One day after celebrating the removal of a Rt. 7 traffic light, the groundbreaking date was announced for project that will remove two more.
On Monday, the traffic light at the Lexington Drive intersection was decommissioned. Next Tuesday, elected representatives and state transportation leaders will break ground on the Rt. 7/Battlefield Parkway interchange project.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority has provided $58 million in funding for the project, which, in addition to the construction of a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of Rt. 7 and Battlefield, will also remove the traffic light at the Rt. 7/Cardinal Park Drive intersection. That intersection will have right-in, right-out access only once construction is completed. The project is estimated to cost more than $77 million in total, and is financed with federal, state, town, county and NVTA funding. Estimated completion is eyed for fall 2021.
Those who wish to attend the groundbreaking 11 a.m. Oct. 16 ceremony should park at the Marketplace at Potomac Station shopping center.
The public is also invited to a “pardon our dust” meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at John W. Tolbert Elementary School, located at 691 Potomac Station Dr. in Leesburg, when contractors will go over what to expect during the two-year construction project.