(June 17, 2013) – After July 4, 2013, construction will begin on street improvements to Loudoun Street, between South King Street and Church Street, in downtown Leesburg. This project begins Phase 2 of the Downtown Improvement Project. Phase 1 included improvements to the alley and pedestrian walkways between the Town Hall Parking Garage and South King Street, and a new gateway to the historic district at Mom’s Apple Pie.
The Loudoun Street improvements will include installation of a new water line, new curb and gutter, new brick sidewalks, street trees and pavement resurfacing. In addition, a stone wall will replace the current board fence over the Town Run crossing on the south side of the street. Construction of the section between South King Street and Church Street is expected to be completed in mid-October.
All work for this section of the project will be done at night, between the hours of 7pm to 5am, Sunday through Thursday. During these work hours, Loudoun Street will be closed between South King Street and Church Street. Traffic will be detoured around the construction zone via East Market Street or Royal Street. Loudoun Street will be open to traffic during the day and on weekends. Access to the Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage will not be affected.
“There are only two businesses on that stretch of Loudoun Street that are open in the evening,” explained Scott Parker, Assistant Town Manager. “We have worked with both The Cajun Experience and Bull Run ASAP to identify customer parking locations that can be accessed via Royal, King or Market Streets.”
This project is the first of three phases of improvements to Loudoun Street from South King Street to Mom’s Apple Pie. The second and third phases will include similar streetscape elements, including completing several “missing links” in existing sidewalks. New decorative streetlights will be installed during the final phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in Summer 2014.
For more information about the Downtown Improvement Project, please visit the project website at www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=730.