Bike lanes, better lighting and new sidewalks coming to parts of Northern Virginia

A multimillion-dollar transportation plan will bring new bike lanes, better lighting and miles of new sidewalks to Northern Virginia.

The $7.2 million plan, which will focus on small-scale, non-highway transportation projects, was approved by the National Capital-Region Transportation Planning Board on Wednesday.

The money will target eight roadway projects over the next decade. Upgrades include the following:

  • A $316,579 project to improve pedestrian safety in the Clifton Historic District, by adding new sidewalks, crosswalks, signage, landscaping, and lighting to a stretch of Main Street.
  • A $914,745 project that aims to add a mixture of “super sharrows” (shared lane markings) and on-road bicycle lanes, helping to create a multimodal spine through Old Town Fairfax.
  • An $800,000 project that will construct a shared-use path, two-way cycle track, and sidewalk from Blake Lane to the Vienna Metro Interstate 66 westbound ramp, in an aim to increase connectivity with nearby Oakton High School.
  • An $800,000 project designed to add three new crosswalks, with sidewalk or shared use path connections, serving Shrevewood Elementary School and the W&OD Trail.
  • An $800,000 project to finish the construction of about 1,000 feet of sidewalk along the west side of Plaza Street, completing a missing link in the Town of Leesburg’s sidewalk system.
  • A $1,300,000 project to design and construct 0.56 miles of missing sidewalk links along Sterling Boulevard, providing a direct connection to the W&OD Trail in Loudoun County.
  • A $719,534 project to connect residents of the Forest Glen estates housing community with a church, grocery store, medical clinic, and more at the Hoadly Marketplace commercial development in Prince William County.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: This slide details which impact a $1.5 million project sidewalk project will have in Prince William County. (Courtesy National Capital-Region Transportation Planning Board)

The most expensive project in the plan will add a missing link of sidewalk on the east side of Old Carolina Road in Prince William County. The planning board earmarked more than $1.5 million for that project.

Most of the upgrades will lead bikers and walkers to the National Capital Trail Network, a 1,400-mile system of trails that will connect the Northern Virginia region once it’s completed.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on Twitter and Instagram to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2022 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Federal News Network Logo

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up