In 2008, Fairfax County conducted a station access management study of the planned Metrorail stations at Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway. A Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG), appointed by Supervisor Hudgins, helped steer that study. The final report, which has become known as the RMAG report, recommended, among other improvements, the construction a "Soapstone Connector"; a multi-modal roadway connecting Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive, west of the Metrorail Station at Wiehle Avenue, with the southern terminus of the Connector at the intersection of Soapstone Drive and Sunrise Valley Drive.
In 2012, Fairfax County Department of Transportation sponsored an engineering feasibility study to determine the feasibility of the Soapstone Connector. A consultant was engaged to conduct this study, which included the following objectives:
- Determine the engineering feasibility of multi-modal roadway that would provide a connection for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and transit vehicles between Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive.
- Identify the most feasible alignment for the Soapstone Connector for the most beneficial multi-modal access.
The results of that study are now available in PDF format:
- Full Study (PDF, 14MB)