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Route 7 Business (East Market Street) STARS Study

Assessing improvements between Plaza Street and the Route 15 Bypass in the Town of Leesburg

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
April 2021

Est Completion Date
Spring 2022

Phase
Study

Cost
$100,000 (Study)

Lengths and Limits
Plaza St to Rt 15 Bypass

Locality
Leesburg

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Robin Youmans, P.E.
Location & Design
703-259-1996
Kimberly McCool, P.E.
Preliminary Engineering
703-259-3220

About the Study

This STARS (Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions) study is assessing potential operational, safety and accessibility improvements for about a half-mile of Route 7 Business (East Market Street) between Plaza Street and the Route 15 Bypass in Leesburg.

The study is assessing existing traffic and safety conditions along Route 7 Business (East Market Street) and congestion that regularly occurs during the morning and evening peak periods. The study team solicited public input regarding corridor priorities during the first round of virtual public involvement in September-October 2021. This feedback was used to help develop potential operational, safety and accessibility alternatives that were evaluated and presented during the second round of virtual public involvement in February-March 2022.

The draft preliminary design alternatives that have been developed include: 

  • Improving traffic signal timing
  • Installing high-visibility traffic signal backplates
  • Adding a westbound right-turn lane at Plaza Street
  • Installing pedestrian signage and additional lighting over crosswalks
  • Improving access management for properties
  • Adding speed-related signs, pavement markings and displays
  • Enhancing the entrance to the eastbound Route 7 ramp to the northbound Route 15 Bypass, including signs, lighting and pavement markings

The public feedback provided will be used to develop recommendations that will be detailed in the final report that is scheduled to be released later this spring.

Route 7 Business (East Market Street) averages about 36,000 vehicle trips a day within the study limits based on 2019 data.

Schedule
Begin Study - April 2021
First Round of Virtual Public Involvement - September-October 2021
Second Round of Virtual Public Involvement - February-March 2022
Study Completion - Spring 2022

Resources

Second Round of Virtual Public Involvement English Presentation, Spanish Presentation and Town of Leesburg News Release - February-March 2022

First Round of Virtual Public Involvement Town of Leesburg News Release - September-October 2021 

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