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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 -November 2018
Link to maps of detours
 Click here or on the image above for maps of detours from August - November 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 Continue into November 2018

Due to rainy weather in the summer and fall, nighttime lane closures and road closures to accommodate work on the Route 7/659 (Belmont Ridge Road) interchange project will continue into November 2018. Maps of the eastbound and westbound detours in place during the closure process are online here.

In addition, night work may also include single lane closures on north and southbound Belmont Ridge Road to allow for pavement surfacing. 

In order to complete the operations work before the Thanksgiving holiday, work will occur six nights a week - Sunday night through Friday night/Saturday morning. 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 periods. Night work on Route 659 will begin as early as 9:00 p.m.  

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

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 two phases:

  • Detour: Eastbound Route 7: 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. T
  • Detour: Westbound Route 7: 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. 

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:

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.  

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