Virginia State Route 7

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For the former State Route 7, see State Route 7 (Virginia 1918-1923).

State Route 7 marker

State Route 7
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 72.75 mi[1] (117.08 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 11 / US 50 / US 522 in Winchester
 

I‑81 in Winchester
US 340 near Berryville
US 15 in Leesburg
SR 267 in Tysons Corner
I‑495 in Tysons Corner
I‑66 near Falls Church
US 29 in Falls Church
US 50 at Seven Corners
I‑395 in Alexandria

US 1 in Alexandria
East end: SR 400 in Alexandria
Location
Counties: City of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Loudoun, Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Alexandria
Highway system
SR 6 SR 8

State Route 7 (SR 7) is a major primary state highway and busy commuter route in Northern Virginia, United States. It travels southeast from downtown Winchester to SR 400 (Washington Street) in downtown Alexandria. Its route largely parallels those of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail) and the Potomac River. West of I-395, SR 7 is part of the National Highway System.

Route description[edit]

SR 7 begins downtown in the independent city of Winchester, as East Piccadilly Street at an intersection with US Route 11 (US 11) and US 522, and it continues through the east end of the city, along North East Lane, National Avenue, and finally Berryville Avenue. SR 7 exits the city into surrounding Frederick County, where its name changes to Berryville Pike and it becomes a four-lane highway. SR 7 continues across Interstate 81 (I-81) and then into Clarke County.

The Shenandoah River in Clarke Country where it is crossed by SR 7

SR 7 enters Clarke County from Frederick County, crossing the Opequon Creek, and continues towards the town of Berryville. Business SR 7 (SR 7 Bus.) splits off just west of Berryville and passes through the town, while the main route bypasses the town to the north. Both routes cross US 340, and SR 7 Bus. rejoins SR 7 just east of the town. SR 7 crosses the Shenandoah River and its name changes to the Harry Flood Byrd Highway. SR 7 crosses the Loudoun–Clarke county line and the Appalachian Trail at the summit of Snickers Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Snickers Gap, where SR 7 leaves Loudoun County and enters Clarke County; the route peaks here before descending into the Shenandoah Valley

SR 7 enters the rural western part of Loudoun County as the Harry Flood Byrd Highway at Snickers Gap, and then it descends out of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It crosses the Snickersville Turnpike, and then it passes through the village of Bluemont (formerly Snickersville). Next SR 7 curves just south of Jefferson County, West Virginia.

SR 7 becomes a divided, limited-access highway with a speed limit of 55 mph (89 km/h) just west of the town of Round Hill, where another SR 7 Bus. splits off to serve the towns of Round Hill, Purcellville, and Hamilton, while the main road runs outside of the towns as a bypass. SR 7 Bus. rejoins the main road at the interchange with SR 9 in Paeonian Springs.

SR 7 continues towards the well-developed eastern half of Loudoun County as a four-lane divided highway with some at-grade intersections, and it passes through Clarke's Gap in Catoctin Mountain. Another SR 7 Bus. splits off on the western side of the town of Leesburg, the county seat of Loudoun County. The main road continues as the Leesburg Bypass, and merges with the bypass of US 15 around the southern side of Leesburg, while the business route passes through town as Market Street. SR 7 intersects with US 15 Bus. (King Street) by the county courthouse in the center of Leesburg.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has plans to widen the section of SR 7 between SR 9 and East Market Street.[2] However, due to highway budget restrictions, this project was put on hold in June 2008.[3]

The SR 7 bypass crosses the Washington & Old Dominion Trail just before the US 15 bypass splits off from SR 7 in eastern Leesburg, and then SR 7 Bus. rejoins the main highway near the same location. SR 7 continues on through the eastern half of Leesburg, and then it crosses Goose Creek. On the other side of Goose Creek SR 7 has been widened to six lanes, and next it passes through Ashburn.

SR 7 has been planned to be rebuilt as a controlled-access highway through eastern Loudoun County. To accomplish this, highway interchanges would be constructed to replace the ordinary intersections at the Loudoun County Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. More overpasses would be constructed at Lexington Drive in Ashburn and at Sycolin Road in Leesburg.

Additional interchanges are planned at Ashburn Village Boulevard in Ashburn,[4] Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn, and at Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg.[2]

SR 7 passes by numerous housing subdivisions and businesses before it reaches an interchange with SR 28, close to the Fairfax County line in Sterling.

