Friday, May 22, 2015

VDOT Lifts Lane Closures over Memorial Day Holiday

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend most highway work zones for several days over the Memorial Day holiday travel period to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible.
 
VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon today, Friday, May 22, to noon Tuesday, May 26.
 
Travel Trend Map Shows When, Where to Avoid Peak Congestion
VDOT can help you avoid peak congestion times during the Memorial Day travel period. You can plan your arrival and departure times over the five-day travel period by using VDOT's map of past travel trends for Virginia interstates.
 
VDOT has a map online that shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Memorial Day weekends (2012-2014). The travel-trend map is available on the Virginia Roads website, located at www.virginiaroads.org (lower right on bottom of home page).
 
The map indicates varying amounts of interstate traffic by time of day, using red for heavy congestion, yellow for moderate congestion and green for little or no congestion. To use the map, slide the button along the date bar at the top of the map to update predicted traffic information at half-hour intervals between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for each day. You also can zoom and pan to specific areas of the state.
 
Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion on the most recent Memorial Day weekends was most likely to occur between noon and 7 p.m. on Friday and Monday. Historically, heavy congestion is present on Interstate 95 southbound and Interstate 64 eastbound from Saturday morning to Saturday afternoon. While the map shows trends for delays during the most recent Memorial Day holidays, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year's five-day travel period.
 
Northern Virginia High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Schedule Information
  • Friday, May 22: Normal HOV-3 restrictions are in effect. Interstate 395 and 95 Express Lanes reversible lanes will be southbound starting at noon.
  • Saturday, May 23: I-395 reversible lanes and 95 Express Lanes remain southbound until 2 p.m. and switch to northbound by 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24: I-395 reversible lanes and 95 Express Lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride. When the lanes re-open, they will remain northbound for the remainder of the day.
  • Monday, May 25: HOV restrictions on Interstate 66 and I-395 are lifted. I-395 reversible lanes and 95 Express Lanes remain northbound all day.
 
More information on Northern Virginia HOV schedules can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/hov-novasched.asp.
 
For information on 95 Express Lanes and 495 Express Lanes, visit www.expresslanes.com. Drivers are reminded that they need an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride toll-free) or an E-ZPass to use the lanes at all times.
 
VDOT encourages all motorists to do their part to prevent highway crashes this Memorial Day weekend by following these safety tips while driving:
  • Buckle up
  • Avoid distractions
  • Share the road
  • Drive drug- and alcohol-free
  • Obey speed limits
 
To report a road hazard or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) around the clock.

 
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Silver Line Scenario Planning Work Session Thursday, May 28

Loudoun County officials are encouraging residents interested in the development around the future Metrorail stations in Loudoun County to attend an interactive work session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Moorefield Station Elementary School, 22325 Mooreview Parkway in Ashburn.

 

The work session will include a presentation and interactive activities. Participants will hear about the process the Loudoun County project team is using to consider alternative growth scenarios for land around the future Metro stations.

 

Those attending the work session will help shape the future of Loudoun County by sharing their ideas about new development.  

 

During the work session, participants will have the opportunity to talk to team members about the issues most important to them and help set priorities for the land use scenario planning study as the process moves forward.

 

This work session is part of a larger study initiated by the Board of Supervisors in 2013 to evaluate the development potential of the Dulles Metrorail Service Districts which were created in 2012. The purpose of the study is to evaluate planned land uses around the future Metrorail stations.

 

More information about the upcoming work session and the larger study is available at www.loudoun.gov/silverlinecpam.

 

RSVPs are not needed. Questions and comments can be directed to Richard Klusek, Project Manager, Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning, at 703-777-0246.  

 
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising Loudoun County residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
 
  • A 5k run will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the area of Freedom High School in the South Riding area. Roads impacted include Riding Center Drive, Donegal Drive, Freedom Street, and the trail parallel to Tall Cedars Parkway.
  • A festival will take place at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds in the Leesburg area on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Expect increased traffic on Dry Mill Road.
  • A festival will take place at One Loudoun on Saturday in the Ashburn area between 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Roads impacted include Loudoun County Parkway, Russell Branch Parkway and Exchange Street.
 
Public safety officials ask motorists to be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend. 

 
 

Sheriff's Office Investigating Hit and Run of Bicyclist in Paeonian Springs

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating the hit and run of a bicyclist in the area of Paeonian Springs yesterday afternoon, Thursday, May 7.

The adult male victim was riding his bicycle on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail -- when shortly before 3:30 p.m. -- he crossed Simpson Circle near Route 9. As the victim was crossing the roadway, he was struck from behind by an unknown driver.

Based on the preliminary investigation it appears the vehicle turned onto Simpson Circle from eastbound Route 9 where the driver struck the bicyclist before leaving the scene.

The bicyclist received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for the driver of the vehicle to come forward to provide information regarding the circumstances of the crash by calling 703-777-1021. Any potential witnesses are asked to call Sgt. Robinette of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Section at 703-737-8374. 

 
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rideshare Rewards Program Gets Positive Response

Local commuters have responded positively to Loudoun County's Rideshare Rewards program and have signed up to get paid for carpooling to work!

 

The program is nearly halfway to its goal of 250 carpool riders -- but there is still time for those who live or work in Loudoun County to register for their rewards. To be eligible for the Rideshare Rewards, participants must:

 

  • Live or work in Loudoun County.
  • Drive or ride in a carpool to work.
  • Record their carpool trips.

Rideshare Rewards are cash rewards valued from $25 to $100 provided on a gift card. The value of the Reward is based on carpool trips logged at NuRide.com before June 30.

