A major road project in Ashburn officially got underway today — this time, construction of the final missing piece of Riverside Parkway.

Riverside Parkway currently stretches to the west all the way to Leesburg where it runs into Fort Evans Road NE. It’s eastern end is supposed to connect with Loudoun County Parkway, on the north side of Route 7 near DC Prime steakhouse and the SpringHill Suites hotel.

But there is a gap — a missing stretch from what is currently Lexington Drive near Blue Mount Nursery over to LoCo Parkway.

Today, local leaders broke ground on that final stretch, a $23 million project. The construction should take about two years and wrap up on the fall of 2021. When completed it will provide another east-west route (really southeast-northwest) between Ashburn and Leesburg.