Sidewalk and Trail Program
Loudoun County’s Sidewalk and Trail Program addresses missing bicycle and pedestrian links within the County based on comparing the existing bicycle and trail network and the proposed network highlighted in the 2019 Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP). The program will allow for proactive and systematic programming for the planning, design, and construction of projects to complete these “missing links”. Through the Sidewalk and Trail Program, a high priority will be placed on links to other regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD), and transportation services, including the Silver Line Metrorail.
Some program highlights:
- In 2018, Loudoun County established the Sidewalk and Trails Program as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
- Missing facility segments were prioritized based on five groupings including proximity to activity generators, proximity to transit access, roadway characteristics, safety, and the ability of a segment to improve connectivity between high-volume trip generators (network connectivity).
- Sidewalk and Trail projects are initiated and advanced to design and implementation phases in ascending priority order within the CIP.
- The Sidewalk and Trail Program will also include data obtained from the Equity Analysis Study and the Rural Priority Study completed by the Loudoun County.
- Funding for beginning design of projects in the Sidewalk and Trail Program began in 2021.
- Larger trail or shared use path (SUP) projects are completed as standalone CIP projects outside of the Sidewalk and Trail Program and can be found at loudoun.gov/capitalprojects.
Sidewalk and Trail Projects
Each individual sidewalk and trail project follows a standard process for project initiation and advancement within the County’s CIP. From start to finish, the estimated timeline for the construction of a sidewalk or trail segment can vary greatly depending on existing conditions, design complexity, utility relocations, and land acquisition needs.
The Sidewalk and Trail Program projects currently underway are listed in priority order and are as follows:
- Sterling Boulevard (W&OD Trail to Glenn Drive; Glenn Drive to Shaw Road) – This project will construct a 10-foot-wide asphalt pavement SUP from the W&OD Trail to Glenn Drive and a 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalk from Glenn Drive to Shaw Road along the north side of Sterling Boulevard.
- East Maple Avenue (Enterprise Street to South Sterling Blvd) – This project will construct a 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalk from Enterprise Street to South Sterling Boulevard along the east side of East Maple Avenue.
- West Church Road (Magnolia Road to West Holly Avenue) – This project will construct a 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalk from Magnolia Road to West Holly Avenue along the south side of West Church Road.
- June 2020: Sidewalk and Shared Use Path Prioritization Project Report (PDF)
- February 17, 2021 Transportation and Land Use Committee Meeting: Sidewalk and Trail Program Overview (PDF)
- July 21, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting: Sidewalk and Trail Program Update, Results of the Missing Links Prioritization Study (PDF)
- December 7, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting: Location and Design Endorsement – VDOT Metrorail Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Project (VDOT) (PDF)
- Search Board of Supervisors documents for information related to this project.
- If you have questions about this project, email the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure or call 703-737-8624.
- Email Glen Barbour, Public Information Officer or call 703-771-5086.