Loudoun County officials announce a traffic shift as part of preparations for a significant milestone of the Route 7-659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange project: the first phase of the opening of the interchange bridge. The work will consist of two phases to allow for the construction of the ramps and spurs on the southeast corner and northeast corner of the interchange bridge. The work will eliminate the traffic signal on Route 7 and relocate Belmont Ridge Road northbound and southbound traffic onto the bridge. During the initial traffic shift, detours will be necessary to allow traffic to access Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 westbound. The first phase of the work is scheduled to begin on or about March 20, 2018, weather permitting. The impact of the two phases are as follows:
Phase One: The first phase opens traffic to the ramps and spurs on the west side of the bridge, eliminates the signal at existing Route 7, and puts Belmont Ridge Road traffic and the signal onto the interchange bridge. The Phase One traffic shift will allow the contractor to begin construction of the ramps and spurs on the east side of the bridge concurrently. This phase is expected to take about two months to complete and will require traffic detours onto Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and onto Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 westbound. A map of the detours that will be place during Phase One is online here.
Phase Two: The second phase will open traffic to the ramp and spur at the southeast corner of the interchange, allowing access onto Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and allowing the contractor to complete construction of the ramp at the northeast corner. The Phase Two traffic shift is planned to be completed within one month. A map of the detours that will be in place during Phase Two is online here.
In advance of Phase One and Two, electronic message boards will be posted one week in advance of each planned traffic shift to advise the public. The dates will also be posted along with other updates and notices for the Route 7-659 Interchange project at www.loudoun.gov/route7-659. Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure by email.
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