Public input needed by Oct. 19 on active transportation projects [UPDATED]
NOTE: On Oct. 16, FCDOT Public Affairs notified On the MoVe that the deadline for the community survey responses would be extended until Thursday, Oct. 19. This story has been updated accordingly.
Thursday, Oct. 19 is the final day for community members to take online surveys from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) to help prioritize active transportation projects for funding.
In the survey for the Mount Vernon District, there are 30 pedestrian/bicycle candidate projects listed for consideration, most of which involve the construction of new sidewalks. The Franconia District survey also has 30 proposed projects, including a request to fill in sidewalk gaps on Harrison Lane and Lockheed Boulevard.
Earlier this month, FCDOT held two virtual community meetings to explain how the list of projects was developed, the survey process and next steps. Once feedback from the public surveys is assessed, FCDOT will narrow down the list of projects recommended for funding and present it to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for approval later this year.
According to FCDOT's presentation at the community meetings, the county will be allocating just over $26 million for the down-selected projects. The active transportation projects that aren't selected this go-round will still have the chance to get funded in the future. Back in fall 2021, the Board set a goal of identifying $100 million over a six-year period for one-time investments in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure through FY 2027.
To respond to the FCDOT survey by phone instead of online, call 703-890-5898, Project Code 5892.