Loudoun County officials say access to Lexington Drive from Route 7/Harry Byrd Highway will end with the decommissioning of the traffic signal at the intersection following the morning rush hour on Oct. 7.
The Board of Supervisors in July voted unanimously to close access points from Lexington Drive to Route 7 and to decommission the traffic signal at the intersection.
Motorists traveling along Route 7 midday on Oct. 7 should expect minor delays while the signal is being decommissioned and access to Lexington Drive is being eliminated, according to county officials. The schedule is subject to change based on weather.
The county is working with the VDOT to expedite the decommissioning of the traffic signal. Beginning Sept. 23, electronic message boards and detour signage will be placed along Route 7 and Lexington Drive informing motorists of the coming changes.
The intersection changes will result in detours for Lexington Drive traffic accessing Route 7 eastbound and westbound. Motorists will be rerouted to the Ashburn Village Boulevard interchange with Route 7. Following the closure of the intersection, access to the Blue Mount Nursery will be via Riverside Parkway/Lexington Drive from Ashburn Village Boulevard.
The decommissioning of the traffic signal will allow for the unrestricted flow of traffic along Route 7 from Leesburg to Route 28. The decommissioning of the traffic signal at Route 7 and Lexington Drive is part of the final construction of Riverside Parkway from Lexington Drive to Loudoun County Parkway, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2019.
The board's finance committee over the summer recommended the contract be awarded to Francis O. Day Company, Inc. The project carries a budget of more than $15.1 million.
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 previously told the Times-Mirror. He added that many variables could impact the construction schedule.
More information, including a link to sign up for updates on the Riverside Parkway project, is online at Loudoun.gov/RiversideParkway.