Local and state officials on Wednesday cut another ribbon on Belmont Ridge Road.
This time, they celebrated the (nearly) completed widening of Belmont Ridge Road between Gloucester Parkway and Hay Road.
“In Loudoun County, we have found innovative ways to fund critical congestion-relieving projects for our residents,” stated County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), who also serves as vice chair of Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. “I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with VDOT, NVTA and others to reduce traffic that ensures families can spend more quality time together.”
The project involved reconstructing and widening a nearly two-mile segment of Belmont Ridge Road from two lanes to a four-lane, median-divided road with shared use paths on both sides. It also includes a new bridge over the W&OD Trail, a new parking lot for the trail, noise barriers for the Belmont Ridge and Belmont Forest neighborhoods, and traffic signal work.
“Projects like the Belmont Ridge Road widening are regionally impactful and illustrate the ongoing need to improve the region’s multimodal transportation network,” stated Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Chairman Martin E. Nohe, who is also the Coles District supervisor in Prince William County. “Northern Virginians will be able to travel more safely and easily and spend less time on the road, allowing them to get home to their families faster. It is amazing to see these congestion-relieving improvements that began more than two years ago come to fruition.”
“VDOT is proud of our strong partnership with Loudoun County, the NVTA, and our contractor community who is delivering another quality project for commuters and trail users in Northern Virginia,” said Viginia Department of Transportation Northern Virginia District Engineer Helen Cuervo.
The cost of the project currently totals approximately $52 million, funded through a combination of local, NVTA regional and state dollars. Funding expended to-date includes $30.8 million from Loudoun County, $20 million from NVTA, and $1.8 million from the state government. The project was administered by VDOT. Final project costs are expected to be reported in the coming months as the project’s financial closeout takes place.
In conjunction with several other road roadway improvement projects, including the Rt. 7/Rt. 659 interchange construction project, Belmont Ridge Road will eventually be a four-lane roadway between Rt. 7 and Evergreen Mills Road.