Sunday, July 11, 2010

Expect Traffic Stops on Route 7 Near Route 9 This Week, July 12-16

Dominion Virginia Power stringing wires across roadway

Motorists should expect periodic daytime traffic stops for up to 15 minutes on Route 7 just west of the Charles Town/Route 9 interchange July 12-16, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). All lanes of traffic in both directions will be stopped while Virginia Dominion Power crews pull wires across roadways.

The stops will take place Monday between noon and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Friday between 9 a.m. and noon.

Each day, VDOT and Virginia State Police will monitor traffic volumes before stopping traffic for Dominion crews to pull lines across roadways.

Motorists can tentatively expect delays throughout the summer at these times and locations:
  • Mid-July: expect periodic stops on Route 7 near the interchange of Route 9.
  • Late-July - August: expect periodic stops on the Route 7 Bypass between Dry Mill Road and Route 15.
  • August-September: motorists will experience the most delays in this timeframe as workers string lines along Route 7 and the Bypass between Route 15 and River Creek Parkway.

Dominion Virginia Power is building a 12-mile, high-voltage power line from a new substation northwest of Hamilton, near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Route 7, to a substation off Cochran Mill Road east of Leesburg. The work requires crews to string electric lines along about nine miles of VDOT roads, crossing them a total of 15 times.

According to a VDOT press release, Route 7 carries about 38,000 vehicles a day near Hamilton and 72,000 vehicles a day through Leesburg.

For more information about Dominion’s project visit and enter “Pleasant View” in the search bar.

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