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Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road Interchange
 Aerial Photos SlideshowJune 2018 aerial view of project
 View larger versions of the aerial photos here.

 Detours August 8-October 2018
Link to maps of detours
 Click here or on the image above for maps of detours from August 8, 2018, through October 2018.
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. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019. 

Rt. 7 Night Closures August - October 2018

Nighttime lanes closures and detours to accommodate work on the Route 7/659 interchange project began August 8, 2018, and are scheduled to continue through late October 2018, weather permitting. Maps of the detours that will be in place during the three phases of the closure process are online here.

During this time, motorists will be subject to single- and double-lane closures to allow for asphalt mill and pavement operations. Additionally, road closures and detours to allow for the installation of storm water crossings on eastbound and westbound Route 7 will occur. Nighttime work will begin as early as 9:00 p.m. for Route 7 eastbound and 10:00 p.m. for Route 7 westbound, including weekends, to allow for longer work durations.

All nighttime work will conclude prior to peak morning traffic as coordinated and approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Overall project daytime construction activities will be ongoing through this period including work on Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road). In advance of nighttime work, electronic message boards will be posted prior to each planned lane and road closure.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution in construction zones and along the detour routes throughout the duration of the project. The Route 7 road closures and detours will be performed in three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Eastbound Route 7: The first phase includes storm water crossings outside the Belmont Ridge Road ramps and spurs that are adjacent to the Goose Creek Bridge. The detour will require using the Route 7 eastbound exit onto River Creek Parkway, north to Riverside Parkway, east to Belmont Ridge Road, and south back onto Route 7 east via the Belmont Ridge Road interchange ramp. The duration of phase 1 is expected to be approximately one and a half weeks.
  • Phase 2 – Eastbound Route 7: The second phase includes storm water crossings that will be completed concurrently and are inside the Belmont Ridge Road ramps and spurs. Therefore, the detour will use the Route 7 eastbound exit onto Belmont Ridge Road, south to the intersection of future Russell Branch Parkway where traffic will make a U-turn onto Belmont Ridge Road, north and back onto Route 7 eastbound via the interchange spur. Follow law enforcement direction at the Russell Branch Parkway where traffic will make a U-turn onto Belmont Ridge Road. The duration of phase 2 is expected to be approximately three weeks.
  • Phase 3 – Westbound Route 7: During installation of the three storm water crossings under Route 7 westbound, the detour will use the Route 7 westbound exit onto Belmont Ridge Road, north to Riverside Parkway, west to River Creek Parkway, south and back onto Route 7 west via the River Creek interchange spur. The duration of phase 3 is expected to be approximately three and a half weeks.

Blasting Underway at Project Site: Final Blast Expected August 14, 2018

The final instance of blasting at the site of the Route 7 and Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange construction project is scheduled to occur on or about August 14, 2018. The blasting is taking place along the east side of Belmont Ridge Road north of the Route 7 interchange bridge. The blasting is for the installation of a storm sewer.

The blasting is expected to occur between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as conditions permit. Road closures are not expected as a result of the blasting; but if necessary, any road closures will be managed in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation and Loudoun County requirements.  All blasting will be managed in accordance with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s requirements.  

Rt. 7/659 Interchange Now Fully Open to Traffic

The last interchange ramp for the Route7/659 project has opened to traffic. The opening of the final interchange ramp on August 6, 2018, opens movements on and off of the fully functioning interchange bridge. 

The project included designing and constructing a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of Rt. 7 and Belmont Ridge Road and the widening of existing Belmont Ridge Road, from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane, median-divided roadway with associated pedestrian facilities, between Rt. 7 and Gloucester Parkway. The project removed the last traffic signal on Rt. 7 between Lexington Drive and Battlefield Parkway, accomplishing the county’s goal of transforming Rt. 7 into a limited-access highway. The new interchange has improved roadway safety and mobility. Additionally, bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Route 659 have been constructed within the project limits.

The Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Department of Transportation and others recognized this significant milestone in the project during a ceremony on July 27, 2018. While the opening of the ramp puts the interchange into full functionality, construction of the project is not scheduled to be complete until February 2019. 

Loudoun County and the project team appreciate the community’s patience and attention to safety during construction! Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure by email
Link to larger view
Click here or on the image above for a larger view, which shows pedestrian routes, including shared use paths for bikes and pedestrians, highlighted in pink. 
 

Safety Reminder
 
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.

Contract Awarded
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:


Background
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.

Funding
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). 

Contact
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.  

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