Friday, December 2, 2016

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.


The events listed below only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and where traffic may be impacted.

  • A 5k event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the South Riding area. The roads that may be impacted include Riding Center Drive, Unicorn Drive, Fleming Street, Longacre Drive, Lemon Tree Place, Freedom Street and Bradshaw Drive.
  • Two Holiday parades will be held on Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Middleburg area. The roads that may be impacted include John Mosby Highway (Rt. 50) will be closed during the 11:00 a.m. for the Hunt and Hounds Parade and during the 2 p.m. for the Holiday Parade. Detours will be set up for traffic within the Town limits. Also, traffic will be impacted the areas of Rt.50 and Carters Farm Lane and Rt. 50 and Zula Road due to parking and shuttle for the Holiday Parades.
  • An event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Ashburn area. The roads that may be impacted include Portsmouth Blvd., Claiborne Parkway, Breezy Hill Road, Hay Road, and Charter Oak Drive.

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


  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Next Phase of Metrorail SafeTrack Program Will Affect Loudoun Commuters

The next phase of the Metrorail maintenance program, SafeTrack, is scheduled for November 28-December 21 and will directly affect some riders of the Loudoun County Transit bus service

 

SafeTrack is a year-long, extensive maintenance program which includes track outages of long duration in key parts of the Metrorail system. 

 

The 11th “surge” of the SafeTrack plan will reduce the frequencies of trains at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station from six minutes to approximately every 20 minutes. The surge will result in single tracking between the West Falls Church and East Falls Church Metro stations. The direct effects on Loudoun County bus riders will be:  

  • From Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 21, Loudoun County Transit will re-route two of its Metro-Connection bus service routes – Potomac Falls Routes 901 and 902 – from the West Falls Church Metro Station to the Ballston Metro Station during this period. The schedule is online at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.
  • During the surge, Metro’s Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes as opposed to the normal six-minute intervals. To assist commuters, Loudoun County Transit has produced flyers that highlight the morning and afternoon buses that line up within seven minutes of the rail arrival or departure. The flyers can be viewed and downloaded at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.

As SafeTrack continues, increased traffic and delays on area roadways are possible if commuters choose to trade their bus or Metrorail ride for a single-occupancy vehicle. Loudoun County offers information on commuting options at www.loudoun.gov/commute.

 

Loudoun County Transit officials encourage commuters to stay informed about updates and changes to bus service by signing up for Bus Biz at www.loudoun.gov/BusBiz. Commuters can also sign up for local traffic alerts through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert.

 

Links to the Loudoun County bus schedules and more information about SafeTrack, including the complete SafeTrack Plan, can be found at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

VDOT Hopes to Help Speed Drivers Through Holiday Shopping

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will re-time signals to help drivers enter and exit major shopping centers around Northern Virginia more quickly.

 

Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 223 intersections.

“The holiday season is always one of the busiest travel times of the year, but traffic trends can change from one year to the next,” said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center. “We analyze and revise plans each year to help traffic flow as smoothly as possible.”

 

Engineers will use 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, Virginia Gateway and Fair Oaks Mall.

 

Holiday signal-timing will be in effect from Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, 2017 at the following shopping centers:   

  • Dulles Town Center

  • Leesburg Outlets

  • Dulles 28 Centre

  • Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers

  • Reston Town Center

  • Fair Lakes Shopping Center

  • Fair Oaks Mall

  • Potomac Mills Mall

  • Manassas Mall

  • Springfield Town Center

  • Cascades Town Center

  • Potomac Run Center

  • Virginia Gateway Shopping Center

Also in time for Black Friday, VDOT’s six travel information displays at Tysons Corner Mall have been refreshed with a revised, easier-to-read layout and relocated to more convenient locations throughout the mall. The screens display real-time Metrorail and bus arrivals, as well as a rotating display of bus locations, travel times, traffic cameras, road conditions and incidents near Tysons.

VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:

  • Check http://www.511virginia.org/ or the 511 mobile app before you go for traffic conditions and locations of crashes and construction lane closures.

  • Put down the cellphone, especially while exiting or 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.


  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Loudoun County Breaks Ground on Missing Segment of Tall Cedars Parkway

Members of the Board of Supervisors, Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure staff, and contractors were among those on hand today, Tuesday, Oct. 18, for a ceremonial groundbreaking, marking the start of construction of a missing four-lane segment of Tall Cedars Parkway between Pinebrook Road and Gum Spring Road.


