On Aug. 4, the long-awaited Gloucester Parkway extension connecting this Ashburn road to Nokes Boulevard in Sterling will open. The extension will relieve traffic congestion along Waxpool Road and Route 7, and improve options for local drivers.
A number of elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting dedication on July 28 near the new extension that spans Broad Run and the surrounding wetlands.
“It’s probably the most important road project we’ve done in Loudoun County in very, very many years,” said Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large).
The project came about sooner than anticipated after the county partnered with developer Kincora and the Commonwealth of Virginia to build the project faster.
“We’ve accelerated this road by at least a decade, if not two,” said Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), calling it a critical project. “For Ashburn, this is the most important missing link.”
Gloucester is expected to reduce vehicle trips along Waxpool Road by about 30 percent and along Route 7 by about 10 percent.
“That’s a huge amount of traffic,” said state Sen. Dick Black (R-13), who attended the ribbon cutting.
Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), whose district includes the Gloucester extension, said it demonstrates what can be accomplished when people work together.
“Private industry worked with government in a partnership by the way to help the county,” he said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
Randall and Michael Scott, a member of the development team, pointed out that the previous board of supervisors, in particular former chairman Scott K. York, pushed to have the project built faster. Scott said York called him almost immediately after Kincora secured its rezoning to figure out how to get Gloucester built faster.
Loudoun funded the project, which was among the first to borrow money from the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank. And CyrusOne’s recent purchase of 40 acres just south of Nokes Boulevard enabled Kincora’s development team – including NortonScott LLC and Tritec Development Group LLC – to repay $8 million of the $30 million loan. The remainder of the loan will be repaid with residential capital facilities fees as well as fees on commercial properties.
Scott also thanked the late Robert Klancher, a former planning commissioner who passed away earlier this year.
“His public service, guidance and judgment will have a long impact on Loudoun County,” Scott said.
Crews will continue finishing work on the extension for another week before it opens on Aug. 4.