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495 Express Lanes: Corridor-wide Landscaping/Reforestation Plan

During the past few years the 495 Express Lanes Project team has been working with elected officials offices, community members and the Fairfax County Restoration Project to develop the I-495 corridor-wide landscaping/reforestation plan. The Virginia General Assembly with support from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor allocated $5 million in funding to prepare and implement the corridor-wide plan. The draft corridor-wide landscaping plan is now available for public review and comment.

CORRIDOR-WIDE LANDSCAPING/REFORESTATION PLAN HIGHLIGHTS: The plan covers the entire 14-mile 495 Express Lanes Project corridor from south of Braddock Road to just north of the Dulles Toll Road. All plantings will occur in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) right-of-way and include the below species.

TREE MIX INCLUDES:

• SYCAMORE
• SUGAR MAPLE
• SHADBLOW SERVICEBERRY
• EASTERN REDBUD
• SWEET BAY MAGNOLIA
• TULIP TREE
• SAWTOOTH OAK
• AMERICAN HORNBEAM
• COMMON WITCHHAZEL
• COMMON SASSAFRAS
• PIGNUT HICKORY
• WHITE OAK
• SMOOTH SERVICEBERRY
• RED MAPLE
• SWEET GUM
• SWAMP WHITE OAK
• NELLI R. STEVENS HOLLY
• EASTERN ARBORVITAE
• BLACK GUM
• AMERICAN HOLLY VARIETY
• EASTERN RED CEDAR

SHRUB /GRASS MIX INCLUDES:
 
• WINTERBERRY HOLLY
• BAYBERRY
• JUNIPER
• LEATHERLEAF VIBURNUM
• RED TWIG DOGWOOD
• FEATHER REED GRASS
• ARROWWOOD VIBURNUM
• SUMMERSWEET
• SEA GREEN JUNIPER
• PINK MUHLEY GRASS
• WINTER JASIMINE
• VIRGINIA ROSE
• DWARF FOTHERGILLA
• CARL FORESTER GRASS
• BIG BLUE STEM
• BLUE GRAMA GRASS

COMMENTS:
The official comment period was closed on June 22, 2012. A comment report will be posted online later this summer. Email us at info@VAmegaprojects.com.

FAIRFAX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS PREFERRED SEED MIX:
The following stormwater ponds will receive the Fairfax County Department of Public Works preferred seed mix:
Exhibit 3 Little River Turnpike (Route 267) Pond AC-2
Exhibit 4 Gallows Road (Route 650) Pond HR-1
Exhibit 6 Interstate 66 Pond HR-9
Exhibit 9 Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) Ponds SR-11 and SR-6
All other ponds will be graded and seeded with plants from VDOT’s roadside development sheet. 

NEXT STEPS:
Once all comments are received a final corridor-wide landscaping plan will be made available online. The finalized plan will be prepared for advertisement later this year with plantings occurring in spring 2013.