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Route 15 at Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road

New interchange and other improvements in the Town of Leesburg

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction: TBD

Phase
In Design

Cost
$80-101 million

Lengths and Limits
Along Route 15 from just south of Fort Evans Road to just north of Edwards Ferry Road

Locality
Leesburg

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Zamir Mirza
Location & Design
703-259-1794
James Zeller, P.E.
Loudoun Project Development
703-259-3220

Note: A design public hearing will be held Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School, 691 Potomac Station Drive NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176.

Categorical Exclusion and Preliminary Traffic Noise Study

About the Project

This project aims to relieve congestion, increase capacity, and improve safety along about a mile of the Route 15 Bypass at Edwards Ferry Road and Fort Evans Road.

The area surrounding the two intersections has experienced significant commercial growth in the past 15-20 years. As a result, traffic volumes are beyond the capacity of the existing at-grade intersections.

Currently, there are high through-traffic volumes on the bypass during weekday morning and evening peak periods, as well as heavy turn movements to and from Edwards Ferry and Fort Evans roads, causing heavy congestion. Additionally, the road network has gaps in sidewalks, and existing conditions provide no opportunities for pedestrians to safely cross Route 15. These intersections also have a history of elevated crash rates.

Proposed Improvements 

  • Construct a grade-separated interchange at Route 15 and Edwards Ferry Road.  
  • Improve facilities for pedestrians.  
  • Construct improvements at Fort Evans Road to address congestion and safety.

Route 15/Edwards Ferry Road Interchange Rendering

Environmental Review

Preparation of an environmental document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion has been prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 23 CFR 771. Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on properties is also included in the environmental document. The environmental document will be available for public review and comment at the design public hearing.

A Preliminary Traffic Noise Study has also been prepared.

Schedule

First Public Information Meeting - March 2016
Second Public Information Meeting - March 2017
Design Public Hearing - May 31, 2018
End of Public Hearing Comment Period - June, 11, 2018
Design Approval - To Be Determined
Begin Construction - To Be Determined

Estimated Project Costs

VDOT has entered into an agreement with the Town of Leesburg to administer engineering design of this project. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) has allocated $2 million to the Town to fund preliminary engineering studies to determine how best to improve traffic operations and safety for this location.

The  preliminary engineering studies and design phase is currently funded. Additional funding sources are being pursued for the project to proceed to construction.

  • Preliminary Engineering: $6-6.5 million
  • Right of Way acquisition and Utility Relocation: $6-6.5 million
  • Construction: $68-88 million

Total estimated project cost: $80-101 million

Resources

Second Public Information Meeting (March 2017)

First Public Information Meeting (March 2016) 

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Project Numbers

State: 0015-253-306, P101
UPC: 89890
Federal: STP-5A01 (700)

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