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Old 02-18-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Sounds much more manageable than Tysons/Merrifield which is where I am now

airjay is correct that any Springfield shortcuts/insider info appreciated. I like the area much more than the Merrifield area-which is where I am now- almost 10 years! (Yikes)
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Old 02-18-2016, 11:29 PM
 
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GoMason, are you using the flyover on Old Keene Mill/Franconia to bypass the mall? You can take that to get to Kingstowne instead of going around the mall. Just stay on Franconia to Fleet Drive, Beulah Street, or Van Dorn Street, depending on where you're going in Kingstowne.

To the OP, I drive on the Parkway to or past Rolling Road regularly and don't encounter problems -- just a little slower due to higher volume during rush hours. The intersection of Rolling with the Parkway was recently redone.

Rolling Road will be widened at some point:

Springfield: Rolling Road Widening Project In Early Stages, Again
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Old 02-19-2016, 05:36 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I work not far from there and once got misdirected and went through there on the way home. As others have said, it actually wasn't bad--which is surprising when you think about how much Springfield has grown.

The proponents of transit-oriented development--many of whom run Arlington--are always touting how we've supposedly kept traffic in check by building condos instead of houses. And yet Springfield has done the opposite and seems more tolerable traffic-wise.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:19 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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The proponents of transit-oriented development--many of whom run Arlington--are always touting how we've supposedly kept traffic in check by building condos instead of houses. And yet Springfield has done the opposite and seems more tolerable traffic-wise.

lol I lived in Kingstowne for a year. Franconia/Springfield/Kingstowne does NOT have less traffic than Arlington's local streets. Van Dorn Street, Franconia Road, and Frontier Drive are all terrible. It can take like 30 minutes to go a couple of miles down Van Dorn Street.


There's never gridlocked traffic on Wilson Boulevard, Fairfax Drive, or Pershing Drive in Arlington's transit-oriented neighborhoods.

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GoMason, are you using the flyover on Old Keene Mill/Franconia to bypass the mall? You can take that to get to Kingstowne instead of going around the mall. Just stay on Franconia to Fleet Drive, Beulah Street, or Van Dorn Street, depending on where you're going in Kingstowne
Yeah, I go that way sometimes depending on how bad the traffic looks around the mall. It's a lot of turns though to make that detour so sometimes I just don't feel like doing all that.


What would be really beneficial is if they just built a direct ramp from the general purpose 95 lanes to Franconia-Springfield Parkway. I take the HOT lane exit when it's open but that's pretty rare.
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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lol I lived in Kingstowne for a year. Franconia/Springfield/Kingstowne does NOT have less traffic than Arlington's local streets. Van Dorn Street, Franconia Road, and Frontier Drive are all terrible. It can take like 30 minutes to go a couple of miles down Van Dorn Street.


There's never gridlocked traffic on Wilson Boulevard, Fairfax Drive, or Pershing Drive in Arlington's transit-oriented neighborhoods.

I think Kingstowne and the Van Dorn Street corridor are fairly different congestion wise from the Rolling Rd/FFX County Pkwy area, which is the area OP is looking at. Kingstowne has more high density housing than the West Springfield area, and accordingly, does seem to experience more congestion - the Van Dorn corridor, in particular, is bad. I don't think I'd put Franconia Rd and Frontier Dr in that same category though - sure, those streets get busy at times, but I routinely drive on them without significant problem the way one can encounter in the Van Dorn corridor. Regardless, the FFX County Pkwy/Rolling Rd area is significantly less congested in my experience at just about any time of day. I remember moving from Kingstowne to where I purchased my house, and I definitely felt as if I had moved to a significantly less congested area.


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What would be really beneficial is if they just built a direct ramp from the general purpose 95 lanes to Franconia-Springfield Parkway. I take the HOT lane exit when it's open but that's pretty rare.

I believe there has been some planning for such a ramp, although I don't know whether it is just a potential project or one that is definitely planned. Personally, I'm not sure what I think about it. I sort of like the fact that the Franconia-Springfield Pkwy over 95 is used during rush hour primarily by Metro and HOT commuters. The solo drivers accessing 95 are forced to exit at Backlick Rd (if coming from the west) or Frontier Dr (if coming from the east), which adds to their commuting time. If you get rid of that, that might detract from the attractiveness of using Metro or the HOT lanes, which I don't think is good for long-term planning in the area.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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lol I lived in Kingstowne for a year. Franconia/Springfield/Kingstowne does NOT have less traffic than Arlington's local streets. Van Dorn Street, Franconia Road, and Frontier Drive are all terrible. It can take like 30 minutes to go a couple of miles down Van Dorn Street.
I drive down Van Dorn just about every day and don't find it that bad. There is traffic, but it moves. Kingstowne Village Parkway is a breeze.

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There's never gridlocked traffic on Wilson Boulevard, Fairfax Drive, or Pershing Drive in Arlington's transit-oriented neighborhoods.
The traffic on those streets (which I'm also very familiar with) is worse where there's more development, near the Metro stations. West of N. George Mason, Wilson gets a lot more free-flowing.
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Old 02-19-2016, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I think Kingstowne and the Van Dorn Street corridor are fairly different congestion wise from the Rolling Rd/FFX County Pkwy area, which is the area OP is looking at. Kingstowne has more high density housing than the West Springfield area, and accordingly, does seem to experience more congestion - the Van Dorn corridor, in particular, is bad. I don't think I'd put Franconia Rd and Frontier Dr in that same category though - sure, those streets get busy at times, but I routinely drive on them without significant problem the way one can encounter in the Van Dorn corridor. Regardless, the FFX County Pkwy/Rolling Rd area is significantly less congested in my experience at just about any time of day. I remember moving from Kingstowne to where I purchased my house, and I definitely felt as if I had moved to a significantly less congested area.
I had the same thought. The OP referenced an area of what I would consider West Springfield and wondered about running errands in that area and getting the kids from school. I live just west (north?) of Rolling and the Parkway and the running of errands seldom takes me over past I95 and Backlick. It's mainly the Old Keene Mill/Rolling area and maybe Burke area that we frequent.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:38 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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I drive down Van Dorn just about every day and don't find it that bad. There is traffic, but it moves. Kingstowne Village Parkway is a breeze.



The traffic on those streets (which I'm also very familiar with) is worse where there's more development, near the Metro stations. West of N. George Mason, Wilson gets a lot more free-flowing.
Its worse but theres still literally zero traffic. I know because thats where I live. Whens the last time I was in a traffic jam? I cannot tell you. But i know you thought the world was ending when they added bikes lanes in Bluemont and you claimed the sky was falling when it isnt.

Either youre very dramatic or clueless. Can't decide.

Please name a local intersection between Rosslyn and Ballston that is jammed. A single one.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Its worse but theres still literally zero traffic. I know because thats where I live. Whens the last time I was in a traffic jam? I cannot tell you. But i know you thought the world was ending when they added bikes lanes in Bluemont and you claimed the sky was falling when it isnt.

Either youre very dramatic or clueless. Can't decide.

Please name a local intersection between Rosslyn and Ballston that is jammed. A single one.
I am regularly jammed up by buses that need to take a left from Wilson onto perpendicular streets
I am also stopping shorts many times-usually east bound from Ballston, by clueless headphone wearing millennials who insist on crossing outside of proper marked crossways crossing from one side of wilson to the other.

This thread is about Rolling/OKM in 22152. You live in Friggin Arlington and are single. Take your damn Cap Bike share tricycle, your neck beard, your rescue pitbull named Jack and your Kanye West music and get off my thread, Child.

btw gomason is exactly the type moving into Merrifield-can't wait to leave
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