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.
Night Closures to Begin March 27, 2017
Loudoun County officials announce upcoming planned night closures to set structural steel for the future Belmont Ridge Road interchange at the intersection of Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) and Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road). The work will occur in two phases with the first phase scheduled to begin the night of Monday, March 27, 2017. The impacts of the two phases are as follows:
Route 7 westbound single-lane closures are set begin at 10:00 p.m. on or about Monday, March 27, 2017, weather permitting. During Phase 1, the Route 7 eastbound left turn lanes to Route 659 north and left through lane will be closed, beginning at 10:00 p.m. Complete closures of Route 7 and Route 659 will occur at 20-minute intervals between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Law enforcement personnel will be onsite directing traffic throughout the work. During the 20-minute interval closures, Route 659 northbound and southbound will be closed onto Route 7 westbound. Turning movements throughout the night work will be subject to the direction of law enforcement personnel. Phase 1 night work and road closures will occur Monday through Friday nights and are expected to take 11 working days, weather permitting, with planned completion of Phase 1 on or about April 10, 2017.
: Route 7 eastbound single lane closures are set to begin at 10:00 p.m. immediately following completion of Phase 1 night work and road closures on or about April 11, 2017. During Phase 2, the Route 7 eastbound left turn lanes onto Route 659 north and the Route 7 eastbound left and center through lanes will be closed, beginning at 10:00 p.m. Route 7 and Route 659 closures will occur at 20-minute intervals between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Phase 2 night work and road closures will occur Monday through Friday nights and are expected to take six working days from the completion of Phase 1, weather permitting, with planned completion of Phase 2 on or about April 20, 2017. An aerial image showing the structural steel phases is online:
In advance of the start of Phase 1, electronic message boards will be posted on or about March 17, 2017, to advise the public of night work. The signs will remain in place through the completion of Phase 2. Loudoun County officials ask that motorists plan ahead to take alternate routes to avoid this area during the affected times.
Loudoun County and the project team appreciate the community’s patience and attention to safety during construction!
Questions about the work 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 utility relocation work began in December 2014 and is planned to be completed by the fall of 2015. The "Notice to Proceed" that starts the contract construction time of 36 months is expected in September 2015.
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