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Public Hearing Scheduled for Richmond Highway Widening

Public hearing scheduled for June 5.

UPDATE: The meeting has been moved from its original location at Sherwood Regional Library to the Hayfield High School cafeteria. The article has been updated to reflect this change.

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The public is invited to attend a hearing regarding an environmental assessment and National Highway Administration reports on the widening of Richmond Highway.

The meeting has been scheduled for June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Hayfield High School.

The Federal Highway Administration, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other consulting parties are in favor of a for the widening of Route 1, which could affect the operation of .

According to Fairfax County BRAC Coordinator Laura Miller, the environmental assessment will be issued in the next week or two and the public comment period will begin when it is issued.

Last month, a group of residents and equestrians . The organization is encouraging people to attend via an event on its Facebook page. A petition currently has 3,811 signatures from concerned residents and equestrians.

Shelley May 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I agree this venue will not be able to hold the amount of people interested in participating. In a meeting on Monday morning, three organizations questioned the FHWA why they are not use another venue, and they replied all the local schools and faciliteis were in use that day, but they are proceeding anyway instead of changing the date and location.
Shelley May 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Supporters of keeping the stables, open green space, historic buildings, and the integrity of the entire National Historic Landmark, please wear light blue to the hearing. Riders, please wear your boots and britches.
Hieronymous Bosch May 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The impact of the proposed southeast bypass on the already fragile state of Dogue Creek (and the abundant wildlife that makes use of Dogue Creek's bed and banks as a transit corridor between Huntley Meadows and Fort Belvoir) will be significant. In turn, the Potomac, identified by the conservation organization American Rivers (www.americanrivers.org) as the nation's most endangered river, will suffer. The Woodlawn property is one of the last open spaces in the area, and defiling the southeastern portion by slicing a huge swath out of it for a road of dubious design quality will have negative consequences for property values, the environment, the historic appeal of the area. I can imagibe crossing future visits to Washington's Grist Mill and Distillery off of my list of things to do with out-of-town guests.
Jessie Biele May 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Good morning! The public meeting has been moved to the Hayfield High School Cafeteria. The article has been updated to reflect this change. Jessie Biele, Local Editor
monkeyrotica May 15, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I dunno. Maybe because paying millions to shuffle gridlock from one part of Route 1 to another isn't the best use of taxpayer dollars?

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