Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Rt. 7/659 (Belmont Ridge Road) Interchange Now Fully Open to Traffic

The last interchange ramp for the Route7/659 (Belmont Ridge Road) project opened to traffic yesterday, Monday, Aug. 6. The opening of the final interchange ramp 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 Route 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 Route 7 and Gloucester Parkway. The project removed the last traffic signal on Route 7 between Lexington Drive and Battlefield Parkway, accomplishing the county's goal of transforming Route 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. 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.

Updates and notices for the Route 7/659 Interchange project construction phase can be found at www.loudoun.gov/route7-659. Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at route7-659@loudoun.gov.


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