About the Project
This project will improve almost seven miles of Route 7 between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, including widening the road from four to six lanes, adding 10-foot wide shared-use paths on both sides and making major intersection improvements along the corridor.
These improvements will increase capacity, improve safety and traffic flow, and enhance mobility for cyclists and pedestrians - all in conformity with Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan.
Cost and Schedule
Preliminary Engineering: $4.3 million
Right of Way: $28.1 million
Construction: $281.5 million
Total Estimated Cost: $313.9 million
The project was awarded to Shirley/Dewberry on July 18, 2018. The design-build schedule is as follows:
Final Design - Late Summer 2018 to Fall 2020
Right of Way - Early 2019 to Fall 2020
Utility Relocation - Spring 2019 to Spring 2023
Construction - Spring 2019 to Summer 2024
Final completion by July 31, 2024
The Route 7 Widening Working Group is a collaborative effort among VDOT, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, local board members, community representatives and other stakeholders that have helped shape the scope and design for Route 7. The group's purpose and goals include:
- Gathering community input toward design that is sensitive to community needs
- Developing a partnering relationship between the community and designers
- Preparing for public meetings
- Fostering open communication between the design team and the public
Since 2012, the group has met on topics such as environmental impacts, land development along the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian needs, innovative intersection designs, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane feasibility, mass transit and bus service, and storm water management. See minutes from past meetings.