Lexington Drive Intersection to Close

County supervisors have unanimously voted to close the intersection of Lexington Drive and Rt. 7—finalizing a plan to bring the light down a year ahead of schedule.

Originally scheduled to close with the completion of Riverside Parkway, a road parallel on the north side of Rt. 7, last year County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced changes in that project schedule would allow the light to come down before Riverside is complete. The project to close the intersection was delayed again into 2020 because of problems with the bidding process to find a contractor, but staff members from the county and Virginia Department of Transportation worked out a plan to move the schedule back up. VDOT will use its own contractors, which are always on standby, to begin the work while the county finds its own contractor to finish the work, reimbursing the state for its work.

Frank Maruca, owner of Blue Mount Nursery at the northern side of that intersection, continues to oppose those plans, and has filed a lawsuit against the county. His attorney, Ben Tissue, told supervisors at their meeting July 18 that the vote represents “a taking, an inverse condemnation, and the nursery will suffer severe loss of revenue.”

“Our objections stem from the fact that we, as well as the residents of Potomac Farms subdivision, were told several times by Supervisors [Suzanne M.] Volpe (R-Algonkian) and [Ralph M.] Buona (R-Ashburn) at the public meetings for the Riverside Parkway alignment studies that the traffic lights and the Lexington Drive interchange would not be closed until after the completion of Riverside Parkway,” Tissue said.

Loudoun County has had plans since the 1980s to make Rt. 7 west of Rt. 28 a limited-access highway, which means removing most sideroad connections and turning the rest into interchanges. That includes cutting off Lexington Drive, between the interchanges at Ashburn Village Boulevard and Loudoun County Parkway, and taking down the stoplight.

According to county staff members, the light could be switched off as soon as September.

4 thoughts on “Lexington Drive Intersection to Close

  • 2019-07-24 at 3:54 pm
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    As a regular customer of Blue Mount nursery, I am concerned this will hurt their business. What would it hurt to wait a year until Riverside Pkwy is completed? I don’t understand the rush. The county prides itself on being supportive of small businesses and yet this seems like a really insensitive and unnecessary decision to rush the closure. Hope the nursery’s attorney is able to make some progress.

    • 2019-07-25 at 10:10 am
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      If you read the article: “Originally scheduled to close with the completion of Riverside Parkway, a road parallel on the north side of Rt. 7, last year County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced changes in that project schedule would allow the light to come down before Riverside is complete.”

      The connector to Blue Mount Nursery from Riverside Parkway is already open, and I’ve used it to get to the nursery already so I could avoid the traffic on Rt7. The owner is fighting this, because they want a turn off of Rt7, but this would need an exemption from the state because you can’t have entrances/exits on a limited access highway of this size within less than a mile of each other. It’s the same issue that they’re arguing about on the south side of Lexington Drive too. Delaying a year would end up with the exact same situation.

    • 2019-07-25 at 10:14 am
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      As a taxpaying, voting citizen of the county, I can’t disagree with your statements enough. Customers of the business, which I am one of, still have plenty of access as it stands now. The average daily traffic on this stretch of Route 7, per VDOT published stats, is 93,000 cars per day. I posted a reply on an article in Loudoun Now using my same username as this one, where I lay out the impact to commuters by keeping this light open for 18 months. It totals out to 1,800,000 hours of extra commute time. Your statement of “what would it hurt to wait a year” is incredibly unthoughtful, and the answer is “1.2 million hours of traffic”. As a customer of the nursery, I have no problem using the back access to get to it, however if the owner of the nursery continues to whine, sue and delay the closure of this light by costing the county residents extra commute time and legal fees to fight his lawsuit, I will no longer be a customer and would urge others to do the same. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or one in this case.

  • 2019-07-25 at 9:52 am
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    Thank god. I just hope they make it a right in/right out on both sides of 7 and remove the light and close the crossover, not fully close both sides. Hopefully Leesburg can expedite its Battlefield Parkway interchange so the traffic doesn’t jam up there more than it already does.

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