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Soapstone Connector

 

Project News and Updates


Virtual Public Meeting Held July 18; Soapstone Project Area
Comments Due Aug. 1, 2022 

FCDOT held a virtual public information meeting to present the Revised Environmental Assessment on the Soapstone Connector Project on Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. 

Comments will be accepted at the meeting and through August 1, 2022. Please use the Feedback Form button below to submit comments to the project team.

Revised Environmental Assessment

The Revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Soapstone Connector was approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for public availability on May 4, 2022. The Revised EA documents changes to the project or its impacts since completion of the EA in August 2017. Of note, new attachments include:

  • A Draft Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation that was completed in accordance with Section 4(f) of the US Department of Transportation Act of 1966 as a result of the designation of a new historic district in the project area (Association Drive Historic District); and
  • A Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that has been prepared in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to resolve the project’s averse effects on the Association Drive Historic District.

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Background

Soapstone Area Map
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The Soapstone Connector Project (No. 2G40-078) 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 Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan (2017 Edition, Area III, Reston Plan, Wiehle-Reston East Transit Station Area, Amended through 7-31-2018) to achieve the vision for Reston and enhance connectivity through the Wiehle-Reston East Transit Station Area by creating multiple and enhanced connections.

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. These advantages include benefits to multi-modal users, connectivity to Soapstone Drive, and minimization of impacts to environmentally-sensitive areas.

 

Project Resources

Community Meetings and Presentations

Public Meeting on Supplemental Phase I Architectural Survey Held July 2018Soapstone Architechural Survey Map


As requested by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR), and in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has completed a Supplemental Phase I Architectural Survey of the southern area of the project, including ten parcels on Association Drive, south of the Dulles Road. The survey was conducted to record the buildings in the office park and to make a preliminary recommendation regarding the eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). A public meeting was held on July 19 with the following information presented:  

The public was invited to submit comments focused on the following questions:

  1. Do you support the study that states that the building and/or sites on Association Drive may be potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places? Or do you support the study that indicates that the site(s) are NOT eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places?
  2. Do you have any other comments relative to the eligibility of the building and/or office park along Association Drive for listing on the National Register of Historic Places?

Soapstone Connector Environmental Assessment Public Hearing - Nov. 8, 2017

Soapstone Connector Public Information Meeting for Environmental Assessment - June 15, 2016:

Soapstone Connector Public Information Meeting for Environmental Assessment - Oct. 26, 2015:

Engineering Feasibility Study

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 to:

  • 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.

Based on the findings of the feasibility study, the Soapstone Drive and Sunrise Valley Drive intersection will serve as the southern end of the Soapstone Connector, while the northern end will connect to Sunset Hills Road. The connector will also create a new roadway and bridge that will traverse across the Dulles Toll Road and the future Silver Line Metrorail track.

The typical section of the roadway will include:

  • Three (3) travel lanes (one lane in each direction and a center left-turn only lane).
  • One (1) bike lane in each direction.
  • A sidewalk on one side of the roadway and a shared use path on the other side of the roadway.

The typical section of the bridge will include:

  • Two (2) travel lanes (one lane in each direction).
  • One (1) bike lane in each direction.
  • A sidewalk on one side of the roadway and a shared use path on the other side of the roadway.

There also will be four (4) planned access points throughout the length of the roadway.

  • Points North of the Dulles Toll Road include the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and the Soapstone Connector, and an at-grade intersection south of Sunset Hills Road.
  • Points South of the Dulles Toll Road include an intersection north of Sunrise Valley Drive and the Soapstone Connector, and the intersection of Sunrise Valley Drive and Soapstone Drive.

Some generalized environmental data was also collected in conjunction with the Soapstone Connector Feasibility Study. Some preliminary issues involved wetlands, stream impacts, business displacements and relocations, noise impacts, and cumulative and indirect impacts. A copy of that study is available for review:

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