VDOT News - Northern Virginia





May 14, 2021

Partial Closure of Faulkner Drive in Great Falls Begins May 24
Northbound Faulkner Drive closed through 2022

GREAT FALLS - Starting on or about Monday, May 24 and continuing through 2022, drivers on westbound Route 7  will experience a temporary traffic pattern change at Faulkner Drive. 

All residences and businesses will remain accessible. Please see map and descriptions below for details:

Faulkner Drive

  • Northbound Faulkner Drive will be closed between Route 7 and Locust Hill Drive through 2022.
  • Drivers on Route 7 destined for Locust Hill Drive and other local streets will follow the detour on Forestville Drive, Fairpine Lane, Trotting Horse Lane and Locust Hill Drive.
  • Access to Route 7 westbound via southbound Faulkner Drive will not be impacted at this time.

For information on intersection movements at the completion of construction, please see the interactive map on the project website.

As a reminder, the Route 7 speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour in active work zones between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, it is illegal to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., your smartphone) while driving a moving motor vehicle on Virginia highways. Click here for more information, including details on the five exceptions to this law.

Please use caution and be alert to work zone signs, potential flagger or police direction, and watch for traffic shifts. Slow-moving vehicles and equipment may be entering or exiting the road. 

Thanks for Giving Our Crews S P A C E

As work continues along Route 7, our crews are practicing social distancing. If you have questions or concerns about the construction, please give them the space they need to work, and call or email us instead of approaching the work site.

You can get Route 7 Corridor Improvements Project updates weekly by visiting the project website

Sign Up for Route 7 Traffic Alerts on Virginia 511

Get alerts about work zones, accidents and other incidents via web, phone, text message or email. Visit 511virginia.org to create and configure your account.

Expected lane closures and other traffic pattern changes associated with the Route 7 Corridor Improvements Project are also posted each week at connectroute7.org

For the latest info on travel conditions and work zones, call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit 511virginia.org or download the Virginia 511 app

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