The Ashgrove Trail Extension project is one of the approved projects originating from the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (TMSAMS). The goal of the TMSAMS projects is to create a more multi-modal transportation environment by building needed infrastructure to create better access to the Metrorail stations within Tysons.
As proposed, the Ashgrove Trail Extension will be located in the Tysons West area, and will connect cyclists and pedestrians from the Tysons Green community to Westwood Center Drive, and ultimately to the Spring Hill Metrorail Station in Tysons.
The proposed improvements will realign the Balls Hill Road and Old Dominion Drive intersection by removing the existing skewed intersection configuration and providing improved traffic signal operations. The project includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, and the addition of bike and pedestrian facilities.
The new pedestrian facility includes 400 linear feet of concrete sidewalk that will tie into the existing pedestrian facilities near Douglass Drive and the Dead Run Trail. The proposed five foot sidewalk will be separated by a four foot wide grass buffer strip. Other infrastructure improvements are required to provide an accessible path, including curb and gutter, curb ramps, driveway entrances and pavement modifications. A closed drainage system will be installed to meet drainage requirements and support the installation of the pedestrian facility. The project will address the substandard horizontal and vertical curves along this portion of Baron Road. Modifications to signage and pavement markings are proposed to enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety. Clearing of dense trees and overhanging limbs also is being considered to improve sight distance along this section of roadway.
The Beulah Road Walkway project provides safe pedestrian access along Beulah Road between Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Regional Park and the Town of Vienna. This project is part of the Fairfax County's Second Four-Year Transportation Plan endorsed by the Board of Supervisors on October 15, 2007 funded by the 2007 Transportation Bond Referendum. A community meeting was held on June 9, 2010, to present the project design and obtain feedback. Construction completed on this project in the fall of 2016.
The new pedestrian/bicycle facility will include the following:
- A 1,200 ft. long asphalt trail through the wooded area north of Oak Bluff Court. Retaining walls and an open drainage system are required along this stretch to accommodate the trail. The trail will connect to the western terminus of Premier Court.
- A 600 ft. long concrete sidewalk along the south side of Premier Court. Other improvements in this area include curb and gutter, new pavement, parking modifications and on-road bike lanes.
- A crosswalk that will connect pedestrians from the new sidewalk on the south side of Premier Court to an existing sidewalk on the north side of Premier Court. On-road pavement markings will be added to Premier Court from the crosswalk to the Burke VRE Station.
The Chain Bridge Road sidewalk project will provide approximately 3600 LF of 5 foot to 6 foot wide sidewalk along northbound Chain Bridge Road between Niblick Road and the north intersection with Horseshoe Drive. The project also includes a pedestrian signal, 6 curb ramps, and associated storm sewer improvements. Project is funded by County Commercial and Industrial Property Tax (C&I funds). Construction is anticipated in 2018.
- New crosswalks with pedestrian signals
- Upgrading existing crosswalks to include pedestrian signals
- Constructing new walkways and trails
- Upgrading existing walkways and constructing ADA accessible curb ramps
- Pedestrian refuge islands
- Decreasing turn radii
- Curb extensions and bulb-outs
- Bus stop improvements
- Yield to Pedestrian Signs
- Fairfax County Major Corridor Pedestrian Initiatives
Embark Richmond Highway is an initiative focused on creating a multimodal future for Richmond Highway Corridor where residents, workers, and visitors can walk, bike, or drive to the places they want to go. This effort responds to recommendations from the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, conducted by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and intends to assess and refine the recommendations from the study by providing more detailed guidance in the Comprehensive Plan for the implementation of transit in the corridor.
The Dranesville District project will extend from Colonial Farm Road to just south of the Dolley Madison Boulevard intersection, and includes construction of approximately 330 feet of 5-foot sidewalk and 600 feet of 10-foot shared-use path.
