The ongoing undertaking to develop the categorical lanes on Interstate 495 in Virginia has some McLean space residents upset and on the lookout for solutions.

The ongoing undertaking to expand the express lanes on Interstate 495 in Virginia has some McLean space residents upset and on the lookout for solutions.

About 90 folks joined in on a digital assembly Monday evening hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Some of the neighbors should not satisfied the undertaking solves any visitors issues. Others are upset about tough roads and different development points of their neighborhood.

Bridget O’Toole spoke about an issue with the cease mild at Balls Hill Road and Georgetown Pike.

“I’ve been on the intersection seven, 9, twelve minutes simply making an attempt to show proper if the primary automobile isn’t turning,” she mentioned.

Fairfax County Supervisor Jimmy Bierman, who represents the McLean space, replied, saying: “We have to get that mounted now, that’s actually infuriating to listen to.”

Another concern voiced by many residents was that whereas the undertaking provides extra categorical lanes in Virginia proper as much as the American Legion Bridge, Maryland’s plans for a brand new bridge have stalled.

“For many people, the undertaking just about goes to be of restricted utility … till that bridge is wider and we are able to get extra automobiles. I imply, we’re simply shifting the visitors jam down the highway two and a half miles,” mentioned resident Alexander Dean.

In November of final yr, Maryland urged residents to present their opinion on the Maryland Department of Transportation’s six-step Interstate 270 plan to boost and rework the American Legion Bridge. The transportation company was clear about how lengthy the undertaking would take and the way a lot it could value, claiming to comply with Gov. Wes Moore’s announcement of bringing multimodal enhancements to enhance transportation — and high quality of life — for the state’s vacationers.

Michelle Shropshire, an assistant district engineer at VDOT, mentioned the group continues to coordinate with Maryland.

“Maryland is at present engaged on undertaking growth and so they don’t have development funds recognized presently,” she mentioned.

Another concern was voiced in regards to the tough pavement on Live Oak Drive, though VDOT mentioned it will likely be repaved by May 15.

April Georgelas has been an outspoken critic of the undertaking for years and voiced her considerations once more on the assembly.

She mentioned she was getting pissed off “as a result of I’ve submitted questions for a number of years which have but to be answered.”

“Many of the questions that you just talked about this night have been responded to in numerous codecs, both from workers or in writing,” Shropshire mentioned.

The undertaking remains to be anticipated to be open to visitors by 2025.

Another in-person meeting on the 495 Project is ready for Thursday, April 11, on the Langley High School cafeteria in McLean.

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