Issue 49 | June 2023

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 Updates

In May, crews continued construction activities along the corridor:

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

  • Completed surface paving along eastbound and westbound Route 7 between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Began installation of final pavement markings between Reston Avenue and Utterback Store Road.
  • Commenced surface paving along eastbound and westbound Route 7 between Utterback Store Road and Amanda Drive.

Area 2: Baron Cameron Intersection

  • Started milling existing asphalt in preparation for completing the shift to Stage 3B.

Area 3: Difficult Run Area (Colvin Forest Drive to Faulkner Drive

  • Completed deck grooving on westbound bridge.
  • Backfilled curb and placed intermediate asphalt for Stage 3A between Serenity Woods Lane and Carpers Farm Way. 
  • Opened new Difficult Run bridge on westbound Route 7 to traffic.
  • Began milling existing asphalt for Stage 3B between Faulkner Drive and the pedestrian underpass.

Area 4: Faulkner Drive to Jarrett Valley Drive

  • Completed noise barrier post installation along westbound Route 7 between Towlston Road and Lyons Street.
  • Completed noise barrier panel installation along westbound Route 7 on the east side of Trotting Horse Lane.
  • Milled existing asphalt, placed cement-treated aggregate, and base asphalt for Stage 3B between Atwood Road and Lucky Estates Drive.
  • Continued storm sewer installation between Towlston Road and Lucky Estates Drive.
  • Placed asphalt for Stage 3B between Jarrett Valley Drive and Lewinsville Road.

Third-party utility relocation activities are ongoing. 

Click here to learn more about the construction schedule, environmental efforts, right of way, noise walls and other project details.

Click here to see additional construction photos.

The new westbound bridge over Difficult Run (right side of photo) prior to opening

Work Continues Along Route 7

Construction activities will be ongoing along Route 7 through the summer months.

  • Surface paving throughout the corridor will continue, and traffic will be shifted towards the median between Baron Cameron Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive while crews work on the north and south sides of Route 7.
  • Additional shifts and traffic pattern changes will take place in the Lewinsville Road area in preparation for the permanent configuration at the Route 7/Lewinsville Road intersection.

Please see the project website for information on significant lane shifts, traffic pattern changes, and other roadway impacts. 

Thanks for Giving Our Crews S P A C E

As a reminder, please refrain from walking through work areas with equipment, materials and ongoing construction activities, including the newly-paved shared-use paths along Route 7. If you have questions or concerns about the construction, please give our crews 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 and project progress on our website at Click News & Updates.

Planned lane closures for the following week are posted each Friday.

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