State and local leaders are celebrating the groundbreaking of the Route 7-Battlefield Parkway interchange project that will eventually remove the stoplight and bring a new shared-use path and sidewalk along Battlefield Parkway in the area of the project.
In addition to a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with VDOT and elected officials Tuesday morning, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is holding a community meeting about the project Thursday night at John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School in Leesburg. The community meeting is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school located at 691 Potomac Station Drive.
The project, according to VDOT officials, includes a grade-separated interchange at Route 7/East Market Street and Battlefield Parkway, adding auxiliary lanes on eastbound Route 7 between the bypass and River Creek Parkway and removing the signal and modifying the intersection west on Route 7 at Cardinal Park Drive.
The more than $77 million project is slated for completion in fall 2021. Approximately $58 million in NVTA regional revenues is being allocated toward the initiative.
Beginning in fall 2020, Battlefield Parkway will be closed between Russell Branch Parkway and the Marketplace at Potomac Station shopping center entrance for about 10 months, according to VDOT officials. Traffic will be detoured via Fort Evans Road to the north and Russell Branch Parkway and Crosstrail Boulevard to the south. Traffic will be maintained on Route 7 during construction.
Local leaders note that once the project is complete, drivers will have a signal-free drive on Route 7 between City Center Boulevard in Sterling and Berryville, a distance of more than 30 miles.