This project constructs a parallel road to Route 50, which will allow residents in communities, such as South Riding, Avonlea and Stone Ridge, to travel locally without having to drive on Route 50. The scope of work includes a four-lane roadway, an intersection and signal improvements. 


Loudoun County will manage construction; however, once complete, the road will be turned over to the Virginia Department of Transportation for operation and maintenance.


Total cost for the road construction project is budgeted at $13,188,300.  In July, the county awarded a contract for construction to Phillips Construction, LLC. The construction phase is expected to last for 18 months with completion of the road segment slated for spring 2018.


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


  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

  • Motorists who travel Route 15 on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, should anticipate possible delays due to a special event at Morven Park. Traffic is expected to be heavy in the area of Route 15 and Tutt Lane. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
  • An event at One Loudoun on Saturday may impact traffic on Russell Branch Parkway, Savin Hill Drive and Northpark Drive between 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • A 5k/10k race Sunday in the Lucketts area may impact traffic on Lost Corner Road and Nolands Ferry Road between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Note that these events only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and where traffic may be impacted.


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

  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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. 

The events listed below only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and where traffic may be impacted. 

Saturday, Oct. 7
  • An event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Waterford area. The roads that may be impacted include High Street, Second Street, Janney Street, Patrick Street, Main Street and Water Street.
  • An event will be held  from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ashburn area. The roads impacted include Michener Drive, Hemingway Drive, Faulkner Parkway and Ashburn Road.
  • An event will be held  from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Sterling area. The roads South Cottage Road, Seneca Ridge Drive, Sugarland Run Drive, Augusta Drive and Backwater Drive.
Sunday, Oct. 8
  • An event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Waterford area. The roads that may be impacted include High Street, Second Street, Janney Street, Patrick Street, Main Street and Water Street.
  • An event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Sterling area. The roads that may be impacted include Sterling Blvd. (southbound lanes will be closed between Frederick & Holly during parade. Traffic will be two-way in the northbound lanes and the Service Road will be open).
  • An event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Waterford area. The road that may be impacted will be Route 9 (Charles Town Pike) just east of Route 287 (Berlin Turnpike). 
Monday, Oct. 9
  • An event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Waterford area. The roads that may be impacted include High Street, Second Street, Janney Street, Patrick Street, Main Street and Water Street.
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe holiday weekend. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.

 

The events listed below only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and where traffic may be impacted.


Friday, Sept. 23
•An event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Ashburn area. The road that may be impacted is Ashburn Village Blvd near the Ashburn Sports Plex.
•An event will be held from 3 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Lansdowne area. The roads that may be impacted are Woodridge Parkway and Deerfield Avenue.
• An event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight. in the Lovettsville area. The roads that may be impacted are Berlin Turnpike, Broad Way and South Loudoun Street. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed to all traffic.


Saturday, Sept. 24
• An event will be held from 4:30 a.m. to noon in the Lucketts area. The roads that may be impacted are Lucketts Road/Lost Corner Road, St. Clair Lane, and Evans Pond Road.
• An event will be held from 10 a.m. to midnight in the Lovettsville area. The roads that may be impacted are Berlin Turnpike, Broad Way and South Loudoun Street. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed to all traffic.
• An event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the South Riding area. The roads that may be impacted are Riding Center Drive, Unicorn Drive and Ulysses Street.
• An event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Ashburn area. The road that may be impacted is Ashburn Village Blvd near the Ashburn Sports Plex.


Sunday, Sept. 25
• An event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ashburn area. The road that may be impacted is Ashburn Village Blvd near the Ashburn Sports Plex.


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


  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Proposed Dulles South Commuter Bus Schedules Available for Review

Loudoun County Transit is proposing changes to the Dulles South Commuter Bus Service which are designed to alleviate overcrowding on the popular route.


The schedule changes will coincide with the acquisition of four, 40-passenger transit buses that will be joining the Commuter Bus Service fleet in December. The new buses will replace four, 55-passenger commuter coaches currently used on Metro Connection routes.


Loudoun County Transit staff is proposing to strategically place two of the 55-passenger buses into the Dulles South schedule to relieve overcrowding. The remaining two commuter coaches will be used as spares.


The proposed Dulles South schedules can be viewed at www.loudoun.gov/BusChanges.

 

Comments regarding the proposed changes for the Dulles South schedules may be emailed to mailto:TransitComments@loudoun.gov and will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 14.


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