VDOT News - Northern Virginia
Sarah Camille Hipp
May 22, 2018
Route 7 Improvements in Tysons Complete
Wider bridges over the Dulles Toll Road and new shared-use link
TYSONS – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and Fairfax County celebrated several new multimodal improvements today at Route 7 and the Dulles Toll Road in Tysons Corner, including new bridges over the Dulles Toll Road and more than a mile of shared-use path through and around the interchange.
- Rehabilitated the two Route 7 bridges over the Dulles Toll Road, built in 1960, and widened the road from four to six lanes between Tyco Road and Jarrett Valley Drive
- Created an important new bicycle and pedestrian link across the Toll Road and into Tysons to and from the west, via almost 6,000 feet of lighted shared-use path that will tie into future western trails; this trail provides new multimodal access to the Silver Line’s Spring Hill Metro Station
- Built pedestrian tunnels under and walkways over ramps for the Dulles Toll Road, eliminating the need for pedestrians and cyclists to cross in front of vehicles.
“Not only will drivers of about 64,000 vehicles a day feel the relief from additional lanes, but all users will benefit from these major improvements to safety and operations,” said Helen Cuervo, P.E., VDOT’s Northern Virginia district engineer. “Pedestrians and cyclists now have completely separate travel space to make their trips to and from Tysons safer and more efficient.”
“Investing in major arteries such as Route 7 is critical to relieving congestion and improving the quality of life for northern Virginians,” said Martin E. Nohe, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Prince William County, Coles District Supervisor. “The Authority is proud to be a part of the solution for the Route 7 corridor as improved and expanded access for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists alike, making it easier to get to their destinations.”
“The Route 7 bridge widening over the Dulles Toll Road will benefit everyone who travels along Route 7. The expansion of the road from four to six lanes and the addition of shared-use paths on each side illustrate our commitment to providing people with a range of transportation options,” said Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The $47.5 million project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget via federal, state and NVTA funds. The lead construction contractor was Wagman Heavy Civil. Close to 82,000 vehicles a day are expected on Route 7 at the Dulles Toll Road by 2036. Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova
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