As county leaders continue efforts to accelerate its construction, the latest plans for the Rt. 7/Rt. 690 interchange got a public airing Monday night.
Representatives of project engineers Dewberry provided residents gathered in the Woodgrove High School cafeteria with an update on their work. The public input session was required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and mandated because state money has been allocated to complete the $9.6 million project. County supervisors hope that construction can begin by fiscal year 2022.
Plans call for the existing Rt.690 overpass to be demolished and replaced with a new bridge with five traffic lanes and a shared-use bike/pedestrian trail. [See a video of the presentation here.]
The project is expected to relieve congestion in Purcellville and at the Rt. 7/Rt.287 interchange on the town’s eastern boundary. However, it also is expected to provide a route for West Virginia commuter traffic to access Rt. 7, raising concerns among Hillsboro’s government leaders and residents who live along Rt. 690 north of Purcellville.
Many questions at the forum focused what could be done to limit traffic increases on Rt. 690 north of town, or at least slow the traffic to safer speeds. Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance urged county leaders to continue efforts to help land funding for the town’s traffic calming project. If work to complete a roundabout at the Rt. 9/Rt. 690 intersection isn’t finished by the time the Rt. 7 interchange opens, traffic congestion would greatly worsen, he warned.