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Bridge Over Troubled Intersection?

by Karen Goff July 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm 1,487 33 Comments

Rendering of W&OD Bridge/Credit: FCDOT

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has organized conceptual information to move the W&OD Trail’s crossing at Wiehle up and over the often congested intersection.

The bridge crossing is part of the county’s planned Reston Area Metrorail Station improvements, a long term plan to boost pedestrian connectivity and ease backups around the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. See the entire list of plans on the FCDOT website.

FCDOT staff will present the concepts to the Reston Association Design Review Board on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at RA Headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.)

Rendering of W&OD Bridge/Credit: FCDOT

  • Mike M

    This would be a GOOD thing!


    Looks great and will surely save lives. I’ve seen so many near misses there. Hopefully RA won’t screw it up.

    • Nancy

      Its usually the NIMBYs that do 😛

  • suburbancorrespondnt

    It’s another hill to bike up, but it sure beats risking my life every time I try to cross Wiehle!

  • Cluster Tycoon

    I would say yes if it served multi purpose as an aqueduct redirecting runoff from the toll road and wiehle. Otherwise this looks like a huge waste, there are other more pressing and life threatening obstacles facing pedestrian, bike and wheel chair traffic.

    • pleasebekidding

      This is a pedestrian overpass…. What are you talking about? As far as everyone knows, pedestrians don’t use the toll road and this is a very, well known traffic problem.

      • Cluster Tycoon

        Thanks nyla. When the lights turn red upstream you will have no issue crossing, i ve been doing this on a daily basis. I thnk crossing the on ramp to the toll is more dangerous. As for the cross walk I think a camera and a speed trap would suffice, although most drivers obey the law. You could even have traffic lights and sync them up with the lights half a block up. No need to spend 10mill on this eye sore.

        As for sitting around and watching TV, yes – Jerry Springer! Take care and take care of each other!!!!

        • LeesburgBiker

          10M well spent(!!!) to save some lives, the irate drivers will soon stop stopping. The crossing in Herndon is a lot easier since most of the drivers there are polite and let us pass. Besides, it’s not my money.

    • Nyla J.

      You obviously just sit around and watch tv, and have never risked life and limb at this intersection.

  • Ming the Merciless

    The Reston Coalition of the Deeply Caring and Sensitive will show up to demand that the overpass include more opengreenspace, composting bins, access for the handicapped, and a whole bunch of other stuff they think is so great that everybody else should pay for it.

    • Guy Montag

      If an exhausted tax payer would like to suicide it then let’s give him/her an opportunity to do so by jumping off the overpass. But we should only encourage the attempt not the execution! For this reason fresh cotton balls will be automatically dispensed in sufficient quantity as the poor soul ventures above the beam perimeter of the construct. The prince of transportation is seeking further feedback to ensure the proper supply of cotton balls.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        Why would you do that, GM? It would be so much easier to buy a ticket to the Metro and then step off the platform into the path of an incoming train.


      And some community gathering space, so the community can gather.

    • Reston resident

      You forgot about a memorial garden and covered tennis courts

    • Reston Resident

      Unfortunately I saw two hedgehogs on that corner a few weeks ago. There is no doubt that a group of retirees will hammer up a Natural Habitat sign and chain themselves to it. Then they will ask for countless town hall meetings where they ask about runoff studies. If they play their cards right some jokers will create video about it and it will require a special RA vote. By the tIme they are done a developer is just going to put up a skywalk across the intersection to connect his 15 story buildings he just built.

      • Ming the Merciless

        This is why we can’t have nice things!

  • reston is changing

    This is fantastic news. Arguably the most dangerous intersection on the entire WOD.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Nah. Crossing Sterling Blvd is much more dangerous. Stopping for anybody in crosswalks is not a Sterling Barrio value.

  • Nyla J.

    No surprise they waited until it will be a logistical and traffic nightmare to do work at this intersection.
    But hooray for finally doing something about it.

  • Tour de Force Committee

    While thousands of kids in the area are stuck in makeshift trailers awaiting their fate in the school to prison pipeline the citizens of Reston demand uninterrupted travel options for cyclists so they can properly prepare for the Tour de Force.

  • Terry Maynard

    It is nice that the recreational and fitness users of the W&OD Trail will be able to get across a jampacked Wiehle Avenue safely with this bridge. Having crossed there myself while jogging, I can tell you dodging traffic there will get in your heartbeat up even if the jog up the grade from Sunrise Valley Drive didn’t.

    More important to long-term pedestrian access and safety, however, is to make it easy to add a link on the west side of the bridge south across Sunrise Valley Drive. This will enable residents of new high-rise developments in the Isaac Newton Sq. and McTacoHut area called for in the new Reston Master Plan to reach the Metro station without dodging irritated rush-hour drivers at an intersection that will be even more jammed a decade hence.

    The point here is not to build that link now (although that would be nice), but to consider the future requirement for such a link and design the Wiehle crossover so that a southward link can be easily attached, including access to the span from ground level. The planning needs to be at least that long term, not merely a fix to an immediate problem, as RCA Reston 2020’s Transportation Working Group called for in its June 2010 report as part of the master planning process. (See https://www.scribd.com/doc/32716465/Reston-Transportation-Meeting-the-Needs-of-a-21st-Century-Planned-Community-Transportation-Work-Group-RCA-Reston-2020-Committee-June-1-2010, p,17, for the specific recommendation)

  • Orlina Tucker

    This would be an EXCELLENT thing…I can’t count the times I saw bikers/joggers/whatever almost get hammered by cars. I don’t imagine this has gotten any better since the metro opened!

  • cRAzy

    Great idea, but is this the right design given we’re talking “Design Review Board” presentation. Looks very colonial, like GW or Mount Vernon Parkway overpass. Should it be some kind of lofty suspension bridge instead, mini-Golden Gate, or a double archway (consistent with the elegant golden arches at nearby McDonald’s)? What would make it scream RESTON???? (Restonian would say “mauve.”)

    Inquiring minds want to know…..

  • Greg

    Put it UNDER the road in a tunnel. There’s enough visual clutter there now as it is.

    • Horrorshow Idea!

      Perfect for when the chyorny malchicks feel like a bit of the old ultra-violence…

    • cRAzy

      Wait til they build wall-to-wall highrises all around that intersection if you think there is visual clutter now.

  • Greg

    And, why is there still a crosswalk there?

  • DRB

    Fantastic. Eerie. Mussolini.


  • Chuck Morningwood

    I went through that intersection this morning with the kids. Even at 9 am on a Sunday, you’re still taking your life into your hands trying to get across Wiehle.

  • Wings!!

    Something about this bridge has got me thinking that Reston needs a Hooters!!

  • j

    For Sterling Blvd. they plan to spend about $150,000 on signs that motorists and trail users will ignore.

    Cheaper than a bridge, a stop light on the trail, and a stop light on Sterling Blvd.
    (activated only by a push button on the trail) would help.

    The green light for the road should convince motorists NOT to stop at the wrong time. The red light on the trail should convince trail users not to go into the road when
    cars are too near.

  • Commonsense

    It’s about time.

  • carolkristin

    Looks great! I’ve been concerned about this safety hazard for months. I have a friend that was hit by a car on her bike crossing there. Cars are finally not stopping for folks on the trail because they recognize the danger of being rear ended if they do by traffic entering from Sunrise Valley. That trail is just way too close to the intersection! So glad the issue has been recognized and will be remedied.


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