Sep 18

The Next Phase of Riverside Parkway Construction is Underway

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 9:52 AM by Heidi Kellum

The next phase of construction activities for the entire length of the newly constructed Riverside Parkway from Pearl Crescent to Loudoun County Pkwy are now underway. Work currently includes curb and gutter, aggregate stone base, paving, utilities and a traffic signal. Motorists may experience minor delays in this area on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The temporary detour on Smith Circle west will continue to be used by all traffic until October 2020. A new temporary detour will be built on Smith Circle east in late September or early October. Once opened, drivers are encouraged to proceed with caution.

By early October 2020, traffic will be rerouted onto a short section of newly constructed Riverside Parkway, starting at Pearl Crescent Square and ending at Smith Circle West. Message boards and orange barrels will be in place for safety and to direct traffic. In addition, Lexington Drive from Silvery Blue Terrace to Blue Mount Nursery will be permanently closed and removed. Motorists are advised to use the newly constructed Garden Center Court to access Blue Mount Nursery at the intersection of the Smith Circle West and Riverside Parkway. View the Riverside Parkway temporary traffic plan for details.

The intersection at Silvery Blue Terrace will remain closed while a new entrance to Silvery Blue Terrace is constructed to align with the new roadway. A detour, from Silvery Blue Terrace to Pearl Crescent Square will allow access to Lexington Drive until the reconstructed entrance at Silvery Blue Terrace is safe for vehicular traffic. View the Silvery Blue Terrace detour plan for details.

This project will extend Riverside Parkway from Silvery Blue Terrace to Loudoun County Parkway at George Washington Boulevard. The scope of work includes the construction of a new four-lane, divided road segment, the removal of Lexington Drive on both sides of Route 7, a new Loudoun Water main, and the replacement of the existing temporary traffic signal at Loudoun County Parkway and George Washington Boulevard with a permanent signal. 

The completion of Riverside Parkway, in conjunction with the planned Battlefield Parkway Interchange project, will improve traffic flow and will allow Route 7 to operate as a freeway west of Countryside Boulevard in Loudoun County. 

Construction of this segment of Riverside Parkway is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. 

More information can be found at loudoun.gov/riversideparkway

Jul 16

Temporary Detour Planned on Smith Circle West

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 10:11 AM by Shawn Zelman

Since our last construction update, a temporary detour on Smith Circle west is planned to be completed on July 17, 2020 and used by all traffic until October 2020. Message boards and orange barrels will be in place for safety and to direct traffic. 

The construction of a detour on Smith Circle east is expected to be completed by September 2020, weather permitting. 

The Riverside Parkway project is on schedule to be completed in fall 2021.

For more information about this project, visit the project page at Loudoun.gov/riversideparkway.

Jun 03

Crews Make Progress on Riverside Parkway Construction

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 2:34 PM by Heidi Kellum

Since our March construction update, storm water management facilities for the Riverside Parkway construction project have been excavated and will remain at temporary grades for the next several months. Erosion and sediment control work is ongoing. Temporary detour roads on Smith Circle (east & west) are under construction and expected to be complete by June 10. 

Work to construct the roadway embankment has begun and will continue over the next several weeks. Existing roadways in the area are subject to temporary lane closures on weekdays, with possible closures on evenings and weekends. 

Underground utility work is in process and will continue for several weeks. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are cautioned to proceed with care near the construction area, as they may encounter steel plates and loose gravel during utility installation.

Work is underway that will allow for the reopening of the west bound lanes on Lexington Drive from Smith Circle to Pearl Crescent Square. Until the reopening, traffic will continue to be diverted to the two existing eastbound lanes and this segment of Lexington Drive will be subject to one lane closures on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As a reminder, temporary construction entrances have been established on Smith Circle (east & west). Motorists may experience minor delays due to flagging in this area on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for construction activities. Also, the intersection of Silvery Blue Terrace and Lexington Drive will remain closed while a new entrance to Silvery Blue Terrace is constructed to align with the new roadway. A detour, from Silvery Blue Terrace to Fiery Skipper Terrace to Pearl Crescent Square, will allow access to Lexington Drive until the reconstructed entrance at Silvery Blue Terrace is safe for vehicular traffic. View the detour plan for details.

The project is on schedule to be completed in fall 2021.

For more information about this project, visit the project page at Loudoun.gov/riversideparkway.