomore or junior in good standing and would be interested in serving in this capacity during your junior or senior year, please download and complete the application linked below. All applications must be received via email to eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Route 7 Changes at Colvin Run Prompt Local Reaction

GFCA leaders were joined by neighbors recently to publicly express their dissatisfaction with the VDOT design of the stream channel that has replaced the former meandering, natural, stream bed and associated wetlands of historic Colvin Run. 

There was vigorous opposition to this design by GFCA and local environmentalists. 

The design creates a straight channel that some believe will create havoc downstream. 

The plan was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Pictured at left are neighbors and GFCA leaders who posed by the channel at Carpers Farm and Route 7. (For more info, see GF Connection Cover Story:http://www.greatfallsconnection.com/news/2021/apr/07/residents-mourn-death-colvin-run/  )

Registration Now Open for Riverbend Park Outdoor Event - Cicadas Around Us!

For 17 long years, their lives have been spent in peaceful, silent mystery underground. As spring comes, they will leave their tree roots and burrow upward, preparing for their brief moment in the sun.  This May and June, they will emerge by the millions, overwhelming our ears and the appetites of predators. Come explore one of the wonders of nature as we investigate the lives of the periodical cicadas. Participants will be required to wear a mask and follow social distancing during the outdoor program. 

When: Saturday, May 22, 10:00-11:00 AM
Where: Riverbend Park Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, VA 22066
Ages: 4-Adult, $7/person, all participants must register and pre-registration is required.

Please call Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018, to register with the program code 3C4.1X2L .

Anyone may register with their Fairfax County Parktakes account by phone for the program by calling Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018. Registration is live right now.

GFCA Examines Safety of Route 7/Towlston Rd. Intersection
GFCA announced that because of the many challenges posed by road construction on nearly all sides of Great Falls, it would hold three transportation-related town hall meetings this winter and spring.  Transportation issues are rapidly becoming the leading concern of GFCA as it considers VDOT’s plans to expand the Springvale and Walker Road one-lane bridges in Great Falls and the Hunter Mill Road bridge in nearby Reston to two-lanes, as well as to launch a major construction project extending the High Occupancy Toll Lanes on I-495 linking Virginia to Maryland. 

GFCA residents have expressed alarm over the adverse impact these simultaneous infrastructure projects are creating while VDOT continues the widening and expansion of the capacity of that portion of Route 7 running along the southern border of the Great Falls community.  These heightened concerns over traffic in Great Falls arise from the fact that the community is connected to two main commuting conduits in Northern Virginia — Route 7 and I-495. (For more info, see Sun Gazette Cover story: https://sungazette.news/upgrades-to-route-7-towlston-road-touted/ )

Watch GFCA
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uTube Channel Videos Here:

Town Hall re: Towlston Rd./Rte. 7 Intersection -
https://youtu.be/FXdel1pYOkc

Town Hall re: Milestone Towers proposed Monopole - 
https://youtu.be/QwRui2L1DNw

Town Hall re: Springvale Rd. Bridge Replacement -
https://youtu.be/npSkWpbIwcw

Deer Management Presentation - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV9QOiwlaw

Native Plants Presentation - 
https://youtu.be/WEoC75APda0

What is the GFCA?

The Great Falls Citizens Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)4 organization that advocates solutions and government actions that benefit Great Falls. 

Our goal is to preserve the semi-rural character of our community while addressing practical concerns like traffic, zoning, retail, schools, parks and the environment where problems arise and solutions must be found. 

Since Great Falls is not an incorporated municipality like the Town of Vienna, or City of Falls Church, we lack a town/city government to represent our local interests.  The GFCA acts in an unofficial capacity to represent the voices of the citizens of Great Falls on these matters, and works with county, state, and national government to get things done.  On Great Falls issues, no other organization has GFCA’s influence with elected leaders at the County and State level, or is as respected by them.

Our charter calls for GFCA to "serve as a community organization to promote all aspects of community interest accruing to a common good and, in general, to preserve the historic, low density, semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."


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