Loudoun to Evaluate Widening Rt. 7 near Rt. 28

Loudoun County staff members will look into the cost of widening Rt. 7 between two of its busiest intersections.

Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) on Thursday recommended the study, which will evaluate widening Rt. 7 eastbound to four lanes between Loudoun County Parkway and Rt. 28. She said problems arise particularly as people coming out of Loudoun County Parkway are trying to merge one way, while people trying to exit onto Rt. 28 are merging the opposite way.

“I consider this a very, very basic step to just look at what the kind of the back-of-the-envelope cost estimate would be to take the ramp [from Loudoun County Parkway], have it continue on as a travel lane, and then become the lane onto Rt. 28,” Volpe said.

The report by her staff describes increasing congestion as development occurs on both sides of Rt. 7 in area, including at One Loudoun and Commonwealth Center.

“I Live like three-quarters of a mile from where this widening would happen,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), who lives in One Loudoun. “This is definitely a smart, common-sense item.”

If, upon seeing the cost estimates, supervisors decide to move ahead with widening Rt. 7, it would bring that section of Rt. 7 one lane short of its total planned width. The Countywide Transportation Plan has that section of Rt. 7 designated as an eight-lane freeway in its final buildout.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

One thought on “Loudoun to Evaluate Widening Rt. 7 near Rt. 28

  • 2018-04-21 at 2:01 pm
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    Can you hear VDOT dusting off their quick take methods? Can you hear the BoS saying it for the public good? I wonder if Pahlavani ever got paid for the 4 acres VDOT stole from him to put Russell Branch Parkway through his property for the good of…Kincora. Did Ron Meyers ever return Shawns calls yet, like he said he would? Eminent Domain smells and the BoS reeks of the same substance. When they use a outside ageny to evaluate the land you get pennies on the dollar but the BoS can say we hired experts to value the land. Yeah experts at valuing land for the taking.

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