Progress Report: New Walkway on Soapstone Stretch

by Karen Goff January 7, 2016 at 10:00 am 4 Comments

Concrete mixer working on Soapstone Drive

Road crews have been busy for weeks along Soapstone Drive from Glade to South Lakes Drive.

They are working on a Fairfax County project that will add sidewalks to one side of Soapstone.

It’s an addition that has been discussed for years as that stretch of road is fairly busy and is in a densely populated area but has no place for pedestrians. There is parking all along the westbound shoulder of the road. The sidewalk will run on the east shoulder.

The project, funded by the county several years ago, adds approximately 3,000 linear feet of 5-foot wide concrete sidewalk.

Crews are also adding related construction items such as asphalt pavement, drainage improvement, curb and gutter, excavation, and minor traffic signal work, handrail installation, and pavement markings.

The project is expected to be completed in February, Fairfax County says.

This is project separate from the one planned to eventually build a Soapstone Drive extension for autos and pedestrians over the Dulles Toll Road.

  • SnarkyAuntie

    This is good! I used to live over that way, and Shadowood residents have to overflow park on Soapstone. Good to see their walk home will be safer.

  • Trump

    Oh how nice, that should make it a lot easier and convenient for the Shadowood Section 8 dwellers to rob pedestrians on their way to their cars. Give them a nice path to run from the police from.

  • Mike M

    Psst! There are sidewalks inside the treeline on both sides of Soapstone. Is the County conceding that they are too vulnerable to “Indian attack.”

  • Greg

    But no streetlights or a safe crosswalk to the c-store in that dark, dangerous area?


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