Obtain Additional Information from VDOT
VDOT has held informational meetings concerning the proposed widening of Route 7 between Reston Parkway and the Toll Road. At the meetings, concerned citizens (a) told VDOT that its plan would make access to and egress from Wolf Den and Coventry Springs difficult, inconvenient and dangerous and (b) asked VDOT to consider allowing Wolftrap Run Road to remain the access/egress point for Wolf Den and Coventry Springs and to add a traffic signal at the intersection (the “Traffic Light Solution”). VDOT agreed to study the feasibility of the Traffic Light Solution but at its next meeting did not present a Traffic Light Solution feasibility study, instead (a) dismissing a traffic signal as inconsistent with certain traffic light placement guidelines and (b) showing two alternate proposals that would require residents to either turn left from Wolftrap Run Road onto a service road before making a 180 degree right turn onto Route 7 (without an acceleration lane) or turn right from Wolftrap Run Road onto a service road and proceed through McLean Bible Church (“MBC”) to a traffic light approximately ½ of a mile down the road towards Tysons Corner.
We want our elected officials to require VDOT to provide certain studies.
First, VDOT should be required to prepare a feasibility study for the Traffic Light Solution that would include a model of traffic flow with a traffic light at Wolftrap Run Road, with all other improvements remaining as originally planned, including its displaced left turn proposal. The model should be prepared in a manner that would enable residents to have it tested by independent experts.
Second, VDOT should be required to prepare the following detailed cost analyses for the stretch of Route 7 between Towlston Road and the Toll Road: (A) all costs, by line item, that would be incurred to perform all improvements if VDOT were to install a traffic light at Wolftrap Run Road, including costs associated with the intersection improvements at Wolftrap Run Road, new roads that would provide access to and egress from MBC and the displaced left turn intersection without a U-turn capability, (B) all costs, by line item, associated with the changes depicted in VDOT’s Wolftrap Run Plan 1, including the cost of closing off existing access points, building access points at Lucky Estates, shaving the hill between Towlston Road and Trap Road to improve sight lines, making changes at MBC to extend the access road and the U-turn with the displaced left turn and (C) all costs involved in effecting the changes depicted in VDOT’s Wolftrap Run Plan 1A.