Fairfax Boulevard

Development Plans
Fairfax Boulevard is planned to be a complete / green corridor connecting the four-lane West Virginia Route 9 at the intersection of Potomac Marketplace to the Commerce Corridor. It will be the only direct entrance and exit in and out of the City of Ranson without a railroad crossing. Fairfax Boulevard will provide direct access to:
  • Commerce Corridor
  • Jefferson Memorial Hospital
  • Jefferson County Ambulance Authority
  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
  • Old Town Ranson
  • Charles Town
The City of Ranson, along with its partner, City of Charles is currently seeking funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER 2 Planning Assistance and associated HUD Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant.

Green Corridor Plans
The historic and adjacent downtowns of Ranson and Charles Town are linked by a 1.5 mile corridor that runs along Fairfax Boulevard in Ranson, through Lancaster Circle and then merges into George Street as it enters Charles Town.

Ranson and Charles Town are committed to making this Fairfax Boulevard - George Street roadway, referred to within this narrative as the Green Corridor, the foundation of a vibrant, mixed-use downtown neighborhood that is transit-oriented, walkable and cyclist-friendly, enabling residents to live where they work and play while also providing them with easy and affordable access to regional job centers and community facilities.

Fairfax Boulevard - George Street Corridor Vision
The central Fairfax Boulevard - George Street Green Corridor serves as both the main street and commercial corridor that links the two cities of Ranson and Charles Town. Originally envisioned by the founders of Ranson as a grand central avenue linking the urban centers of Ranson and Charles Town, the Fairfax Boulevard portion of the Green Corridor instead grew organically into a car-centric roadway that is unsafe and dysfunctional.

Street Development
The lack of sidewalks or safe crossing points make it difficult for pedestrians, cyclists or transit riders to safely utilize Fairfax Boulevard, while haphazard parking and overhead utility lines hinder private development along the corridor.

The complete streets improvements identified for the re-design include the introduction of a landscaped (green infrastructure) median, the creation of dedicated bicycle lanes, the installation of street trees, streetlights, bus shelters and safe walkways, and the development of pocket parks and green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff.

After Development
Once constructed, this improved corridor will connect the central downtown areas of:
  • Ranson
  • Charles Town
  • Brownfield sites and workforce housing areas
  • Charles Washington Commuter Center
  • Community and institutional facilities
  • Park and recreational facilities
  • Regional jobs centers
This project is a regional priority and has been included on the Long Range Transportation Plan of the Hagerstown / Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Fairfax Boulevard