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Warning for Tysons walkers, cyclists

Fences are going up around the work zone for the Tysons Central 7 Metrorail station to prevent walkers and bikers from entering the zone to cross Route 7, the Dulles Metrorail project announced Friday. Project managers want them to use a crosswalk at Gosnell Road/Westpark Drive to cross the busy roadway.

Many pedestrians and cyclists would just as soon swim the Potomac as cross Route 7. Moving out into the river of traffic has long been an adrenaline rush -- and not in a good way. One of the planning goals in the redevelopment of Tysons Corner is to make this urban area friendlier for people not using cars. But that hasn't happened yet.

Right now, all travelers on Route 7 must be prepared for frequently changing traffic patterns and paving work. The old service roads have become part of a wider Route 7.
Project managers warn that the eastern section of Route 7, from Gosnell Road/Westpark Drive to Route 123, is too wide for pedestrians to make it across on a single traffic light cycle.

The mid‐block left‐turns on Route 7 are being blocked off. The only one still temporarily open is near the McDonald's on the north side of Route 7 and Ruth's Chris on the south side. That turning point will close permanently in the coming weeks, according to the project.

Because of the roadway widening, workers have installed a walk signal demand button in the Route 7 median for bikers and pedestrians to use to continue to cross the road at the crosswalk.

Pedestrians will find that new sidewalks are open along the south side of Route 7, east of Gosnell Road. By this fall, the project plans to have sidewalks completed on both the north and south sides of Route 7 from Route 123 to the Dulles Toll Road.

By Robert Thomson  | July 30, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Traffic Safety, Tysons Corner, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail  
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cross your fingers, pray to your God... just to cross Rt 7 safely, pedestrian friendly my a$$

Posted by: destewar | July 31, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely NOTHING about Tysons is pedestrian or bicyclist friendly. And it will remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 31, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

My only surprise is that more people haven't died because of the impassibility of this area.

Posted by: Nymous | July 31, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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