There’s a new bridge in town for those who live, work, and play in Ashburn.
VDOT announced the bridge carrying the extended George Washington Blvd. over Rt. 7 (Leesburg Pike) opened to traffic today.
The new bridge serves drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians crossing Rt. 7 between Loudoun County Parkway and Sully Road. The quarter-mile extension is a four-lane road with a shared-use path along one side and a sidewalk along the other between Russell Branch Pkwy and Research Place.
Approximately, $30.1 million in federal, state, and Loudoun County funds were invested in this project with four main objectives:
- Improving operations on Rt. 7
- Relieving congestion at the Rt. 7 interchanges with Loudoun County Pkwy and Ashburn Village Blvd
- Improving by connecting roads parallel to Rt. 7 (Riverside Pkwy and George Washington Blvd) with roads parallel to Rt. 28 (Pacific Boulevard)
- Improving access to the George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus and the Strayer University Loudoun Campus.
The project begin in November 2021, and is 5 months ahead of schedule, VDOT noted.
Although it’s deemed substantially complete and has opened to traffic, there will be some “minor work” occurring in coming weeks that will involve “minimal impacts” to users, VDOT also said. Those using the new bridge are reminded to use caution when there are active work zones and to be alert as people adjust to the new traffic pattern.