Vienna officials ecstatic with pedestrian, drainage upgrades

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It’s been in the works for several years, but an upcoming project will add pedestrian and drainage improvements along Old Courthouse Road both within the town of Vienna and near Tysons.

Vienna Town Council members on Jan. 28 approved a $1,732,838 agreement with Fairfax County to construct the upgrades. The Board of Supervisors earlier approved the expenditure.

The Council will appropriate funds and approve a construction contract in the future. The town also will provide a local match of $550,000 toward the project’s overall price of $2,282,838, using for its share funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

“The town’s actual portion is zero,” said Council member Douglas Noble.

“I appreciate your going to find funding in lots of different areas,” Mayor Laurie DiRocco told Vienna Public Works Director Michael Gallagher.

The project, designed under a $200,000 with Rinker Design that the Town Council approved in 2015, will include pedestrian improvements along the west side of Old Courthouse Road, N.E., within the town’s border and extend east to an existing sidewalk near Gosnell Road in Tysons. Construction crews also will eliminate a roadway ditch and add curb and gutter for improved drainage.

Council member Carey Sienicki said she was happy the project finally was ready to go.

“This is something the residents over there have been asking for for a long time,” she said.