Thursday, July 30, 2015

Loudoun County Dedicates Belfort Park Area Improvements

Loudoun County celebrated the completion of road improvements in the Belfort Park area of Sterling earlier today, Thursday, July 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and the local road network by extending Glenn Drive to Cedar Green Road and providing a four-lane connection between Davis Drive and Cedar Green Road. The project also includes sidewalks along the north side of Cedar Green, from Shaw Road to Davis Drive.
 
Also included in the project were improvements to Shaw Road. These improvements to the local road network are based on Loudoun County's Comprehensive Plan, which calls for Cedar Green, Shaw Road, Glenn Drive and Davis Drive to be four-lane undivided local roadways.
 
Design and construction of these improvements, about 4,200 feet in length, were funded by the county at a cost of $9 million. Construction, which began in August 2014, was administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation under the Route 28 Public-Private Transportation Act and will be maintained by VDOT after completion.



 
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Leesburg Police Investigate Hit and Run Crash Involving Pedestrian

The Leesburg Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian that occurred in the area of 64 Plaza Street NE yesterday, Monday, July 27, at approximately 5:12 p.m.
 
According to a Leesburg Police Department news release, a pickup truck was travelling south on Plaza Street when it struck an adult male who was crossing the street. The pickup truck failed to stop at the scene of the crash and fled in an unknown direction.
 
The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown by AirCare to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.
 
The Leesburg Police Department is asking that anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). The department can also receive information from the public using a program called TIPSUBMIT. Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone. Simply Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.


 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dulles Town Center Park and Ride Ribbon-Cutting

Loudoun County will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase 1 of the new Dulles Town Center Park and Ride lot at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28.
 
The Park and Ride serves Loudoun County Transit's Local Bus Service Route 87X to and from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. It also serves Route 83, the Pacific Connector and Route 84, the Atlantic Connector. These routes travel to Wiehle-Reston East, with stops along Pacific and Atlantic Avenues respectively.
 
One-hundred spaces of a planned 300-space lot have been completed next to the Dulles Town Center Mall. The lot is being constructed by the mall's developer, Lerner, through an in-kind proffer at a cost of $1.7 million. The schedule for the remaining proffered 200 parking spaces is currently under review with the developer.

The Dulles Town Center Park and Ride is located at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Dulles Center Boulevard and there is a traffic signal at the location. If you are using GPS, enter 21000 Atlantic Boulevard, Sterling, which is the address of the building just north of the Park and Ride along Atlantic Boulevard. Businesses in that building include Carpathia, Harris Information Technology and the Art Institute.


 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Loudoun County to Host Vanpool Open House on Thursday, July 23

Loudoun County Commuter Services is hosting a Vanpool Open House Thursday, July 23, from 6 -8 p.m. This drop-in meeting will be held in the Purcellville Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg.
 
Those attending the open house will be able to get a first-hand look at a vanpool vehicle, learn about pricing and incentives, and explore options for forming new vanpools. While planned specifically for those who commute to Tysons Corner, anyone interested in vanpooling is welcome. A representative from Rideshare by Enterprise and Loudoun County staff will be on hand to assist with vanpool formation, pricing and incentives.
 
Anyone who plans to attend the open house is asked to send an email to LCCS@loudoun.gov. Also, anyone who has questions about vanpools and is unable to attend the meeting is encouraged to send an email to LCCS@loudoun.gov.
 
More information about vanpools is online at www.loudoun.gov/vanpool.

 
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Groundbreaking for Route 606 Widening Project

Loudoun County officials joined with representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) today to break ground on the project to widen Route 606. The road is a critical link between Route 50, the Dulles Greenway and Route 28 in Loudoun County.
 
The project, which widens the remaining five-mile, two-lane section between Evergreen Mills Road and the Dulles Greenway, has been identified as a top transportation priority by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
 
Under the partnership agreement for funding the project, VDOT contributes about $41.5 million, Loudoun County, approximately $41.2 million; and MWAA, about $25 million. MWAA has also contributed about 40 acres of land, valued at approximately $12 million, on which most of the widening is taking place. The total cost of the project is $107.7 million.
 
The design-build project is being delivered by the team of Shirley Contracting Company and Dewberry Consultants, LLC, and is expected to be complete in fall 2017. More information about the project is available on the VDOT website.
 
