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Trees Coming Down Along Sunset Hills to Make Way For Silver Line Support

by Karen Goff — October 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm 14 Comments

Crews have been busy clearing trees and brush along Sunset Hills Road near Town Center Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road.

The work is in preparation for Phase 2 of Metro’s Silver Line, says the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

The area will be the site of two facilities that will support the Silver Line.

The work is the start of the future Traction Power Substation (TPSS) No. 12 adjacent to Sunset Hills Road, near the Town Center Parkway, says the DCMP.

TPSS No. 12 will provide power and communications to the Silver Line. When that area has been cleared, crews will move south across the Dulles International Airport Access Highway and Dulles Toll Road to begin clearing at the site of Stormwater Management facility.

Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will have stations at Reston Parkway, Herndon, Route 28, Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, is slated to open in early 2019.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Good thing we overpaid for Tetra to counterbalance this. They might someday plant some more trees there, or something. Because you could never plant more trees on existing RA property, you totally have to buy more land to do that.

    • Greg

      Or something. Since it’s a power substation it’s doubtful they will hide it with attractive natural landscaping. More like the weeds they planted under the elevated eyesore along Leesburg Pike in Tysons. Just Tysons. It’s a corner no more.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Any idea why trees were taken down in the Franklin Farm Shopping Center parking lot this week?

  • MsMarlynn

    Thanks so much. I’ve watched this all week long and was assuming it had something to do with the silver line. I miss those trees – they hid the toll roll traffic. In the name of progress I guess.

  • Greg

    Could they not have waited a month so that we might have enjoyed the fall color one last time? #smfh

    • Cluster Tycoon

      They were evergreens so no fall colors buddy

  • Sidewinder

    So… what is a TPSS going to look like exactly? Sounds like it’s not going to be pretty. I prefer the trees and the homeless camp. That is, unless, my house value goes up.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Reston: where concrete is more important than trees.

    • Tom

      Sure enough. Let’s just stop the metro at Wiehle Ave. Why bother going to Dulles after all?

      • JamesTaggart

        It doesn’t even go the whole way to Dulles – just the long term parking. It’s a half measure

      • Chuck Morningwood

        A). I’m good with that. But if we’re going to Dulles, we should be going INTO Dulles, not a couple of hundred yards from it.

        B). They really couldn’t make an existing unit larger to accomodate this?

        • Greg

          The plans for the Dulles metro station were foolishly changed in 2011 to an above-ground (ugly) station twice as far from the main terminal as the buried station.

          The 1960’s plans included an underground subway station (expected to be in use by 1978) under what is now the ground- and mid-level arrivals lanes. The 1990’s Dulles expansion included space for that station, and there are stubs of it still in existence and in use today by the AeroTrain and baggage-handling apparatus.

          http://www.belowthecapital.org/metro/#Dulles%20Airport%20Rail%20Tunnel.

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