On Thursday, August 2, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be holding the first of two public meetings on a proposed four-month pilot project that would result in the closure of the “on” ramp from Georgetown Pike to I-495 north from 1:00-7:00 PM on weekdays. The exit ramp at Georgetown Pike from southbound I-495 (outer loop) would remain open.
The objective is to mitigate congestion and address safety concerns on neighborhood streets in this area of McLean. Drivers would be compelled to use the main roads (including George Washington Parkway, Route 123, Route 267/ Dulles Toll Road, and Route 7) instead of cutting-through neighborhood streets in order to get on the Beltway at Georgetown Pike closer to the American Legion Bridge.
For Great Falls residents, the VDOT concept has the potential of reducing cut-through commuter traffic on Georgetown Pike. However, it would also mean that residents who wish to head toward Maryland in the afternoon would need to take an alternate route in order to get on I-495 north.
Community input on the proposed pilot is a key element in determining if it will go forward and/or whether certain aspects of the proposed plan should be modified before it is tested. Great Falls residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the issue and provide feedback to VDOT. For more information see http://virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/mclean_traffic_analysis.asp.
- VDOT Public Meeting #1: Thursday, August 2, 7:00 PM, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean
- VDOT Public Meeting #2: A second meeting will be held in the Fall. The date, time and location of this meeting are to be determined.