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.