Route 15 Bypass Interchange at Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road
|New interchange and bike/ped improvements in the Town of Leesburg|
Project at a Glance
Lengths and Limits
Along Route 15 from just south of Fort Evans Road to just north of Edwards Ferry Road
Location & Design
About the Project
This project will construct a new interchange at the Route 15 Bypass intersections of Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road, including new crosswalks and sidewalks along the Route 15 Bypass at Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road, and a new shared-use path along westbound Fort Evans Road. The project aims to relieve congestion, increase capacity and improve safety.
The project area has experienced significant commercial growth in the past 15 to 20 years. As a result, traffic volumes are beyond the capacity of the existing at-grade signalized intersections.
Currently, there is heavy congestion due to high traffic volumes on the Bypass during peak periods, as well as heavy turn movements to and from Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road. The existing road network lacks continuous sidewalks and existing conditions do not allow bicyclists and pedestrians to safely cross Route 15.
Existing traffic volumes on Route 15 are expected to increase 25 to 30% by the year 2040. Increased traffic demand will result in more congestion, longer peak periods, fewer opportunities for safe pedestrian movements, and increased traffic safety concerns. Design alternatives were evaluated based on criteria established at the first public information meeting held in March 2016 and based on public input received at the second public information meeting held in March 2017.
The project is funded through preliminary engineering and includes Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funds.
Schedule and Costs
First Public Information Meeting - March 2016
Second Public Information Meeting - March 2017
Design Public Hearing - May 2018
Begin Construction - Additional funding sources must be identified
Preliminary Engineering - $6.5 million
Right of Way Acquisition/Utility Relocation - $6 million
Construction: $97.5 million
Total: $110 million
The following video shows a simulation of the new interchange and traffic flow based on 2040 traffic volumes:
Preparation of an environmental document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion has been prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 23 CFR 771. Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on properties is also included in the environmental document. The environmental document will be available for public review and comment at the design public hearing.
A Preliminary Traffic Noise Study has also been prepared.
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)