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Link to Route 15 Congestion Report and Board of Supervisors Item Public Open Houses for Safety and Operational Study (Whites Ferry Road to Maryland State Line)
Open houses are scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018, at Ida Lee Recreation Center (2:00-9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Lucketts Community Center (9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m). These sessions are being held to provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments and feedback on initial concepts that are being considered for the Route 15 corridor between Whites Ferry Road to the Maryland State line.  The meetings will be an open house format; the public is invited to come to the open house anytime during these sessions to view boards and maps, provide comments, and participate in a survey.

The Ida Lee Recreation Center is located at 60 Ida Lee Drive, N.W., Leesburg. The Lucketts Community Center is located at 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg.

Stakeholder Committee Meeting February 28, 2018
The next Route 15 Stakeholder Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dulles Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The agenda and related documents for the February 28, 2018, meeting and past meetings are posted below  under the "Stakeholder Committee" headline.

Route 15 Update Report to Board of Supervisors
On October 19, 2017, the Route 15 Congestion Update was presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The item summarizes the progress made on the actions that the Board directed be taken during the May 18, 2017, business meeting. The item also presents supplemental traffic analysis of these improvement alternatives: 
  • Flyover ramp at King Street and roundabout at Whites Ferry Road/Raspberry Drive
  • Flyover ramp at King Street and bowtie roundabouts at Whites Ferry Road/Raspberry Drive.  
The Board item is online below: 

Route 15 Congestion Report
The Route 15 Congestion Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on May 18, 2017.  It provides an analysis of improvements identified to relieve congestion on Route 15 north of the Town of Leesburg, including two recommended alternatives. 

The Board item, a presentation made during the meeting, and the "Copy Teste," the official record of the Board's action, are online:

Route 15 CTP Amendment
As directed by the Board of Supervisors, county staff has initiated a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM) to amend the 2010 Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP) to widen Route 15 from a two-lane local access undivided rural arterial roadway to a rural four-lane controlled access median divided arterial roadway between North King Street (US Route 15 Business) and Montresor Road (VA Route 661).  Information about the Route 15 CPAM is available on the Department of Planning's webpage. 

Route 15 Safety and Operational Study North of Whites Ferry Road to the Maryland State Line
At the May 18, 2017, Board of Supervisor’s meeting, the Board also directed staff to conduct a study of the safety and operational issues on Route 15 between Whites Ferry Road and the Maryland state line to identify progressive improvements that can be implemented. Public input has been provided on the key issues of this corridor.  Traffic counts will be taken in the Fall 2017.    

Stakeholder Committee
As directed by the Board of Supervisors, a Stakeholder Committee has been established which is comprised of representatives from homeowner associations that are located along the Route 15 corridor, and representatives from local business, community and preservation organizations.

The first Stakeholder Committee meeting was held on August 1, 2017; subsequent meetings were held in September 2017 and November 2017 with additional meetings planned in 2018. Stakeholder Committee documents are accessible below. 

Public Input Meetings: Presentation & Displays Online
Loudoun County held three public input meetings on proposals for the Route 15 corridor between Whites Ferry Road and the Maryland state line in June and July 2017. The agenda for the public meetings, the presentation that was given and maps that were on display are online:  The public input meetings were held June 26 in Leesburg and July 8 and July 15 in Lucketts.

Project Background
Route 15 (James Monroe Highway/Leesburg Bypass) is a four-lane, median-divided roadway in the Town of Leesburg that transitions to a two-lane roadway north of Battlefield Parkway and continues to the Maryland state line at the Point of Rocks bridge over the Potomac River.  The afternoon congestion on northbound Route 15 has been increasing in recent years; traffic routinely backs up beyond Battlefield Parkway. In recent years, both the Town of Leesburg and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have studied this segment of Route 15 to determine the cause of congestion and identify potential solutions. 
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Contact Information

The Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure is managing the Route 15 project. Questions on the project may be directed to the county via email.  

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