Construction on the county government’s planned four-level Pennington Garage in Leesburg will begin at the end of the month.
County representatives met with neighbors Thursday to provide an overview of the construction plans and procedures.
The garage, which will stand behind the current Pennington surface lot near the corner of Church Street and North Street, is slated be finished by April 2018.
During the work, construction traffic will be routed from the Leesburg Bypass on to Edwards Ferry Road and then to Harrison Street. Equipment will enter the site at a temporary construction entrance on North Street across from Harrison Street. Construction activities will be limited to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends. Deliveries will be restricted to between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Although access will be maintained to Church Street properties throughout the process, county staff members told residents to expect one-lane closures during work on that street, including the construction of a traffic circle.
The contractor does not expect to use blasting.
County representatives said they also expect to improve safety and directional information around the area, with phones, panic buttons, cameras, lights, and maps inside the parking structure, signage around the courthouse complex, and electronic kiosks where courthouse visitors can scan their summons to find out where they need to go.
Lights on the top level of the garage will turn off at 7 p.m. during winter and at 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time, after which they will be motion activated.
“They’re not going to go on if a cat goes through there,” said Design Manager Peter Hargreaves. “They’re more sophisticated than that.”
The top level of the garage will only be used for the county government’s fleet vehicles, and will be secured with gate access.
Pennington and Semones parking lots will remain open during construction, although some spaces on the Pennington lot will be taken up with construction trailers. Construction parking will be on-site. Once open, the garage and surface lots will be restricted to courthouse and county government business during business hours but open to all visitors and residents on nights and weekends.
See the county presentation on the project, including contact information for design and construction questions, at loudoun.gov/courts-expansion.