July 20, 2022

Along about seven miles of Route 7, we're adding a third lane and shared-use paths in each direction, building a pedestrian underpass to access Colvin Run Mill Park, replacing and raising the bridge over Difficult Run, and making other intersection, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Learn more.

Route 7 Traffic Shifts to New Difficult Run Bridge

UPDATE:  Eastbound and westbound lane shifts begin week of July 25

The traffic shift previously scheduled for Thursday, July 21, has been rescheduled for the week of July 25. Starting on or about July 25, drivers on eastbound Route 7 will experience a lane shift to the south (away from the median) between Carpers Farm Way and Middleton Ridge Road as traffic is shifted to the new eastbound bridge over Difficult Run.

On or about Aug. 4, drivers on westbound Route 7 will experience a lane shift to the south (towards the median) through this area as the westbound lanes are temporarily shifted to the new bridge. This shift will allow crews to remove the remainder of the old bridge and build the new westbound Route 7 bridge over Difficult Run.

All residences, businesses and other public facilities will remain accessible. Please see the map below for details.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

For information on intersection movements at the completion of construction along Route 7, please see the interactive map on the project website.

Please note crews are only working within the VDOT right of way and where rights have been acquired from property owners (read more).

As a reminder, the Route 7 speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles per hour in active work zones between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, and Virginia law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving through an active work zone.

Please use caution and be alert to work zone signs, potential flagger or police direction, and watch for traffic shifts. Slow-moving vehicles and equipment may be entering or exiting the road. 


Did You Know?
You can get project updates weekly! Visit the Route 7 website for the latest on work progress and lane closures.

Sign Up for Route 7 Traffic Alerts on Virginia 511

Get alerts about work zones, accidents and other incidents via web, phone, text message or email. Visit 511virginia.org to create and configure your account.

Expected lane closures and other traffic pattern changes associated with the Route 7 Corridor Improvements Project are also posted each week at connectroute7.org.

For the latest info on travel conditions and work zones, call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit 511virginia.org or download the Virginia 511 app.

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