Hillsboro, VDOT Agree to Rt. 9 Road Closure Plan

Following two months of uncertainty, Hillsboro residents, business owners and commuters are finally getting an idea of what kinds of road closures and detours they can expect during construction of the town’s Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety Project, which will install two roundabouts and build sidewalks and bury utility lines.

The Town of Hillsboro came to an agreement with VDOT on that plan of action on Wednesday—a plan that “addresses many of the concerns and uncertainties raised by our local area businesses as well as our regional stakeholders,” according to a statement from Mayor Roger Vance on Thursday.

The plan calls for Rt. 9 to be closed all day, except for a single eastbound lane to be opened from 4 a.m. until the end of the morning rush hour. Work would also accommodate weekend westbound traffic, with one westbound lane to be opened from 3 p.m. on Fridays to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For a total of 60 non-consecutive days spread out over the project’s 14-month timeline, the road will remain closed all day.

“We will do our best to work with the contractor to ensure full closures are implemented during the times that will be least disruptive to local business activity,” Vance stated. “The daily closure significantly reduces the duration of the full road closure that had been previously proposed.”

Because at least one lane of Rt. 9 will be closed at all times during construction, signage will guide traffic down local and regional detours. The local detour will take traffic down Rt. 719, which begins in Hillsboro as Stoney Point Road and turns into Woodgrove Road as it winds south toward Round Hill.

Vance said the majority of eastbound Rt. 9 traffic would use Rt. 340 as the main detour.

The town also plans to entice the selected construction firm with financial incentives for the timely completion of certain components, reduced full road closures and an early project completion.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to negotiate a balanced plan that shortens the overall construction duration, shortens any full road closures and enables access to our in-town and western businesses than the previous plan,” Vance stated.

VDOT is expected to stamp its final approval on the traffic plan by the end of September. Once that happens, the town will provide residents with more details about the construction plan and road detour. Vance previously said he expects the town to select a construction firm by October and get the project rolling by the end of this year.

In the meantime, town leaders will address local business owners at the next Greater Hillsboro Business Alliance meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 at the Old Stone School.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to sign up for updates on all those projects at rethink9.com.

In early August, the town received bids from three construction firms seeking to handle the road project that all came in above estimates. In response, the town and VDOT began working to find ways to reduce project costs, ultimately finding that periodic full road closures through town would, for the most part, do the trick.

In addition to the Rt. 9 project, Vance on Thursday also announced that VDOT has agreed to requests made by the town and Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) to accelerate the regular maintenance and repaving of Hillsboro-area roads.

According to Vance’s statement, those will include repairs to Rt. 719, as well as Cider Mill Road, which is not planned to be a part of the Rt. 9 project detour and, as such, will see the installation of “local traffic only” signage.

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4 thoughts on “Hillsboro, VDOT Agree to Rt. 9 Road Closure Plan

  • 2019-09-26 at 8:08 pm
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    Anyone let Roundhill or residents that live off of Woodgrove Rd, or Short Hill Rd know this plan to ease traffic for a town with a population of ~82? Is there a plan to repave and regrade these roads which will see all the normal route 9 traffic while it is closed, including the entirety of the afternoon rush?
    What’s the plan when say, a tractor trailer decides to try one of those roads where they occupy well more than 50% of the width of the road runs into a guy like me that while only occupying my half of the road, refuses to pull off the road for them? My half of the road, my right of way. I’m happy to put my vehicle into park and wait the 30-60 minutes for LCSO to navigate the ever increasing backup, arrive, and inform us who should yield the right of way. No laws broken other than possible the tractor trailer driver impeding the flow of traffic by being to wide for the road.
    I’m curious how much pain LCBoS and VDOT is willing to let 10s of thousands of people go through for the convenience of 82 just because they couldn’t wait to or come up with the money to do this smarter???
    I say all of this as a person has “Hillsboro” on their driver’s license as their residence

  • 2019-09-26 at 8:12 pm
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    Anyone let Roundhill or residents that live off of Woodgrove Rd, or Short Hill Rd know this plan to ease traffic for a town with a population of around 82? Is there a plan to repave and regrade these roads which will see all the normal route 9 traffic while it is closed, including the entirety of the afternoon rush?
    What’s the plan when say, a tractor trailer decides to try one of those roads where they occupy well more than 50% of the width of the road runs into a guy like me that while only occupying my half of the road, refuses to pull off the road for them? My half of the road, my right of way. I’m happy to put my vehicle into park and wait the 30-60 minutes for the Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy to navigate the ever increasing backup, arrive, and inform us who should yield the right of way. No laws broken other than possibly the tractor trailer driver impeding the flow of traffic by being too wide for the road.
    I’m curious how much agony the Board of Supervisors and VDoT is willing to let 10s of thousands of people go through for the convenience of 82 just because they couldn’t wait to or come up with the money to do this smarter???
    I say all of this as a person has “Hillsboro” on their driver’s license as their residence

  • 2019-09-26 at 10:08 pm
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    Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department might as well assign 2 patrol cars permanently at the roundabouts to file the accident reports. That volume of traffic and roundabouts will resemble a demolition derby…a bypass road would be better in the long run for traffic mitigation.

  • 2019-09-27 at 8:41 am
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    The 17000 travelers per day will not be able to return home on route 9? 17000 cars must go through round hill And navigate those unsafe roads to save a few bucks/months. The intelligencia at Hillsboro/vdot did not beleivd one lane west after 4pm would be more prudent? The accidents (and blood) be on their hands.

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