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Design of bus safety improvements at Wiehle Avenue underway

A Fairfax Connector bus in Reston (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Bus stop improvements are proposed at the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and North Shore Drive in Reston.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is working on a design for the project, which will include the construction of a bus pad, bench, trash can, and curb-abutted sidewalk at the intersection just west of the Forest Edge neighborhood.

Curb and gutter will be added to both corners of the intersection. A bus pad and a 50-foot-long sidewalk will also connect to the existing sidewalk at North Shore Drive.

The project is located near the Wiehle Avenue overpass.

Reston Association is considering a request from FCDOT for the dedication of a 14-square-foot bus stop easement and 7-square-foot dedication for public street purposes so it can move forward with the project.

“Most of the project will be within the right-of-way,” RA Chief Operating Officer Larry Butler said in a memo. “However, there are parts that will extent to RA property adjacent to the project.”

FCDOT has acquired land rights for one of two properties where easements are needed for the project, according to spokesperson Robin Geiger. A final plan has been approved by the county and RA’s Design Review Board.

The county estimates that the project will cost a total of $105,500.

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