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May 2020Looking East Along Route 7 from Reston Parkway

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area: Continued relocation of communication utilities.
  • Storm sewer installation between Utterback Store Road and Baron Cameron Avenue continued.
  • Relocated communications lines between Reston Parkway and Markell Court.
  • Began clearing and earth-moving for a stormwater management pond along westbound Route 7 near Trotting Horse Lane.
  • Continued earth-moving and grading between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway.
  • Performed cement stabilization of the subgrade, placed concrete-treated aggregate, installed underdrain, and placed based asphalt for future eastbound lanes between Reston Parkway and Bishopsgate Way, and between Baron Cameron Avenue and Delta Glen Court.
  • Placed temporary asphalt in the Route 7 median between Faulkner Drive and Towlston Road in preparation for lane shifts.
  • Strengthened shoulders along westbound Route 7 between Faulkner Drive and Towlston Road.
  • Started earth-moving operations between McLean Bible Church and Jarrett Valley Drive.
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April 2020Shoulder Widening

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area
    • Utility installation work
    • Paving and striping for the lane shift between Carpers Farm Way/Colvin Run Road and Serenity Woods Lane/Faulkner Drive
  • Installed storm sewer between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway, and between Utterback Store Road and Carpers Farm Way.
  • Cleared and graded for a stormwater management pond west of Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Relocated communications lines between Reston Parkway and Utterback Store Road.
  • Continued earth-moving operations between Reston Avenue and Riva Ridge Drive.
  • Performed fine grading for permanent pavement between Reston Parkway and Utterback Store Road.
  • Placed cement stabilization materials and concrete-treated aggregate, and installed underdrain between Baron Cameron Avenue and Carpers Farm Way.
  • Grading and stone placement for temporary pavement in the median between Faulkner Drive and Towlston Road
  • Strengthened shoulders and placed asphalt between Faulkner Drive and Towlston Road.
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March 2020Jack and Bore for Storm Sewer

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area
    • Preparatory work for utility installation
    • Median grading for temporary paving between Carpers Farm Way and Serenity Woods Lane.
  • Installed storm sewer between Reston Avenue and Carpers Farm Way.
  • Relocated and tied-in a water line between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway.
  • A third-party communications utility was relocated between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway.
  • Continued earth-moving operations between Reston Avenue and Carpers Farm Way.
  • Graded for temporary paving in the median between Serenity Woods Lane and Beulah Road.
  • Removed topsoil for temporary paving in the median between Beulah Road and Towlston Road.
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February 2020Reston Parkway

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area--clearing, erosion & sediment (E&S) controls, utility installation and bridge median removal continued.
  • Cleared and installed E&S controls along eastbound Route 7 from Baron Cameron Avenue to Carpers Farm Way.
  • Removed topsoil between Reston Parkway and Utterback Store Road. 
  • Continued earth-moving operations between Reston Avenue and Bishopsgate Way.
  • Installed storm sewer between Reston Avenue and Delta Glen Drive.
  • Relocated water main between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway. 
  • Placed barrier along the median of Route 7 between Lewinsville Road and Jarrett Valley Drive.
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January 2020

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area:
    • Began preparatory work within the VDOT right of way for utility relocations.
  • Placed roadway fill between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Continued earth-moving operations between Utterback Store Road and Bishopsgate Way.
  • Removed topsoil between Baron Cameron Avenue and Faulkner Drive.
  • Installed storm sewer between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue, including tunneling under Route 7 just west of Bishopsgate Way.
  • Completed of shoulder-strengthening along eastbound Route 7 between Lewinsville Road and Jarrett Valley Drive.
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December 2019Median Demo

  • Completed pavement demolition between Reston Parkway and Baron Cameron Avenue
  • Placed roadway fill between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road
  • Conducted earth-moving operations between Utterback Store Road and Bishopsgate Way
  • Cleared tree and brush and installed erosion and sediment controls within the VDOT right-of-way between Reston Avenue and Bishopsgate Way
  • Installed storm sewer between Reston Avenue and Markell Court
  • Placed traffic barrier along the Route 7 median between Baron Cameron Avenue and Delta Glen Court
  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area:
    • Removed the raised median at the Difficult Run bridge
  • Removed topsoil between Baron Cameron Avenue and Delta Glen Drive
  • Strengthened the right shoulder of eastbound Route 7 between Lewinsville Road and Jarrett Valley Drive.
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November 2019

