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Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road Interchange
 Aerial Photos SlideshowImage of route 7-659 interchange project
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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. 

Traffic Shifts Originally Planned for May 2018 Set to Begin June 21, 2018; Southeast Bridge Ramp and Spur of Interchange to Open
Loudoun County officials are pleased to announce the Phase 2 traffic shift at the Route 7/659 interchange project on or about Thursday, June 21, 2018, weather permitting.

Specifically, this phase will open the southeast ramp and spur allowing traffic to access Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) north and south. Inclement weather has been the primary factor in the delay of the Phase 2 traffic shift originally planned to go into effect in late May 2018.

It is expected to take approximately 30 calendar days from the opening of the southeast ramp and spur to complete construction of the northeast ramp and spur.
During this time, traffic detours from Route 7 westbound will remain in effect until the construction of the northeast ramp and spur is completed. Motorists can expect delays during daytime and nighttime hours and are encouraged to find alternative routes if possible.

map of the detours that will be in place during Phase 2 can be viewed here or by clicking on the image at right. 

The work is leading up to a significant milestone of the Route 7-659 interchange project: the first phase of the opening 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.  

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

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.

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. 

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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