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TOL PR 2016-05-16 NVTA funding Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 NVTA Considering FY 2017 Funding for Interchange at Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg Town of Leesburg officials encourage residents to submit online comments or attend the June 9 public hearing in support of the project. Leesburg, VA (May 16, 2016) – The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority recently released its draft Fiscal Year 2017 program for public comment. The draft program includes 24 candidate projects, requesting a total of $668 million in NVTA funding for Fiscal Year 2017. The Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County jointly have requested $37 million for construction of the grade-separated interchange at Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway. The project previously received $13 million for the interchange design study which is currently underway. If not funded, the Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway intersection will be the last at-grade, signalized intersection along the Route 7 Corridor from Route 28 to Berryville. All of the other remaining at-grade intersections along that section of the corridor are under construction or in final design for transition to grade-separated interchanges. The Route 7 Corridor is a major commuter route through Leesburg and Loudoun County and continues to be one of Northern Virginia’s worst bottlenecks. The Route 7/Battlefield Parkway interchange is a key congestion reduction project for the region. In addition, the interchange project is the only project in Loudoun County among the list of candidate projects in NVTA’s draft Fiscal Year 2017 program. Understanding the importance of this project and the impact that funding delays will have on area traffic congestion, Town of Leesburg officials encourage residents to submit comments to the NVTA in support of funding the project. Comments may be submitted via email to FY2017Program@thenovaauthority.org until June 17, 2016. The NVTA will hold an open house and public hearing on the draft Fiscal Year 2017 program on Thursday, June 9, 2016, beginning at 6:00pm. Additional information about the draft program, the open house and public hearing and ways that the public can comment on the draft program is available on the NVTA website at www.thenovaauthority.org. # # #