Gloucester Parkway Missing Link Ready to Open

Gloucester Parkway, the link between Loudoun County Parkway and Pacific Boulevard, is expected to be open Thursday, August 4.

The parkway is one of several the county plans to reduce congestion on Waxpool Road and provide east-west alternatives to the Dulles Greenway. Gloucester Parkway now provides a link between Loudoun County Parkway and Route 28.

The parkway has been on the county’s wishlist since a 2012 study of the traffic in Eastern Loudoun. The $31 million project was built with the help of a proffered cash contribution from the Kincora developer.

gloucester pkwy 2“Because the Gloucester Parkway intersection is so important to Loudoun commuters, the county government, with state and private developers and land owners, worked collaboratively to accelerate construction of this critically important project,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall. “This serves as an example of how public/private partnerships can meet Loudoun’s needs.”

The project consists of 0.8 miles of a four-lane divided highway; a new bridge over Broad Run; intersection improvements at Loudoun County Parkway and Pacific Boulevard; trail and sidewalk improvements; and traffic signals at two intersections.

3 thoughts on “Gloucester Parkway Missing Link Ready to Open

  • 2016-07-31 at 2:02 pm

    What’s missing is an assessment of the effect on traffic—not only alleviation of traffic loads on other primary east-west routes but also what should become quickly a profound increase in traffic on Gloucester Parkway during both rush hour and weekend traffic of shoppers at Dulles Town Center’s shopping mall.

    For example, readers may want to know the effect with no traffic light control at the intersection of the Parkway with Marblehead Drive, a major Parkway feeder, where motorists southbound on Marblehead attempt to enter the Parkway’s traffic stream and motorists attempt to exit the Parkway’s eastbound traffic stream through a left turn across two opposing two lanes of Parkway traffic.

    Just east of that intersection at Ashby Ponds, a major assisted-living community, today some cross the Parkway for a walk along the W&OD Trail. On the south side of the Parkway just west of Marblehead throughout the day pedestrians cross the Parkway, often together with children, strollers, and/or dogs, to reach a playground or to enjoy a walk alongside Killawog Lake on the opposite side of the Parkway. Today neither of these communities has the safety of traffic light control in their Parkway crossings.

    • 2016-08-05 at 12:32 pm

      As I understand it a traffic signal is planned for both intersections but I can’t imagine why they weren’t completed prior to the opening of the Gloucester extension. Marblehead is already a bad intersection to turn at.

      I will say that I’m overjoyed that this missing link has been completed but I would have preferred it existed during the seven years I worked East of Rt. 28. In any case I’ll get plenty use out of it now.

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