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 *****
Beginning Saturday, August 1, there will temporarily be no direct access between Route 7 and Fort Johnston Road. The closure will last seven to ten days.
Motorists will be able to access Fort Johnston Road via Beacon Hill's Farm Market Road entrance.
On Saturday, August 1, the new extension of Fort Johnston Road to Alysheba Drive will be open to traffic, and access to and from Fort Johnston Road from Route 7 will be restricted. Residents of Fort Johnston Road will need to access Route 7 via Farm Market Road. A portion of Fort Johnston Road will be reduced from two lanes to one, and traffic flow will be maintained at all times through the use of flaggers positioned at each end of the lane closure. Map
On or before Monday, August 10, Fort Johnston Road at Route 7 will reopen for egress only. Map
The main items of work are:
- Continued construction of improvements at the Route 7 & Route 9 interchange and roundabouts on Route 9
- Inside widening in the median for the third westbound lane on Route 7 and improved side street access at Roxbury Hall Road, Fort Johnston Road and White Gate Place
- Fort Johnston Road extension
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