Photos from the groundbreaking ceremony are on the Loudoun County Government Facebook page.
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Loudoun County Enhances Local Bus Service with Schedule Changes

Loudoun County has implemented several major improvements to its local bus service including the addition of two new direct routes to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and new Saturday service. Highlights of the schedule changes include:
 
  • New local bus service from Dulles Town Center to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. The 87X departs the Dulles Town Center Park and Ride Lot Monday through Friday with morning and afternoon peak-hour service, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 8:01 p.m. There is also all-day Saturday service from 8:05 a.m. through 9 p.m. The fare is $1.00 exact cash per trip.
  • Express Bus Service from the Telos Park and Ride lot to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. The Route 89X is express bus service departing every half hour from Telos, 19886 Ashburn Road, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Passengers can also board at Wiehle-Reston East and travel to the Telos lot in the morning. Afternoon service from Wiehle-Reston East is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Cost is $1.00 exact cash per trip. 
  • All-day Saturday service on both the Route 70 (Leesburg to Sterling via Leesburg Pike) and Route 82 (Sterling Connector). Beginning Saturday, July 11, these routes will operate on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., departing approximately every hour. The Route 70 Saturday service route is modified slightly, ending at the Shenandoah Building in Leesburg and skipping stops along George Washington Boulevard. The fare for Routes 70 and 82 is $1.00 exact cash per trip. 
Schedules can be viewed at www.loudoun.gov/localbus. Printed schedules are also available at the Dulles Town Center, INOVA Loudoun Hospital and the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. 


 

Friday, June 26, 2015

World Police and Fire Games Events in Loudoun County

Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events beginning today, Friday, June 26, and ongoing through July 5. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.

 

"I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games," said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. "I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play."

 

The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads. 

 

  • Ashburn Ice House, Ashburn: Ice Hockey, June 26 – July 3
  • Morven Park, Leesburg: Soccer June 27 – July 3
  • Harry Byrd Highway & State Route 601, Bluemont: Cycling - Hill Climb, July 3
  • Dulles Sportsplex, Sterling: Indoor Soccer, July 1 – 4
  • Smash Table Tennis, Sterling: Table Tennis, June 27 – June 29
  • NOVA Badminton Club, Ashburn: Badminton, July 1 – July 3
  • Pev's Paintball Park and Pro Shop, Aldie: Paintball, June 30
  • Bowl America, Sterling: Bowling: June 30 – July 2
  • Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne: Golf, June 29 – July 1

 

"We are fortunate that the games have come to our community so that our athletes can showcase their abilities on a world stage without leaving home," said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. "I wish all of our deputies the best of luck in the competition."

 

Approximately 20 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and 70 members of the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management are participating in the games. Athletes from around the world volunteer for the competition and pay their own travel expenses and registration fees.

 

"Our fire fighters will be taking part in more than a dozen events including cycling, softball, and archery," said W. Keith Brower, Jr., chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System. "It's an honor to participate in these games and I look forward to supporting our athletes in the competition."

 

The World Police and Fire Games were established by the California Police Athletics Federation in 1985 to offer law enforcement officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events. 

 

Stay informed about the World Police and Fire Games online. Visit www.loudoun.gov/wpfg for more information. 



 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Residents Advised of Potential Traffic Delays During World Police and Fire Games

As athletes from around the world come to participate in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), residents in the area may see increased traffic and road closures for some of the events being held in Loudoun County. 
 
The WPFG is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world and is hosted by Fairfax County, Va., and held throughout the National Capital Region from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 5.

Local events:
  • The WPFG outdoor soccer tournament will be held at Morven Park between June 27 and July 3. Motorists can expect increased traffic on Route 15 in the area of Tutt Lane.
  • The WPFG cycling hill climb will be held on Blue Ridge Mountain Road (Rt. 601) at Route 7 on July 3. The southbound lane of Blue Ridge Mountain Road will be used by the cyclists for this event. One lane of eastbound and westbound Rt. 7 will be closed to provide traffic calming approaching the intersection of Route 7 and Blue Ridge Mountain Road. Please note this is a non-spectator event.
  • Several other WPFG events will be held at venues in Loudoun County from June 26-July 5 and are expected to have minimal impact on traffic.
 
For a full list of event locations in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/wpfg.
 
The WPFG draws thousands of athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 60 countries competing in 1,600 medal events across 61 sports competitions. The Games strive to inspire, celebrate and honor our public safety officials.
 
Motorists in any of the areas of game events are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction.