Reston, VA

Dog lovers can participate in the upcoming HernDOG Bark Bash this Saturday (Oct. 5).

Pet owners are invited to bring their fluffy friends by from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Town Hall Square (730 Elden Street) for a costume parade and festivities. All are welcome to this free event regardless of pet ownership status.

The first 75 dogs to attend in costume will receive goodies, according to the event.

There will be a variety of booths and representatives at the event, including Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, an organization that matches cats and dogs with loving homes.

Event organizers ask that pet owners only bring vaccinated and friendly animals on a leash.

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the event or become a vendor can contact John Walsh at 703-435-6800.

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State transportation officials are negotiating with a consultant to complete a feasibility study about the future Town Center Parkway underpass.

The underpass, which is listed as a top priority in Reston’s transportation funding plan, would extend Town Center Parkway from Sunrise Valley Drive west of Edmund Haley Drive under the Dulles Toll Road to Sunset Hill Road.

The structure would also include bike and pedestrian facilities that link mixed-use areas north and south of the toll road.

So far, the project is expected to cost roughly $170 million.

Currently, the Virginia Department of Transportation is negotiating with a consultant to conduct a feasibility study.

Once completed, the underpass is expected to relieve congestion and give commuters a different option for heading north and south in the area beyond Fairfax County Parkway and Reston Parkway.

The project isn’t expected to be completed until 2032. Before then, county officials estimate environmental assessment, engineering and design will take four years, while construction, right-of-way, and land acquisition could take around five years.

Map via Google Maps

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Kojo Nnamdi Show to Feature ‘Radical Suburbs’ Author — City Lab Senior Editor Amanda Kolson Hurley explores the histories of six suburban communities, including Reston, in her new book, “Radical Suburbs.” Hurley will join Nnamdi in a discussion on the show today at 12:32 p.m. [The Kojo Nnamdi Show]

Ryan Kerrigan Gives Out Tickets to Draft Night — The Redskins player was at the fountain in Reston Town Center on Thursday to give away tickets for Draft Night on Thursday at the Anthem. [Washington Redskins]

NASA Invests in Leidos Project — The Reston-based company is funding early-stage technology that could change what’s possible in space. NASA says the technologies have the “potential to transform human and robotic exploration of other worlds, including the Moon and Mars.” [NASA]

Red’s Table Brings on New Executive ChefRed’s Table, located at 11150 South Lake Drive, has appointed Nelson Erazo as the new executive chef. Erazo came from Jardenea, a restaurant located at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in D.C., where he had served as executive chef for three years.” [Reston Patch]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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