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Link to Route 15 reportRoute 15 Open House Held September 26; Follow-up Survey Closed

Thanks to all who took the Route 15 Concept Preference Survey, which was conducted as a follow up to the  Route 15 Safety and Operations Study open house on September 26, 2018. The survey closed October 18, 2018.

Links to other materials presented at the open house are below.

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 of Supervisors 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. The study is underway and is expected to be presented to the Board in early 2019.

March 2018 Open Houses Held/Route 15 Survey Conducted
Thanks to all who attended the open houses on the Route 15 Safety and Operations Study March 9 and 10, 2018, and who took the online survey, which is now closed. Links to materials presented at the open houses are online.

Route 15 Congestion Report - Update Report to Board of Supervisors
On September 20, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved the Route 15 Congestion Report Recommendations, which directed to staff to initiate the design and construction of Route 15 between Battlefield Parkway NE and Montresor Road, implementing the following design parameters:

  • Widen Route 15 to a rural four-lane median divided cross section
  • Signalized continuous green "T" intersection at King Street
  • Replace the traffic signal at White's Ferry Road with a new traffic signal, to accommodate the four-lane divided roadway
  • Construct a realigned section of Limestone School Road to connect with Route 15 at Montresor Road and include a two-lane hybrid roundabout at Montresor Road, transitioning back to the two-lane cross section north of Montresor Road; and
  • Incorporate context sensitive design methodology and follow the Journey Through Hallowed Ground's design guidelines where feasible.

The Board item is online below:

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: 

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. 

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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