Fourteen months after construction began, Hillsboro leaders on Friday celebrated the completion of the Rt. 9 traffic calming project. There were lots of people at the party.
Mayor Roger Vance and Vice Mayor Amy Marasco were joined by county supervisors, representatives of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, VDOT leaders, project contractors, and even a few town residents in formally cutting the ribbon to mark the completion of the project.
After two decades of planning and years of work to secure funding, construction began in March 2020—just days after the arrival of COVID-19 prompted widespread closures. With a creative pivot, the pandemic resulted in an acceleration of the work, which also included rebuilding the town’s water system and laying conduit to accommodate fiber optic cable, as the decrease in traffic allowed for longer road closures.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a barbecue lunch, a 90-minute program featured remarks from Vance, Marasco, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10), County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Supervisor Tony R> Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), former NVTA Chairman Marty Nohe, VDOT’s Loudoun County liaison Farid Bigdeli, and the leaders of contracting teams.
As part of the celebration, the town plans a time capsule to be opened in June 2121. Inside, the Town Council composed a letter explaining the project and expressing hope the work would continue to yield benefits to those residents of the next century.
Throughout the program, speakers praised Vance and Marasco, who lead the campaign to secure funding for the work and then served as the day-to-day managers of the construction. They were hailed for their willingness to learn the intricacies of project design and construction management, as well as their fastidious attention to detail.
The outcome of the project was credited by several speakers to the mayor’s mantra in dealing with the various unforeseeable twists and turns: “Proceed as if success is inevitable.”
The program concluded with the pouring of champagne and an invitation to stroll through town on the newly installed sidewalks.