Loudoun County officials have announced that Phase 2 of the Route 7-Belmont Ridge Road Interchange Project will begin June 21, weather permitting.
Detours and traffic shifts will be necessary as the southeast ramp opens.
According to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, this is the second part of the project that began earlier this year.
This phase will open the southeast ramp and spur allowing traffic to access Route 7 eastbound from Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) north and south. Inclement weather has been the primary factor in the delay of the Phase 2 traffic shift originally scheduled to begin in late May.
During Phase 2, traffic detours from Route 7 westbound will remain in effect until the construction of the northeast ramp and spur is completed. The work is expected to take about 30 days to complete.
Motorists can expect delays during daytime and nighttime hours and are encouraged to use alternative routes if possible. Electronic message boards will be posted on northbound and southbound Route 659 to advise the public of the southeast ramp and spur opening.
Phase 2 work follows the completion of the first phase of the opening of the interchange bridge. That work eliminated the traffic signal on Route 7 and moved Belmont Ridge Road northbound and southbound traffic onto the bridge.