In January of 2001, the Board of Supervisors entered into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to construct a pedestrian trail along the north side of Georgetown Pike from River Bend Road westward to Seneca Road, a distance of approximately 4.2 miles. Phase I, located in the Village Center and Phase II, between Utterback Store Road and Falls Chase Court, have been completed.
Phase III will complete a 250’ long section between Falls Chase Court and Falls Bridge Lane. Click on the image below to expand.
FCDOT solicited public comments at a community meeting held on March 22, 2017, regarding effects on historic resources. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) issued a determination of "no adverse effect" in June 2017. The project is moving forward with final design.
Great Falls Street between I-66 bridge and North West Street
This project completes missing sidewalk links on Great Falls Street. The project will construct about 1,400 linear feet of five foot concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter on Great Falls Street between North West Street and the I-66 overpass. A four foot wide sidewalk will be constructed for two short segments on either side of the bridge in an existing unpaved area, to extend the sidewalk to the existing walkway on the east side of Great Falls Street at Osborn Street.
North West Street between Great Falls Street and Brilyn Place
This project completes a missing sidewalk link on the north side of North West Street to connect the residential neighborhood between Great Falls Street and Brilyn Place. The project will construct about 300 linear feet of six foot concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter on North West Street.
Pedestrians crossing Backlick Road in Springfield between Highland Street and the Beltway overpass now have a safer walkway thanks to a new HAWK Signal. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 30, 2016, with elected officials; Lynbrook Elementary School staff, students and PTA representatives; VDOT and FCDOT staff; and community advocates. Photos from the event are posted on Facebook.
Herndon area station access projects improve pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle connections to and from the new Silver Line Metro stations. The majority of projects in the Herndon area being constructed with Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) funding to improve Metro station access.
The proposed path will connect the future Innovation Station Metrorail Station kiss-and-ride on the north side of the Dulles Toll Road to Apgar Place and Farougi Court.
The Jefferson Manor community has worked cooperatively with the County over the past decades to develop and implement a master plan for improving the existing infrastructure in the Jefferson Manor neighborhood. A master plan was prepared in 1992, delineating phases for improvements. Several phases have been completed in past years, and there are other phases planned for the future, which are not yet funded.The current project, Jefferson Manor Phase IIIA, consists of infrastructure improvements along Albemarle Drive and a portion of Edgehill Drive in the Jefferson Manor neighborhood.
The Jones Branch Connector is being planned to meet the goals of Fairfax County in its redevelopment of the Tysons area. These goals include the development of a grid of streets that are pedestrian friendly, support multi-modal forms of transportation such as bicycles and buses and contribute to a more urban, “downtown” feel than currently exists. The Jones Branch Connector will provide an alternative route between Tysons East (Route 123) and West (Jones Branch Drive), bypassing the I-495/Route 123 Interchange.
These projects, which are comprised of segments from Chesterbrook Elementary School to Halsey Road (ST-000036-010) and Halsey Road to Franklin Avenue (ST-00036-011), will construct approximately 1,800 linear feet of 5’ to 6’ wide sidewalk with curb and gutter along the south side of Kirby Road. Construction of the proposed pedestrian facility will require right of way acquisition, utility relocations and tree removal.
This project completes a missing sidewalk link along the west side of Lee Chapel Road. The project will construct about 1,600 linear feet of 5’ to 6’ wide sidewalk between Burke Lake Road and Britford Drive and construct a new concrete retaining wall. This project was identified as part of the Fairfax County’s 2014 Transportation Bond. Intermediate design plans were submitted to VDOT for review in October 2015. Current construction cost estimate is $312,000.
The proposed sidewalk will provide pedestrian and bicycle connectivity along Magarity Road in Falls Church from the Pimmit Hills community to Westgate Elementary School.
The Lorton Road Widening project improves and realigns Lorton Road through the Laurel Hill area and improves Furnace Road west to Route 123. The planned improvements to these existing roads, which link Route 123, I-95, and Richmond Highway, are needed to accommodate both through-travel demand as well as traffic within the Laurel Hill area the widening of the existing two-lane roadways to four-lane divided section to include medians, new bridges over Giles Run and the Greenway Trail, 10' wide shared use paths, on-road bike lanes and low impact development storm water management.
