Local leaders braved a frosty January Monday morning to celebrate the completion of an improved Dulles Greenway ramp in Leesburg.
Toll Road Investors Partnership II, owner of the Dulles Greenway, recently announced that the Leesburg Bypass Improvement Project has reached substantial completion. The project was designed to improve roadway safety and reduce congestion on the Leesburg Bypass at its interchange with South King Street.
The newly improved exit was in the background as representatives from the Leesburg Town Council, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and TRIP II gathered alongside John Marshall Bank off South King Street. Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk said the high speed and poor sight lines at the interchange had long been an issue for area commuters, and she said she previously always “saying a prayer” before attempting to exit onto King Street.
Burk also acknowledged that many area residents had questioned why the project’s funding partners were spending money on a ramp but said, since its completion last month, no one is asking those questions anymore. Now, she encouraged her colleagues on the council, Board of Supervisors, and VDOT, “let’s get working on Rt. 15, Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road.”
County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) took time to thank the men and women who worked on the road project in all kinds of weather conditions. She called road projects “constituent services.”
“It gets people home to their families in time. It’s quality of life for families,” she said.
Dulles Greenway CEO Renee Hamilton said the project and its funding arrangement was “testament to the partnership” between the town, county, VDOT and the Dulles Greenway. TRIP II joined a tri-party agreement with Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg for the approximately $4.4 million project, which was funded by Loudoun County and TRIP II. TRIP II managed the construction and design implementation on behalf of Loudoun County. Shirley Contracting Company was the contractor.
Once the improvement project is accepted according to VDOT’s standards, ownership of the project will transfer to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Estimated final completion of all construction activities will be by April.
“We’re constantly monitoring the performance of the roadway and identifying areas of where we can improve the customer experience and traffic flow,” stated Hamilton. “Customers will see less congestion in the evenings when exiting the Greenway and a safer merge onto the Leesburg Bypass.”