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.
Update: Blasting Resumes; Continuing to mid-October 2016
Loudoun County officials announce that blasting for the Route 7/Route 659 interchange construction that resumed on September 1, 2016, will continue until approximately October 15, 2016. Blasting will be concentrated on the northeast corner of the intersection for future storm sewer and water line installation.
Blasting is generally scheduled to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as conditions permit and may necessitate temporary road closures for brief periods generally not to exceed 20 minutes. All closures will be managed in accordance with VDOT and Loudoun County requirements. All blasting will be managed in accordance with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s requirements. Electronic message boards will be posted to advise of blasting.
Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure by email
Loudoun County and the project team appreciate the community’s patience and attention to safety during construction!
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. Read more...
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