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Route 7 Truck-Climbing Lane and Operational Improvements

From West Market Street to Route 9 in Loudoun County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction May 2014

Est Completion Date
Oct. 22, 2015

$39.5 million total

Shirley Contracting Co., LLC


Northern Virginia

Jeff Austin
Design-Build Project Manager

703-668-0288 ext. 25
C. Michael Pruitt
VDOT Construction Manager


About the Project

The purpose of this project is to improve safety and ease congestion along westbound Route 7 between West Market Street and Route 9 by constructing a truck climbing lane for slow-moving heavy vehicles. Currently, heavy trucks such as tractor-trailers often slow traffic behind them as they travel the steep grade. The project also features the following safety and operational improvements:

• Reconfigured medians to reduce turn conflicts, and some side street intersection modifications
• Two new roundabouts where the ramps to and from Route 7 meet Route 9 to improve traffic flow and reduce delay along Route 9
• Relocated W&OD Trail through the Route 9 interchange to reduce conflicts between trail users and vehicles
• A new road segment to complete the connection of neighborhoods along Beechnut Road
• Extension of Fort Johnston Road to provide a connection to Alysheba Drive, Farm Market Road and Leeland Orchard Road.
• A new turn lane from eastbound West Market Street to the westbound Route 7 on-ramp.

VDOT is administering the project in cooperation with the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County.

VDOT awarded the design-build contract to the Shirley/Dewberry team on Oct. 25, 2013. The team is performing survey, soils borings and final design of the project. Lane closures in January are anticipated for some of the survey and soil borings. Construction is scheduled for May 2014.  

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Rt. 7 truck-climbing full-size plan


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Design approval
Endorsements from Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun Board of Supervisors
Public hearing project brochure (May 2012) and responses to comments received
Full-sized plan pictured above (15 MB) 
Detail views of improvements for West Market Street and Route 9 interchanges
Environmental document (Categorical Exclusion) and noise report
Traffic volumes (8 MB) and crash data (14 MB)
Comments from Beacon Hill Homeowners Association meeting (Aug. 2010)

Project #6007-053-133, P101, R201, C501 – UPC# 58599

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