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:
SHRUB /GRASS MIX INCLUDES:
495 CORRIDOR-WIDE LANDSCAPING PLAN EXHIBITS:
To view the plan click on the below exhibits.
495 Corridor-wide Landscaping Plan overview handout
495 Corridor-wide Landscaping Plan PowerPoint presentation
495 Corridor-wide Landscaping Plan Press Release
Exhibit 1 South of Braddock Road (Route 620)/Heming Ave
Exhibit 2 Braddock Road (Route 620)
Exhibit 3 Little River Turnpike (Route 236)
Exhibit 3A Little River Turnpike (Route 236)/Americana Drive
Exhibit 4 Gallows Road (Route 650)
Exhibit 5 Arlington Blvd (Route 50)/Lee Highway (Route 29)
Exhibit 6 Interstate 66
Exhibit 7 Idylwood Road/Oak Street
Exhibit 8 Leesburg Pike (Route 7)
Exhibit 9 Chain Bridge Road (Route 123)
Exhibit 10 Dulles Toll Road (Route 267)
Exhibit 11 North of Dulles Toll Road (Route 267)/Lewinsville Road
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.
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.