This story was corrected on June 4. An explanation of the changes follows the article.
Residents of several neighborhoods on the south side of Tysons Corner came out in force Thursday night to voice their objection to a proposal to add more access points into Tysons from the Dulles Toll Road.
Fairfax County transportation staff are considering the ramps as part of the overall effort to plan infrastructure to support anticipated growth in Tysons in the coming decades.
The concept is that the ramps would tie into other major roads on the new city street grid planned for Tysons Corner, giving drivers more access points than just Va. 7. The options include placing ramp connections at Boone Boulevard, Greensboro Drive and Jones Branch Drive.
The county is trying to collect feedback on three different variations adding one, two or three new access points.
“All of these options have impact. Some of them may be more; some may be less,” said Seyed Nabavi, a planner with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.
The biggest point of contention for residents of the communities off of Old Courthouse Road in Vienna is the planned extension of Boone Boulevard, which would be a four-lane “avenue” in the new street grid. The ramp and road extension could affect Raglan Road Park and other environmentally sensitive areas adjacent to the park.
Residents also are concerned the new road would bring urban development closer to their suburban neighborhoods, which are slated to be preserved under the comprehensive plan for Tysons.
“This never should have been on the table,” said Pam Konde, president of the Greater Tysons Green Civic Association.
The about 200 people in attendance at Thursday’s meeting expressed strong support for what they took to calling “option zero,” adding no new access points into Tysons Corner. Many said they don’t understand the need to accommodate more car traffic.
“The Metro was to help bring less cars,” said John Reiter, a resident of Higdon Drive, which would run parallel to the new Boone Boulevard. “I guess that is just a disconnect for me.”
Dan Rathbone, chief of the county’s Traffic Planning Division, said traffic models indicate the amount of development coming to Tysons in the coming decades will require road improvements at the same time the county is trying to get more people to use transit.
“It’s in all of our interest to minimize impact as much as we can ... but we also have to make transportation work,” Rathbone said.
Planning for the proposed ramps still is at a preliminary level. After completing the community input process, transportation staff will make a recommendation about the ramps this fall, and then the preferred option will be studied in more detail, including environmental studies.
Ultimately, the transportation plans for Tysons Corner will be approved by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
This story was updated from its original version because of a subject who was misidentified.