Route 9 Safety & Operational Study
- The purpose of this project is to conduct a Safety and Operational Study (SOS) of Route 9 in Virginia, encompassing 13 miles from the West Virginia border to Route 7. The study will identify safety and traffic operational issues and present recommended solutions for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.
- Throughout the study, public and focus group meetings will be held to capture local observations, perspectives and concerns along the corridor.
- Route 9 is located in the rolling countryside in western Loudoun County; it serves farms and farm markets, equestrian facilities wineries and breweries, bed-and-breakfast facilities, and the historic Town of Hillsboro.
- The roadway is also a primary means of access between Maryland, West Virginia, and northwestern Loudoun, and is a key commuting route to and from Northern Virginia.
- Recently, this 13-mile stretch of highway has seen increased traffic and crashes. Between 2001 and 2018, traffic at Route 9 and Route 287 increased from an average of 13,000 to 18,000 vehicles per day. Between 2012 and 2016, 617 crashes were reported along Route 9, including five fatalities.
- Currently, Loudoun County’s approved Capital Improvement Program contains several projects along or near the corridor; Route 7/287 Interchange Modifications, design and construction of a new interchange at Route 7/690, and the Route 9/287 roundabout.
- The Town of Hillsboro has planned a traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and infrastructure project, which includes construction of roundabouts on Route 9 at the intersections of Route 719 (Stony Point Road) and Route 690 (Hillsboro Road). Learn more about the Hillsboro project.
- Throughout the study period, public input and focus group meetings were held to gather input from the public Meeting materials, including participant questions and answers, are available below in Meeting Documents.
Current Status: October 2021
- Loudoun County hosted a virtual public meeting on September 22, 2021. More information, including a link to the public input meeting page, is provided below.
- There will be up to five focus group meetings held throughout the study period. The focus group meetings are intended to allow for discussion with property owners whose use or activity generates significant traffic, business owners and representatives of civic organizations located in the area. View focus group meeting documents.
- The first Route 9 focus group meeting was held February 13, 2020. During this meeting, the focus group reviewed the project background, schedule, public information process, and the existing conditions.
- The second Route 9 focus group meeting was held on September 30, 2020. During this meeting, the results of the public outreach survey, summary of existing conditions, and the travel demand and forecasting efforts were reviewed and discussed.
- The third Route 9 focus group meeting was held on July 28, 2021. During this meeting, study findings (to date), improvement concepts, intersection alternatives and next steps were reviewed and discussed.
- The fourth Route 9 focus group meeting will be held on December 13, 2021. For details, see Focus Group Meeting below.
- Public input meetings were held on July 16, 2020 and September 22, 2021 to provide information about the project, answer questions and gather feedback to assist with providing potential recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Meeting presentation materials and recordings are available in the Public Input Meeting folder in Meeting Documents below.
- The study team prepared and evaluated short term operational and safety improvements
- Currently, the study team is evaluating the existing operational conditions along the corridor, developing and analyzing future traffic volumes and developing alternative corridor concept plans.
- Anticipated completion of the study is spring 2022.
Focus Group Meeting - December 13, 2021
A fourth and final focus group meeting will take place on December 13, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Logon Information.
- View all project updates on the Route 9 Safety and Operational Study.
- Sign up for updates on this project in Notify Me, Blogs category.
- 06-29-17 Transportation Summit Information Item - Rural Primary Roads (PDF)
- 07-03-18 Board of Supervisors Action Item - Primary Rural Roads Safety and Operational Studies (PDF)
If you have questions about this project, email the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure or call 703-737-8299.
Email Glen Barbour, Public Information Officer or call 703-771-5086.