Route 15 South Safety & Operational Study

Overview

  • The project consists of a safety and operational study of approximately 12 miles of Route 15 (James Monroe Highway) from the south corporate limit of the Town of Leesburg to the Prince William County line. The study will identify safety and traffic operational issues and present recommended solutions for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Throughout the study, public and focus group meetings will be held to capture local observations, perspectives and concerns along the corridor. 
  • The goal of the proposed improvements will be to ensure that this segment of Route 15 continues to carry local and commuter traffic safely and efficiently while preserving the unique context of the historical roadway.
  • Loudoun County’s approved Capital Improvement Program contains one project on the study corridor; the Route 15 and Braddock Road Roundabout, currently scheduled to begin design in 2024.
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Current Status: Complete

  • At the July 19, 2022, the Board of Supervisors approved the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study’s long-term recommendations in the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study. Review board item
  • At the June 23, 2022 Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) meeting, TLUC recommended that the Board of Supervisors endorse the long-term recommendations in the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study. 
  • On February 1, 2022, Loudoun County presented the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study final report to the Board of Supervisors. Review the itemThe Board of Supervisors forwarded the Route 15 South Safety and Operational Study to the TLUC for further discussion and recommendations. 
  • These short-term recommendations were identified and sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT):
    • Short- term improvement recommendations were identified which were sent to the VDOT to address as part of their maintenance program. One of those issues was the removal of overgrown vegetation to address sight distance issues at certain intersections. VDOT has removed overgrown vegetation based on the recommendations.
    • Loudoun County prepared a signage plan which has been submitted to VDOT for review. This plan suggests additional street signs to improve safety along the corridor. 
    • VDOT recently informed Loudoun County that they will adjust the length of the passing zones on US 15 between New Road and Braddock Road. This adjustment will include the closure of the passing zone at the entrance to Ohana Equestrian Preserve. 
  • Loudoun County hosted virtual public input meetings on July 30, 2020 and April 22, 2021 to review concept alternatives for the corridor. Review meeting materials under Meeting Documents.
  • Virtual Route 15 South Focus Group meetings were held on February 27, 2020, October 1, 2020, January 28, 2021 and September 1, 2021. Review meeting materials under Meeting Documents.

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Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about this project, email the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure or call 703-777-0251.

Media Inquires

Email Glen Barbour, Public Information Officer or call 703-771-5086.     

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