Thursday, November 20, 2014

Loudoun Sheriff's Office Looking for Driver who Reportedly Caused Single Vehicle Crash

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle who reportedly caused a single vehicle crash on Route 7 Wednesday night.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the area of Route 7 and Lexington Drive in the Sterling area.

A dark colored, possibly green or black, Honda Civic (Si model) two-door was driving recklessly and caused a separate vehicle to run off of the roadway. The vehicle rolled over. All three occupants were injured with the front passenger taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital and the driver taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. All occupants of the vehicle have non-life threatening injuries.

The wanted vehicle is further described as having neon green wheels and a loud, aftermarket exhaust. 

Anyone who has any information on the location of this vehicle and its driver are asked to contact Investigator S. Allen of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-737-8308.

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Upcoming Traffic Shift on Ft. Evans Road & Riverside Parkway Project

Loudoun County officials announce an upcoming traffic pattern change within the Fort Evans Phase II and Riverside Parkway project limits
The shifting for the east and west bound lanes will take place during the first week of December on Ft. Evans Road, beginning from east of Menlow Drive through the River Creek Parkway intersection into Riverside Parkway to east of Upper Meadow Drive / Kingsport Drive intersection on Riverside Parkway.
 
The work will consist of shifting eastbound and westbound lanes onto the right-most lanes on both sides in order to perform work in the median. This shift will commence Phase III of construction. Message boards will be installed and traffic routing will be adjusted to accommodate the traffic shift.  
 
The exact date will be announced through the message boards closer to the traffic shift date. 
All commuters are advised to pay attention to traffic signs, message boards and flaggers.
 
Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Construction Manager, Vikram Dogra of the Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at Vikram.Dogra@loudoun.gov or 703-737-8532.
 
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sheriff's Office to Conduct Traffic Safety Initiative to Reduce Crashes Involving Pedestrians

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies across the region are increasing enforcement through the month of November as part of the Street Smart campaign to reduce the number of crashes involving pedestrians.

With increasing safety concerns due to darkness falling an hour earlier after Daylight Saving Time, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to share the road and pay extra attention to one another.

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Street Smart public awareness and enforcement campaign is in its twelfth year. Its goal is to reduce pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths in the Washington metropolitan area.

Since 2013, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has worked 63 crashes involving pedestrians, four of which were fatal. The agency also worked 23 crashes involving bicyclists during the same time period. As part of the campaign, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an education and enforcement campaign in areas of high traffic pedestrian and bicycle crossings.

“It is important to bring attention to pedestrian and bicycle safety and to ensure residents know the rules of the roadway,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Motorists are reminded that they must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian when they are within a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians must cross at appropriate locations and consider their safety first.

 The Street Smart campaign urges all commuters to avoid distractions such as cellphones, reminds drivers to slow down and yield to those on foot or on bicycles at intersections, and encourages pedestrians and bicyclists to wear light colors or something reflective to be more visible.

Law enforcement officials from across the region will be ticketing drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who violate traffic safety laws.

Street Smart Safety Tips

If you're driving


  • Slow down and obey the speed limit
  • Look twice for people in crosswalks and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists 
  • Be careful when passing stopped vehicles 
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists at intersections when you're turning 
  • Allow three feet when passing bicyclists 
  • Look for cyclists and cars before you open your door 
  • Slow down and obey the speed limit 
  • Avoid using your cellphone and never text while driving 


If you're walking



  • Cross the street at the corner and use marked crosswalks when they’re available 
  • Wait for the "Walk" signal to cross the street 
  • Before crossing look left, right, and left again 
  • Be seen! If you’re walking after dark or in bad weather, make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light clothing or something reflective 
  • Don’t text while you’re crossing the street 
  • If you’re on an off-street trail, obey all posted signage and approach intersections with caution.


If you're biking


  • Obey all traffic signs and traffic signals 
  • Ride in the direction of traffic, at least a car door width away from parked cars 
  • Use hand signals so drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians know what you’re going to do 
  • Always wear a helmet 
  • Use lights if you're riding at times of darkness
  •  If you’re on an off-street trail, obey all posted signage and approach intersections with caution.
Learn more at BeStreetSmart.net.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, Nov. 14

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, Friday, Nov. 14, beginning at 10 p.m.
 
"By joining with the Virginia State Police on this sobriety checkpoint, we are working to raise public awareness and discourage impaired driving," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "We want drivers to get the message and make the smart choice, don't drink and drive," he added.
 
Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint. 

 
 

Possible Weekend Traffic Delays

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
  • A 5k tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Brambleton area will impact traffic on Northstar Boulevard, Soave Drive, Creighton Road, Olympia Drive, Ringneck Place, Courtland Park Drive, Regal Wood Drive and Legacy Park Drive. The event will be held from 8-11 a.m.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 16 a 5k race will be held in the area of Sanders Corner Elementary School. Roads impacted include Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn Farm Parkway, Farmingdale Drive and Hay Road. The event will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
 
The Sheriff's Office encourages motorists to be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction. 

 
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

VDOT's Winter Weather Preparations


The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)  has its initial budgets, materials, equipment and staffing in place in preparation for whatever this year’s weather brings to keep Loudoun County's roads clear.

Last winter proved that weather patterns pay no attention to the calendar, with snow on the ground in various parts of the state from late October into early April.

VDOT’s estimated snow-removal budget (statewide) is $145.5 million for the winter of 2014-2015. The snow-removal budget is part of VDOT’s overall FY 2015 maintenance budget of approximately $1.5 billion.

Last winter, VDOT’s preseason snow-removal budget for 2013-2014 was $157 million, a figure based on the average expenditures from the previous five winters. The agency spent approximately $350 million by the end of the season.

Materials and supplies in stock for the 2014-2015 season for snow and ice removal include:

  • 366,678 tons of salt
  • 122,766 tons of sand
  • 60,850 tons of treated abrasives
  • 564,405 gallons of liquid calcium chloride
  • 1.1 million gallons of salt brine 

In Northern Virginia, VDOT has 3,600 pieces of equipment and a $50.5 million snow budget for the coming winter.

Learn more about VDOT's snow preparations and how it will affect your winter travels.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

New Rules on I-95 Will Affect Travelers Who Use the HOV Lanes

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds motorists of the changing rules that will go into effect when the 95 Express Lanes open in December. All drivers, including hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes. Trucks with more than two axles will not be permitted to use the lanes.

The I-95/395 HOV lanes are being converted to tolled express lanes for 29 miles between Route 610 in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County. The lanes will use dynamic tolls to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95. Drivers are encouraged to learn how to use the Express Lanes now and obtain an E-ZPass so that they can benefit when the Lanes open.

Here's what carpoolers, drivers of hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates, truckers and law enforcement need to know about the 95 Express Lanes.

Carpoolers:


  • Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex 
  • Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. 
  • E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren't charged a toll. 

Drivers of Hybrid Vehicles with Clean Fuel Plates: 


When the 95 Express Lanes open, hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Lanes. The rules affecting hybrids are as follows:

  • Hybrid drivers can ride toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes with three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode; or, 
  • They can pay the toll with an E-ZPass if traveling with fewer than three people in the vehicle.
  • The 95 Express Lanes will end just north of Edsall Road. From Edsall Road to Washington, D.C., the HOV lanes will exist with the same rules that are in effect today. Hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 will continue to be allowed to use the HOV lanes without three people in the vehicle on the I-395 HOV lanes. For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, visit: 95ExpressLanes.com/transition

Drivers of Trucks, Commercial/18-Wheel Vehicles:


  • Vehicles with more than two axles - including 18-wheel trucks - will not be permitted to access the 95 Express Lanes.
  • Small and mid-sized trucks with two axles may use the Express Lanes as toll paying customers or they may travel toll-free if they have an E-ZPass Flexset to HOV mode and three or more people in the vehicle. 

Law Enforcement Officials:


  • Local, state or federal law enforcement officials will not be exempt from toll and HOV requirements on the 95 Express Lanes unless in the direct pursuit of their duties, which does not include commuting to and from the workplace. 
  • Law enforcement officials can contact the Express Lanes pre- or post-travel for trips they believe qualify as exempt. Contact customercare@expresslanes.com for more information. 

Motorcycles:


  • Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass. 

Unlike the existing HOV lanes, the rules of the road for the new 95 Express Lanes will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends. Vehicles may not tow trailers on the 95 Express Lanes. HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, motorcycles and transit will have toll-free access to the Express Lanes at all times; drivers with fewer than three occupants can choose to pay a toll with E-ZPass to use the lanes on occasions when they need to get somewhere on time.

Get an E-ZPass: 

Drivers can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex at more than 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Giant Food Stores, or at one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824. Visit www.ezpassva.com or call the Customer Service Center for more information (877) 762-7824.