SR 7 is named Leesburg Pike all the way across Fairfax County, where it is mainly a suburban route. It enters Fairfax County at the interchange with the Fairfax County Parkway (SR 286) and Algonkian Parkway. It continues through Fairfax County, passing by subdivisions and strip malls. It passes through Tysons Corner, where it intersects SR 123 and SR 267, the Dulles Access and Toll Roads. It then intersects the Capital Beltway (I-495) in McLean and intersects I-66 a half mile (0.8 km) west of the West Falls Church Metro station.

SR 7 then enters the independent city of Falls Church and becomes Broad Street and marks the north/south division for city streets. The road intersects US 29 in the city's center and crosses the W&OD Trail in the city's west end. SR 7 then re-enters Fairfax County as Leesburg Pike and passes through Seven Corners, named for the five roads that intersect, including SR 338 (Hillwood Avenue) and US 50 (Arlington Boulevard), which is grade separated from the rest of the intersection. From there, it travels to Bailey's Crossroads, where it intersects SR 244 (Columbia Pike).

SR 7 enters the City of Alexandria from Fairfax County and briefly forms the border between the Alexandria and Arlington County, and then intersects I- 395. It continues as King Street through Alexandria, passing by T. C. Williams High School, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Union Station (Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express), and the King Street – Old Town Metro station. SR 7 ends at the intersection of King Street and SR 400 (Washington Street) in Old Town Alexandria, one quarter of a mile (0.4 km) west of the Potomac River.


Planned[edit]

Frederick County

  • One extra lane on each side between I-81 and the Opequon Creek.[citation needed]
  • SR 37 (Winchester Eastern Bypass) exit about 0.5 mi from SR 659.[citation needed]

Clarke County

  • Add one extra lane from Opequon Creek to Loudoun County line.[citation needed]

Loudoun County

Fairfax County

  • two additional lanes from Loudoun County line to Falls Church city limits.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
City of Winchester US 11 / US 522 (Cameron Street) to US 50
Frederick   I‑81 – Martinsburg, Roanoke, Virginia Inland Port I-81 exit 315
Clarke  
SR 7 Bus. east (West Main Street) – Berryville
  US 340 – Berryville, Charles Town interchange
 
SR 7 Bus. west (East Main Street) – Berryville
Webbtown SR 608 (Wickliffe Road) – Wickliffe former SR 282 north
Blue Ridge Snickers Gap
Loudoun   SR 734 (Snickersville Pike)
  SR 760 (Clayton Hall Road) – Bluemont, Philomont, trucks to SR 734 former SR 234 south
 
SR 7 Bus. east (West Loudoun Street) – Round Hill
 
SR 7 Bus. – Round Hill, Purcellville
interchange
Purcellville
SR 287 to SR 7 Bus. – Purcellville, Lovettsville
interchange
Hamilton Station SR 704 – Hamilton interchange
Clarks Gap SR 9 (SR 7 Bus. west) – Hillsboro, Charles Town, WV interchange
 
SR 7 Bus. east – Leesburg
interchange
Leesburg
US 15 south / US 15 Bus. north – Leesburg, Warrenton
interchange; west end of concurrency with US 15
SR 267 east – Dulles Airport, Washington SR 267 exit 1

