New grade-separated crossing completed several months ahead of schedule
A new bridge separating Belmont Ridge Road from the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park will open to traffic by the afternoon rush Monday, July 17, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The bridge, part of the Belmont Ridge Road widening project, is opening about three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. It replaces the at-grade trail crossing, greatly improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists by eliminating the potential for crashes.
The bridge will initially carry one lane of traffic in each direction, and will ultimately serve as the two-lane northbound bridge once the southbound span is complete.
The overall project includes widening the road from two to four lanes, with a grass median and shared-use paths on both sides of the road, between Hay Road and Gloucester Parkway. In addition, a new parking lot for trail users is being constructed. The project is funded by Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and is being administered by VDOT. Completion is scheduled for late 2018.
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