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. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Planned Bridge Work, Traffic Shifts & Detours Scheduled to Begin March 2018
Loudoun County officials announce a traffic shift as part of preparations for a significant milestone of the Route 7-659 interchange project: the first phase of the opening of the interchange bridge. The work will consist of two phases to allow for the construction of the ramps and spurs on the southeast corner and northeast corner of the interchange bridge. The work will eliminate the traffic signal on Route 7 and relocate Belmont Ridge Road northbound and southbound traffic onto the bridge.
During the initial traffic shift, detours will be necessary to allow traffic to access Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 westbound. The first phase of the work is scheduled to begin on or about March 20, 2018, weather permitting. The impact of the two phases are as follows:
Phase One: The first phase opens traffic to the ramps and spurs on the west side of the bridge, eliminates the signal at existing Route 7, and puts Belmont Ridge Road traffic and the signal onto the interchange bridge. The Phase One traffic shift will allow the contractor to begin construction of the ramps and spurs on the east side of the bridge concurrently. This phase is expected to take about two months to complete and will require traffic detours onto Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and onto Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 westbound. Click here or on the image at right for a map of the detours that will be place during Phase One.
: The second phase will open traffic to the ramp and spur at the southeast corner of the interchange, allowing access onto Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road and allowing the contractor to complete construction of the ramp at the northeast corner. The Phase Two traffic shift is planned to be completed within one month. Click here
or on the image at right for a map of the detours that will be in place during Phase Two.
Blasting for Route 7 & 659 Interchange Construction Project Begins Feb. 12, 2018
Loudoun County officials announce that blasting for the Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) and Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange construction project will begin on or about February 12, 2018, and continue weekly for approximately two months. The blasting will occur within the median of Route 7.
Blasting is generally scheduled to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as conditions permit. The blasting may cause temporary road closures for brief periods, generally not longer than 20 minutes. All closures will be managed in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation and Loudoun County requirements. All blasting will comply with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s requirements. Electronic message boards will be posted to advise the public of blasting.
Lane Closure Planned to Begin January 8, 2018, for Northbound Belmont Ridge Road through Promenade Drive
Loudoun County officials announce an upcoming long-term, left-lane closure on northbound Belmont Ridge Road, approximately 250 feet north and 650 feet south of the Promenade Drive intersection. The lane closure, part of the Route 7-Route 659 interchange construction project, is set to begin on or about Monday, January 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to remain in effect for three to four weeks, depending on the weather.
The northbound left lane of Belmont Ridge Road will remain closed until work on portions of the Promenade Drive intersection and improvements on northbound Belmont Ridge Road are complete. Pavement markings and signage will be modified along Belmont Ridge Road northbound to communicate the changes.
The right turn lane onto Promenade Drive from Belmont Ridge Road northbound will not be affected. Additionally, the double left- and single right-lane turn onto Belmont Ridge Road north and south from Promenade Drive will not be affected.
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.
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 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