County Leaders Cut Ribbon on Crosstrail Connection

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.

2 thoughts on “County Leaders Cut Ribbon on Crosstrail Connection

  • 2019-05-29 at 3:07 pm
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    Remember when our supervisors swore up and down that the super secret best deal ever soccer stadium wouldn’t cost a dime more than $15 million?

    Yeah… Here we are footing the bill for a road to nowhere to the tune of $19.7 million which we voted to borrow last November.

    I hope the irony is not lost on our supervisors that Sycolin road, a major collector and the only alternative to the greenway short of going all the way to route 7 is still a two lanes road that was closed for 5 hours today when a dump truck hit the guardrail, less than a third of a mile away from this ribbon cutting ceremony.

    Way to set priorities.

  • 2019-05-29 at 4:52 pm
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    “County Chairwoman Phyliss Randall (D-At Large) said, “For Loudoun United, this road is going to be so important…” Meanwhile, real Loudoun tax payers, are stuck on crumbling roads such as Evergreen Mill where lives are lost unnecessarily. Improvements to that deathtrap have been kicked back years.

    ““We should never forget that these projects are usually a compilation of many people over many, many years,” Randall said.” In reality, it was just a few politicians, working in secret to expedite a new road for a corporation at taxpayer expense, which by the way, we had to borrow money for.

    ““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.” This gem definitely makes her “Greatest Hits Album” in addition to begging the question of precisely who or what, besides “actual human beings” does the chair believes construct our roads, bridges, buildings, etc.?

    Loudoun deserves so much better.

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