GFCA recently provided feedback to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regarding the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension. Because construction of the Express Lanes will also include modifications to the Georgetown Pike/I-495 interchange, this project will have a direct impact on the Great Falls community.
The I-495 Northern Extension will include widening of the Georgetown Pike bridge over I-495 so that there will be two left turn lanes eastbound for the full length of the bridge (instead of the single lane that currently exists until nearer the light and entrance ramp to I-495 north). GFCA has suggested that on-ramps be widened to avoid on-ramp backups from I-495 and that alternate intersection designs be used to prevent off-ramp traffic from crossing directly to on-ramps. In addition, GFCA has requested that all proposed improvements be funded from HOT revenue to avoid diversion of FCDOT funds from projects that could be performed in Great Falls.
GFCA encourages community involvement to improve VDOT response from the Great Falls community. A meeting was scheduled for March 12 but was indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic. Please visit the 495 Northern Extension website at www.495northernextension.org and provide feedback either by completing the on-line comment form (http://495northernextension.org/comments/default.asp) or emailing your comments to 495NorthernExtension@VDOT.virginia.gov.