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Beware of New — and Possibly Incorrect — No Parking Zones on Soapstone

by Karen Goff — April 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm 28 Comments

New stretch of Soapstone

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are nearly done with a $1.5 million project to add sidewalks to the east side of Soapstone Drive from Glade to South Lakes Drive.

The work caps several improvements over the last few years to the increasingly traveled road. Among the additions: Going from two lanes in each direction to a wider road with one lane each way with bike lanes and turning lanes.

Another recent addition: “No parking” signs, which were installed along the new sidewalk stretch in the last few weeks. Several residents have reported getting ticketed when they left their cars on the east side of the road.

There has traditionally been parking on both sides of Soapstone, including on the gravel shoulder of the west side. The new east side was configured with a parking lane, and then a grass strip to provide a buffer so pedestrians aren’t hit with car doors while walking on the sidewalk.

John Farrell, president of Colonial Oaks Cluster, which is located off the stretch of Soapstone in question, said the signs were installed wrong and he is working with county transportation officials to correct the issue.

He said there is supposed to be some no parking areas, particularly to provide access to the Soapstone convenience center and into clusters on that stretch.

“We are determined that parking be restored on the east side,” he said. “They are not supposed to be parking within the sight lines of the shopping center and clusters, but otherwise it should be allowed on Soapstone. We don’t want people parking in our cluster [instead].”

Meanwhile, beware of the no-parking zones.

  • Nyla J.

    That stretch looks so trashy with all of those cars parked there all the time. Isn’t there another solution?

    • John Farrell

      The adjacent communities (Greenwich Way/Castle Rock Sqare ) do not have enough parking spaces and they need the parking. Otherwise, they will be parking in the nearby clusters

      There’s on-street parking on parts of Handlebar and Penny Royal. Is that trashy too?

      • Chuck Morningwood

        Maybe the local clusters should start a “tag” parking system and tow out the unwelcome.

        I agree. Parking along that strip looks trashy. None of it should be permitted.

        • Why do you bother?

          So, where would you suggest that these cars park?

          • Chuck Morningwood

            In reserved spots, maybe?

          • Why do you bother?

            Many of those clusters have very limited parking. Each adult in a household likely has a car. If there’s only one reserved space per unit (as is the case in my cluster) and limited unreserved spaces, they have to park on the street. Which is the way it was designed to work.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            Well, then, I guess it sucks to be you.

          • Why do you bother?

            Not me -my cluster has a reasonable supply of free parking and no street parking. But then, I can see past my own nose…

          • Nyla J.

            Herndon.

    • surfish

      Sure, let’s build a parking garage. Renters have rights on public roads. Taxes have been paid. Too bad.

      • Nyla J.

        Too bad for you when the owners of your rental unit are fed up with subsidizing your “rights” .

        • surfish

          Voting Trump?
          Further, all residents pay Fairfax vehicle taxes, at the very least, so what exactly are you saying?

          • Nyla J.

            Nope. But we should have closed the Reston border to developers a decade ago.

          • surfish

            Robert E. Simon was a developer. RIP.
            Methinks you want to pull up the ladder.

          • Nyla J.

            I’m saying the excess of cars in a neighborhood and surrounding streets looks trashy.

    • Greg

      Tear down Shadowood — or at least force them to park their cars in their massive parking lots.

      • surfish

        Obviously, there are more cars than available spots in those lots. Perhaps they should all be forced to march to work I presume.

        • Greg

          Wrong. Drive through the massive parking lots and you will find many empty spaces. The condos and clusters force the junkers out of their lots and onto the public rights of ways — and the county stupidly put the sidewalk and gutter on the side of the street least needing it.

          Time for you to let go of the 1960’s.

          • surfish

            “The condos and clusters force the junkers out of their lots “. In what world does that occur?

          • Greg

            Move on — and try to focus.

      • surfish

        Showing your colors here.
        Maybe someone in an even nicer home is eying your place for demolition.
        You’re missing Robert E. Simon’s vision.

        • Greg

          Sorry, RES’ vision was not 20:20. It Shadowood is do desirable, why was he never there? In 40 years? Or, why didn’t he choose to live there? Why are property values still declining there? Why does the RA not enforce RES’ covenants?

          Anyone who wants to buy us out and demolish our home is welcome to contact us. It was poorly built with cheap, unsustainable materials (especially the many doors and windows) not fit for this climate — all of which were approved by the DRB.

          • surfish

            Guess you have issues then.
            Sorry to hear it.

          • Greg

            No issues; just fine, thank you.

  • surfish

    YESSSSSS, WHAT IS THE HOLDUP ON THIS? NO EXCUSE.

  • Nyla J.

    Precisely. Well said.

  • Greg

    Just amazing how Fairfax County wastes money. And, if I am not mistaken, this “project” was funded out of 9-11 (terrorism) and congestion-mitigation money.

  • RoadApples

    Curious ?:
    What is the difference to parking on this section of Soapstone as opposed to the indifference of parking on either side of Glade?

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