Supervisors Vote to Keep Lexington Drive Access on Rt. 7

Supervisors have voted to keep a right turn onto Lexington Drive for drivers headed east on Rt. 7, modifying decades of planning on Loudoun’s major east-west thoroughfare.

Loudoun County has had plans since the 1980s to make Rt. 7 a limited-access highway, removing most side road connections—including Lexington Drive—and building the rest into interchanges. But after a vote Thursday, Jan. 17, Loudoun will give landowners around the Lexington Drive intersection a chance to design and build an exit ramp off of Rt. 7 eastbound, preserving an additional point of access to properties south of Rt. 7 like One Loudoun and Ashbrook Commons Plaza.

Bill May, managing director of One Loudoun, told supervisors the Lexington Drive intersection was a “critical access point to One Loudoun, and will be more so in the future.”

“Ease of access and departure is a critical component of a successful commercial mixed-use center,” May said. “The complete closure of this intersection would have a major deleterious impact on the future growth of One Loudoun.”

May supported right turns both in and out of Lexington Drive, although supervisors only voted for a right turn off Rt. 7 onto Lexington. The county will hand off that work to landowners in the area.

“My belief is that the private sector will complete this faster and much more affordably than we would,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), who proposed the change.

Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) was opposed. He pointed out the county recently “spent $90 million to do the right thing to Rt. 7,” providing access to those properties from the recently completed interchanges at Loudoun County Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. The turn onto Lexington Drive, he said, breaks with decades of planning on Rt. 7.

“The fact is, we worked hard to make this happen and now we’re going to unwind it, and that is just the wrong thing to do,” Buona said.

But Meyer said the turn onto Lexington Drive would have to meet Virginia Department of Transportation standards for a limited-access highway, win VDOT’s approval, and come at no cost to the county.

Supervisors approved Meyer’s proposal 7-1-1, with Buona opposed and County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) absent.

Already the project faces a challenge; VDOT’s standards state a “general rule of thumb for minimum interchange spacing is 1 mile in urban areas.” Lexington Drive is about 0.6 miles from Ashburn Village Boulevard.

4 thoughts on “Supervisors Vote to Keep Lexington Drive Access on Rt. 7

  • 2019-01-25 at 4:33 pm

    why does Loudoun One now need more access. I thought the whole development was planned (keep in mind they were originally were going to put a stadium there). Do any of the people who voted for this use Rt 7 and live in the area and drive here …? I’ve lived in Ashburn since 2006 and if you keep Lexington open you’re going to have a choke point (which it currently is) between Battlefield Parkway and Sterling on 7.

    I can see nothing but special interest influence at work here…

    Hope VDOT shoot this down…. because this Signal is right smack between two exits.

    P.S Just look at Google maps… if you can get to lexington from Ashburn Village or Loudoun County Parkway there is no sense in keeping the Traffic Light.

  • 2019-01-27 at 5:32 pm

    @ShahzadAnsari The time allocated to writing your comment would have been better spent reading the article. They are removing the light. The board approved right-turn access only.

    • 2019-01-28 at 9:28 am

      Thank you @bs3… I did read the article…. my question is why do we need the right turn anyway ? because of this now you’ll have traffic coming from Loudoun County Parkway merging to the left on west bound 7 and people on 7 (who need to take a right Lexington merging to the right). They didn’t keep the right turn on (research pl where Accenture is) when they took out that traffic light, so why is Lexington is getting such special treatment ?

      How much more access does Loudoun One needs… (it has now 3 major access roads namely Loudoun County Parkway, Russell Branch Parkway which now goes from Pacific Blvd to Claiborne, and a new access from 28 on Nokes Blvd) ?

      Anyway Thanks for your comment.

  • 2019-01-28 at 12:10 pm

    One Loudoun deserves no special treatment.

    I can envision a right turn lane that is far too short and will cause problems on 7 when there are special events at One Loudoun that back up traffic. Further, the anomaly of this turn lane is bound to cause at least an accident or two when people get into the wrong lane, swerve back, etc.

    Saturday night I got behind a departing One Loudoun patron who was manifestly inebriated. I stayed well behind him/her as they went west on 7 and then N on 15. One Loudoun REALLY needs to clean up its act before we start doing anything nice for that drunk tank.

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