The Alliance supports the re-construction of Route 7 as limited access facility with a minimum of three lanes in each direction with a median in the 8.48 mile stretch between the Fairfax/Loudoun County line and Dulles Toll Road in Tysons and further upgrades between the county line and Leesburg.
Route 7 Overview
Increased highway and transit capacity in the Dulles Corridor is not enough.
Route 7 is a key link between Northern Virginia’s largest jurisdiction (Fairfax County) and third largest (Loudoun). Route 7 is essential to improving access to Fairfax County’s major economic hub (Tysons) so that it might realize its economic and land use potential. It’s also essential to enabling Loudoun County to attract the workers it needs to achieve its economic goals.
It’s also a key homeland security evacuation route.
Loudoun County continues to make progress in converting its portion of Route 7 from Leesburg to the Fairfax County line to a limited access facility.
The same can also be said in Fairfax County between the Loudoun border and Tysons,
VDOT has just recently completed widening Route 7 from 4 to 6 lanes between Rolling Holly Way and Reston Avenue. Traffic in this highly congested section averages about 60,000 vehicles per day. By 2040 this number is projected to increase to nearly 90,000 vehicles per day.
And there’s more good news.
Current Status–Three Important Upgrades Moving Forward–
Tyco Road to Jarrett Drive
This improvement involves the replacement of the deck and addition of one lane in each direction to the Route 7 Bridge over the Dulles Toll Road. Silver Line support structures reportedly restrict the widening to one additional lane in each direction, but 14-foot bicycle-pedestrian trails will be provided in each direction.
Estimated cost: $45 million.
Current Status: Under construction.
Estimated completion date: May 2018
Jarrett Valley Drive to Reston Avenue
Traffic in this 6.5 mile section currently averages about 50,000 to 55,000 vehicles per day and is projected to increase to 75,000 to 90,000 by 2040.
At its June 2016 meeting the Commonwealth Transportation Board combined into one project what originally were two separate projects in this Route 7 segment. In doing so and by seeking to implement this project as a design-build the CTB is likely to reduce the original construction completion date by one year and the overall price by $60 million.
The following estimates are based on a design build contract being awarded.
Estimated cost: $240 million
Estimated construction start: Early 2018
Estimated completion date: June 2023
Route 7/Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) Interchange
The project involves the conversion of this heavily used existing at-grade, signalized intersection to a grade separated interchange and reconstruction of approximately 1.4 miles of Belmont Ridge Road from two lanes to a four-lane divided section from the interchange to Gloucester Parkway. This major step in limiting Route 7 access is financed by a combination of local, state and federal dollars.
Status: Under construction:
Estimated Cost: $48.3 million
Estimated completion date: Summer of 2018
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