Loudoun County and the Virginia Department of Transportation have announced detours on westbound Route 7 at Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) will begin at 10 p.m. tonight (Sept. 19).
The detours and lane closures are part of the ongoing construction project to eliminate traffic signals and convert the intersection to an interchange. Traffic signals have already been removed but work is expected to continue at the intersection through October.
During this time, motorists will be subject to road closures and detours to allow for the installation of storm water crossings on westbound Route 7. Nighttime work will begin as early as 10 p.m., including weekends, to allow for longer work periods.
All nighttime work will conclude before peak morning traffic as coordinated and approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Overall project daytime construction activities will be ongoing through this period, including work on Belmont Ridge Road.. In advance of nighttime work, electronic message boards will be posted prior to each planned lane and road closure.
Motorists are encouraged to use caution in construction zones and along the detour routes throughout the duration of the project. The closures and detours beginning tonight will use the Route 7 westbound exit onto Belmont Ridge Road, north to Riverside Parkway, west to River Creek Parkway, south and back onto Route 7 west via the River Creek interchange spur. The duration of this detour is expected to be approximately three and a half weeks.
The last interchange ramp for the Route7/659 project opened Aug. 6. The project removed the last traffic signal on Rt. 7 between Lexington Drive and Battlefield Parkway, accomplishing the county’s goal of transforming Rt. 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.