Construction on improvements to Kirby Road south of Chesterbrook Elementary School is slated to start in September.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation gave residents an update yesterday (Wednesday) on the sidewalks project spanning from Birch Road to Corliss Court along Kirby Road.
Latesa Turner, an FCDOT engineer, gave a presentation to a small group of people at Chesterbrook Elementary School (1753 Kirby Road) last night shortly after 7 p.m.
The project would add the following new elements to Kirby Road:
- a 5-6-foot wide concrete sidewalk and ADA-accessible curb ramps
- concrete curb and gutter
- drainage inlets and pipes
- driveway entrances
- pedestrian crossing and median refuge at Powhatan Street
- re-alignment of Chesterfield Avenue intersection
- water main reconstruction and upgrades
- road pavement and striping
The first phase of the project, which will last between three to four months, will involve closing the westbound lane of Kirby Road to construct the water line relocation, according to the presentation. Drivers can expect traffic maintained in both directions during the lane closure.
Then, the second phase will involve closing the westbound lane of Kirby Road for drainage and utility work, along with work on the curb ramps, driveway entrances, sidewalk and gutter. The second phase is expected to last five to six months, according to the presentation.
The contractor will come out within the next week for clearing and tree removal. Then, construction will start in September. The first phase is slated to be done around December and most of the work will be completed by February. All of the work is slated to be finished by April 2020.
Once finished, Turner said that the Virginia Department of Transportation will maintain the sidewalks.
When asked why it took two years for the project to start construction, Turner said that many steps had to take place after the idea was approved including finalizing the plans, receiving VDOT approval, permitting and bidding for the project after the land acquisition in late 2017.
Despite some grumblings among attendees about waiting for the improvements, many expressed support for the upcoming work.
“I’m really glad you’re doing this,” one attendee told Turner toward the end of the meeting.
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