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Metro Construction Noise, Roadblocks to Begin on Toll Road Friday

by Karen Goff February 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

Pile driving map/Credit: Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Crews constructing the Reston Town Center Metro station will begin a pile-driving operation later this week in the median of the Dulles Toll Road just west of Reston Parkway.

Pile driving, which pounds steel piles into the soil to support foundations for the rail station, is slated to begin Friday, Feb. 5.

Pile driving/Credit: Dulles Corridor Metrorail ProjectPile driving will occur during the day, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and occasionally on Saturdays, and will continue for approximately six months, says the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

Adjacent businesses and residences surrounding this work area can expect noise. Pile driving usually is done in intervals of about 15 minutes with a similar break in between activities.

In addition, drivers are asked to use caution and pay attention to signage along this section of the Dulles Toll Road and Dulles International Airport Access road.

The Reston Town Center station will be the first stop on Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will run from Wiehle-Reston East to Dulles International Airport and into Ashburn. It is expected to open in 2020.

Photos courtesy Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

  • Greg

    It’s too late now, perhaps, but why didn’t the designers put the station right at Reston Parkway and the toll roads? Especially since little parking is being provided. They could have made an ugly divisive bridge into an attractive Reston gateway focal point with, perhaps, offices or residences atop the station. That way Plaza America and whatever the Sheraton center is being called and all of everything south of the toll road could have had much easier access to the station. The clogged roadway could have been widened, illuminated curbed and guttered, landscaped and improved.

    Getting to the town center station as planned will be via left turns from Reston Parkway to Sunset Hills — already terribly congested and frustrating.

    This sort of development is being done in DC atop the center-leg freeway (the i-395 stub that was to be part of I-95 from MD where it now ends in a parking lot through DC to VA).

    • Should be underground at RTC

      “why didn’t the designers put the station right at Reston Parkway and the toll roads?”

      -Are you suggesting they build the station underneath the Reston Parkway overpass? I’d like to see a schematic on how that would be done.

      “Getting to the town center station as planned will be via left turns from Reston Parkway to Sunset Hills”

      -Are you sure it won’t have a south-side entrance like the Wiehle station?

      • Greg

        No. Atop a platform with parking, but if the ugly Reston parkway bridges were redone, the station could have been built at grade without parking.

        If there is a south-side entrance, it will be inconveniently located in the middle of private property, as is the case at Wiehle, without any public parking.

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