Thursday, April 27, 2017

Planned Signal Outage Scheduled for Belmont Ridge Road and Gloucester Parkway

Loudoun County officials announce an upcoming planned signal outage at the intersection of Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) and Gloucester Parkway associated with the Route 7/659 interchange construction.


From now through approximately May 5, modifications will be made to the existing traffic signal.  During this period, there will be a planned outage of the traffic signal on or about Thursday, May 4, for the temporary relocation of the traffic controller.


Construction activity related to the signal work is generally scheduled to occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as conditions permit.  On or about Thursday, May 4, the work will require the signal to be shut down.


The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will be onsite to manage traffic control and notifications while the signal is out of service, which will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Updates and notices for the Route 7/659 Interchange project construction phase can be found at www.loudoun.gov/route7-659.  Questions about the project may be directed to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at mailto:mailto:route7-659@loudoun.gov.

  


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Loudoun County Breaks Ground on Missing Link of Mooreview Parkway

Today, Loudoun County officials celebrated the start of construction of a missing link of Mooreview Parkway, which will serve as an important connection for the community.


The new road segment, located between Croson Lane and Old Ryan Road, will provide access to Moorefield Station Elementary School as well as to the future Moorefield Community Park and the future Ashburn Silver Line Metrorail Station.


Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors were among those on hand today, Tuesday, April 18, for a ceremonial groundbreaking, marking the start of construction of a four-lane, median-divided roadway that will have a shared use path on one side of the road and a sidewalk on the other.


The total cost of the project, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018, is $9.6 million. In January, the county awarded a contract for construction of the road to William A. Hazel, Inc. for $4.3 million.


Information about Loudoun County's many other capital projects, including transportation improvements and public facilities, may be found at www.loudoun.gov/underconstruction.

  


Friday, April 14, 2017

Sobriety Checkpoint on April 14

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, Friday, April 14, beginning shortly after 10 p.m. 


"The sobriety checkpoint is a reminder to residents to make the smart choice, don't drink and drive," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, March 17

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to plan a designated driver or a safe way home if you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with alcohol.


As part of the agency's enforcement efforts to crackdown on drinking and driving this St. Patrick's Day, a sobriety checkpoint will be held on Friday, March 17. Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.


"Be responsible or risk a DUI," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins." Sheriff Chapman also reminded residents that the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will offer free Lyft rides from 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, to 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, as part of the DC area SoberRide program. For more information on the program, visit www.wrap.org/soberride.


The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office urges residents to take the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day:

  • Plan a designated driver or a safe way home ahead of time.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Immediately report any impaired drivers you see on our roadways to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
  • Wear your seatbelt!

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies will be out on patrol and will be on alert for impaired motorists. If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested.

  


Sunday, March 12, 2017

VDOT Prepares for Expected Snow Headed Our Way

Road crews are prepping for major snowfall to start during the evening commute Monday, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks that drivers and residents do the same.

Crews are pre-treating interstates and high-volume roads with brine today, to help prevent snow from sticking when the storm begins. VDOT asks that drivers give these large, slow-moving tankers plenty of room.

By tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, about 4,500 pieces of equipment will stage through the region to begin pushing snow once two inches of have fallen.

How you can prepare:

  • Try to complete essential errands and other plans for the week now, and continue to monitor evolving weather forecasts. Potential snow totals of a foot or more in northern/western suburbs would require several days after the storm ends to make all neighborhood streets passable.
  • Adjust schedules to be off roads before the evening rush hour Monday and overnight. This will help avoid being stuck on the roads when the storm begins, and to allow crews room to work more safely and efficiently.
  • Park in driveways, or coordinate with neighbors to park on the same side of the road. This will allow a larger path when plows begin to focus on neighborhood streets.
Visit virginiadot.org/novamergency for releases, important messages, FAQs and links to all snow-related resources. Follow VDOT's local updates on Twitte: @vadotnova

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Crash on Cascades Parkway

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that took the life of a Sterling woman.


The crash occurred around 4 p.m. yesterday, March 7, in the area of Cascades Parkway between Maries Road and Woodland Road. The driver of a southbound Ford Expedition had a possible medical emergency when his vehicle crossed the center median and struck an oncoming PT Cruiser.


The driver of the PT Cruiser lost her life at the scene. The driver of the SUV and a passenger were taken to Reston Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


The crash remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit. Anyone who witnessed the crash and who has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact Investigator R. Beach at 703-777-1021.

  


Friday, February 3, 2017

Loudoun Transit Outreach Session Saturday, Feb. 4, at Cascades Library

Loudoun County continues its outreach to obtain input from members of the public about the county’s bus routes and transit services. The county is hosting information sessions that provide opportunities to learn more about the county’s existing bus network and formal process for soliciting and receiving feedback from the community regarding transit routes and services.


The next information session is:

  • Saturday, February 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Cascades Library, Meeting Room A, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Members of the Transit Advisory Board and county transit staff will be on hand to meet with the public.

Two more sessions are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, February 28, 7 - 8 p.m., Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Banquet Room #3, 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 7 - 8 p.m., Loudoun Valley Community Center, Gymnasium, 320 West School Street, Purcellville.

The county is seeking suggestions specifically for new or modified bus routes and enhanced services. The county encourages members of the public to provide input by taking an online survey at www.loudoun.gov/TransitSurvey.

 

More information about Loudoun County’s transit service is online at www.loudoun.gov/transit. Anyone with questions about the input process or online survey may email rideshare@loudoun.gov

  


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

County Launches Commuter Bus Service; Revises Schedules in Dulles Area

Beginning Monday, February 6, Loudoun County Transit will add commuter bus service to Washington D.C. from the East Gate Park and Ride and offer some new bus schedules from the Dulles South Park and Ride.


Since opening in the summer of 2015, the East Gate Park and Ride has provided Metro-Connection Bus Service, taking riders to the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station. In addition to Metro-Connection service, riders now will have the option to travel directly to Washington D.C. via Loudoun Transit’s Commuter Bus service from the East Gate Park and Ride. The East Gate Park and Ride has 218 free parking spaces and is located at 43664 Tall Cedars Parkway in Chantilly.


Loudoun Transit also has made changes to some existing routes that run from the Dulles South Park and Ride. The Dulles South Park and Ride has 350 free parking spaces and is located at Stone Ridge Village Center, 42015 Village Center Plaza in Aldie. 


The service changes are designed to alleviate overcrowding, shorten existing trips and increase reliability. The changes were developed after an extensive public process that included recommendations and suggestions from commuters and the general public.


Information about the service changes, including a link to the new schedules, is available at www.loudoun.gov/BusChanges.


For questions or more information, email rideshare@loudoun.gov or call the Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at 703-771-5665.