 

The Rideshare Rewards program is a partnership between Loudoun County Commuter Services and NuRide. Funding is through a grant provided by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.  

 

Find more information, including a link to register, online at www.loudoun.gov/carpool or by calling Loudoun County Commuter Services at 703-771-5665.

 
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Joint Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, May 1

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint with the Virginia State Police tonight, Friday, May 1. The checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m.
 
Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will assist with the checkpoint.
 
In Loudoun County, DUI related crashes decreased 28% over the past two years.
 
"The decrease in DUI related crashes coupled with the decline in arrests reflect the national trend that fewer people are getting behind the wheel while intoxicated," noted Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.
 
Law enforcement officials around the country have implemented education and enforcement efforts, including sobriety checkpoints, to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists by achieving voluntary compliance with the drinking and driving laws.
 
"In the past several years, DUI arrests and DUI related crashes have steadily declined through the efforts of local, regional and national educational and enforcement campaigns to curb drunk driving," said Chapman.
 
"In Loudoun County, DUI related arrests declined 12.6 percent between 2010 and 2013, a trend similar to the 17.2 percent decline in DUI arrests observed by law enforcement agencies throughout the country," the Sheriff added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

Loudoun County Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Bus Changes

Loudoun County is soliciting public comment on several major changes proposed for the Commuter and Local Bus Services scheduled to be implemented on July 1. The proposed changes would add, eliminate and modify current service.  

 

The proposed changes include:

  • The addition of evening trips on the Loudoun Station line and Route 84-Atlantic Connector.  Buses that provide a direct connection to Metro service at Wiehle-Reston East will be added from the Leesburg, Harmony, Eastgate, and Dulles Town Center park and ride lots. Saturday service will be added to the Dulles Town Center, and Route 70-7 on 7 to 7, and Route 82-Sterling Connector. 
  • A major overhaul for the Potomac Falls service. To help free-up bus bays at Wiehle-Reston East, existing service to Wiehle-Reston East will be reduced from nine trips to two. Long-haul service to Washington D.C. and trips to West Falls Church will be added.
  • The elimination of the service to Tysons, which was funded by the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project during construction of Phase 1 of the Silver Line, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's Dulles Metrorail Project. With the start of Silver Line service in 2014, the Wiehle-Reston East station provides rail service to Tysons. Additionally, the Fairfax Connector operates two shuttles, Fairfax Connector Route 423 and Fairfax Connector Route 424 from Spring Hill with a bus coming approximately every 8 minutes. 

 

The comment period is open until May 27. Comments may be sent by email to Transitcomments@loudoun.gov, by mail to the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Mailstop #69, Leesburg VA, 20175, or by calling 1-877-465-2287.

 

All of the proposed changes to the bus schedules are listed at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.



 
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Commonwealth Transportation Board Public Review Meeting Tonight

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) released (on April 15) the draft Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP), which allocates $12.9 billion to transportation projects over the next six fiscal years beginning July 1, 2015.  Projects include highway, road, bridge, rail, transit, bicycle/pedestrian paths and other transportation improvements across the state.

The SYIP supports nearly 3,000 transportation projects to improve the state’s infrastructure. The draft program does not include new projects that would be subject to scoring under the new prioritization process under House Bill 2 (HB2). This process will help determine critical transportation needs through a fair and objective analysis.

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB2 into law in 2014, which directs the CTB to develop and use a scoring process for project selection by July 2016. Candidate projects will be screened to determine if they qualify to be scored. Projects will be scored based on an objective and fair analysis applied statewide. The law will improve transparency and accountability so the public will know how projects scored and the decisions behind the CTB’s project selections.

FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program breakdown:

  • $9.5 billion – Highway construction
  • $3.4 billion – Rail and public transportation
  • $12.9 billion – Total six-year program


The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will hold a hearing on the draft program at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 28, at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax.

Public input is also needed on a how transportation projects should be scored under House Bill 2.

You can also submit your comments by email or mail by May 22, 2015. For roads and highways:
Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Infrastructure Investment Director
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

For transit and public transportation:
DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov
Public Information Office
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
600 East Main Street, Suite 2102
Richmond VA, 23219.

To view changes between the FY 2015 program and the draft FY 2016 program:
http://syip.virginiadot.org/reports/221/FY16-DRAFT-ALLCHG-REPORT.pdf

For more information visit www.virginiadot.org/projects/syp-default.asp.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Virginia in Top 20 For Number of Telecommuters

Based on information from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey, FlexJobs created an Infographic to show how each state ranks in terms of its telecommuting population, detailing the percentage of people who telecommute full-time in each state.

Virginia finished in the top 20, at spot #17, just ahead of the District of Columbia.



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Friday, April 24, 2015

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.
 
  • An event in South Riding between 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 25, may cause delays in the area of Riding Center Drive and Unicorn Drive.
  • An event in Brambleton on Saturday may cause delays in the area of Northstar Drive and Soave Drive between 7:45 - 11:45 a.m.
  • A 5k in Ashburn Saturday morning may cause delays between 8 -11 a.m. on Waxpool Road and Claiborne Parkway.
  • A race in Ashburn Village on Sunday, April 26, may cause delays on Fincastle Drive, Ashburn Village Boulevard, Tavern Drive, Gloucester Parkway, and Ringold Drive between 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • An event in Broadlands on Sunday may cause delays on Broadlands Boulevard near the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • An event at Glenwood Park may cause delays on Sunday on Foxcroft Road between noon to 6 p.m.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.