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. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Night Lane Closures at Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road Planned in December 2017
Loudoun County officials announce upcoming planned night lane closures of Route 7 at the Route7-659 interchange project. The closures are necessary to remove temporary bridge overhang material and an overhead sign.
- The removal of the temporary bridge overhang material and overhead sign affecting eastbound lanes on Route 7 is planned to begin the night of Sunday, December 10, 2017, and will continue nightly until the morning of Friday, December 15, 2017. Single and double lane closures, as required, are set to begin at 10:00 p.m. and all lanes will be open to traffic by 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
- The removal of the temporary bridge overhang material affecting the westbound lanes on Route 7 is planned to begin the night of Sunday, December 17, 2017, and will continue nightly until the morning of Friday, December 22, 2017. Single and double lane closures, as required, are set begin at 10:00 p.m. and all lanes will be open to traffic by 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
This work is not expected to require a complete closure of Route 7 in either direction and a minimum of one lane is planned to be open. However, law enforcement will be on-site to direct traffic during the course of the work and should it be determined that a full closure is necessary for the safety of the travelling public, complete road closures will only occur between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. for a maximum of 20 minutes.
Loudoun County and the project team appreciate the community’s patience and attention to safety during construction!
Questions about the project 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 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