The McWhorter Place Trail is part of the six year bike and pedestrian program. The first segment is a 6 foot wide and approximately 65 foot long asphalt walkway connection between the eastern and western cul-de-sacs on McWhorter Place. The second segment is a 5 foot wide and approximately 60 foot long concrete sidewalk to close the existing missing sidewalk link along the western McWhorter Place cul-de-sac.
This project completes a missing sidewalk link along the east side of Medford Drive. This project was identified as part of the Fairfax County’s 2014 Transportation Bond. Pre-final design plans were submitted to VDOT for review in January 2016. The project is currently in the land acquisition phase. Current construction cost estimate is $345,000.
The Silver Line, under construction by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), is a 23-mile Metrorail extension connecting the Tysons, Reston, Herndon, and Dulles Airport areas of Fairfax County to the regional Metrorail system. Phase 1 opened in July 2014, which includes stations at:
- McLean (Served by Fairfax Connector 721, 724)
- Tysons Corner (Served by Fairfax Connector 401, 402, 422, 423, 424, 462, 463)
- Spring Hill (Served by Fairfx Connector 424, 432, 494, 495, 574)
- Wiehle-Reston East (Served by multiple 500-, 900- and RIBS series buses in Reston)
Phase 2 Construction Underway
Phase 2 construction, tentatively scheduled to open in 2020, will extend the Silver Line through Reston, Herndon, and Dulles Airport an into Loudoun County, ending at Route 772/Ashburn. For details on traffic impacts related to Phase 2 construction, please visit the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Website at www.dullesmetro.com. Phase 2 Silver Line stations in Fairfax County, from east to west, include: Reston Town Center, Herndon, and Innovation Center
As part of Phase 2, Fairfax County is constructing two Park and Ride garages to add approximately 3,950 spaces for Park and Ride users once Phase 2 opens: Herndon Station Garage and Innovation Center Station Garage
The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Trail Project completes missing segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail between Richmond Highway (Route 1) and Southwood Drive for a length of approximately two miles. Once complete, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail will provide a continuous facility for pedestrians and cyclists along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway from Route 1 to the Mount Vernon Estates.
The proposed improvements will realign Old Courthouse Road and raise the roadway to help improve safety and minimize roadway flooding. The project includes roadway reconstruction, new pedestrian/bicycle connection and replacing the substandard culvert with a new structure. The total project length is approximately 1000 feet along Old Courthouse Road and 150 feet along Besley Road.
In November 2014, a Citizens Information Meeting was held to discuss the project design and collect feedback from the community. The design plans have been approved by all necessary agencies and project construction is estimated to begin in October 2016 and end in April 2017. The construction estimate for the project is $565,000.
The improvements include new sidewalk, curb ramps, pavement, and storm drain at the intersection. Several crosswalks will be realigned, minor roadway improvements will be made, and a new concrete bus pad will be provided at the site. After the improvements are made, VDOT plans to rebuild the existing traffic signal and provide pedestrian signals for the intersection.
Reston area station access projects improve pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle connections to and from the new Silver Line Metro stations. The majority of projects in the Reston area are area being constructed with Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) funding to improve Metro station access.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is considering improvements to Route 7 from Reston Avenue to Jarrett Valley Drive to enhance safety and upgrade the roadway drainage system as well as improve the existing highway.
To address congestion between I-66 and the Prince William County line, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation is proposing widening Route 28 for a 2.3 mile stretch between the bridge over Bull Run and the Route 29 interchange.
This project will provide a continuous third travel lane and pedestrian walkway on north bound Lee Highway from Legato Road to Shirley Gate Road. The project will also provide a dedicated right turn lane on south bound Lee Highway from Stevenson Drive to Waples Mill Road.
