Leesburg Residents Share Views on Bypass Interchanges

It was a packed gymnasium at Leesburg Elementary School Thursday night, where residents learned more opinions improve traffic flow at two of the town’s busiest intersections.

The project to address traffic congestion, enhance pedestrian connections and make safety improvements at the intersections of Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road on the Leesburg Bypass does not yet have a construction date—or construction funding for that matter. However, the design of the project has been underway for the better part of the past year, and Thursday night’s meeting marked the second time the public has been asked to weigh in on the project design. VDOT engineers hope to have the design endorsed by both the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Leesburg Town Council by later this year, or early 2018.

Three options were presented to residents last night, with a $20 million cost differential among the three options. Although the layout of the Edwards Ferry Road improvements does not change in each option, different configurations for improvements at Fort Evans Road are shown.

The different Fort Evans Road alternatives are:

Alternate A, an at-grade right-in/right-out, with a pedestrian bridge across the bypass for a cost of $79.7 million;

Fort Evans Road interchange plan, Option A

Alternate B, a grade-separated interchange, with Fort Evans Road going over the bypass, at a cost of $96.3 million;

Fort Evans Road interchange plan, Option B

Alternate C, a grade-separated interchange with the bypass crossing over Fort Evans Road, at a cost of $100.9 million.

Fort Evans Road interchange plan, Option c

Slack Lane resident John Burnham called Alternate A “a non-starter.” He cited the lack of ability to turn left from Rt. 15 South onto Fort Evans Road as a problem both for local residents and those coming from Maryland to visit the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

Nathan Place resident Kimberly Kidwell had similar concerns. She said she goes to the Home Depot off Fort Evans Road multiple times a weekend and the difficulty in accessing the road from Rt. 15 made Alternate A her least favored option. Kidwell voiced support for Alternate B, as she said she didn’t believe Alternate C offered much more to justify the extra cost.

Plaza Street resident Dave Torraca is also a fan of Alternate B. He said he is still concerned about pedestrian access through Rt. 15 with all the options presented.

“No matter how you do it, it’s still going to be dicey,” he said.

Anyone who was not able to attend Thursday night’s meeting still has a chance to weigh in, as public comment via mail or email will be taken through March 16. More information can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/route_15_interchange.asp.

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

Edwards Ferry Road interchange plan

7 thoughts on “Leesburg Residents Share Views on Bypass Interchanges

  • 2017-03-03 at 2:46 pm
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    Isn’t it funny that, only after former Mayor Umstattd wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors, that something is being done about the road congestion in that area of town. When Ken Reid was on the Board of Supervisors, nothing was happening. I guess we can see, that Ken Reid was all talk, and Supervisor Umstattd actually gets things done.

  • 2017-03-04 at 11:03 am
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    Nobody believes Umstattd has any pull in these transportation projects. Give it a rest.

    But maybe Lawgh could tell us if it is true that permanent flyer stands will be installed to inform all the illegals walking across about all the handouts the city of Leesburg will provide them.

  • 2017-03-04 at 5:30 pm
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    SGP, you clearly do not know Supervisor Umstattd. Yes, she has pull, and she gets things done. And, you question what the Town of Leesburg is doing? Ask Ken Reid that question, as he is now on the Leesburg Town Council, which from you question, would seem to imply you think is acting in an unacceptable manner. And with Ken Reid, one can always assume he is acting in an unacceptable manner.

    • 2017-03-05 at 1:48 pm
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      Here is what I know of Supervisor Umstattd:

      1. Initiated robocalls during the FY17 budget review (March 2016) to push the BOS to significantly raise the real estate tax and give largess to every gov’t worker she could find. She suffered a complete and devastating loss.

      2. Initiated a gratuitous “Pride” day in the summer of 2016 to create a political wedge. She suffered a complete and devastating loss.

      3. She supposedly read and concurred with pleadings by attorneys representing the BOS. These pleadings (not just the actions by Phyllis Randall in Feb 2016) led to the Loudoun BOS and Chair Randall being exposed in federal court for unconstitutional censorship. Note that supposedly Umstattd graduated from Yale Law School but I can’t say for sure whether she passed her Con Law class.

      That is what I know of Umstattd. Not a good impression for sure.

      • 2017-03-06 at 4:19 pm
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        Nice self-aggrandizement, Brian Davison: “being exposed in federal court for unconstitutional censorship” meaning subject to one of the endless, frivolous lawsuits you’ve been personally filing and “prosecuting” per se against every public servant within your reach over the past few years.

        That’s kinda like your claim that the LCPS fund balance was “discovered” pursuant to an “audit” beneath another article here. Fund balance is an ORDINARY PART of the budget process.

        Your misrepresenting your own actions as if they held any gravitas at all is laughable.

  • 2017-03-07 at 5:22 pm
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    Umstattd can’t do anything by herself. ON Council she needed to be one of 4 votes and on the BOS it is 1 of 5 votes to get anything done. I don’t recall her bringing this issue to Council but it does not matter cause it has been on Leesburg’s radar for decades. Oh and it will be decades before this gets funded. The state does not think Battlefield at 7 or 15 are all that important so they are unlikely going to fund this interchange anytime soon. Neither Reid nor Umstattd will be around to see this one built.

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