Friday, August 29, 2014

Possible Weekend Traffic Delays

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of two weekend events that may cause traffic delays in the Ashburn and Leesburg area.
 
On Saturday, an event in Brambleton may cause delays on Northstar Boulevard, Shreveport Drive, Riding Reins Terrace, Christina Ridge Square, Grahams Stable Square, Epperson Square and Boca Field Terrace. The event is being held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
 
Also on Saturday, expect increased traffic in Leesburg on West Market Street, Fairview Street and Old Waterford Road (in the Town of Leesburg) for an event at Morven Park. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction. Also, be mindful that this is the Labor Day holiday weekend, which means many residents will be traveling so please use extra caution and patience when traveling.
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Route 50 Widening Project Update

By this Thursday, Aug. 28, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports that drivers on Route 50 will have three lanes eastbound from Poland Road in Loudoun County to Route 28 in Fairfax County.
 
The opening of the third lane will be done in two phases. The lane will open from Pleasant Valley Road in Fairfax County to Stonecroft Boulevard by 5 a.m. Wednesday, August 27. It will then open from Poland Road in Loudoun County to Pleasant Valley in Fairfax by 5 a.m. Thursday, August 28. Doing so should provide significant relief to morning rush hour congestion, particularly with local schools starting on Sept. 2. Three lanes have been open to eastbound traffic from Stonecroft to Lee Road since the project began.
 
Crews plan to open a third lane to westbound traffic from the Cub Run Bridge to Poland Road by the end of this year.
 
Route 50 is being widened to three lanes in each direction from Poland Road to Route 28. The project also includes traffic signal and turn lane improvements, installing a shared-use path on both sides of the road, providing crosswalks with curb ramps and pedestrian signals, and widening and upgrading bridges.
 
Project information can be found online at www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/route_50_widening.asp. The overall project completion date is November 2015. 


 

Changes Coming to Loudoun County’s Local Bus Service Next Month

Loudoun County's local bus service gets a new look beginning Sept. 1. 
 
MV Transportation, operating as a contractor to Loudoun County Transit, will begin providing local, fixed-route bus service throughout eastern Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg on Sept. 1. Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) will continue providing service in rural western Loudoun County, including the Purcellville Connector Route, and on-demand service.
 
Loudoun County Transit will also oversee paratransit service for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees people with disabilities the same access to public transportation as people without disabilities. Many residents with disabilities can ride the local fixed-route buses. People with disabilities who cannot use public transit because of their disability can use the ADA paratransit service. Users of the paratransit service must register and apply for the service ahead of time.  More details and a link to the online application are available at www.loudoun.gov/paratransit
 
Last year, the Loudoun County government took over operation of Loudoun's fixed-route bus system after it was learned that the routes serving eastern Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg no longer qualified for rural transit funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the local fixed-route transit services became a county-contracted service under an emergency contract with VRT.  A new local service provider, MV Transportation, will operate the local fixed-route service and the ADA paratransit service beginning Sept. 1.  The new fleet of buses and bus stops will display the LC Transit logo. 
 
There are significant changes to some of the routes designed to improve service and efficiency, including the new Atlantic Pacific Connector route, which combines the current Dulles to Dulles service and the Herndon Monroe Express. Leesburg will continue to be served by three routes and the Safe-T-Ride, but all four routes have been modified significantly.
 
More information about the new local bus service, including an explanation of the changes and links to the new schedules, is online at www.loudoun.gov/localbus.


 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Possible 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.
 
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 23, an event at Franklin Park may cause delays between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Business Route 7 in the Purcellville area.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, an event at Morven Park between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday may cause delays on Route 15 and Tutt Lane.
 
An event on Sunday at Redskins Park may cause delays on Loudoun County Parkway between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Also on Sunday, an event in South Riding may cause delays on Unicorn Drive, Riding Center Drive, Tall Cedars Parkway, Loudoun County Parkway, South Riding Boulevard, Elk Lick Road, Edgewater Street, Flintonbridge Drive, Planting Field Drive, Ulysses Street, Lands End Drive and Rachel Hill Drive. This event will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, Aug. 15

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Town of Purcellville Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, Friday, Aug. 15. The sobriety checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m.
 
"In joining forces with the Town of Purcellville Police Department, we are raising public awareness to discourage impaired driving," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "We are asking motorists to make the smart choice, don't drink and drive," Chapman added.
 
Members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint.


 

Annual 9/11 Motorcycle Ride to Rumble Through Leesburg This Afternoon

According to Loudoun County officials, the annual 9/11 motorcycle ride will pass thru Leesburg this afternoon at approximately 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
The route will be on King Street from the North end of town to the Bypass at South King Street.
 
Due to the amount of motorcycles, public safety personnel report that it will be necessary to close North and South King Streets between Battlefield Parkway and the Bypass. East/West traffic across North and South King Street will not be allowed while the motorcycles are passing through.
 
Public safety officials encourage use of the Bypass during this time frame.

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mobile DMV at Dulles South Today, Tuesday, Aug. 12

The DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center is at the Dulles South Public Safety Center today, Tuesday, August 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Dulles South Public Safety Center is located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly.

The mobile customer service center allows you to apply for or renew your ID card (available for adults and children), apply for or renew your driver's license, update your DMV information, obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts, order disabled parking placards or plates and other services.

DMV 2 Go is a fleet of five mobile customer service centers ready to bring DMV services to Virginians at convenient locations. For more information and the services provided, visit www.dmvNOW.com.


 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Public Hearing Scheduled for Secondary Road Six-Year Plan

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Department of Transportation have scheduled a joint public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2015 - Fiscal Year 2020 Secondary Road Six-Year Plan at the Board's monthly public hearing on Wednesday, October 8. The public hearing had originally been tentatively scheduled for September 10.
 
The public hearing provides an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed secondary road projects in the FY 15- FY 20 Six-Year-Plan.  The Six-Year Plan will be included as part of the packet for the public hearing and will be posted on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/bosdocuments prior to the meeting. The Six-Year-Plan also will be printed as part of a legal notice scheduled for publication in the Loudoun Times-Mirror on September 17 and 24. 
 
The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.  The hearing also will be available for viewing through the Loudoun County webcast system at www.loudoun.gov/webcast and on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40.


 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poll: Americans Divided on How to Pay for Roads

WTOP Radio reports that a new poll finds six in 10 Americans think the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost to taxpayers. But there's scant support for some of the most frequently discussed options for paying for upkeep.
 
Check out the WTOP story for all the details.
 
What are your thoughts?


 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Night Work On Leesburg Bypass This Week, August 4-8

Crews will begin one week of overnight work on the Route 7/15 Bypass involving removal of temporary concrete barriers, pavement milling and overlay, and pavement markings starting tonight, Monday, August 4.
 
Drivers can expect lane closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night on the bypass underneath the newly constructed Sycolin Road bridge overpass.
 
The nighttime lane closure on Friday, August 8 may extend beyond 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 to complete the work. In case of rain on Friday, the night work may be postponed to Saturday night.
 
Motorists should expect delays and are urged to use alternate routes.