Route 7 Widening - Reston Avenue to Jarrett Valley Drive
|From four to six lanes in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
About the Project
This project proposes to widen a 6.9-mile segment of Route 7 from four to six lanes between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, to increase capacity, decrease congestion and improve safety in conformity with the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.
The project would also include intersection improvements, as well as a 10-foot shared-use path on both sides of the road to increase mobility for cyclists and pedestrians
As of 2011, this section of Route 7 carried between 46,000 and 54,000 vehicles a day, and is expected to carry 73,000 to 86,000 vehicles a day by 2040.
Widening this high-volume route has been part of Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan for many years, and is an important improvement to the corridor that will link northern and western Fairfax with the county’s planned revitalization of the busy Tysons Corner area.
Cost and Schedule
Total estimated cost: $300 million
Design engineering of roadway plans: $30 million*
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: $50 million**
Construction: $220 million**
*There is currently only partial funding for preliminary design.
**There is currently no funding for right of way or construction.
Late 2012 – Begin preliminary design
Fall 2013 – Public information meeting
After Fall 2013 –Additional funding is not currently available to advance design*
*Additional funding will be required to complete the design prior to construction. Additional funding will also be required beyond the design phase to proceed with construction.
Earlier this year, the Route 7 Widening Working Group was established with representatives from communities adjacent to the corridor, VDOT, Fairfax County, district supervisors, and the design team. The group aims to develop a partnering relationship between the community and designers, and gather input to help shape the project’s design.
Since February 2012, the team has met five times and discussed topics including environmental impacts, land development along the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian needs, innovative intersection designs, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane feasibility, mass transit and bus service, and preliminary storm water management needs.
The working group will continue to meet, as needed, to discuss any relevant issues related to the preliminary design. The minutes for these meetings can be found on the Fairfax County project page.
UPC: 52328 State Project Number: 0007-029-128,P102,R202,C502