Fairfax County Seeks State Funds for Two Pedestrian Safety in Reston

by Fatimah Waseem November 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm 20 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking for $550,000 in state grants to fund two pedestrian safety projects in Reston.

The county is seeking $385,000 to add a pedestrian refuge island and flashing beacons to an existing crosswalk across South Lakes Drive at the eastern intersection with Tanbark Drive near South Lakes High School. The second project would add a pedestrian refuge island and rapid flashing beacons to improve safety at an existing crosswalk at Bluemont Way and Discovery Street for $165,000.

In late October, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to request funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan grant program, which funds targeted improvements in areas with the potential for pedestrian crashes.

If the state awards funding to the county, county staff will draft project administration agreements with state transportation officials. The funding proposal for Reston is part of a $2.6 million request to the state. VDOT will notify jurisdictions about projects that have been selected for funding this month. Construction on approved projects is expected to begin in April, with a completion date of December 2019.

Construction is intended to happen on an expedited schedule in order to get “maximum return” on limited funding, according to state officials. As a result, projects that require right-of-way or easement acquisition, roadway widening and the replacement or relocation of curb and gutter will not be considered by the state.

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  • wow

    right on time, not a minute too early. even tho traffic has been brutal people have not learned how to walk (yet)

    • 30yearsinreston

      They should all ride bikes

      • 40yearseverywhere

        What a great idea! Of course, we all know your comment is based on
        all of your past childish whining.

        • 30yearsinreston

          The world doesnt need another 2nd rate comedian

          • James

            Nobody is making jokes here. You are a do nothing whiner who has an obsession with Hudgins. It’s sad, we all think so.

          • 30yearsinreston

            My ‘obsession’ as you call it, is to make her accountable to her constituents
            Her track record of failure and blind disregard for voters welfare disqualifies her from office

            BTW, who apponted you as a spokesperson for anyone

          • James

            You’re accomplishing none of that. No one views your inputs as anything other than trolling. And the people that appointed me spokesperson are the same ones that made you decide to ensure she is “accountable” to her constituents. Oh wait, that’s no one.

          • 30yearsinreston

            As I voter and tax payer I have a role in trying to make her accountable
            That is how democracy works
            If you dont like it, tough luck

          • Scott

            I don’t know you James. I’m sorry you have to pretend to speak for everyone. It’s sad.

          • James

            Then move. The world is changing.

          • Scott

            Now you’re not even being coherent. Do you even speak for yourself? Have you taken your meds? Does your therapist know you’re online?

      • Why do you bother?


  • 30yearsinreston

    Why didnt Hudgins get BPX and other developers to pay for these necessary improvements?
    She is on record as not supporting proffers that enhance peoples lives and safety while Plum sits on his backside lecturing us as for not being PC

  • Greg

    Only government could spend $550,000 to build 2 concrete islands with a couple of flashing lights.

    It would be far cheaper to charter Ubers for all the pedestrians.

    • Why do you bother?

      I know – let’s buy tandem bike for both bicyclists using the new bike lanes so they can ferry the pedestrians across!

  • Tammi Petrine

    Here are the listed limitations on projects acceptable for these pedestrian safety grants:
    “Construction is intended to happen on an expedited schedule in order to get “maximum return” on limited funding, according to state officials. As a result, projects that require right-of-way or easement acquisition, roadway widening and the replacement or relocation of curb and gutter will not be considered by the state.”

    How exactly is $550 THOUSAND needed to construct two SMALL improvements with these expense reducing restrictions in place??? This is like RCC paying $6M to renovate the small indoor pool at HW RCC and other VDOT sidewalk ventures.

    TAXPAYER money is being wildly overspent here, folks! If reasonable prices were paid for our public infrastructure, we would have so much more to show for our hard earned dollars. I don’t mind paying taxes for fairly priced projects but these examples are berserk.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Ask mr speaker, with a small ‘s’ Plum
      His office is close by VDOT in Richmond

  • YCrane703

    Headline lacks a

    • Mike M

      The headline is lacking much. (Two what?) Ironically, it also has too much info in it to really be a good headline. (How about “County Seeks Funds for Pedestrian Safety?”) This publication generally is lacking much. I am always stunned that even after errors are called out, adjustments are almost never made. But this has become the norm here. I don’t expect more anymore.

  • Wheels

    The reason we need this improvement in front of SLHS? It’s a 40mph 4 lane road and everyone is fine driving 50mph. Everyone is also fine using their phones while they drive. Dozens of kids cross here and if they are hit by a driver going 50mph they have a good chance of dying.
    We had a chance to slow traffic and narrow the crossing distance with bike lanes, but the same residents whining here said it would be a “traffic apocalypse” to have bike lanes at this location. So now we’re spending more money so you don’t have to wait an extra 10 seconds to drive through here. It’s also a symptom of our roads being an FCDOT and VDOT jump ball.


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