Route 7 Truck-Climbing Lane and Operational Improvements
|From West Market Street to Route 9 in Loudoun County|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
***** NOTICE *****
The Washington & Old Dominion Trail switched to its new alignment at Dry Mill Road and Route 9 on September 26. Users of the W&OD trail no longer have to cross Route 9 at Dry Mill Road; instead they can now go through the new arch structure under the Route 9 Ramp to eastbound Route 7 then go beneath the Route 9 bridge over Route 7 to connect to the Route 9 portion of the trail. Although work still continues to finish the new trail section, it is open for use. When work is occurring on the new trail alignment, flaggers will be present. Map
Westbound Route 7 opened to three lanes from the West Market Street on-ramp to Route 9 August 30. Contractor will continue milling and paving on the westbound lanes of Route 7 between West Market Street and Route 9 through late September.
Hidden Gap Road is now right in only from westbound Route 7. Egress from Hidden Gap is closed on a permanent basis. Farm Market Road is the egress point from Beacon Hill to go west on Route 7; vehicles must turn around at Route 9 to then go east. Also, Beechnut Road at Route 7 is now closed permanently. Map
Fort Johnston Road at Route 7 has reopened for egress to eastbound Route 7 only.
Leeland Orchard Road at Route 7 is closed permanently. The new Fort Johnston Road is open to traffic connecting Farm Market Road to Leeland Orchard.
Farm Market Road traffic is no longer able to access eastbound Route 7 and is a right in, right out from westbound Route 7 on a permanent basis. Map
The entire westbound shoulder has been paved with guardrail. The median widening from Farm Market Road to the project western limits has been paved. All westbound traffic has been shifted north towards the shoulder to allow for the remaining westbound median widening work to take place.
With the exception of the West Market Street and Route 9 drainage runs, all storm drainage has been installed to substantial completion.
The Fort Johnston Road extension to Alysheba Drive is now open.
Daily lane closures will be installed for eastbound and westbound Route 7 during non-peak travel periods.
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. Construction commenced on the project June 26, 2014 with the installation of construction signage. The Roxbury interchange has been modified from input received at the "Pardon Our Dust" meeting held on May 15, 2014. An artist rendering of this revised interchange is available below.
Project Western Limits Additional Landscaping (PDF)
Project Western Limits Additional Landscaping (JPG)
Project Eastern Limits Exhibit
Project Western Limits Exhibit
Graphic of Roundabout Operations
Artist Rendering of Revised Roxbury Interchange
"Pardon Our Dust" meeting presentation (May 2014)
Environmental Design approval
Endorsements from Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun Board of Supervisors
Public hearing project brochure (May 2012) and responses to comments received
Detail views of improvements for West Market Street and Route 9 interchanges
Draft Noise Report (Oct. 2011)
Final Noise Report (Jan. 2013)
Traffic volumes (8 MB) and crash data (14 MB)
Comments from Beacon Hill Homeowners Association meeting (Aug. 2010)
State project: 6007-053-133, P101, R201, C501