In-Progress (Summer 2021)
- The undergrounding conduit portion of the project is ongoing and should be complete by November 2021.
- Demolition of the old high school building is underway. With ongoing exterior construction, vehicles and pedestrians can no longer travel between Haycock and Rt. 7 on Mustang Alley. High School and athletic field access is only from Haycock. Middle School access is only from Rt. 7.
- Engineering and design work for new public streetscapes and traffic signal designs is 25% complete.
About the Project
The purpose of this project is to reduce congestion near the Meridian (formerly George Mason) High School Campus, future Little City Commons development, and the neighboring West Falls Church Metro Station in Fairfax County. Project activity will be at or near the Chestnut Street and W Broad Street/Route 7 intersection, Haycock Road and W Broad Street/Route 7 intersection, and Haycock Road and Schools’ Access Road intersection
The project includes improvements for many modes of transportation, including:
- Installation or replacement and synchronization of four traffic signals at or near the Chestnut Street and W Broad Street/Route 7 intersection, Haycock Road and W Broad Street/Route 7 intersection, and Haycock Road and Schools’ Access Road intersection.
- A HAWK (high-intensity pedestrian activated crosswalk) on Haycock Road, to allow better connectivity and access to the school campus.
- Pedestrian access improvements, such as widening sidewalks, at the above listed intersections as well as along W Broad Street between the West Falls Church Metro Station and Haycock Road.
- Bus stop enhancements at or near the above listed intersections.
- Bicycle access improvements, including near the newly installed Capital Bikeshare stations near the High School campus.
- Utility undergrounding and relocation.
This project is funded through a $15.7 million dollar Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) grant. Learn more about NVTA funded projects in the City of Falls Church and neighboring jurisdictions.
Construction of the underground utility conduit will continue through November 2021.
The timing of project design and construction will be coordinated with the future Little City Commons development.
City staff expects that design, engineering, and environmental work related to the streetscape improvements and new signals will begin in Fiscal Year 2021, with construction beginning in Fiscal Year 2022.
For more information, please contact Sue Long at 703-248-5350 (TTY 711).