Route involves a mix of Shared Use Paths and on-road or on-shoulder riding
Bike Loudoun is advocating for a loop trail that would start at Purcellville Train Station at the end of the W&OD Trail, then follow along Hillsboro Road north to Alder School Road heading west.
Then cyclists would turn left or south onto Woodgrove Road into Round Hill. Once in Round Hill, the route would use the new shared use bike path to Franklin Park and then via a bike path from Franklin Park back to Purcellville.
Alder School Road (Route 711) is now a gravel and mud road west of Hillsboro Road. There is a current Loudoun County Transportation Project to pave this road and improve a bridge over Catoctin Creek. A significant achievement was made on this road, as there will be 4 foot wide shoulders on both sides of the road to facilitate cyclists and make the route safer. Once paved, this will allow cyclists to complete the loop from Purcellville to Round Hill and back. The scheduled completion date for this project is Spring 2019.
The Round Hill to Franklin Park trail involves the construction of sidewalks and mixed use asphalt trails to provide pedestrian and and bicycle conductivity between the Town of Round Hill and Franklin Park. The route is now complete from Round Hill through a tunnel under Route 7, and then along Sleeter Lake. Yet to be completed are five-foot wide concrete sidewalks to be added to both sides of East Loudoun Street between Main Street and Evening Star Drive in Round Hill. Also, curb and gutter as well as storm drain inlets and piping will be added to this section of road to improve drainage.
The project also includes the construction of a ten-foot wide, mixed-use asphalt trail from the East side of the Lake Point subdivision to the center of Franklin Park. The existing privately developed mixed-use trails through the Round Hill, Section IB and Lake Point subdivisions (which include the tunnel) will link the improvements along East Loudoun Street to the mixed-use trail to be constructed to Franklin Park.
Supervisor Tony Bufffington recently held a meeting (June 7, 2017) at Emery Elementary School in Purcellville to review options for routing a shared use bike path from Purcellville to Franklin Park.
The approximately 1.1 mile trail is planned to go from Franklin Park to the vicinity of West Main Street and South 32nd Street in Purcellville. The Board of Supervisors approved funds to perform an alignment study and preliminary engineering for the trail in Fiscal Year 2015. After Board endorsement, preliminary design is anticipated to begin Winter 2017 and final design anticipated to begin in 2021.
Based on the adopted Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Improvement Program, funds to acquire right-of-way and to construct the trail are planned for Fiscal Year 2022.
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