If you have lived/worked in Loudoun County for any period of time, you know there are always new roads being built and existing ones being reconfigured as traffic and development increase.
I think we all heard the cheers a couple of weeks ago when the traffic light at Route 7 & Lexington Dr. in Ashburn was removed, helping speed up the commute for plenty of Loudoun residents. The effort to improve traffic on Route 7 isn’t done yet as the groundbreaking happened just last week to prepare to remove the lights at Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway/Cardinal Dr. in Leesburg. The end goal is to be traffic light free on Rte 7 from Countryside to Clarke County!
Earlier this year the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a land acquisition deal for the largest portion of land needed for the Shellhorn Rd extension to Route 28 at Sterling Blvd. – also known as the Greenway Alternative – which means construction is still on target to begin in the coming months. This section of Shellhorn stretches from near the Dominion substation along Loudoun County Pkwy, all the way to the Loudoun Gateway Metro Station – directly parallel to the Dulles Greenway.
If you drive on Belmont Ridge Rd, you are no stranger to roads under construction. The most recent phase began in September and will widen about a half-mile of Belmont Ridge Rd from two to four lanes at the Dulles Greenway to reduce congestion and improve safety and operations, according to VDOT.
When work is complete, drivers on Belmont Ridge Rd will have two lanes in each direction at the Dulles Greenway interchange and there will be a new traffic signal at Belmont Ridge Rd and the westbound Dulles Greenway on- and off-ramps. When the project wraps up in late 2020, the northernmost five miles of Belmont Ridge Road will have four through lanes between Truro Parish Road and Riverside Parkway.
A big shout out to Loudoun Supervisor Ron Meyer for sharing this information with me (and many of his constituents)!