Route 15 at Edwards Ferry and Fort Evans Roads
|New interchange and other improvements in the Town of Leesburg|
Project at a Glance
This project aims to relieve congestion, increase capacity, and improve safety along about a mile of the Route 15 Bypass at Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road.
The area surrounding the two intersections has experienced significant commercial growth in the past 15-20 years. As a result, traffic volumes are beyond the capacity of the existing at-grade intersections.
Currently, there are high through-traffic volumes on the bypass during weekday morning and evening peak periods, as well as heavy turn movements to and from Edwards Ferry and Fort Evans roads, causing heavy congestion. Additionally, the road network has gaps in sidewalks, and existing conditions provide no opportunities for pedestrians to safely cross Route 15. These intersections also have a history of elevated crash rates.
- Construct a grade-separated interchange at Route 15 and Edwards Ferry Road.
- Improve facilities for pedestrians.
- Construct improvements at Fort Evans Road to address congestion and safety.
Route 15/Edwards Ferry Road Interchange Rendering
Preparation of an environmental document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion is anticipated to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 23 CFR 771. VDOT has initiated coordination with natural and historic resource agencies to obtain information about environmental resources in the project vicinity and to identify opportunities for avoidance, minimization and mitigation of potential environmental impacts.
First public information meeting - March 2016
Second public information meeting - March 2017
Design public hearing - Early 2018
Design approval - To be determined
Begin construction - To be determined
Estimated Project Costs
VDOT has entered into an agreement with the Town of Leesburg to administer engineering design of this project. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) has allocated $2 million to the Town to fund preliminary engineering studies to determine how best to improve traffic operations and safety for this location.
The preliminary engineering studies and design phase is currently funded. Additional funding sources are being pursued for the project to proceed to construction.
- Preliminary Engineering: $6-6.5 million
- Right of Way acquisition and Utility Relocation: $6-6.5 million
- Construction: $68-88 million
Total estimated project cost: $80-101 million
Second Public Information Meeting (March 2017)
First Public Information Meeting (March 2016)
- Project Location
- Design Alternative Evaluation Criteria
- Route 15 Crash Data Analysis
- Existing Traffic Conditions
- Projected No-Build Traffic Conditions
State: 0015-253-306, P101
Federal: STP-5A01 (700)