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Proposed Changes Would Make Old Lee Highway More Bikeable and Walkable


A preliminary design concept recently presented by Fairfax City’s transportation director could make Old Lee Highway more bikeable and walkable. The city received a $60k grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation and Land Use Connections program and hired a consultant to examine ways to make Old Lee more complete. The proposed design would shrink the travel lanes from 12 feet to 11 feet while still keeping the highway at four lanes wide on either end, reports Greater Greater Washington. A uniform two-lane layout at the residential segment would add bike lanes and wider sidewalks on the entire street. The proposed bike lane would run between Old Town and Fairfax Circle, directly connecting to trails that lead to the Vienna Metro station. Previous plans to make changes to Old Lee have fallen through due to lack of support. Fairfax City plans to do basic preliminary engineering to determine the feasibility of the current concept and will be holding meetings for resident feedback. [GGW]