  • Continued storm sewer installation between Reston Parkway and Reston Avenue.
  • Demolished former eastbound Route 7 pavement from Reston Avenue to Bishopsgate Way.
  • Placed roadway fill between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Installed erosion and sediment controls prior to clearing between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Placed barrier and constructed asphalt wedge for drainage along westbound Route 7 between Colvin Run Road/Carpers Farm Way and Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Cut and capped an unused water line stub along the McLean Bible Church access road.
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October 2019

  • Opened early improvements at Towlston Road (original target date was Summer 2020).
  • Completed Stage 1B storm sewer installation between Amanda Drive and Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Crews finished construction of the temporary eastbound Route 7 lanes in the median between Reston Parkway and Baron Cameron Avenue.  
  • Completed weekend intersection reconstruction activities at Reston Parkway, Utterback Store Road, and Markell Court/Amanda Drive.
  • Shifted eastbound Route 7 traffic to the median between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Completed shoulder strengthening on westbound Route 7 between Faulkner Drive and Baron Cameron Avenue and implemented a minor lane shift to the north.
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September 2019

Aerial View Looking West

  • Storm sewer installation between Amanda Drive and Baron Cameron Avenue continued.
  • Continued work in the median to construct temporary eastbound lanes between Reston Avenue and Amanda Drive/Markell Court.
    • Completed fine grading and soil cement operations.
    • Completed placement of cement-treated aggregate.
    • Graded and placed stone for temporary asphalt.
    • Placed base and intermediate asphalt.
  • Crews performed test-pitting for utilities on Towlston Road in preparation for temporary improvements at the Route 7/Towlston Road intersection.
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August 2019

CTA

  • Completed early improvements at Baron Cameron Avenue; opened third left-turn lane from westbound Route 7 to Baron Cameron Avenue 10 days prior to contract date. Click here to see a Twitter video.
  • Work on early improvements between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue began in mid-August:
    • Placed fill materials for the temporary and permanent widening in the median.
    • Began soil cement stabilization operations in the median of Route 7 to provide a base for future pavement sections.
    • Installed sub-base Cement Treated Aggregate (CTA) in areas of soil cement stabilization in the median.
    • Placed temporary pavement 21-B aggregate in median.
    • Continued the installation and monitoring of erosion & sediment (E&S) control measures for all disturbed areas.
    • Continued drainage work in the median of Route 7.
    • Placed asphalt in the median of Route 7 for temporary and permanent widening.
  • Based on feedback from the community, additional enhancements along the corridor during August included:
    • Placement of rumble strips on Utterback Store Road to warn drivers of the Forestville Elementary School Zone.
    • Installation of pavement markings and “Do Not Block Intersection” signage on Towlston Road at Vernon Drive.
    • Construction of temporary turn taper on westbound Route 7 to facilitate deceleration and turning at Northfalls Court.
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July 2019

  • Utility relocation work continued near the Route 7/Baron Cameron Avenue intersection.
  • Completed shoulder widening on north side of westbound Route 7 west of Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Installed temporary signals to accommodate upcoming traffic shifts at Reston Parkway, Utterback Store Road, and Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Traffic was shifted slightly to the north on westbound Route 7 between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Began installation of barrier to protect the median work area west of Amanda Drive.
  • Continued earth moving operations west of Utterback Store Road.
  • Began storm sewer installation between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway.
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June 2019

  • Started utility relocations near the Route 7/Baron Cameron Avenue intersection.
  • Completed grading and placement of stone for shoulder widening west of Utterback Store Road.
  • Installed concrete traffic barrier in the median west of Reston Parkway.
  • Removed topsoil from the median west of Utterback Store Road.
  • Began earth moving activities in the median west of Reston Parkway.
  • Began installing storm pipe and structures on the east side of the Reston Avenue intersection.
  • Relocated the pedestrian poles for the Utterback Store Road intersection.
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