The last stoplight on Rt. 7 between Leesburg and Sterling will come down a year ahead of schedule, thanks to a change in the construction schedule for Riverside Parkway.
Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) said the signal will be removed next year, 12-18 months ahead of its original schedule.
“It will be a massive relief to commuters on Rt. 7,” Meyer said. “With this signal gone, there will be no traffic signals from Dulles Town Center all the way to Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg. This allows for more drivers to use Rt. 7 to bypass the Dulles Greenway’s $6 toll.”
The county has been working to extend Riverside Parkway from Lexington Drive to Janelia Farm, providing a four-lane parallel on the north side of Rt. 7. County Administrator Tim Hemstreet said changes in that schedule have allowed the county to get rid of the stoplight sooner.
“The removal of the Lexington Drive signal couldn’t come soon enough, and our office has brought numerous items to remove the signal,” Meyer said. He said the change was in response to pressure from his office.
County staff members are expected to announce more details next week.
In October 2017, the Board of Supervisors authorized the use of quick take eminent domain for the Riverside Parkway project, allowing the county take ownership of the land and have the sales price settled later in Circuit Court.