Monday, October 17, 2011
Road to get "diet" and bike lanes.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Karen Goff
Monday, October 17, 2011
The project to restripe and reconfigure a 1.5-mile stretch of Soapstone Drive begins with milling this week, and motorists are advised the new traffic pattern will begin on Saturday, Oct. 22. Electronic signs were put in place over the weekend to warn drivers and residents of changing traffic patterns and construction delays. The new configuration - which will include a turning lane, should improve safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians, reduce speeds, and reduce crashes by about 30 percent, says Randy Dittberner, regional traffic engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Residents are not so convinced. To read a recap of the plans, along with dozens of comments from users of Soapstone Drive, click here.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
South Reston street getting new lanes, which should increase safety and mobility, VDOT says.
Starting in October, Soapstone Drive in Reston will become the second route in Northern Virginia to go on a “road diet,” as crews re-stripe 1.5 miles of the road to reduce through lanes and add turn and bike lanes,the Virginia Department of Transportation announced. The new configurations should improve safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians, reduce speeds, and reduce crashes by about 30 percent, says Randy Dittberner, VDOT traffic engineer. VDOT and neighborhood residents discussed a new look for Soapstone, which has issues with street parking, a lack of consistent sidewalks and blind spots, at two community meetings last year. In May, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said by bundling the changes into regular re-striping, …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Soapstone's summer "road diet" project still hasn't started.
Back in May, the Virginia Department of Transportation presented a plan to Restonians about a multimillion dollar restriping and "road diet" project on Soapstone Drive. The project - which would give Soapstone a new configuration of turning lanes and bike lanes while cutting down on traffic accidents - was supposed to start over the summer. Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins estimated in May that the project would cost at least $3 million, but if done at the same time as regular repaving and restriping then VDOT could foot the bill. Summer has come and gone without a traffic cone on Soapstone. What happened? VDOT Regional Traffic Engineer Randy Dittberner says the project is still on, albeit delayed. The agency is firming up the schedule…