The Town of Round Hill and Loudoun County put the long-awaited Main Street Pedestrian Project and Franklin Park Trail Project to bid last week, following more than a decade of work to finalize the projects with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
Prospective bidders will have until early November to submit bids for both projects, at which point the town and county will open them and initiate a three-month review process that will also involve VDOT. According to a town statement, a contract should be awarded by February, while work should begin in April 2020 and wrap up in October 2021.
The projects will link Round Hill’s Main Street and Loudoun Street to Purcellville’s Franklin Park via sidewalks and trails and will see the installation of transportation upgrades, aesthetic street enhancements and stormwater improvements in the downtown area. Once begun, the county goverment will have “direct oversight authority” of the construction process for both projects. “This will be a transformative project for Round Hill and the town is eager to get this underway,” said Mayor Scott Ramsey.
According to a town statement, the town and county will work to minimize the impact to all parties during the construction process and will address any issues that might occur. Once the town and county approach a contract award, the two will begin implementing pieces of their Communications Plan, which will ensure that residents are kept informed of the work.