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TOL PR 2016-07-18 NVTA funding Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 NVTA Awards $20 Million in FY 2017 Funding to the Battlefield Parkway and Route 7 Interchange Project in Leesburg $13 million preliminary engineering study previously funded and underway. Leesburg, VA (July 18, 2016) – Leesburg commuters can look forward to less congestion on Route 7 in the future thanks to a $20 million allocation from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) towards the construction of a grade-separated interchange at Battlefield Parkway and Route 7. Construction of the interchange will depend upon future allocations of $25 million in construction funding. Currently, the Virginia Department of Transportation estimates that construction will be completed in 2022. In May, when the NVTA released its draft FY 2017 program, the Battlefield Parkway/Route 7 interchange project was not recommended for funding. The announcement came after numerous public NVTA meetings at which Mayor Dave Butler and Vice Mayor Kelly Burk as well as Loudoun County officials and a number of Leesburg residents spoke, highlighting the intersection as one of Northern Virginia’s worst bottlenecks. Battlefield and Route 7 is the most dangerous intersection in Leesburg and the last signalized intersection on Route 7 from Route 28 to Leesburg to be funded for transition to a grade-separated interchange. With over 85,000 vehicles passing through the intersection daily, the interchange is a key congestion reduction project. "This is a big victory for Leesburg,” commented Leesburg Mayor David Butler. “This award means that we have well over half the funding needed for this interchange, and the project can proceed on schedule, with construction planned to begin in 2019. With this project, the traffic lights at Cardinal Park Dr as well as at Battlefield Parkway will be removed. I'd like to thank Chairman Randall and Delegate Minchew, members of the NVTA, for their efforts (and votes) in support of Leesburg. I'd also like to thank Supervisor Umstattd, Senator Wexton, Senator Black, and the Town and County staffs, as without their considerable efforts, this project would not have been considered. This project will substantially improve traffic flow into and out of Leesburg, and has been a top priority of the Town Council." # # #