State transportation officials are warning commuters traveling Route 7 in Louduon County that construction of Dominion Virginia Power’s 12-mile, high-voltage power line between Hamilton and Leesburg will require periodic traffic stops of up to 15 minutes on Route 7 from mid-May through September.
Dominion Virginia Power is building the line from a new substation northwest of Hamilton, near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Route 7, to a substation off Cochran Mill Road east of Leesburg. The work will require crews to string electric lines along about nine miles of VDOT roads, crossing them a total of 15 times.
All lanes of traffic in both directions will be stopped for up to 15 minutes when wires are pulled across roadways. These traffic stops will be permitted only on:
- Mondays from noon to 3:30 p.m.,
- Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and
- Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We are keenly aware of how these stoppages will create backups,” said Howard Massey, VDOT Permits Inspector for Loudoun County. “Therefore we are limiting the hours of operation on weekdays and will not allow any road closures during rush hours, at night, on weekends or holidays.”
While the schedule for traffic stops is not complete, motorists can expect delays throughout the summer at these times and locations:
- May 17- June 4: expect periodic traffic stops on Route 7 near the interchange at Hamilton Station Road in Hamilton
- June: expect periodic stops on Route 7 near the interchange of Route 9
- July: expect periodic stops on the Route 7 Bypass between Dry Mill Road and Route 15
- August-September: motorists will experience the most delays in this timeframe as workers string lines along Route 7 and the Bypass between Route 15 and River Creek Parkway.
Route 7 carries about 38,000 vehicles a day near Hamilton and 72,000 vehicles a day through Leesburg.
Dry Mill Road will be temporarily closed starting May 10
Dry Mill Road, from Route 9 to Woodburn Road, will be closed to thru-traffic for about five days beginning on or about May 10 while crews bury a transmission line under the road. A six-mile detour will be in place while crews mill the road, dig a trench, install conduits, backfill trenches and repave the affected area. Dominion will provide each resident along Dry Mill Road with specific details on the closure and its impacts. Traffic volumes on Dry Mill Road range from 3,400 to 4,500 vehicles per day.