The Leesburg Bypass Improvement Project, aimed at improving roadway safety and reducing congestion on the State Route 7/ U.S. Route 15 Bypass at its interchange with South King Street, has reached “substantial completion,” according to a Jan. 6 release.
The announcement was made by Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II), owner of the Dulles Greenway.
The project includes a nearly-half-mile-long third westbound lane to a section of the U.S. 15 Bypass and a retaining wall on the north side of the exit ramp.
Planners said the new westbound lane on Route 7 begins at the westbound Dulles Greenway exit ramp and ends where drivers would enter U.S. 15.
“We’re constantly monitoring the performance of the roadway and identifying areas of where we can improve the customer experience and traffic flow,” said Renée N. Hamilton, CEO of Dulles Greenway, in a prepared statement. “Customers will see less congestion in the evenings when exiting the Greenway and a safer merge onto the Leesburg Bypass.”
Hamilton was joined by local leaders from the Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday in Leesburg.
TRIP II joined a tri-party agreement with Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg to improve the project designed to relieve congestion at the west end of the Greenway. The approximately $4.4 million project was funded by Loudoun County and TRIP II. TRIP II managed the construction and design implementation on behalf of Loudoun County.
Once the improvement project is accepted according to VDOT’s standards, the ownership of the project will transfer to Virginia. Estimated final completion of all construction activities will be by April 2022, a month before its estimated completion date.
Dewberry and Shirley Contracting Company was responsible for the engineering design and construction of the project, respectively.