Issue 12 | May 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 April, crews continued construction activities along the corridor, including:

  • 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
  • Storm sewer installation between Reston Avenue and Reston Parkway, and between Utterback Store Road and Carpers Farm Way
  • Clearing and grading for a stormwater management pond west of Baron Cameron Avenue
  • Relocation of communication lines between Reston Parkway and Utterback Store Road
  • Earth-moving operations between Reston Avenue and Riva Ridge Drive
  • Fine grading for permanent pavement between Reston Parkway and Utterback Store Road
  • Cement stabilization, concrete-treated aggregate, and underdrain installation between Baron Cameron Avenue and Carpers Farm Way
  • Grading and stone placement for temporary pavement in the median between Faulkner Drive and Towlston Road
  • Shoulder strengthening and asphalt placement between Faulkner Drive 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.  

Click here to learn more on the design and construction schedule, environmental efforts, right of way, noise walls and other project details.
Earth-moving operations in the median of Route 7

Backfilling storm sewer installation
In Case You Missed It
During the month of May, drivers can expect lane shifts on eastbound and westbound Route 7, and temporary and permanent traffic pattern changes between Faulkner Drive/Serenity Woods Lane and Towlston Road. Click for details.

Please use caution and be alert to lane shifts, modified side street access, and potential flagger or police direction in work zones. Slow-moving vehicles and equipment may be entering and exiting the road. Drivers are reminded that the speed limit along Route 7 has been temporarily reduced to 45 miles per hour in active work zones between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, and that use of a hand-held cell phone is prohibited in Virginia while driving through a work zone .

Additional lane shifts and traffic pattern changes will take place in June. We'll send out a traffic alert with detailed information prior to the changes.
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.
Sign Up for Traffic Alerts on Virginia 511
Don't forget you can get the latest on work zones, accidents and other incidents by visiting , using the Virginia 511 app, or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Visit the site or app to create and configure your account for alerts.

You can also check out updates for major incidents @511northernvirginia on Twitter.
Call: 833-777-7411