The Leesburg Town Council on Tuesday endorsed the major design elements for the town’s largest ever transportation project.
The council voted unanimously to back the design for interchanges at the Leesburg Bypass’s intersections with Fort Evans and Edwards Ferry roads. It is one of the most congested areas of the town, along with one of the most challenging pedestrian crossings.
The $112 million project—the costliest in Leesburg’s history—envisions elevating Rt. 15 above the two intersections. A single-point urban interchange is planned for the intersection of the bypass and Edwards Ferry Road, while Fort Evans Road will be a diamond interchange that would tie into frontage roads. A one-way frontage road is also planned to connect the two roads. The project also includes improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities under the bypass and between the two intersections.
The project has been moving ahead since being placed in the town’s Capital Improvements Program four years ago. It’s a process that has included several public meetings or open houses. The most recent open house in May attracted around 35 attendees who were overwhelmingly supportive of the project, Capital Projects Manager Tom Brandon told the council during its Monday work session.
The quick progress on the project, Brandon said, is a big reason the town has been able to win funding from both the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and through the commonwealth’s Regional Surface Transportation Program. Altogether, the project has received $13.2 million in outside funding.
There will be no start date set on construction until the town is able to acquire all the needed funding, Brandon said.