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Plans for W&OD Bridge Over Wiehle Taking Shape

by Karen Goff — February 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm 14 Comments

Rendering of W&OD Bridge/Credit: FCDOT

Plans for a pedestrian bridge that takes the W&OD Trail over Wiehle Avenue are taking shape.

The bridge will help ease chaos at that intersection, which is where Sunset Hills Road and Wiehle Avenue meet and where emergency vehicles continually enter and exit a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station.

It is also just North of the Wiehle-Reston Metro and its accompanying foot and car traffic. The trail itself is a popular walking, running and biking path.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation now has a timeline. The agency is holding a public meeting March 17, 6:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.

The bridge is expected to cost $10 million, said project manager Scott Riffner. The bridge will replace the street crossing and will accommodate both the gravel path and asphalt W&OD Trail. The FCDOT also plans minor roadway, sidewalk and median modifications will be made to Wiehle Avenue to accommodate the bridge and the necessary drainage and stormwater management features.

The project is part of the Third Four-Year Transportation Program that was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Here is a tentative project schedule:

  • Public Hearing, Winter 2016
  • Document Completion, Winter 2016
  • Public Hearing Design Approval, Spring 2016
  • Land Acquisition Completion, Spring 2018
  • Final Design Approval, Winter 2018
  • Utility Relocation Completion, Summer 2019
  • Construction Completion, Winter 2021

Rendering of W&OD Bridge over Wiehle Avenue/Credit: FCDOT

  • SnarkyAuntie

    Fantastic, but this bridge is at least 5 years away. Is there a plan in the meantime to help with the mess in this area? It’s annoying, and downright dangerous.

  • Nyla J.

    Finally. Retrofit Reston!

  • vdiv

    It takes longer to build a pedestrian bridge than the whole second phase of Metro?!

    • Ming the Merciless

      And to fight World War II, but whatever.

  • cRAzy

    Just wonder if it takes 5 years to fill an order of toilet paper in our County government. Everything sure seems to take that long around here–at the minimum.

    That could get embarrassing.

    • Why do you bother?

      It did take 10 years to build the new police station/government building, complete with woefully inadequate lighting and “whose brilliant idea was this” laminate floors that looked like a 100-year-old’s face before the first month of occupation was complete…

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Great plan – everything but the timeframe. How about acquiring the land in 2016 and getting a move on so it can be built in 2017? THAT would be useful. Does it need a GoFundMe or Kickstarter approach to get done in a reasonable amount of time?

  • Bobby Love

    Hopefully it won’t cost $300M per mile for these improvements as the Metro extension did.

    • Knotso Much

      No, Bobby. It will just cost $10 million dollars per 60 feet, (about the width of Wiehle there,) which equals $880 million per mile. To cross a street. $10,000,000 to walk or run or bike across a road. Like your bike has no brakes. Joggers can’t be bothered to jog in place for a minute. Have people lost their minds? Is this kind of worth your taxes being raised again and again? What else could $10 million dollars do for a broader base of citizens? How about reducing class sizes? Hiring teachers? Nurses?

      • Bobby Love

        They should pay someone $20/hr to stand there and pay each passing person $5 for the inconvenience of no bridge.

  • Surprised it will take so long. It is going to be done so do it I would say. And it should not take a contractor over three months to build it either. And 2021? Do we have to wait for the Metro to be completed first?

  • cosmo

    That artistic rendering is very misleading. There’s no traffic…

  • Bonnie from Herndon

    The picture is showing the bridge over Herndon Parkway at the corner of Sunset Hills (street sign is in the picture). Is it this bridge or the one over Wiehle at North Shore Dr that scheduled for repair?

    • Karen Goff

      I don’t know why a Herndon Parkway sign is in the picture. It is just a rendering and the artist forgot to take it out. In any case, it is not a bridge that is being repaired the plan is to take the W&OD trail and build a bridge to go over the intersection at Wiehle near Sunset Hills rather than have people cross the street there.

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