A ribbon cutting July 27 marked the opening of the last interchange ramp at Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road, but the project to remove the traffic signal and ease congestion around the busy Loudoun County intersection will continue through February.
As part of that project, Loudoun County officials have announced planned nighttime lanes closures and detours to accommodate work beginning tonight (Aug. 8), weather permitting. The work is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and continue through late October 2018, weather permitting. Continued work on the project that includes the widening of Belmont Ridge Road from Route 7 to Gloucester Parkway is scheduled to continue until February 2019.
During this time, motorists will be subject to single- and double-lane closures to allow for asphalt mill and pavement operations. Additionally, road closures and detours to allow for the installation of storm water crossings on eastbound and westbound Route 7 will occur. Nighttime work will begin as early as 9 p.m. for Route 7 eastbound and 10 p.m. for Route 7 westbound, including weekends, to allow for longer work durations. All nighttime work will conclude prior to 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 Route 659 (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 Route 7 road closures and detours will be performed in three phases:
- Phase 1 – Eastbound Route 7: The first phase includes storm water crossings outside the Belmont Ridge Road ramps and spurs that are adjacent to the Goose Creek Bridge. The detour will require using the Route 7 eastbound exit onto River Creek Parkway, north to Riverside Parkway, east to Belmont Ridge Road, and south back onto Route 7 east via the Belmont Ridge Road interchange ramp. The duration of phase 1 is expected to be approximately one and a half weeks.
- Phase 2 – Eastbound Route 7: The second phase includes storm water crossings that will be completed concurrently and are inside the Belmont Ridge Road ramps and spurs. Therefore, the detour will use the Route 7 eastbound exit onto Belmont Ridge Road, south to the intersection of future Russell Branch Parkway where traffic will make a U-turn onto Belmont Ridge Road, north and back onto Route 7 eastbound via the interchange spur. Follow law enforcement direction at the Russell Branch Parkway where traffic will make a U-turn onto Belmont Ridge Road. The duration of phase 2 is expected to be approximately three weeks.
- Phase 3 – Westbound Route 7: During installation of the three storm water crossings under Route 7 westbound, the detour 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 phase 3 is expected to be approximately three and a half weeks.
More information, including maps of the planned lane closures and detour routes, is online at loudoun.gov/route7-659.
Questions about the project can be emailed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at firstname.lastname@example.org.