$34M project widens part of Route 7 in Fairfax Co.

WASHINGTON — A section of busy Route 7 in Fairfax County now has more travel lanes for commuters.

Route 7 now has three lanes in each direction, up from the previous two.

The Virginia Department of Transportation opened the additional lanes between Rolling Holly Drive and Reston Avenue last week, right around Christmas, along with a new path for walkers and bikers, as well as other traffic enhancements.

The project includes lengthened turn lanes, a new signal at Redberry Court and improvements to the intersections at Georgetown Pike and Seneca Road.

“Route 7 is a very congested roadway, so having this mixed-used path will help improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians,” says Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer McCord.

The project cost roughly $34 million. Crews will be in the area putting the final touches on the project over the next few weeks.

McCord says all of the work is expected to be done by the end of January.

Drivers can expect some intermittent daytime lane closures as crews work on those finishing touches.

Below is a map of the area near the improvements:

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