Local and regional officials gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Belmont Ridge Road, a two-lane choke point for drivers between Leesburg and the Dulles Greenway.
Over the next two years, Belmont Ridge Road will be expanded to four lanes from Gloucester Parkway to Hay Road. According to Virginia Department of Transportation engineer Helen Cuervo, that road sees 13,000 vehicles per day, and traffic is expected to more than double in the next 20 years.
Supervisor Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), whose district includes that section of Belmont Ridge Road, said the project is one of several missing links the county is building.
“We will be four lanes from Rt. 7 all the way down to Northstar Boulevard in a matter of about two years,” Buona said. The project is funded in part with $20 million from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which also spent $19.5 million on improvements along Belmont Ridge Road from Turo Parish Road to Croson Lane.
“The NVTA has invested $121 million in regional transportation improvements in Loudoun County alone,” said Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large). “That is an enormous amount of money, and for legislation that hasn’t been active for very long, we have done very well.”
“I don’t know of any place in America that has this rapid-fire movement on construction on roads like Loudoun County,” said Senator Richard H. Black (R-13), a NVTA member. “There is nothing that compares with it.”
The project is scheduled for completion in December 2018. It will include the road widening, intersection improvements, shared-use paths on both sides of the road, and a grade-separated crossing for the W&OD Trail.
“This is the kind of regional project that we’ve needed more of for a long time, but that we’re finally going to start seeing come out of the ground more and more often,” said NVTA Chairman and Prince William County Supervisor Marty Nohe.