The county will consider building an above-grade crossing for the W&OD trail at Sterling Boulevard.
The Board of Supervisors has directed the county staff to study and report preliminary cost estimates for the project to its finance committee, and will consider including the project in the fiscal year 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program.
Sterling District Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D) said the at-grade Belmont Ridge Road and Sterling Boulevard crossings see by far the most accidents of W&OD Trial intersections in Loudoun. A bridge at Belmont Ridge Road crossing is part of a widening project that broke ground in September and is scheduled to wrap up in December 2018.
Saines said he also will be looking for funding sources for the work.
“We still have a long way to go, but I’ve reached out to my colleagues, our state delegation, asking them to help with seeing if there’s any funding possibility,” Saines said. “We’ve reached out and sent letters to our congresswoman and our senators regarding the trail as well, to see if they can help in any way.”
In the short term he said, flashing warning lights will be installed at the crossing to alert drivers when pedestrians or bicyclists are crossing.