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Aug. 5, 2016
GLOUCESTER PARKWAY EXTENSION OPEN TO TRAFFIC
New east-west link from Ashburn to Route 28 corridor
Gloucester Parkway bridge over Broad Run.
ASHBURN – A new 3/4-mile extension of Gloucester Parkway open to traffic yesterday, connecting Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific and Nokes boulevards in Ashburn, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
This new piece completes an important east-west link between Ashburn and the Route 28 corridor, adding capacity to help alleviate congested parallel roads and to better distribute traffic along Route 28. The entire Gloucester Parkway corridor is now almost six miles, beginning at Belmont Ridge Road to the west and connecting with Nokes Boulevard to carry traffic beyond Route 28 to the east.
In its first year, Gloucester Parkway is projected to carry more than 10,000 vehicles per day that currently use Route 7 to the north and Waxpool Road to the south. By 2033, the projected use is about 33,000 vehicles per day.
The new section of road is four-lanes divided and includes a new shared-use path, sidewalk and traffic signals at each end.
The Gloucester bridge over Broad Run is now the longest “jointless” bridge in Virginia, meaning the bridge superstructure and substructure, particularly the girders and bearings, shouldn’t require significant maintenance for many decades.
Shirley Contracting and Dewberry were the design-build contractors. The $30 million project began construction in November 2014, and was administered by VDOT with funding from Loudoun County.
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