Two major transportation projects in the Town of Herndon are vying for regional funding.
The Town of Herndon is seeking up to $1.5 million from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority for street improvements and a widening of East Elden Street, along with up to $750,000 for improvements to town-wide sidewalks and trails.
The $57.3 million project will widen East Elden Street by accommodating a median and dedicated turn lanes, new travel lanes east of Herndon Parkway and dedicated bicycle lanes.
Streetscaping is also planned, including wider sidewalks, street trees, lighting, accessible pedestrian signals, and updated bus stop amenities. Decorative crosswalks will be installed, and the Sugarland Run Crossing will be updated with a bridge to tackle flooding, according to the town’s website.
Bicycle lanes will be added from Monroe Street to Herndon Parkway. A cycle track from Herndon Parkway to Fairfax County Parkway is also planned to “combine the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane,” according to VDOT.
Intended to manage traffic in a congested area, the project is in the engineering design phase, according to the website.
“Between downtown Herndon and the Fairfax County Parkway, the street has seen increased congestion and reduced vehicular mobility in recent decades,” the town’s website says.
Construction on the duct bank is scheduled to begin in early 2023, and construction on widening is set to begin in early 2025, according to VDOT.
Funds, if approved, would be allocated through the Virginia Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2029 federal funding.
The project was approved on the Herndon Town Council’s consent agenda at a Dec. 13 meeting.
Updated at 4:25 p.m. — Elden Street in Herndon has reopened, as police continue to investigate a crash that involved two pedestrians.
Earlier: Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle on Elden Street in Herndon, per a police report, with one suffering injuries that were initially considered life-threatening.
The incident at the 1000 block of Elden Street occurred shortly after 3 p.m., Herndon Police Department spokesperson Lisa Herndon told FFXnow in an email.
The crash happened near where Elden Street intersects with Locust Street and Sterling Road with one victim being transported to Inova Fairfax with “life-threatening injuries.”
The northbound lanes of Elden Street are closed for the quarter-mile stretch between Alabama Drive and Sterling Road while officers remain on the scene investigating.
The HPD said at 4:11 p.m. that the person who suffered critical injuries has been stabilized, and the other pedestrian’s injuries were minor.
“Preliminary investigation shows speed does not appear to be a factor” in the crash, police said.
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION: 1000-blk Elden St- Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle; One victim is en route to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries. NB Elden closed between Alabama and Sterling for accident investigation. Updates as available. #HerndonPD pic.twitter.com/Wqvb7KN8FO
— Herndon Police (@HerndonPolice) October 17, 2022
Another dessert shop has officially opened at 332 Elden Street in Herndon.
Nothing Bundt Cakes is slated for a grand opening on Oct. 7 and 8 following a soft opening that happened in early September.
The first 75 guests on grand opening day will receive a free coupon for one mini bundt cake — known as a bundtlet — every month for a year, along with drawings for other prizes.
Store owner France Saunders also plans to have balloon art and face painting for children.
“Our goal is to create a cake that not only reminds you of home, but also opens you to a new world,” Saunders said. “All of our cakes and frosting are made in each bakery. Each of our recipes uses the freshest of ingredients to include real eggs, butter and cream cheese.”
The bakery first opened in 1997 in Las Vegas and has since expanded to over 400 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Saunders also owns the company’s Dulles franchise, which opened in 2017.
Lovers of slow-cooked barbecue can soon turn to Herndon Centre for a meal.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a fast-casual franchise that started in 1941, is slated to open up soon at Herndon Centre I, a strip mall that is anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market.
The location will open in suite five at 494 Elden Street, according to an application before the Town of Herndon’s Architectural Review Board.
A representative for the business did not immediately return a request for comment from FFXnow. But the center’s owner — Sterling Organization — indicates that the business is expected to open soon.
Dickey’s will lease just over 2,000 square feet of space alongside IHOP, MOD Pizza, Pacific Dental and LA Fitness. Items on the menu include marinated chicken, brisket, loaded sides, ribs, and wings.
The chain has locations across the country, including Fair Oaks Malls, Fairfax Centre, and Hilltop Village Center.
Photo via Sterling Organization