Leesburg came one step closer to seeing construction begin on the Route 7/Battlefield Parkway Interchange after the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority included the $20 million project in its FY2017 construction program.
A previous $13 million allocation paid for preliminary engineering, leaving the project about $25 million short of full funding, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s estimates. That’s about $58 million for the entire project, which would replace the at-grade signaled intersection with a grade-separated interchange.
The project area includes Route 7 from Cardinal Park Drive to River Creek Parkway/Crosstrail Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with completion anticipated in 2022.
The Route 7/Battlefield interchange is the most dangerous intersection in Leesburg, according to information provided by the town. It is the last signalized Route 7 intersection between Route 28 and Leesburg. More than 85,000 vehicles pass through daily.
“This is a big victory for Leesburg,” commented Leesburg Mayor David Butler. “This award means that we have well over half the funding needed for this interchange … This project will substantially improve traffic flow into and out of Leesburg.”