The new pedestrian facility includes 400 linear feet of concrete sidewalk that ties into the existing pedestrian facilities near Douglass Drive and the Dead Run Trail. The five foot sidewalk is 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 was installed to meet drainage requirements and support the installation of the pedestrian facility. Modifications to signage and pavement markings were made to enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety.
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.
The Jones Branch Connector helps 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 provide an alternative route between Tysons East (Route 123) and West (Jones Branch Drive), bypassing the I-495/Route 123 Interchange.
This project provides a continuous third travel lane and pedestrian walkway on northbound Lee Highway from Legato Road to Shirley Gate Road, as well as a dedicated right turn lane on south bound Lee Highway from Stevenson Drive to Waples Mill Road.
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. The federally funded project was substantially completed on January 24, 2019.