Drivers are asked to be aware of a new traffic pattern on Route 7 tomorrow, May 8, as a new traffic signal will be activated at the intersection of Redberry Court in Dranesville to improve safety and access for drivers.
Improvements to this intersection are part of the project to widen Route 7 to three lanes in each direction between Rolling Holly Drive and Reston Avenue. The $37 million project will be complete in Dec. 2015.
This section of Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) is severely congested in both directions during the a.m. and p.m. rush. Widening and upgrading intersections will help relieve congestion and improve air quality, road operation and safety. In 2011, Route 7 carried 60,000 vehicles per day in this area and by 2034, is expected to carry 87,000 vehicles per day.
The project widens Route 7 from four to six lanes with a raised median and includes:
- 10-foot-wide shared-use path in both directions
- Lengthened turn lanes
- New traffic signal at the intersection of Redberry Court and the relocated Woodyâ€™s Golf Course entrance
- Improved intersection operation, particularly at Georgetown Pike, Route 7 and Seneca Road