Tysons gets more “safely” walkable

Pedestrians and bicyclists traveling between Old Meadow Road in western McLean and Tysons Corner Center now have a safe way to cross Interstate 495.

The bridge links high-density residential areas in McLean – including Encore and Regency Club condominiums and Dolley Madison Apartments – with Tysons, Virginia’s biggest economic engine, Cutler said.

The federal government provided $8 million for the project, said U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th). The bridge is part of an effort by area leaders to to keep walkers safe, strengthen economic activity, and improve quality of life and the environment.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials, along with local and federal leaders, cut the ribbon Nov. 9 to dedicate the pedestrian-and-bicycle bridge, which is located along the Beltway between Routes 7 and 123.

Construction on Phase 1 of the project began in August 2021. The $13.4 million overall cost – financed with local, state and federal funding – included $2.3 million for preliminary engineering, $3.1 million for right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation, and $8 million for construction.
Kimley-Horn did engineering work for the project’s first phase and Shirley Contracting Co. LLC was the lead builder.

Phase 1 of the project stretches from Tysons One Place and Fashion Boulevard to Old Meadow Road and Provincial Drive via the bridge and a 10-foot-wide shared-use path.

The project’s second phase, the final design and construction of which will occur as additional funding becomes available, will extend the new shared-use path by a half-mile along Old Meadow Road between Provincial Drive and Route 123.

The project’s second phase, the final design and construction of which will occur as additional funding becomes available, will extend the new shared-use path by a half-mile along Old Meadow Road between Provincial Drive and Route 123.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.