Transit Work Beginning Along Route 123 in Tysons
The work that drivers see this week along Route 123 in Tysons Corner is preparation for construction of new Metrorail line through Tysons and out to Wiehle Avenue.
Land bounded by International Drive and Tysons Boulevard and by Route 123 and Galleria Place will be cleared of vegetation so that construction trailers can be positioned and utility lines relocated.
This also will become the eastern side of a 2,100-foot train tunnel under the intersection of Routes 7 and 123.
From drivers' eye level, it's impossible to tell, but this area is the high point of Fairfax County. Trains can't go up one side and down the other. The grade would be too steep. That's why the tunnel is part of the plan. This isn't a change: It's not the full tunnel under Tysons that many people would have prefered for the rail line.
The Federal Transit Administration gave the go ahead to this phase of the project, which is managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The work will be done by Dulles Transit Partners and its subcontractors. Here's a timeline and a list of frequently asked questions on the project's Web site.
December 16, 2008; 8:40 AM ET
Categories: Construction , Driving , Metro
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