Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road Interchange
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The Route 7/Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) project provides for the design and construction of an interchange at the intersection of Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) and Belmont Ridge Road. Please check back as the project progresses for updates.
Planned Weekend Closures at Belmont Ridge Road & Gloucester Parkway for Route 7 & 659 Interchange Construction May 19-22, 2017
Loudoun County officials announce an upcoming planned closure of a section of Gloucester Parkway in order to shift traffic onto the future southbound lanes of Belmont Ridge Road and connect Gloucester Parkway to the new temporary traffic pattern.
The Gloucester Parkway weekend closure is set to begin Friday, May 19, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. and is expected to last until 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017. During that time, construction activity will be conducted in 12-hour shifts night and day until the work required to connect Gloucester Parkway to the future southbound lanes of Belmont Ridge Road is completed. An alternate weekend has been set for June 2 to June 5, 2017, should the weather or an unforeseen circumstance prohibit the work from being conducted the weekend of May 19.
The Gloucester Parkway closure will extend from Belmont Ridge Road east to Alexandra’s Grove Drive and Tournament Parkway. Detours will be set up to maintain traffic north and south of Gloucester Parkway allowing traffic intended to access Belmont Ridge Road from westbound Gloucester Parkway or traffic intended to access Gloucester Parkway eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road to circumvent the road closure. Click on the image below for a larger view of the detour routes.
Loudoun County and the project team appreciate the community’s patience and attention to safety during construction!
In advance of the traffic shift and Gloucester Parkway closure, electronic message boards advising the public of the upcoming work will be posted on or about May 15, 2017. Loudoun County officials urge the traveling public to avoid the area during the weekend construction activity if possible, and if necessary, to follow the detour route signs to access portions of Gloucester Parkway not impacted by the road closure.
Questions about the work may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure by email.
Loudoun County issued a safety reminder when construction for the Route 7/659 Interchange project began. The project “Limits of Disturbance” are marked with stakes and white tape. Signage and/or safety fencing visually advises people in the area of active construction. Access to or through the project area is not permitted to ensure safety. This is particularly true for pedestrians in the vicinity.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held
Loudoun County officials and other dignitaries gathered Tuesday, October 13, 2015, for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Route 7/Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange and the widening of Belmont Ridge Road.
Notice to Proceed
In September 2014, the Loudoun County government issued a “notice to proceed” for the Route 7/Route 659 interchange and widening project.
On May 20, 2015, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
awarded the contract for the construction
of the interchange to Shirley Contracting in the amount of about $48.3 million. The Board item and the "Copy Teste," (the official record of the Board's action), are online:
The Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) intersection is currently an at-grade signalized intersection. The intersection is being designed for a grade-separated interchange in accordance with the Countywide Transportation Plan.
The project also includes approximately 1.4 miles of reconstruction of Belmont Ridge Road from two-lanes to a four-lane divided section from the interchange limits at Route 7 to Gloucester Parkway.
The utility relocation work began in December 2014 and is planned to be completed by the fall of 2015. The "Notice to Proceed" that starts the contract construction time of 36 months is expected in September 2015.
The Route 7/Route 659 Interchange project is funded through a combination of local, state and federal funds and in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
The Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure
is managing the design and construction of the project. In addition to the county, the engineer of record is Dewberry, the general contractor is Shirley Contracting, and the consultant is McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. Questions on the project may be directed to the county via email