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New Sidewalks on Sunset Hills Will Boost Metro Connectivity

by Karen Goff — January 8, 2016 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

Sunset Hills Sidewalk

Fairfax County Department of Transportation crews are working on a sidewalk project that will better connect the W&OD Trail with the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

Construction workers are building sidewalks on the north side of Sunset Hills Road from the trail to Michael Faraday Court. At Michael Faraday, the south side of the street’s sidewalk begins. It takes pedestrians to the crosswalk and light near Reston Station Boulevard and Metro/Reston Station access.

The work has affected the center turning lane, which has been blocked off this week as the concrete was poured.

The sidewalk is one of more than a dozen county and state transportation departments, as well as developers, are undertaking to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to Metro. In December, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also approved nearly $11 million for 18 more projects to boost bike and foot access to nearby Metro stations.

Several development applications have been filed to turn office areas off of Sunset Hills into residential developments, which means more people from the areas west of the Metro station will likely be walking along Sunset Hills.

  • Mike M

    Very happy development.

  • Robert Stites

    They need to build a pedestrian bridge. Someone will be killed trying to cross the road.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    It looks like they’re stopping short of the trail. The construction work seems to stop at the worker’s exit to the post office. There’s about 20 yards of grass between the W&OD and that exit that looks as if it’s being ignored. Who knows, though? Maybe they’ll fix it up once the rest of the sidewalk is done.

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