Officials from Leesburg, Loudoun County and the Virginia General Assembly gathered in the rain Tuesday morning to celebrate the reopening of Sycolin Road.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York and Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd were joined by state legislators, senior Virginia Department of Transportation officials and local elected officials to open the new bridge over the Route 7/15 Bypass with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
VDOT Chief Engineer Garrett Moore told the gathering that this phase of the project would be completed two weeks ahead of schedule and about $2 million below its $16 million budget. Susan Shaw of the VDOT said the project would be completed “a few days ahead” of the goal to reopen Sycolin Road before school starts in the fall.
“This is one of the finest examples of intergovernmental cooperation I have ever seen on a major project,” Del. J. Randall Minchew (R-Leesburg) said, referring to the previous intersection as the “number one” traffic tie-up in Leesburg.
State Sen. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun) complimented state, county and town leaders for working together cooperatively to bring the project in under budget.
“I think we are going to see a lot more good things happening in transportation in Loudoun County,” he said.
Sycolin Road was closed in June 2013 for the construction of the bridge over the bypass, eliminating an intersection that officials said was among the most dangerous in Leesburg. Sycolin Road was reopened to traffic after the ceremony, restoring a major north-south route into and out of downtown Leesburg.
Leesburg officials expect to complete construction of sound barriers and other elements of the overpass project by the end of November, and remaining work on a segment of Sycolin Road by the end of the year.
Jim Barnes is a freelance writer.