Route 7 Traffic Flow Improvements
The Route 7 Traffic Flow Improvements Project is designed to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as reduce travel time through the busy section of the Route 7 corridor, from Potomac View Road through Augusta Drive.
The project will widen the intersection and add turn lanes at Potomac View Road; add a right turn lane on Route 7 eastbound to Sterling Boulevard; widen Sterling Boulevard to add an additional left turn lane onto Route 7 westbound; increase the length of the turn lanes on Sterling Boulevard; add an acceleration lane on eastbound Route 7 from Sterling Boulevard; and provide improvements to the intersection for turning and through movements at Augusta Drive.
August 2013: New Lanes Open
All new lanes are open and traffic signals are now complete. The project is on schedule for final completion and acceptance for Fall 2013.
Project Update: June 2013
The project is expected to be substantially complete in the summer of 2013 and is on schedule for final completion in October 2013. A presentation about the project was made at a community meeting on June 4, 2013, at the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station. The presentation is online:
In addition to the presentation, staff provided a detailed update of the project:
To Be Completed
- Erosion and Sediment Control and Maintenance
- Temporary Signage, median barrier, attenuators, etc.
- Survey and layout
- Relocated Utilities
- Storm water pipe, under drain and structures (to include crossing Rt. 7 EB)
- Rough Grading-Cut/Fill operations
- Fine grading
- Demolition of pavement, curb/gutter and removal of existing structures/pipe
- Curb & Gutter and “flat work”
- Multiple phases of maintenance of traffic for the roadway widening to include lane shifts on Augusta Drive
- Road widening, shoulders. subgrade, sub-base
- Asphalt base and intermediate courses
- Temporary pavement markings/striping prior to milling operations
- Junction boxes, conduit, boring under roadways and foundations for signal work
- Approximately 50% of Biorention Ponds, subgrade stabilization, seeding, etc.
- Approximately 50% of Biorention Ponds, subgrade stabilization, seeding, landscaping
- Milling (pavement planing)
- Loop installation, conductors, signal work to include one pole/mast arm
- Surface asphalt and pavement markings
- Complete fine grading and seeding
- Punch list, final acceptance, turn over to VDOT
General Excavation, Inc has permanently closed, as designed, the Sterling Boulevard access points to East and West Amhurst Street, including the median crossover. See map below:
Community Meeting Held October 4, 2012: Presentation is Online
Loudoun County hosted a community meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2012, to provide an update on the Route 7 Traffic Flow Improvements project. The meeting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Dominion High School, 21326 Augusta Drive in Sterling. The presentation prepared for the meeting is online:
September 2012 Project Update
Road construction began in early August 2012 and will continue throughout the following months. In the next few months the contractor will be concentrating on widening Route 7 eastbound and westbound by working in the median area. This work will entail:
- Cutting and filling to design grades
- The demolition of pavement and curb/gutter
- Placement of sub base material
- Asphalt paving
- Storm sewer installation
- Guardrail installation
- Utility relocations
- Signalization work at Potomac View Road and Route 7
Lane shifts and median barrier placement will be necessary to accommodate this work and only temporary daily/nightly lane closures will be permitted. All through and turn lanes will be open as presently exist. Variable message signs will be placed in the area to alert the traveling public of any impending work or other applicable notices. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013. Please keep checking back for updates to this webpage.
Community Meeting Held June 28, 2012; Presentation is Online
Loudoun County hosted a community information meeting on the Route 7 Traffic Flow Improvements Project on June 28, 2012, at Cascades Library.
Loudoun County staff as well as representatives of the county’s engineering consultant on the project, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, and General Excavation, Inc., provided area residents with an update on the project. Information was provided regarding the scope of the project; actual planned operations such as lanes shifts, starting/ending locations, hours of operation; the project schedule, and potential impacts on the community. There was also a question-and-answer period. The presentation given at the meeting is online: