Virginia State Route 7
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||72 mi (116 km)|
|Existed:||1933 – present|
|West end:||US 11 / US 50 / US 522 in Winchester|
|US 1 in Alexandria|
|East end:||SR 400 in Alexandria|
|Counties:||City of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Loudoun, Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Alexandria|
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.
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.
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.
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. However, due to highway budget restrictions, this project was put on hold in June 2008.
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.
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 US 50, 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 Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, one quarter of a mile (0.4 km) west of the Potomac River.
|City of Winchester
||0.00||0.00||US 11 south / US 522 south (Braddock Street) / US 50 (Boscawen Street) – Romney||Western terminus; west end of SR 7 one-way pair; west end of concurrency with westbound US 50|
|Boscawen Street east||SR 7 turns north onto Cameron Street; east end of concurrency with westbound US 50; west end of concurrency with US 11 and US 522|
|US 11 north (Cameron Street) / US 522 north (Piccadilly Street)||SR 7 turns east onto Piccadilly Street; east end of SR 7 one-way pair; east end of concurrency with US 11 and US 522|
|I-81 – Roanoke, Martinsburg||I-81 Exit 315|
||No major junctions|
SR 7 Bus. east (Main Street)
|US 340 (Lord Fairfax Highway) – Berryville, Charles Town||Diamond interchange|
SR 7 Bus. west (Main Street)
|Blue Ridge Mountain
SR 7 Bus. east (Loudoun Street)
SR 7 Bus. (Loudoun Street) – Round Hill, Purcellville
|Purcellville||SR 287 (Berlin Pike) – Purcellville, Lovettsville||Diamond interchange|
|Hamilton||SR 704 (Hamilton Station Road) – Hamilton||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
SR 9 west (Charles Town Pike) / SR 7 Bus. west (Colonial Highway) – Charles Town, Hamilton
SR 7 Bus. east (Market Street) – Leesburg
US 15 south / US 15 Bus. north (King Street) – Leesburg, Warrenton
|Partial cloverleaf interchange; west end of concurrency with US 15|
|SR 267 east (Dulles Greenway) – Dulles Airport, Washington||Trumpet interchange|
|SR 625 (Sycolin Road)||Overpass to be constructed in 2013-2014 to replace signalized intersection|
US 15 north (Leesburg Bypass) / SR 7 Bus. west (Market Street) – Leesburg, Frederick
|Partial cloverleaf interchange with flyover for westbound SR 7; east end of concurrency with US 15|
|Battlefield Parkway||Signalized interchange, Single-point urban interchange to be constructed|
|SR 773 (River Creek Parkway) / SR 653 / Crosstrail Boulevard||Diamond interchange|
|Ashburn||SR 659 (Belmont Ridge Road)||Signalized interchange, Single-point urban interchange to be constructed|
|SR 901 (Claiborne Parkway) / SR 2400 (Lansdowne Boulevard) – Ashburn, Lansdowne||Cloverleaf interchange|
|SR 2020 (Ashburn Village Boulevard)||Signalized interchange, Single-point urban interchange to be constructed|
|SR 3000 (Lexington Drive)||Signalized interchange, Overpass to be constructed|
|SR 607 (Loudoun County Parkway)||Single-point urban interchange|
|Sterling||SR 28 south (Sully Road) – Dulles Airport, Centreville||Directional interchange|
|SR 1582 (Algonkian Parkway) / SR 1902 (Atlantic Boulevard)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|SR 1794 (Cascades Parkway) – Sterling, Cascades||Cloverleaf interchange|
||Dranesville||SR 228 south (Dranesville Road) – Herndon|
|SR 1582 north (Algonkian Parkway) / SR 286 south (Fairfax County Parkway)||Diamond interchange|
|SR 193 east (Georgetown Pike) – Great Falls, Langley|
|Tysons Corner||SR 267 (Dulles Toll Road) / SR 90004 (Dulles Access Road) – Dulles Airport, Washington||SR 267 Exit 16|
|SR 123 (Chain Bridge Road)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|I-495 (Capital Beltway) – Alexandria, Richmond, Rockville, Baltimore||I-495 Exit 47|
|I-66 / West Falls Church Metro Station – Front Royal, Washington||I-66 Exit 66|
|City of Falls Church
||US 29 / SR 237 (Washington Street) – Fairfax, Arlington|
||Seven Corners||US 50 (Arlington Boulevard) / SR 338 west (Hillwood Avenue) / SR 613 (Sleepy Hollow Road/Wilson Boulevard) – Fairfax, Arlington||Diamond interchange with US 50; intersections with other roads|
|Bailey's Crossroads||SR 244 (Columbia Pike) – Annandale, Arlington||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|City of Alexandria
||I-395 (Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway) – Richmond, Washington||I-395 Exit 5|
|SR 402 (Quaker Lane) / Braddock Road|
|SR 420 west (Janneys Lane)|
|US 1 south (Henry Street)|
|US 1 north (Patrick Street)|
|SR 400 (Washington Street) / King Street east||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Supervisors Balk At $1 Billion Road Construction Proposal". Leesburg Today. March 5, 2009.[dead link]
- "NoVA Phase Cuts: Cancelled and Unfunded Projects" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. June 6, 2008. p. 1. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- 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.
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