Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Route 50 Westbound Lane to Open

The Virginia Department of Transportation announces that a third lane of westbound Route 50 will be opened Thursday night, Dec. 18, from Stonecroft Boulevard in Fairfax County to Pleasant Valley Road in Loudoun County. There will be temporary lane closures between 7 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, to complete the traffic shift.


The opening of the new lane means drivers will have three westbound lanes through the Virginia Department of Transportation's entire Route 50 widening project, which stretches from Route 28 in Fairfax to Poland Road in Loudoun.


The Route 50 widening project is scheduled for completion in November 2015. For more information, visit the project Web page at www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/route_50_widening.asp.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Icy Conditions Beginning to Affect Bridges and Roads

Loudoun County public safety reports that bridges in the town of Leesburg are beginning to ice over. Leesburg Street Department personnel are en route.

Also, Battlefield Parkway Southeast between East Market Street and Kincaid has been shut down due to icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain and snow, in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.

Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities. And use caution while driving.

For more on the weather, visit Loudoun County Weather.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Phones Are America's Number One Driving Distraction

Speaking on the cellphone and reading instant messages while you drive may seem like an obvious way of getting killed. However, plenty of Americans still do both, according to research from Harris Interactive.

According to this article from Statista:

  • 74 percent of U.S. drivers have spoken on the cell phone while driving at least once
  • 21 percent have admitted to taking calls regularly when behind the wheel
  • Just under 45 percent of people have checked their text messages while driving
  • 15 percent check text messages frequently while driving
Even though phones are America's premier driving distraction, there are plenty of others. Two in 10 Americans have even admitted reading at least once while driving!

Infographic: Phones Are America's Driving Distraction No.1 | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

VDOT to Help Make Holiday Shopping Easier with Signal Timing at Major Shopping Centers

Annual holiday traffic signal timing plans set for 13 shopping centers

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is timing signals to help move motorists through major shopping centers around northern Virginia.

Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 208 intersections.

“The goal is to accommodate the changing traffic patterns expected around the shopping centers as efficiently as possible,” said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center.

Engineers will also use tools such as traffic cameras and traffic sensors to monitor conditions and make adjustments in real time, even on holidays, to help keep traffic moving in especially congested areas such as Tysons Corner, which recently saw the opening of the Metro Silver Line and widening of Route 7. Real-time signal timing adjustments will also occur in such locations as the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center and Fair Oaks mall areas.

Holiday signal timing will be in effect from today, Thursday, Nov. 27, through Jan. 1, 2015 at the following shopping centers:
  • Leesburg Outlets
  • Dulles Town Center
  • Dulles 28 Centre
  • Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
  • Reston Town Center
  • Fair Lakes Shopping Center
  • Fair Oaks Mall
  • Potomac Mills Mall
  • Manassas Mall
  • Springfield Mall
  • Cascades Town Center
  • Potomac Run Center

Traffic conditions around the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center in Gainesville will also be monitored and, if needed, timing adjustments will be made. However, given the ongoing construction activity on Route 29 near the shopping center, no special timing plans are being developed.

In addition to timing signals, VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:

  • Put down the cell phone, especially while exiting/entering a shopping center and angling for a parking space.
  • Avoid multiple trips to the mall. Consider getting shopping done all in one day, with an early start around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
  • At Tysons Corner, check out traffic, bus and Metro schedules, and real-time transit information before leaving the mall on any of five TV screens located near the movie theatres, Barnes and Noble and Macy’s.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

VDOT Lifts Lane Closures for Thanksgiving Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for increased traffic that's expected during the Thanksgiving holiday.
VDOT is suspending highway work zones during the five-day peak Thanksgiving travel period to reduce congestion on interstates and highways. Lane closures will be lifted on most major roads in Virginia from noon today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, until noon Monday, Dec. 1.
"All travelers should do their part to drive safely during this Thanksgiving holiday by limiting distractions, obeying speed limits, sharing the road and taking breaks to rest at one of our many Safety Rest Areas," said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. "We want everyone to reach their destination safely."
Northern Virginia High Occupancy Vehicle Schedule:
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions – HOV restrictions on interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 27. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28.
  • Direction schedule for I-95/I-395 reversible lanes – Lanes will run southbound from 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, until midnight Thursday, Nov. 27. Lanes reopen northbound by 2 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, and will remain northbound through 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Lanes will reopen southbound by 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and remain southbound through 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Lanes will reopen northbound by 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and continue northbound through 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1.
To report a road hazard or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) around the clock.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VDOT Crews Preparing for Wintry Thanksgiving Travel

Loudoun County drivers asked to monitor forecast and road conditions
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are preparing for a mix of rain and snow expected across Loudoun County and Northern Virginia tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- historically one of the busiest travel days of the year.
"We ask that drivers monitor the forecast closely and check road conditions before leaving for Thanksgiving travel. If rain and snow are tracking to impact your route, please consider delaying your trip," said Branco Vlacich, VDOT's Northern Virginia district maintenance engineer.
About 400 trucks will be staged throughout Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties early tomorrow morning to treat roads. Crews will continue working shifts overnight into Thursday morning to monitor and treat any refreeze.
As temperatures drop tomorrow afternoon and evening, drivers are asked use extra caution, particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps, which become slippery first.
Crews will not pre-treat roads in advance as the weather is expected to begin as rain overnight tonight.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Investigation of Hit and Run of Pedestrian in Lowes Island Area

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a vehicle involved in the hit and run of a runner in the Lowes Island area Monday morning.
Around 8 a.m. this morning, Monday, Nov. 24, an adult male was running in the area of Algonkian Parkway when he attempted to cross Great Falls Forest Drive. He was struck by a vehicle that was attempting to turn right on to Great Falls Forest from Algonkian Parkway. The car slowed but left the scene and turned right onto Birmingham Court, and then left the area traveling back onto Algonkian Parkway. 
The car is described as a newer white 4-door sedan of unknown make and model, possibly a Toyota or a Honda. The car may have possible damage to the right side front passengers door.
The victim received minor injuries and returned home before contacting authorities.
Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the possible driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Investigator D. Lake of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-737-8307.


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.