County supervisors unanimously approved safety and traffic improvement plans for Route 9, though those plans will still need to be funded through the county’s capital improvement program.
Supervisors spent $463,808 on a new study for roads connecting Rt. 9 to the right. 7, where some increase in traffic is expected as Rt. 9 itself is upgraded to accommodate traffic from Northwest Loudoun and West Virginia to Rt. 7. These include Woodgrove Road, Cider Mill Road and Stony Point Road.
This joins larger planned studies of right-wing Rt. 7. 690 to Clarke County, and Rt. 50. After these will come a survey of Rt. 287.
Rt. 9 is a two-lane road with turning lanes at some, but not all, intersections. However, it is also a major means of access to Rt. 7 from West Virginia and northwest Loudoun, and the Virginia Department of Transportation counted average daily traffic near Rt. 7 at 21,000 vehicles per day. This contributes to long backups.
The improvements planned on Rt. 9 are based on a safety and operating study and on feedback from the public.
Recommended short-term road improvements for Rt. 9 include warning signs, flashing beacons, clearing of vegetation, chevrons, rumble strips, yield markings, and improved signage around intersections with Clarkes Gap Road, Hamilton Station Road, Harpers Ferry Road, and by the Sweet Springs Country Store and the curve in the road east of Sagle Road.
Longer-term projects include improving turn lanes at Sweet Springs Country Store, Cider Mill Road and Purcellville Road and adding law enforcement stopping zones along the corridor.
And larger, longer-term projects include, in order of priority, the roundabouts at Harpers Ferry Road, Cider Mill Road and Clarkes Gap Road; widening of short stretches of road from Clarkes Gap Road to Simpson Circle South; turn lanes at Beacon Hill Road; and a roundabout at Hamilton Station Road and an eastbound turn lane at Old Wheatland Road.
For more information about the Route 9 Safety and Operational Study, go to loudoun.gov/route9.