Cyclists on the W&OD Trail will enjoy a safer crossing of Belmont Ridge Road starting today.
A new bridge carrying Belmont Ridge Road traffic over the trail will open this afternoon.
The bridge is part of the Belmont Ridge Road widening project and is opening more than three months ahead of schedule.
Initially, the bridge will carry one lane of traffic in each direction. Ultimately, it will serve the two northbound lanes once the southbound span is complete.
The overall project includes widening the road from two to four lanes, with a grass median and shared-use paths on both sides of the road, between Hay Road and Gloucester Parkway.
Also, a new parking lot for trail users is being constructed.
The $61 million project is funded by Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and is separate from the $73 million Rt. 7/Belmont Ridge Road interchange project. The widening project is expected to wrap up in late 2018 and the interchange work is scheduled for completion early in 2019.