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Beginning on Monday, October 18, 2021 a section of the W&OD Trail will be closed through Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, with a contingency schedule of Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 through Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

  • The trail will be closed between Loudoun County Parkway to just east of Claiborne Parkway (approx. 3.6 miles). See the orange line on the map.
  • An approximate 5-mile detour, mostly along Gloucester Parkway, will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists. See the purple line on the map.
  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, detour signs will be posted along the detour route.


Beaumeade-Pleasant View Electric Transmission Line Project - W&OD Detour


Phase 1

Preconstruction activities are scheduled to begin August 2021 through late September 2021.  Work will start at the eastern end of Smith Road and end just south of Claiborne Parkway at our Ashburn Substation.

  • Minor right of way clearing will be conducted in the transmission line corridor around impacted structures along the W&OD gravel trail.
  • Additional gravel access paths will be installed along the transmission line corridor.

Phase 2

Construction activities will begin mid-September 2021 through December 2021.

  • In preparation for the removal of the old transmission conductor and installation of the new transmission conductor, equipment will be staged along the electric transmission line corridor. Crews will have to climb some of the structures, while others can be accessed with a bucket truck for the installation.

Each phase will require the temporary closure of both the W&OD gravel and paved trails. However, during phase 1, only one trail will be closed at a time. Also, to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, flaggers and spotters will be onsite, and signs will be posted at specific locations to notify trail users of detours.


  • Improve overall reliability for the community

Overview & Program Description

The Beaumeade to Pleasant View project will rebuild an existing 230 kV electric transmission line conductor located in Loudon County, Virginia. It connects from our Beaumeade Substation on Smith Switch Road to our Ashburn Substation near Claiborne Parkway and will end at our Pleasant View Substation off of Cochran Mill Road in Loudoun County, Virginia. The 5.5-mile line project area is along the W&OD (Washington and Old Dominion Railroad) Trail. A new electric transmission line structure will be added outside of the Beaumeade Substation on property owned by Dominion Energy.


  • Aug.–Dec. 2020 – Preconstruction activities
  • Sept.–Dec. 2020 – Construction begins
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