Loudoun’s five most expensive road projects
Developments, developments. We get it. But what about the traffic?
Loudoun is growing. New developments are under construction or awaiting approval in every corner of the county.
The housing inventory is low, and the demand for new housing in Loudoun will only grow as the desire to live here increases.
Understandably people want to know what the county is doing about traffic.
The Capital Improvement Status Report lays out dozens of projects ranging from stop lights to completely new roads.
Chief among the priorities of the Transportation Prioritization Study was to look into how the county is going to prepare for the Metro's Silver Line extension coming in and all the development it might bring.
More than half of the $1.09 billion in the capital improvement budget has been allotted to transportation.
With an eye to transportation infrastructure, the following are the five most expensive road improvements slated for the upcoming year.
Intersection of Route 7/659 and widening to Gloucester Parkway
There are plans in the budget to use almost $90 million on projects related to Route 7, with the lion's share of that money earmarked for a widening and interchange at the intersection of Route 7/659 in Lansdowne.
The two roads intersect near the National Conference Center.
Currently Route 7 is a heavily traveled tier one corridor. This project constitutes 15 percent of the transportation budget and more than 7 percent of the overall capital improvement budget.
Route 606 widening
Widening of Route 606 running adjacent to Dulles International Airport was considered a top priority in anticipation of the Metro being in Loudoun by 2018.
The extra lanes will aid with the inevitable increase of north/south traffic as a result of the future Route 606 Metro stop.
This road will also help with traffic to and from the airport.
"This project designs and constructs a four-lane missing link of Gloucester Parkway between Loudoun County Parkway and Pacific Boulevard," according to the Capital Project Report.
By extending Gloucester Parkway out from Loudoun County Parkway to Pacific, there will be another east/west option in addition to all the major corridors.
Improvements to Belmont Ridge Road
The stretch of Belmont Ridge Road from Hay Road up to Route 7 was considered a major bottleneck area on a map laying out the tier one corridors, missing links and bottlenecks in Loudoun.
This project is expected to address that bottleneck by adding two additional lanes to Belmont Ridge Road from Gloucester Parkway down to Hay Road, according to the Capital Project Report.
It will help make traffic easier between Route 7 and the Dulles Greenway, another major tier one corridor.
The Crosstrail Boulevard project is expected to connect the Village at Leesburg to points south via a series of roads set up in two phases.
Phase one connects Kincaid Boulevard to Crosstrail Boulevard to Claudia Drive, and phase two connects Kincaid Boulevard to Russell Branch Parkway.
This will result in easier access to the Village at Leesburg development, but would also likely increase traffic around the development and make Crosstrail more of a thoroughfare.