The Route 50 Pedestrian Initiative Improvements will increase pedestrian safety, accessibility and mobility along Route 50 from Jaguar Trail to east of Seven Corners. A total of 10 projects are included in this initiative, providing enhanced pedestrian access and connectivity. The pedestrian improvements include construction of new walkways, crosswalks, ADA accessible curb ramps and bus stop pads. The $10 million initiative is funded through the federal-aid from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program and Regional Surface Transportation Program.
The Scott’s Run Trail project will provide 2,676 linear feet of new 8-foot wide pedestrian trail connecting Magarity Road at Westgate Elementary School to Colshire Meadow Drive near the McLean Metro Station. Its purpose is to facilitate pedestrian access to/from the metro station for local residents. The trail will be lighted and include a 90’ bridge over Scotts Run Stream and a 50’ bridge over a tributary. The trail will be located within Scott’s Run Stream Valley Park and Westgate Park, which is primarily within Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) property. This project is lis being designed in partnership with FCPA.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation also is working to improve pedestrian access around the Silver Line Metro stations by implementing the results of several studies.
- Wiehle Avenue at W&OD Trail Pedestrian Improvement Project
- Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG): Includes pedestrian improvements around the Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway Metrorail stations.
- Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (TMSAMS): Includes pedestrian improvements around the four Silver Line Metro stations in Tysons.
- Herndon Area Metrorail Station Access Improvement Project (HMSAMS)
- Dulles Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements (DCBPA): Includes additional pedestrian improvements in areas along the Dulles Road corridor.
The new pedestrian facility will include the following:
- A 2,200 ft. concrete sidewalk along the Eastside of Sleepy Hollow Road between Eppard Street and Aspen Lane.
- A 1,700 ft. concrete sidewalk along the Westside of Sleepy Hollow Road between Marlo Drive and Eppard Street.
- A 500 ft. concrete sidewalk along the Eastside of Sleepy Hollow Road, north of Valley Brook Drive.
- Several pedestrian crossing points of Sleepy Hollow Road will also be upgraded by the project including at Bay Tree Lane, Dearborn Drive, Kennedy Lane, Kerns Road, Eppard Street, Aspen Lane, and Castle Place.
- Other infrastructure improvements related to the project include curb & gutter, curb ramps, driveway entrances, retaining walls, drainage improvements, roadway and signing modifications.
The Soapstone Connector Project aims to provide a direct connection between Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive crossing over the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267), as recommended by the Reston Metrorail Access Group (RMAG).The project is also included in the Reston Comprehensive Plan Amendment, which was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in February 2014. The proposed Soapstone Connector alignment is a combination of two previously evaluated alternatives and was chosen due to its advantages over the numerous alternatives studied.
The Springfield Multi-Use Parking Garage is a six-level structure that will hold approximately 1,000 parking spaces, and will enhance commuters' transportation options with the installation of:
- a bus transit center and seven bus bays
- commuter (slug) spaces
- a short-term parking area for pick up and drop off
- a pedestrian bridge over Old Keene Mill Road, connecting the garage to Springfield Plaza
- bicycle storage
- community areas for gatherings and events on the ground level and roof top
Tysons area station access projects improve pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle connections to and from the new Silver Line, Phase 1 Metro stations constructed as part of the Silver Line project. The list of projects is, in part, the result of recommendations in the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study.
The Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study (TMSAMS) identified necessary transportation improvements to enhance multimodal access to and from the Metrorail Stations in Tysons. Vesper Trail is one of the identified improvements, connecting pedestrians and cyclists from Vesper Street to Spring Hill Metro Station. The trail is an approximate .4 miles and runs primarily within Fairfax County Board of Supervisor property. Vesper trail is federally funded. Substantial completion is anticipated in Winter 2017.
The purpose of this project is to replace the bridge on Route 681 (Walker Road) over Piney Run in Fairfax County. The bridge is located about three quarters of a mile north of Leesburg Pike (Route 7). The existing bridge was constructed in 1932 and has been identified as a project for replacement.