The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC constructing the Express Lanes. For more information on how I-95 drivers can use the 95 Express Lanes please visit www.95ExpressLanes.com. For up-to-date construction information please visit www.vamegaprojects.com.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekend Events May Cause Traffic Delays

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
 
A 5k will be held in the area of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn between 8-11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 8. Roadways impacted include Claiborne Parkway, Wintergrove Drive, Charter Oak Drive, Brockton Way and Portsmouth Boulevard. Also on Saturday, area Boy Scouts will be walking throughout the county during the day for an annual scouting event.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction.

 
For this weekend's weather forecast, be sure to visit Loudoun County Weather.


 
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Potential Weekend Traffic Delays

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of several weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
 
Broad Run High School will hold their Homecoming Parade from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. this evening, Friday, Oct. 31. Roads impacted include Michener Drive, Hemingway Drive, Faulkner Road and Ashburn Road.
 
The Lovettsville Community Center will hold an event tonight from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Residents should expect additional traffic on Broad Way. An event in Hillsboro between 6- 9 p.m. tonight also may impact traffic on Route 9 in the area of the town. And an event at the Cornerstone Chapel will be held between 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. that may impact traffic on Sycolin Road.
 
Also, please be careful this evening throughout Loudoun County as trick-or-treaters will be out in full force on neighborhood streets and roadways. Drive with extra caution and slow down through residential areas.
 
 On Saturday, Nov. 1, Area Boy Scouts will be walking throughout the county during the day for an annual scouting event. And a 5k in the area of Palisades Parkway and Cascades Parkway on Sunday, Nov. 2 may cause some delays between 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
 
 As always, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office encourages motorists to be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.
 





 
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Public Meeting Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30

A public meeting will be held tonight in connection with the naming of the Route 606 and Route 772 Silver Line Metro stations that will be constructed in Loudoun County. 

 

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and will be given the opportunity to vote on preferred names for the two stations. The meeting, which will be held in an open-house format, will also feature information about transit and commuting options in Loudoun County, including the Loudoun County Transit Commuter Bus service and the county's Silver Line bus service. 

 

Tonight's meeting is from 6-8 p.m. at Stone Hill Middle School, 23415 Evergreen Ridge Drive in Ashburn. If you can't make tonight's meeting, a second meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10-11:30 a.m., at Discovery Elementary School, 44020 Grace Bridge Drive, Ashburn.

 

The names under consideration for the stations are:

 

Route 606 Station

  • Broad Run 
  • Dulles Gateway
  • Loudoun East  
  • Loudoun Gateway
  • Loudoun Dulles North 
  • Other  

Route 772

  • Ashburn
  • Loudoun
  • Loudoun Gateway West
  • Other

 

You may also vote for your favorite name online at www.loudoun.gov/stationnames

 
 

VDOT, Dominion Virginia Power and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Partner to Create Habitat

Loudoun County One of Four Area Sites


Yesterday the Virginia Department of Transportation, Dominion Virginia Power and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy planted 1,544 pollinator-friendly plants at four locations in Northern Virginia.

The sites will serve as “waystations,” or refuges, for monarch butterflies and other threatened pollinators by providing nectar and shelter to protect and boost populations.

Volunteers dug 900 square-foot beds and planted 386 plants at each of the four VDOT-owned sites in Northern Virginia:

  • Southbound I-95 Dale City (car-only) Rest Area
  • Stringfellow Road commuter lot in Centreville
  • Telegraph Road commuter lot in Woodbridge
  • Dulles North commuter lot in Sterling


.All of the plants are native and include 13 species:


  • Common milkweed (asclepias syriaca)
  • Swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata)
  • New England Aster (Aster nova-angliae)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Joe Pye (Eupatorium maculatum)
  • Beebalm/Oswego Tea (Monarda didyma)
  • Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • Wrinkle-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
  • Blue-stem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
  • New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
  • Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)
  • Hoary Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm')


The plants will attract a multitude of pollinators including native and honey bees, monarchs and other butterfly species, and beetles.

VDOT provided the land along with volunteers to plant the way stations while Dominion provided funding and a cadre of volunteers and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy provided technical expertise.

“These sites will make for beautiful gardens, with blossoms from late spring through fall,” said Diane Beyer, Roadside Management Planner for VDOT’s Maintenance Division. “We are hoping this pilot project will lead to a statewide pollinator planting program -- one all residents of the Commonwealth can be proud of.”
                   
The four sites will be registered through the Monarch Watch Waystation Program. More information is available at www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/.

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