US 15 north / SR 7 Bus. west / Fort Evans Road – Frederick, MD, Leesburg
interchange; east end of concurrency with US 15
Battlefield Parkway - Leesburg Airport intersection; proposed interchange
River Creek Parkway / Crosstrail Boulevard interchange
Belmont / Lansdowne SR 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) intersection; proposed interchange
Ashburn Junction SR 901 south (Claiborne Parkway) / SR 2400 north (Lansdowne Boulevard) – Lansdowne, Ashburn interchange
Ashburn / Lansdowne SR 2020 (Janelia Farm Boulevard / Ashburn Village Boulevard) – Shenandoah University intersection; proposed interchange
SR 823 / SR 3000 (Lexington Drive) intersection; proposed overpass
Ashburn / University Center SR 607 (Loudoun County Parkway) interchange
Dulles Town Center SR 28 south – Dulles Airport, Centreville interchange
Dulles Town Center / Countryside SR 1582 north (Algonkian Parkway) / SR 1902 south – Dulles Town Center interchange
Dulles Town Center / Cascades SR 1794 (Cascades Parkway) – Cascades, Sterling interchange
Sterling / Sugarland Run SR 846 (Cardinal Glen Circle / Sterling Boulevard) – Sterling Park
Fairfax Herndon Junction SR 228 south (Dranesville Road)
Dranesville SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) / SR 6220 (Algonkian Parkway) interchange
SR 193 east (Georgetown Pike) – Great Falls, Langley
Reston Reston Parkway (SR 602)
Browns Chapel SR 606 west (Baron Cameron Avenue) / Springvale Road (SR 674) – Herndon, Reston
Tysons Corner SR 267 – Washington, Dulles Airport (via Dulles Access Road) SR 267 exit 16
SR 123 to I‑495 – McLean, Vienna interchange
To SR 650 / I‑495 Express north / International Drive / Gallows Road (SR 950)
To I‑495 Express north / Fashion Boulevard / Fairfax Square
I‑495 (Capital Beltway) / I‑495 Express south – Rockville, Baltimore, Richmond, Alexandria I-495 exit 47
Idylwood I‑66 – Washington, Front Royal, Metro West Falls Church I-66 exit 66
City of Falls Church US 29 (Washington Street / SR 237)
Fairfax Seven Corners SR 338 west (Hillwood Avenue) to US 29 westbound exit and eastbound entrance
US 50 (Arlington Boulevard) / SR 613 (Wilson Boulevard / Sleepy Hollow Road) – Washington, Arlington, Clarendon, Fairfax interchange
Bailey's Crossroads SR 244 (Columbia Pike) – Arlington, Annandale interchange
City of Alexandria I‑395 – Richmond, Washington I-395 exit 5
North Quaker Lane (SR 402) / Braddock Road
Janney's Lane (SR 420)
US 1 south (Henry Street)
US 1 north (Patrick Street)
SR 400 (Washington Street) no left turn in any direction
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Berryville business route[edit]


State Route 7 Business
Location: Berryville
Length: 3.05 mi[1] (4.91 km)


Purcellville business route[edit]


State Route 7 Business
Location: Purcellville
Length: 9.28 mi[1] (14.93 km)
Existed: 1980–present

State Route 7 Business (SR 7 Bus.) is a business route in the U.S. state of Virginia. It runs 9.28 miles (14.93 km) from SR 7 in Round Hill to SR 9 in Leesburg,[1] where the roadway continues east and south as SR 699. The route provides access from the main route, SR 7, to Purcellville. The route has multiple names along its length including Loudoun Street, Main Street, and Colonial Highway. The route was formed in two segments. The first one was formed in 1980,[5] and the second one was formed in 1987.[6]

The route's western end is at its parent route, SR 7. It then intersects New Cut Road and Main Street, both part of SR 719. It meets SR 7 once again at a diamond interchange. After that, the route meets State Route 287 (SR 287) at a roundabout. The route's eastern end is at State Route 9 (SR 9) (Charles Town Pike), where it goes east and south as SR 699 (Dry Mill Rd.).[1]

The first segment of the route was commissioned in 1980 between SR 287 and SR 9.[5] The second segment of the route was commissioned in 1987 between SR 287 and SR 7.[6] These segments were both built along the former alignment of its parent route, SR 7.[5][6]

Leesburg business route[edit]


State Route 7 Business
Location: Leesburg
Length: 2.39 mi[1] (3.85 km)

State Route 7 Business (SR 7 Bus.) in downtown Leesburg is a very narrow two-laned street, but towards its eastern terminus, it widens and becomes multilane.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Supervisors Balk At $1 Billion Road Construction Proposal". Leesburg Today. March 5, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "NoVA Phase Cuts: Cancelled and Unfunded Projects" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. June 6, 2008. p. 1. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Jacks, Jason (May 1, 2009). "Despite delay, One Loudoun still expected to be massive". Loudoun Times Mirror. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Commonwealth Transportation Board (August 21, 1980) (PDF). Minutes of Meeting (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 23. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-08-1980-01.pdf. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Commonwealth Transportation Board (November 19, 1987) (PDF). Minutes of Meeting (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 2-3. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-11-1987-01.pdf. Retrieved October 1, 2013.

External links[edit]

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