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Nearby: East Elden Street Widening Project Plans

by Jennifer van der Kleut — October 26, 2016 at 11:00 am 9 Comments

elden-street-wideningVirginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to show its place for a proposed design for the widening of Elden Street between Monroe Street and the Fairfax County Parkway in Herndon.

Officials hope the project will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and enhance access to and from the busy Fairfax County Parkway.

Planned improvements include widening East Elden Street (Route 606) from four lanes to six between Herndon Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway, as well as improving access management from Van Buren Street to Herndon Parkway.

Other planned improvements include a new raised median with streetscaping between Van Buren Street and Herndon Parkway, moving utilities between Monroe Street and Fairfax County Parkway underground, and replacing the culvert over Sugarland Run with a new bridge.

The proposed design also features accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians, including enhanced facilities like on-street bike lanes between Monroe Street and Herndon Parkway, and off-street bike lanes from east of Herndon Parkway to Fairfax County Parkway.

VDOT officials say they hope to have plans approved by the spring, though it could take a few years to receive authorization for right-of-way funding, and to advertise to potential construction companies for the job. All in all, construction could begin in the spring of 2022.

The total costs of the project, including preliminary engineering, right-of-way and construction, add up to just under $35 million.

Thursday’s meeting will take place at the Herndon Senior Center, located at 873 Grace St. The public is invited to drop by to view the plans and talk with officials anytime between 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Comments can also be sent to VDOT directly anytime before Nov. 28. by e-mailing [email protected] or by sending mail to Mr. Hamid Misaghian, P.E., Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030.

View the East Elden Street Widening project page online for more information.

Image: VDOT/Google Maps

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  • One Really

    Great! Now the Jay walkers (runners) will have to run further.

  • tammipetrine

    Seriously? VDOT is planning improvements to widen an already wide street but routes across the Dulles toll road promised for years are still DECADES away while county government is trying to get local residents to fund the bill with a new transportation service district??? There is no new density being built along Elden but Reston is just about gridlocked with one huge project after another springing up. What are the priorities?

    • Mike M

      Ken Plum is perhaps not so effective. Let’s hear him speak about his favorite childhood teachers or racism in the 1950s. It’s all he knows or even thinks about.

      • tammipetrine

        Geez, Mike, is your comment helpful? Please find something constructive to comment on; by now we all know your opinion of Plum. Heaven knows there a many causes around our community that would love your help. Maybe you would consider running for office? Could use some good folks…

        • Mike M

          I will continue to make my views known. You asked about priorities. I identified the problem.

          Were your comments helpful?

          • tammipetrine

            I am so sorry, Mike M. I missed the part where you identified the allocation problem and priorities. Aren’t the only persons who mentioned those were Greg and me? Are you posting under two names?

            Better to work together to find solutions than complain and accomplish nothing, don’t you agree? BTW, I’m wondering why you ever brought Ken Plum into the discussion about what VDOT was doing. I’m not aware that Ken is a VDOT consultant. Is he?

            I hear that you are frustrated as are many others but if elections are not contested, Ken is not to blame nor are the voters. Obviously, in that case, the incumbent wins by default. It seems that apathy is your enemy; not Mr. Plum. A robust two party system works best in my opinion but I would never characterize VA’s General Assembly of being controlled by Democrats. Quite the opposite, actually.

            Hey, how about a separate state of NOVA? Sadly, probably easier to shove the camel through the needle eye.
            Best to you, Mike.

  • Greg

    What is “streetscaping”? Hopefully replacing that dilapidated and falling snow barrier on the Reston side of the parkway bridge over Elden St.

    $35 million to widen an already wide street, mostly in Herndon, is wasteful. The money would be far better spent in Reston where traffic is terrible.

  • Walter Hadlock

    Hi Jennifer, Welcome back to writing about the area. For the complainers in Reston, the planned work on East Elden Street is related to development in the Town of Herndon. That includes the downtown and the area in the vicinity of the now under construction Metro Station. Restonians might want to seriously consider working towards Town or City status.

    • tammipetrine

      Mr. Hadlock, thank you for your suggestion that we in Reston pursue town or city status. Unfortunately our supervisor Hudgins and the majority on the BOS have blocked that saying we don’t qualify as either a town or a city and to dream up another category and then get that approved by the VA General Assembly before they can even consider our request of many years ago. Regardless of our effort, we would be denied here and then by our rep and senator. If we had autonomy like our close neighbor and community partner, Herndon, we would not have the unbridled, crippling development that you have escaped.

      I totally understand why you feel we are ‘complainers’ from Reston. But seriously, sir, have you been over here recently? Any traffic congestion on Elden which flows relatively well now (am I mistaken?) is NOTHING compared to the mess the Reston/Herndon community and the 1,000’s of commuters who work here and use Metro experience every single day. It is so out of control as to be unsafe and surely polluting our environment severely. Hence my comment on why Elden before relieving some of gridlock already here. The pot of funds is only so big and I would hope the most serious problems are fixed first.

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