By Faatina Hameed, Aazeen Bashir and Katharine DeRosa
County leaders celebrated the completion of a new section of Crosstrail Boulevard during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
The segment connects Claudia Drive to Sycolin Road, allowing easier access to Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park—and to the Loudoun United soccer stadium under construction there.
County Chairwoman Phyliss Randall (D-At Large) said, “For Loudoun United, this road is going to be so important… we are so excited about Loudoun United coming.”
Loudoun United, DC United’s reserve team, was established in 2018, and is based at Bolen Park south of Leesburg where D.C. United will operate its headquarters and training center. Construction the stadium is expected to be complete in August.
The road cost about $19.7 million and has been in the works since 2010.
“We should never forget that these projects are usually a compilation of many people over many, many years,” Randall said.
Before cutting the ribbon to open Crosstrail Boulevard, Randall acknowledged those who had worked on it.
“For years, literally years, there have been actual human beings out here in cold weather and the hot weather… actually working these projects,” Randall said.
The Crosstrail section is the latest of several “missing links” in the in the road network that the board has worked to fill in during its term. She added the county would “keep doing this till all these Loudoun County connections are connected.”
The new road section is expected to be open to traffic by the end of the week.
Faatina Hameed, Aazeen Bashir and Katharine DeRosa are seniors at Broad Run High School working at Loudoun Now for their senior Capstone projects. Hameed will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall and plans to major in Aerospace Engineering. Bashir will attend George Mason University in the fall to major in Neuroscience and minor in communications. DeRosa will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and double major in economics and mass communications.