History: In 1984, the area south of the Route 7 and west of South King Street was annexed into the Town. Since then several major residential subdivisions have been developed in that area. The bypass has served as a barrier limiting access between those neighborhoods and the remainder of Town to motorized vehicles.
The need for a trail system to connect the southwest area with other portions of Town has been identified in numerous planning documents since the early 1990s, including the 1993 Greensways and Trails Master Plan; the 1997 and 2008 Town Plans; the 2002 Comprehensive 20-Year Parks, Recreation, Open Space, Trails, and Greenways Master Plan; and the 2006 Final Report of the Ad Hoc SE/SW Trail Committee.
Project Description: Phase I of the South King Street Trail provides a trail/sidewalk along the west side of South King Street between Governors Drive (south of the Bypass) and Davis Avenue (north of the Bypass). The remainder of the South King Street Trail between Governors Drive and the south corporate limits will be constructed as part of the Route 15 (South King Street) Widening project.
Along the southern portion of the trail, from Governors Drive to north of the Bypass, new curb and gutter was installed and the roadway shoulder was eliminated. The 8-foot wide trail was constructed in the shoulder area. Safety features include pedestrian signals at Clubhouse Drive and a decorative fence to separate trail users from the motor vehicles. This portion of the trail also included construction of a new waterline to serve the southwest portion of Town, and a new storm drainage which will be used when South King Street is widened. Pedestrian signals were added to the Clubhouse Drive intersection.
North of the bypass, the project narrows to a 5' wide concrete sidewalk and ends at Davis Avenue.
This project will connect with other planned sidewalk and trail projects to provide a safe network for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Funding: Funding for this $1.6 million project was through Loudoun County and Town Bonds.
Town Staff Contact: Renée LaFollette 703-737-6071
Design Engineer: Burgess & Niple
Contractor: Tessa Construction