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Loudoun Leaders Celebrate Completion Of Belfort Park Road Improvements

© Leesburg Today - 07/31/2015

County leaders celebrated the completion of a $9 million effort to improve access to homes and businesses in the Belfort Park area of Sterling during a ceremony Thursday.

The work stemmed from the 2004 opening of the Rt. 28/Rt. 625 interchange, which resulted in businesses losing access to those streets and making it difficult for customers to find them.

Terrie Laycock, of the county's Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, recalled the efforts the county government and the Virginia Department of Transportation to address the concerns in the area east of Rt. 28 and south of Church Road that was given the name Belmont Park. A 2007 study looked at ways to improve pedestrian and vehicular connections. That was followed, in 2009, by the formation of a nine-member task force to shift through the recommendations. In 2010, the task force's work resulted in the Board of Supervisors pledging $9 million in local tax funding to implement the plans. The work then was incorporated into Rt. 28 improvements Shirley Contracting was doing in the area.

The project included extending Glenn Drive to Cedar Green Road and providing a four-lane connection, Belfort Park Drive, between Davis Drive and Cedar Green Road. Sidewalks were built along the north side of Cedar Green between Shaw Road to Davis Drive.

County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) and Sheriff Mike Chapman spoke during the ceremony.

""The good news was that we got the Rt. 28 improvements done; the bad news was that, unfortunately, some folks had suffered through that in terms of their businesses because the access wasn't great to them once we were done,"" York said. ""Unfortunately, we had a shopping center that was doing really well until we cut them off with direct access. This will go a long way to helping them.""

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With the added infrastructure, the area is seeing new investment. On one side of the ribbon-cutting site, a doe and two fawns foraged for food in a meadow of an undeveloped lot, but on the other side workers were erecting the walls of a new office building that is expected to house about 1,000 employees of a federal agency.

York said that type of development also would help retailers in the area.

The chairman noted that during much of his two decades on the county board, work has focused on planning for new roads. More recently, with the availability of more state money and the board's decision to earmark local tax revenue for road construction, projects are getting done.

""It seems like every time we turn around we're either doing another groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting, all associated primarily with transportation,"" he said. ""And it's finally great to be able to do that.""

York and Delgaudio said there was one more road project needed in the Belfort Park area. On July 17, the Board of Supervisors initiated a study of ways to improve Shaw Road between Cedar Green Road and South Sterling Boulevard. The road, which includes two-lane and three-lane segments, is expected to carry more traffic as development occurs in the area. It also is subject to frequent flooding.

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