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Nov 02

Route 50 and Trailhead Drive Roundabout Project Begins the ROW phase

Posted on November 2, 2023 at 9:46 AM by Heidi Kellum

The Route 50 and Trailhead Drive Roundabout Project has reached the Right-of-Way acquisition (ROW) phase, according to the design-build project team. This phase begins once the design work has progressed far enough to determine definitively the land rights the project requires. 

During ROW, our land acquisition team negotiates with the affected property owners for the land rights the project requires. Independent appraisals are required to determine the value of the affected properties. The process is governed by federal and state law to ensure fair compensation for the land. Review A Guide for Property Owners and Tenants (PDF) for details. 

Utility relocations to make way for the upcoming construction of the roundabout will follow the completion of the ROW process, currently estimated for winter 2024. More information about Loudoun County Capital Projects and phases is provided at

About the Project

The Route 50 and Trailhead Drive Roundabout is intended to improve traffic operations and control operating speeds along Route 50 at this intersection. The roundabout will include two westbound lanes to provide for left-turning and through/right-turning traffic. The northbound approach from Trailhead Drive will include a dedicated bypass lane to eastbound Route 50. The roundabout will be constructed to enable future expansion.

The major elements of the project include design and construction of the roundabout, stormwater management, drainage improvements and roadway lighting to facilitate safe traffic operations within the roundabout at night. 

For more information about the Route 50 and Trailhead Drive roundabout project, visit the project page.