The last interchange ramp for the Rt. 7 and Belmont Ridge Road interchange opened to traffic today.
The opening of the final interchange ramp opens all movement on and off of the bridge.
The interchange removes the last traffic signal on Rt. 7 between Lexington Drive and Battlefield Parkway, accomplishing the county’s goal of transforming Rt. 7 into a limited-access highway. There have also been shared-used paths for bicyclists and pedestrians added to Belmont Ridge Road. The $48.3 million project is funded with local, state and federal funds.
While the interchange is now fully functional with the opening of the ramp, construction on the project is not scheduled to be complete until February 2019.
The project also includes widening 1.4 miles of Belmont Ridge Road from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane, median-divided roadway with shared-used paths from Rt. 7 to Gloucester Parkway.
It ties into a $61 million Virginia Department of Transportation project to widen two miles of Belmont Ridge Road from Gloucester Parkway to Hay Road to four lanes. That work also includes a median, curbs and gutters, a bridge over the W&OD Trail, shared-used paths on both sides of the road connecting to the trail, and a parking lot for the trail. It is funded in part with $20 million from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which also spent $19.5 million on improvements along Belmont Ridge Road from Turo Parish Road to Croson Lane and is expected to wrap up in the winter.
More information and updates about the Belmont Ridge Road project are at loudoun.gov/route7-269. Questions about the project can be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure at firstname.lastname@example.org.