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Lawyer to Discuss Route 7 Widening with Public Next Week

by Dave Emke — May 24, 2017 at 11:30 am 16 Comments

A meeting is slated for June 1 to discuss the effects of widening of Route 7 from Reston to Tysons.

Michael J. Coughlin is the eminent domain, land use and zoning, and real estate lawyer for Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley and Walsh PC. He will host the meeting on the project Thursday, June 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons).

The proposed Virginia Department of Transportation project will involve nearly seven miles of Route 7, between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, which is just before the Dulles Toll Road interchange. Coughlin is inviting residents to the meeting to “learn about the project, potential impacts to properties, what to do to prepare for the project, the eminent domain process in Virginia, and the legal rights of owners and businesses affected by the project.”

This is the latest stage of VDOT’s work to add two lanes to the heavily traveled highway, bringing it to six overall. They also plan to add facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and make “substantial intersection and other improvements” along the corridor.

Those improvements, according to VDOT, would include:

  • Constructing a partial interchange at Baron Cameron Avenue to reduce congestion
  • Relocating Lewinsville Road and creating a displaced left-turn intersection
  • Replacing and raising the Difficult Run bridge to reduce flooding

The last public hearing on the project was held in November. View information shared and discussed at that meeting here.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote on the project design next month. Upon approval, VDOT is expected to put out its request for proposals on the project later this year. Work is planned to start in late 2020 and last until 2025. Anticipated cost of the project is $234 million.

Photo: Intersection of Route 7 and Baron Cameron Avenue. Map via Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Greg

    Loudoun county gets full interchanges from Leesburg to Fairfax County line and Fairfax gets just one partial interchange?

    • Cubsfan6116

      Loudoun has funded most of those projects through local spending or proffers. If we Fairfax County residents want to put our money into such improvements I’d be all for it. (Suffice it to say I’d like to build the McLaren Road connection and Hunter Mill/Sunrise improvements as well as additional interchanges on FFX County Pkwy first – but we should be thinking big!)

  • Shovel ready

    This would be a first: no widening.

    1. Get rid of the median
    2. Pave 5 lines total, side by side
    3. Deploy retractable rail guards
    4. Three lanes outbound (am)
    5. Three lanes inbound (pm)
    6. Digitize

    Voila!

    Non rush hour traffic will still be on two lanes. Thanks and done.

    • Mike M

      Voila! Got a few hundred million dollars?

    • Greg

      Definitely agree that the median should go. The weeds growing there are at least a foot tall.

      • TheKingJAK

        Without a median it looks like every other urban roadway.

        • Reston Realist

          agree – keep the median, just trim the grass and weeds.

        • vdiv

          Which it is.

      • Jenny Gibbers

        The middle lane will be elevated so that no weeds are hurt in the process. You re welcome,

    • TheKingJAK

      Fifty years from now it’ll probably be eight lanes wide with cars running through what previously stood as woodland and living rooms.

    • Reston Realist

      so what do you do mid-day when you still have a bunch of traffic out there and it’s going in both directions?

  • TBex

    Stupid. Widening will just induce demand and increase traffic elsewhere.

    • Mike M

      So, . . . narrow it and cars and the need to commute will go away? Everyone will bring out their bike and sing Kumbaya?

  • cRAzy

    So why is Coughlin doing this?
    a. Chasing ambulances, so to speak?
    b. Public service (riiiggghhhtt!)
    c. Cuz the County won’t send one of its own attorneys out to explain the impact of this idea on taxpaying property owners. “We are so happy you have paid your property taxes for years that we’re going to relieve you of ever having to do so again.”

    • South_Detroit

      The county and state have had one or two brains a year on this for 5 years now, and several others over the past 17 years we’ve lived near the planned project.

  • vdiv

    For kicks and giggles just throw in a metro line spur to Sterling while at it!

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