Round Hill to Franklin Park Trail
In March 2014, 90 percent design plans for the Round Hill to Franklin Park Trail were submitted to the Loudoun County Department of Building and Development, the Town of Round Hill, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for review and comment. The design plans for the project were approved by VDOT on November 17, 2015, and by the Loudoun County Department of Building and Development on January 29, 2016. The Land Acquisition Team is currently in the process of reaching out to all affected property owners to acquire the necessary right of way and easements.
The trail segment layouts are online:
Staff from the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) which will be administering the project, also met with the Town of Round Hill Land Use Committee in March 2014 to begin coordinating the project with the Town’s Main Street improvement project. Storm sewer improvements to Main Street will be connected to the storm sewer system planned for East Loudoun Street.
General Project Information
Staff from the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) which will be administering the project, met with the Town of Round Hill Land Use Committee in March 2014 to begin coordinating the project with the Town’s Main Street improvement project, including connecting storm sewer improvements on Main Street to the storm sewer system planned for East Loudoun Street.
In December 2013, soil borings were drilled along the trail route to test soil conditions for pavement, sidewalk, and storm drain designs.
In September 2013, VDOT approved the design waiver request to reduce the buffer strip width along East Loudoun Street.
In June 2013, a preliminary design of the Round Hill to Franklin Park Trail was submitted to Loudoun County government agencies, the Town of Round Hill , and the VDOT for review and comment. A VDOT design waiver was also submitted requesting a reduction in the grass strip width between the curb and sidewalk (buffer strip) to keep as much of the development within the existing right-of-way as possible.
On April 9, 2013, a Public Information Session with held at the Round Hill Town Hall to acquaint interested citizen with the preliminary trail layout and how it may possibly affect adjacent properties.
The Round Hill to Franklin Park trail involves the construction of sidewalks and mixed use asphalt trails to provide pedestrian and and bicycle conductivity between the Town of Round Hill and Franklin Park. Specifically, five-foot wide concrete sidewalks will be added to both sides of East Loudoun Street between Main Street and Evening Star Drive in Round Hill. Also, curb and gutter as well as storm drain inlets and piping will be added to this section of road to improve drainage.
The project also includes the construction of a ten-foot wide, mixed-use asphalt trail from the Lake Point subdivision to the center of Franklin Park. Privately developed mixed-use trails through the Round Hill, Section IB and Lake Point subdivisions will link the improvements along East Loudoun Street to the mixed-use trail to be constructed to Franklin Park.
Funding has been obtained from a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Transportation Enhancement Grant to perform the majority of the construction with county funding for trail design and easement acquisition.