The traffic pattern at the intersection of Route 7 and Ashburn Village Boulevard in Loudoun County is scheduled to change on Wednesday evening due to the construction of a new interchange.
The interchange is being implemented to eliminate the existing traffic signal and help ease traffic congestion along Route 7, according to a news release. The new traffic patterns are expected to be in place for the next two months.
The shifts in traffic include:
- Northbound traffic on Ashburn Village Boulevard will move to the newly constructed bridge over Route 7.
- Vehicles turning right from northbound Ashburn Village Boulevard onto eastbound Route 7 will use the newly constructed ramp to merge onto Route 7.
- Vehicles traveling westbound on Route 7 to northbound Ashburn Village Boulevard, which provides access to Riverside Parkway, will use a newly constructed ramp, instead of turning right at the existing traffic signal.
According to the release, the new traffic pattern will also require two temporary detours, which will be marked by signs.
The detours include:
- Northbound traffic on Ashburn Village Boulevard will not be able to turn left to go westbound on Route 7. Motorists will cross Route 7, turn left onto Riverside Parkway, then turn left onto Lansdowne Boulevard and take the ramp onto westbound Route 7.
- Eastbound traffic on Route 7 will not be able to turn left to go northbound onto Ashburn Village Boulevard. Motorists will exit Route 7 onto Lansdowne Boulevard and turn right onto Riverside Parkway.
The project is being chiefly funded by One Loudoun, the mixed-use community located at Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway, according to an issue of Leesburg Today from October 2015. Additional funding of $5 million each was provided by the Loudoun County government, as well as Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “which owns the Janelia Research Campus on the north side of the intersection.”
Ground was originally broken for the project on Oct. 22, 2015, Leesburg Today’s report stated, with One Loudoun’s managing director, Bill May, as well as several county and state representatives in attendance.
Construction of the Route 7 and Ashburn Village Boulevard project is being managed by Miller and Smith, the developer of One Loudoun, and completed by Shirley Contracting Company, LLC.
Dewberry Consultants, LLC was the design and engineering firm behind the project.
The interchange project is part of what the news release called a larger effort to transform Route 7 into a limited access road, with no traffic signals between Countryside Boulevard in the Sterling and Potomac Falls area and East Market Street in Leesburg. This effort includes another interchange currently under construction at Route 7 and Route 659, otherwise known as Belmont Ridge Road.
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.