Issue 11 | April 2020
Along about seven miles of Route 7, we're adding a third lane and shared-use paths in each direction, building a pedestrian underpass to access Colvin Run Mill Park , replacing and raising the bridge over Difficult Run, and making many intersection, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Learn more.
Construction and Design Updates
In March, crews continued construction activities along the corridor, including:

  • Difficult Run/Colvin Run area
  • Preparatory work for utility installation
  • Median grading for temporary paving between Carpers Farm Way and Serenity Woods Lane
  • Storm sewer installation between Reston Avenue and Carpers Farm Way
  • Water line relocation and tie-in between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway
  • Third-party communications utility relocation between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway
  • Earth-moving operations between Reston Avenue and Carpers Farm Way  
  • Grading for temporary paving in the median between Serenity Woods Lane and Beulah Road 
  • Topsoil removal for temporary paving in the median between Beulah Road and Towlston Road.

Design work continues for lighting and landscaping and the electrical and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Third-party utility design is also ongoing.  

Based on the survey of benefited parcel owners and tenants, all noise barriers that were deemed warranted, feasible, and reasonable in the Final Design Noise Analysis will be constructed with the project.   Click here to learn more about the noise wall process. For specific locations of these walls, please see the project's online interactive map .

Click here to learn more on the design and construction schedule, environmental efforts, right of way and other project details.
Storm sewer installation under Route 7

Median grading in preparation for temporary paving
April 20-24 is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). We encourage drivers to focus on safe driving habits such as obeying reduced work zone speed limits (and avoiding higher fines!), staying alert while driving through work zones, and remembering that use of a hand-held cell phone is prohibited in Virginia while driving through a work zone .
Thanks for Giving Our Crews S P A C E

As work continues along Route 7, our crews are practicing social distancing. If you have questions or concerns about the construction, please give them the space they need to work, and call or email us instead of approaching the work site.


Need to Know More?
You can check out photos, project progress and lane closures planned at . Click News & Updates .

Lane closures for the following week are posted each Friday.
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You can also check out updates for major incidents @511northernvirginia on Twitter.
Call: 833-777-7411