Battlefield Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking Set Oct. 15

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.

3 thoughts on “Battlefield Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking Set Oct. 15

  • 2019-10-10 at 1:29 pm

    Definitely reason to celebrate. I placed this project as a priority at the 2012 Supervisor’s Transportaiton Summit in Ashburn, along with the interchange at Battlefield Parkway and the US 15 Bypass. Despite some footdragging by the Council at first, the town endorsed the County’s request for funding and the itnerchange became a priority — so much so , that a huge number of Loudoun and Leesburg electeds of both parties put tremendous effort at getting the funding for it, as the interchange was not high on the NVTA’s funding list. But Loudoun Now should ask 3 questions: 1. why did the price tag go to $77 million? It was $58 million just two years ago when the Council, with me present, voted for the design at hand 2. THe Cardinal Park intersection with Route 7 can’t go away just yet, because it is very possible Battlefield Pw. will close on both sides of ROute 7 for a year to accommodate construction. This means folks coming from SE Leesburg (i.e. Tavistock, Kincaid, Beuregard and points west) will have to go right or left on Russell Branch to get to Route 7 — and this assumes the Leegate developer will finish Russell Branch Pwy. from Route 7 to Cardinal Park. Folks in NE (i.e. Potomac Station ) have a longer way around Route 7 or will have to use the interchange at Route 7 and RIver creek pwy. But what is the current timeframe for closing Battlefield Pwy. ? 3. is the Town Council completely dropping the idea of a Green T intersection so businesses and their employees and customers can use Cardinal park to take a left into town on Route 7 (E Market). ? Again, a good day for Leesburg and Loudoun, but residents need to know whats going on and why the cost went up so much.

  • 2019-10-11 at 9:53 am

    This design doesn’t take in the needs of the 7-15 bypass, which already cannot handle the amount of traffic it is receiving. With all of our representatives opening up more and more of Loudoun to housing development, this problem, already neigh intolerable, will only get worse. That only leaves commuters with the Greenway as a high speed transit choice, and at about $2k a year in tolls to each driver, this choice is a huge financial burden. Our representatives need to fix the problems of Loudoun’s commuters or prepare to be voted out of office.

    • 2019-10-14 at 8:55 am

      The impediment to traffic flow at the 7 & 15 bypass interchange isn’t caused by the design of the interchange but the impact of the existing on grade interchanges at 7 & Battlefield and at 15 & Fort Evans/Edwards Ferry. The replacement of one of these interchanges has just broken ground and the design of the replacement for the other us underway.

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