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A Tysons project that's not mega

A traveler asked during Monday's online discussion if I knew when the construction on Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner would be done. It must be part of the Dulles Metrorail project, right?

I thought that was very likely, too, since it seems that just about every turned over bit of dirt in Tysons can be traced to one of the two megaprojects in the area. That is, either the HOT lanes construction near the Beltway or the Dulles Metrorail project along Route 123 and 7.

Since the Spring Hill Road work is so near Route 7, it seemed logical to lump it with the Metrorail project, now in full swing.

Not so: Spring Hill Road between Route 7 and International Drive is being widened from two to four lanes in a $4.2 million project launched in April. The project, scheduled to be done in October 2010, is funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation, but the design and construction have been managed by Fairfax County government. It's not connected with the rail project.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  Construction  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail, Fairfax County  
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The backups on Spring Hill are mega - at least it takes mega-amounts of time to get through them.

I believe that this project was mandated by Fairfax County to help alleviate traffic that would be skirting Route 7 because of the metro construction. Regardless, the about-to-be former road is completely inappropriate for one of the largest urban centers in the US - barely adequate for a rural enclave, actually. Unfortunately that doesn't mean DC area jurisdictions have changed their attitude on leaving rural roads in urban areas.

Posted by: ssolomo | December 17, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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