Route 9 Safety and Operational Study
- The purpose of this project is to conduct a Safety and Operational Study (SOS) of Route 9 in Virginia, encompassing 13 miles from the West Virginia border to Route 7. The study will identify safety and traffic operational issues and present recommended solutions for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
- Throughout the study, public and focus group meetings will be held to capture local observations, perspectives and concerns along the corridor.
- Route 9 is located in the rolling countryside in western Loudoun County; it serves farms and farm markets, equestrian facilities wineries and breweries, bed-and-breakfast facilities, and the historic Town of Hillsboro.
- The roadway is also a primary means of access between Maryland, West Virginia, and northwestern Loudoun, and is a key commuting route to and from Northern Virginia.
- Recently, this 13-mile stretch of highway has seen increased traffic and crashes. Between 2001 and 2018, traffic at Route 9 and Route 287 increased from an average of 13,000 to 18,000 vehicles per day. Between 2012 and 2016, 617 crashes were reported along Route 9, including five fatalities.
- Currently, Loudoun County’s approved Capital Improvement Program contains several projects along or near the corridor; Route 7/287 Interchange Modifications, design and construction of a new interchange at Route 7/690, and the Route 9/287 roundabout.
- The Town of Hillsboro has planned a traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and infrastructure project, which includes construction of roundabouts on Route 9 at the intersections of Route 719 (Stony Point Road) and Route 690 (Hillsboro Road). Learn more about the Hillsboro project.
Current Status: July 2020
- Work is underway to evaluate existing conditions along Route 9, including roadway and intersection safety, roadway design and traffic.
- The first Route 9 focus group meeting was held February 13, 2020. The focus group is intended to allow for discussion with property owners whose use or activity generates significant traffic, business owners and representatives of civic organizations located in the area. View focus group meeting documents.
- There will be up to five focus group meetings throughout the study. The anticipated completion of the study is the summer of 2021.
Virtual Public Input Meeting
- Members of the public are invited to attend the virtual meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 6 - 8 p.m. via Webex. For log-in information and to prepare for the meeting, review the presentation materials, submit a question in advance, sign-up to ask a question, and complete the survey.
Stay Informed About This Project
- View all project updates on the Route 9 Safety and Operational Study.
- Sign up for updates on this project in Notify Me, Blogs category.
- 06-29-17 Transportation Summit Information Item - Rural Primary Roads (PDF)
- 07-03-18 Board of Supervisors Action Item - Primary Rural Roads Safety and Operational Studies (PDF)
If you have questions about this project, email the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure or call 703-737-8299.
Email Glen Barbour, Public Information Officer or call 703-771-5086.