Transportation

Hunter Mill Road is the 7.2 mile "Main Street" for the 5,000 Corridor residents.  It was named a Virginia Byway in 2002. The Hunter Mill Defense requested this designation from Virginia's Governor and General Assembly to recognize the road as a  scenic and historic resource. Also, the area near the road is eligible for listing on state and national historic registers.

Originally, Hunter Mill Road was a Native American Trail.  It's current alignment has remained essentially unchanged since colonial times.  The road was first paved in the 1940s and has seen a host of illustrious travelers including George Washington, Civil War General George Meade, and Colonel John Singleton Mosby. The Cartersville Baptist Church, near the Dulles Toll Road intersection, was one of the first churches in the Commonwealth founded by freed slaves. 

FCDOT Hunter Mill Road Study

FCDOT has commenced a study which is primarily focused on finding solutions to the congestion at the Hunter Mill Road/Sunset Hills Road/Dulles Toll Road intersection. It is currently scoped to look at surrounding intersections only to understand the whole traffic network as it relates to any proposed changes at the target intersection. The project website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/huntermillstudy.htm HMDL, with the support of Home Owners Associations and individual contributors, commissioned an engineering study last year to examine the feasibility of implementing roundabouts on Hunter Mill Road at and near the Toll Road, as proposed in the Hunter Mill Road Traffic Calming Study (http://www.novaregion.org/huntermill.htm). Our study uses the 2015 proposed changes to the Highway Capacity Manual regarding roundabout engineering guidelines, not the 2010 HCM guidelines which are based on antiquated data. Results are impressive and appear to be very implementable with little disruption to the community. This is a great improvement to the VDOT study of those same options back in 2001.

HMDL Hunter Mill Road - DTR Roundabout Report Summary

HMDL Hunter Mill Road - DTR Roundabout Engineering Report

Other News About Local Transportation

  1. Virginia Department of Transportation Accumulates Land for Wider Hunter Mill Road.
    To the surprise of many Hunter Mill Corridor residents, VDOT has acquired right of way sufficient to accommodate four lanes in many places along the 7.2 mile Byway. The state agency acquires right of way when individual parcels are developed or subdivided. 

    Contace Bruce Bennett, HMDL Transportation Chairman at 703 759-5412 or bruceb36@cox.net for further information about his research of Fairfax County maps and GIS data.


  2. Hunter Mill Road Traffic Calming Committee.
    A workgroup of citizens, local and state transportation officials have been meeting since October, 2002, to identify and find solutions to safety issues of Hunter Mill Road.  This effort was initiated by Delegate Vincent Callahan at the request of HMDL.  It could determine the road's character for years to come.  Residents of HM communities have been appointed to the committee by Supervisors Mendelsohn, Connally, and Hudgins.  They include Bruce Bennett (Hunter Mll Road), Heidi Hornstein (Hunter Mill Road), Elizabeth Abiles (Wayside), Linda Byrne (Oakton), Zena Starr (Tamarack), Judy Beattie (Hunter Mill Country Day School), Bob Cave (Oakton), and John Thoburn (Hunter Mill Road). 

    Read the completed Hunter Mill Road Traffic Calming Study: http://www.novaregion.org/huntermill.htm

    Please contact any member of the committee or Bob Adams (Oakton), Chairman, at 703 242-9756 or Rwagtm@aol.com with comments or questions.


  3. Dulles Rapid Transit - How Would Bus or Rail Affect Hunter Mill Residents?
    When Dulles Rail was being debated, HMDL asked how increased commercial and residential development at rail stations would affect local communities. Ultimately, the project's Environmental Impact Statement did not analyze local impacts on school boundaries, roads, water, air, or social services. Since Federal funding for the Tysons to Dulles Airport portion of a heavy rail system is uncertain, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and managed driving lanes for the Dulles corridor are getting more attention. BRT advocates say that specially built buses, operating in the Toll Road median strip, would cost 95% less than heavy rail and carry almost as many passengers.  They add that BRT could be built now, without increases in tolls and taxes. 

    Visit these sites for more information about Dulles Rail (http://www.dullescorridorrail.com/), BRT (www.moveit.org), and managed SMART lanes (www.rppi.org/ps305.pdf)

For further information or comments, contact:

Bruce Bennett, Chairman
HMDL Transportation Committee
703 759-5712
bruceb36@cox.net  

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