Route 7 improvements continue

Traffic Update

A safety improvement initiative is currently in progress along Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) in Clarke County.

Covering a span of approximately 2.5 miles between Route 606 (River Road) and Route 601 (Blueridge Mountain Road), this $2 million project aims to enhance road safety.

Upgrades include widening shoulders, installing new rumble strips, updating or installing guardrails, and refreshing pavement markings.

Motorists traveling in both directions on Route 7 should remain vigilant for single-lane closures until the end of October.

Eastbound lane closures are anticipated on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

While westbound lane closures may occur on weekdays or weeknights between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Please note that all activities are subject to weather conditions.

Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC, based in Strasburg, Va., was awarded a $1,959,055 construction contract by the Virginia Department of Transportation in April 2024 to execute the Route 7 project.

Funded by a combination of federal and state resources, the project is slated for completion by October 31, 2024.

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Route 7 night closures

Traffic Update

VDOT is reporting that Route 7 Westbound will have single lane closures as needed between Blue Ridge Mountain Road and Shepherds Mill Road for rock and soil testing, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday and Monday nights, September 24-25.

Route 7 Eastbound and westbound single lane closures between River Road and Route 7 Business just east of Berryville for shoulder widening and rumble strip installation.

Eastbound lane closures 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays.

Westbound lane closures between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays or weeknights.

Estimated completion December 2023.

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VDOT holds hearing for Rt 7 improvements near Millbrook

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing next week on August 2nd regarding the intersections on Route 7 between Blossom Drive and First Woods Drive.

The area has seen heavy congestion in recent years, especially during arrival and dismissal of students to Millbrook High School and Red Bud Elementary.

The public hearing will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Millbrook on Wednesday.

Attendees can make comments during the hearing or provide written comments via email by August 12th to Ms. Tracey Bowman, VDOT Project Manager, at tracy.bowman@vdot.virginia.gov with the subject line “Route 7 Frederick County PH Comment”.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, proposed plans are available for viewing at VDOT’s Staunton District Office or Edinburg Residency Office.

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Drunk driving hit and run on K-9 patrol vehicle

On April 16th at approximately 1:30 am, a K-9 deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a traffic stop for speeding at the Battlefield ramp in Leesburg off of Route 7 West.

While writing the driver a summons, another vehicle crashed into the police vehicle with the deputy and canine inside.

The deputy was able to follow the driver who initially fled the scene at reckless speeds before eventually stopping.

The driver, Robert Charles Neumister, 40, of Stephenson, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested and charged with Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, Eluding, and Narcotics possession.

He was taken to Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, where he is held without bond.

The officer and K-9 were unharmed in the incident.

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Delays expected near VA-WV line tonight 8/17

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Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 81 near the Virginia-West Virginia line may experience traffic delays this week with pavement repair scheduled in West Virginia.

The first work period will take place in the overnight tonight Aug. 17 from midnight to 6 am with minimal delays expected.

The second work period will begin at 6 pm on Wed. Aug. 17 until midday Thurs. Aug. 18  with significant delays anticipated.

Drivers entering 81 from exit 323 will come to a complete stop before entering the interstate.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will monitor traffic backups and may recommend alternate routes if necessary.

Alternate routes may include Route 37 to 522 northbound or connecting to Route 340 from Route 7 or I-66.

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High speed chase starts in W.VA. and ends in Frederick County

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A high speed chase hitting speeds of up to 90 mph started in West Virginia and ended in Frederick County.

Timothy Barth was witnessed by an off duty police officer almost colliding with a school bus.

The officer followed Barth down Rt. 340 into Clarke County where Clarke County authorities took pursuit.

Barth fled onto Rt. 7 into Frederick County reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Police had to use spike strips twice to slow the vehicle.

It was reported that Barth smelled of alcohol with slurred speech.

Barth who has a Pennsylvania address admitted that he had been drinking at Hollywood Casino.

Barth has been charged with eluding police along with his fourth subsequent offense of driving under the influence within ten years along with driving with a revoked license and refusing a field test.

The offender is being held without bond for a Dec. 14 court date and reportedly told authorities he didn’t want to stop because he wanted to get home.

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