Seven Corners, 10 work zones: Sidewalk upgrades, lane closures along US 50
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
June 17, 2019
Dave, in Falls Church, writes:
"I've been checking your site, looking for info on the schedule for the shoulder improvements and sidewalk additions on Route 50 in Falls Church, just west of Seven Corners. They are closing lanes during the day, which is leading to traffic backups in the early afternoon. I can't find any updates anywhere online about the anticipated end of this irritating project."
From a driver-centric perspective, the lane closures for work zones — especially at lengthy projects — can be a frustration. But sidewalk improvements are sorely needed along this stretch of U.S. Route 50, which is heavily traveled by drivers and pedestrians alike.
The curbside upgrades are being conducted by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and include construction of new walkways, crosswalks, ADA accessible curb ramps and bus stop pads.
The sidewalk improvements along a 3-mile stretch of Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) between Jaguar Trail near the Beltway and Seven Corners, are broken up into 10 phases, each with its own timeline.
FCDOT tells us that roughly half of the 10 project areas have already been completed. New crosswalks and curb cut ramps have been installed near Allen Street. More than 1,500 feet of sidewalk has been revamped near Woodlawn Avenue, with similar improvements completed near Patrick Henry Drive.
The fifth phase of work, focused on eastbound walkway and crosswalks between South Street and Aspen Lane, is expected to wrap up this month.
Some crosswalks on Arlington Boulevard are spaced out by more than half a mile. By August, new walkways, crosswalks and ADA-compliant ramps are scheduled to be in place west of Annandale Road and near where a 93-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed early this year. Police said he was not in a crosswalk.
Other phases of the project closer to Loehmann's Plaza are scheduled to conclude later this fall.
The final phase, focused on the walkway along the westbound lanes from a point west of Seven Corners to Annandale Road, is scheduled for completion in January, weather permitting.
The $10 million initiative is funded through federal aid from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program and Regional Surface Transportation Program.