Trail Waiver #026955:
|Article Prepared By Robert Michie
NMTC, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 10 October 2004
The subject area is a Fairfax County church located in the vicinity of Manchester Lakes Shopping Center. The existing church building is 40,658 square feet in size. The Church is planning to add a new building addition of 35,623 square feet, and a new maintenance building of 1,200 square feet. The parking lot will be expanded from 234 spaces to 390 spaces as well. The trail requirement is for an 8 foot wide Type I asphalt trail along the frontage. Calvary Road Baptist Church asks for a trail waiver for the following reasons:
1. Sidewalks already exists along the frontage.
Photo 1: Calvary Road Baptist Church
Beulah Road has a substantial sidewalk on its East side. The West side has a couple of missing segments. The East sidewalk is mostly a five-foot asphalt path from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Franconia Road, a distance of approximately 1.3 miles. This area of Beulah Street was part of a VDOT improvement project, completed in the Summer of 2004.
The sidewalk on Beulah Road along the Church property is a five-foot asphalt construction from Charles Arrington Drive to the adjoining church. The sidewalk is brand-new (about a year old) and has modern features.
At a recent Non-Motorized Transportation Committee meeting, I met with a representative of Fairfax County's Department of Transportation Planning and Operations Division. The design of Beulah Road is a compromise with Virginia State's DOT. The County in fact requested during the Design Phase (1999-2001) that Beulah receive both eight-foot wide Type 1 trails and bicycle lanes. Unfortunately, the State-owned right-of-way was not wide enough to support both features. Buying or condemning land along Beulah for additional right-of-way was not considered feasible because of the construction schedule and budget constraints. Therefore, in order to include the bike lanes, the County and the State compromised and reduced the width of the trails to just five feet on both sides of Beulah Road.
Field Check 10 October 2004
This photograph shows the existing sidewalk at Calvary Road Baptist Church:
Deny the waiver for the following reasons:
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