Construction along Route 7

News & Updates

Project Updates

Design Updates

  • Finalized Traffic Control Plans for the project area west of Baron Cameron Avenue. (April 2019)
  • Finalized Right-of-Way Plans. (August 2019)
  • Obtained two permits for the project area west of Delta Glen Court: The US Army Corps of Engineers State Programmatic General Permit and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Virginia Water Protection General Permit. (June 2019)
  • Published Public Notices for Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) (July 2019) and DEQ (August 2019) permits for the project area east of Delta Glen Court. 
  • 100% Roadway and Bridge Plans approved (October 2019).
  • Obtained two Clean Water Act permits for the project area east of Delta Glen Court: The US Army Corps of Engineers Individual Permit NOA-2014-01572 and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) VWP Individual Permit 19-0554 (October 2019).
  • Obtained a modification of the VPDES Construction General Permit to cover the entire project area (October 2019).
  • The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) issued the final permit for signature (October 2019).
  • Final noise analysis approved by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (November 2019).
  • Tabulated noise barrier votes from benefited parcels. All noise barriers that were deemed warranted, feasible, and reasonable in the Final Noise Analysis will be constructed with the project (April 2020). Click here for more information on the noise walls.

Construction Updates

March 2021

Area 1: Reston Avenue to Colvin Forest Drive (Except Baron Cameron Avenue Intersection)

Area 1 West: Reston Avenue to Baron Cameron Avenue:
  • Continued noise barrier construction between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Completed construction of the retaining wall along westbound Route 7 west of Utterback Store Road.
  • Storm sewer installation and earth-moving activities continued between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue.
Area 1 East: Baron Cameron Avenue to Colvin Forest Drive:
  • Continued relocating approximately 1,100 feet of the Fairfax County Water Authority's 54-inch water main on the east side of Colvin Forest Drive along eastbound Route 7. 
  • Stage 2 construction pending right-of-way acquisition.

Area 3: Difficult Run Area (Carpers Farm Way to Faulkner Drive)

  • Completed construction of the east half of the box culvert under Carpers Farm Way.  
  • Completed the installation of the articulated block lining in the new Colvin Run channel and prepared for stream activation.
  • Continued excavation and began installing the concrete footers for the pedestrian tunnel under Route 7. 
  • Began demolition of the southern half of the existing bridge over Difficult Run.

Area 4: Faulkner Drive to Jarrett Valley Drive

  • Water main relocation work between Beulah Road and Towlston Road was ongoing.

Click here to see March 2021 photos.

February 2021

Area 1 West: Reston Avenue to Baron Cameron Avenue:
  • Continued noise barrier construction between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Began construction of the retaining wall west of Utterback Store Road along westbound Route 7.
  • Storm sewer installation and earth-moving activities continued between Reston Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue.
Area 1 East: Baron Cameron Avenue to Carpers Farm Way:
  • Started installation of the 54" water main relocation between Colvin Forest Drive and Carpers Farm Way.
  • Stage 2 construction pending right-of-way acquisition.
  • Continued the installation of the articulated block lining in the new Colvin Run channel.
  • Resumed excavation for the pedestrian tunnel under Route 7. 
  • Commenced installation of the east half of the box culvert under Carpers Farm Way.
  • Finished placement of four elliptical storm sewer pipes at the east end of Colvin Run.
  • Water main relocation work between Beulah Road and Towlston Road was ongoing.
  • Removed the existing asphalt of the old eastbound Route 7 lanes between Lewinsville Road and Jarrett Valley Drive.
  • Reestablished direct access between eastbound Route 7 and Old Ash Grove.
Click here to see February 2021 photos.

See project updates from previous months