The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday night to close access points from Lexington Drive to Route 7 and to decommission the traffic signal at the intersection.
The signal closure could come as early as September or October, according to county staff.
Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer (R) said he was pleased with the Virginia Department of Transportation's help to accelerate the project.
“Every citizen and every driver on the Route 7 corridor should give gratitude to VDOT for making sure we can remove the Lexington Drive light as soon as possible,” Meyer said. “Thank you to staff who worked on this, thank you to VDOT and thank the Lord the light will be gone.”
The reason for decommissioning the traffic signal is for the "health, safety, morals and the general welfare of its citizens,” according to board's resolution. As a result, drivers that wish to exit Route 7 near Lexington Drive will have to use the interchanges of Ashburn Village Boulevard and Loudoun County Parkway.
Before the board’s decision, residents and businesses urged the board to complete the Riverside Parkway project connecting Lexington Drive to Loudoun County Parkway on the north side of Route 7.
One of those businesses was Blue Mount Nursery, located at the intersection.
The approved project includes construction of a four-lane divided road segment between Loudoun County Parkway and Lexington Drive, a new Loudoun Water main along Smith Circle and a temporary traffic signal at Loudoun County Parkway and George Washington Boulevard, according to county capital projects records. The Riverside project was recently delayed as a result of utility relocation, according to the county. The construction start date is still to be determined.
The Riverside project is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2021, Public Affairs and Communications Officer Glen Barbour told the Times-Mirror. He added that many variables could impact the construction schedule.
Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R), who represents the Algonkian District, said a copy of the county's plans will be disseminated to property owners in the area. She added that her office and county staff will be organizing a future meeting with community members regarding the Riverside Parkway extension and decommissioning the traffic signal.
Only one speaker spoke at Thursday’s business meeting about the intersection, a representative of Blue Mount Nursery who was opposed.
The board passed the item with a 8-0-1 vote on the consent agenda. Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) was absent.