Riverside Parkway extension should open in September

Good news for commuters in Loudoun County as word comes that the new Riverside Parkway extension should open within the next month. County DOT officials are aiming to open the roadway sometime in the week of September 5.

This aerial view of the Riverside Parkway extension shows the path between Loudoun County Parkway and Lexington Drive. The roadway has now been paved and work is wrapping up. (Image: Google Maps)

The new stretch of roadway will extend Riverside Parkway (including the portion of road that has been known as Lexington Drive) and connect it with Loudoun County Parkway. Drivers will be able travel between LoCo Parkway and Leesburg without having to use Route 7. Along with the recent addition of overpasses along Route 7, the efforts are meant to diminish bumper-to-bumper traffic and provide commuters with more alternatives.

Several new commercial properties along Riverside Parkway were built with the eventual road opening in mind. This includes the Riverside Square development, home to Oak Health Club, Texas Roadhouse, a Sheetz, Black Hog BBQ and other businesses.

Construction on the Lexington 7 building is also wrapping up and tenants should start moving in. This includes the much-anticipated baseball recreation and training facility called The Ballpark.

We’re told the contractor overseeing the construction has Wednesday, September 8 pencilled in as opening day for traffic on the new road. But that’s dependent on weather and other factors, so stay tuned.