Your Turn: Which Route 1 Widening Option Do You Support?

Which widening option would you like to see?

There are currently three options for widening Route 1 near Fort Belvoir. Local officials from the Pentagon to widen Route 1.

The Federal Highway Administration has proposed three options to widen Route 1. The three options are as follows:

  • No-build option: This option would leave Route 1 as is.
  • Widen-in-place option: This option would widen Route 1 in place by adding 68 more feet to the 80-foot right-of-way.
  • Southern bypass: Richmond Highway would dip southeast of the Woodlawn Stables’ barns toward the Potomac River, then back, in this option. from community groups and Woodlawn Stables supporters.

The Environmental Assessment can be viewed on the FHWA website. The deadline for public comment is July 6.

Patch asks: Which Route 1 widening option do you support? Vote in our poll below, and post your comments in the comments section.

Michele Aubry June 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The southern bypass option seems to be the best option of the three because it causes the least damage to the historic properties especially the Woodlawn NHL, the Alexandria Friends Meeting House, and the Woodlawn Baptist Church Cemetery. The FHWA and the NTHP, which owns the land that currently is rented by the Woodlawn Stables, are working to find ways to build the southern bypass that will enable the stable operator to continue in business on the land. It seems a win-win for everyone who has an interest in this.
Jessie Biele June 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hi everyone, Thanks so much for your comments. If you want to learn more about the Woodlawn Baptist Church and its fight to preserve its land, click the following link: http://mountvernon.patch.com/articles/church-fights-to-preserve-historic-cemetery Jessie Biele, Local Editor
John Alcoste June 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
170 historic graves will be effected by the "widen in place" option
Nancy June 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM
10:27 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Widen in place. It confounds me that the National Historic Preservation Trust would vote not to preserve an historic area it owns. Plus, until the logjam where rt 1 meets 495/95 is improved, even a bypass won't help much. And whose idea was it to replace the Wilson bridge with another drawbridge? Is anyone thinking of the entire system or is each agency just thinking of its own patch?
Nancy June 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM
And Save Woodlawn Stables for the throngs of young girls who came and spoke at the recent public meeting to save a small piece of their sport. In these days of school districts and colleges funding football, etc these girls ask for nothing. They muck stalls and clean stables for the love of their sport. Hat's off to them all for taking a stand and exercising their civic rights!


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