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Route 7 Truck-Climbing Lane and Operational Improvements

From West Market Street to Route 9 in Loudoun County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
June 26, 2014

Est Completion Date
Oct. 22, 2015

$36.4 million total



Northern Virginia

Sanjeev Suri, P.E., PMP
Project Manager
C. Michael Pruitt (CES)
Construction Manager
Shirlene Cleveland, P.E.
Program Manager for Design Build Projects

Construction Updates

December 2014

Cut-to-fill operations have continued along the Route 7 westbound shoulder. Approximately 2000 feet west of Farm Market Road has been fine graded with stone in place and 600 feet has been paved with underdrain installed. Clearing has continued along the westbound lanes for new Fort Johnston Road alignment as well as construction of the deceleration and acceleration lanes for Roxbury Hall Road along the eastbound lanes of Route 7.

Temporary traffic control barriers are up on the right shoulder of the eastbound lane along Route 7 between Roxbury Hall Road and West Market Street. The purpose of the barriers is to allow for construction of an acceleration lane from Roxbury onto eastbound Route 7.

Construction progress is continuing on the project with the outside widening of the westbound lanes. It is anticipated that the right shoulder for the westbound lanes will be completed from Farm Market Road to Route 9 by the end of January 2015. Additional clearing is ongoing for the project, as is the construction of retaining wall and stormwater management basins.    

About the Project

The purpose of this project is to improve safety and ease congestion along westbound Route 7 between West Market Street and Route 9 by constructing a truck climbing lane for slow-moving heavy vehicles. Currently, heavy trucks such as tractor-trailers often slow traffic behind them as they travel the steep grade. The project also features the following safety and operational improvements:

• Reconfigured medians to reduce turn conflicts, and some side street intersection modifications
• Two new roundabouts where the ramps to and from Route 7 meet Route 9 to improve traffic flow and reduce delay along Route 9
• Relocated W&OD Trail through the Route 9 interchange to reduce conflicts between trail users and vehicles
• A new road segment to complete the connection of neighborhoods along Beechnut Road
• Extension of Fort Johnston Road to provide a connection to Alysheba Drive, Farm Market Road and Leeland Orchard Road.
• A new turn lane from eastbound West Market Street to the westbound Route 7 on-ramp.

VDOT is administering the project in cooperation with the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County.

VDOT awarded the design-build contract to the Shirley/Dewberry team on Oct. 25, 2013. Construction commenced on the project June 26, 2014 with the installation of construction signage. The Roxbury interchange has been modified from input received at the "Pardon Our Dust" meeting held on May 15, 2014. An artist rendering of this revised interchange is available below.


Project Western Limits Additional Landscaping (PDF)
Project Western Limits Additional Landscaping (JPG)
Project Eastern Limits Exhibit 
Project Western Limits Exhibit
Graphic of Roundabout Operations
Artist Rendering of Revised Roxbury Interchange
Project Exhibit
"Pardon Our Dust" meeting presentation (May 2014)        
Environmental Design approval
Endorsements from Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun Board of Supervisors
Public hearing project brochure (May 2012) and responses to comments received
Detail views of improvements for West Market Street and Route 9 interchanges
Categorical Exclusion 
Draft Noise Report (Oct. 2011)
Final Noise Report (Jan. 2013)
Traffic volumes (8 MB) and crash data (14 MB)
Comments from Beacon Hill Homeowners Association meeting (Aug. 2010)

Project #6007-053-133, P101, R201, C501 – UPC# 58599

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