Friday, March 27, 2015

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, March 28

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office designed the checkpoints to raise awareness and discourage impaired driving.
 
"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 Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "In Loudoun County, DUI related arrests declined 12.6% between 2010 and 2013, a trend similar to the 17.2% decline in DUI arrests observed by law enforcement agencies throughout the country," Chapman added.

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 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.

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 Saturday night.



 
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Loudoun Officials Break Ground on Russell Branch Parkway Project

The Russell Branch Parkway construction project is officially underway. Loudoun County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project today at the project site near the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Road. 

 

Members of the Board of Supervisors and representatives of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce participated in the ceremony along with a representative of the B.F. Saul Company, which contributed a right-of-way and funding through a proffer, and The Community Church, which also contributed a right-of- way for the project. 

 

The project will construct the missing segment of Russell Branch Parkway between Ashburn Road and Ashburn Village Boulevard. William A. Hazel, Inc. was awarded the contract for construction in January 2015. Construction is to begin in April 2015 with completion in the spring of 2016. 

 

Questions about the project may be directed to Loudoun County's Construction Program Manager Melissa Tello at Melissa.Tello@loudoun.gov, or call 703-737-8054.  

 

To keep up to date with the project and other Loudoun County capital projects, go to the county's interactive, web-based map at www.loudoun.gov/underconstruction



 
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pothole Repair

In a few short weeks, road crews have filled more than 10,000 potholes across Northern Virginia reports the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
 
While patching continues full-force through the spring, there's more good news in store. Next month, the Virginia Department of Transportation kicks off $168 million worth of paving to further improve roads and rides for drivers across the region.
 
"This is the largest paving season we've seen in Northern Virginia," said Branco Vlacich, VDOT's district maintenance engineer. "We estimate crews will place about one million tons of asphalt and four million linear feet of pavement markings this spring."
 
The $168 million in paving across Northern Virginia includes 31 lane miles of interstates, almost 50 lane miles of primary routes as well as extensive paving on secondary roads and neighborhood streets of almost 1,000 lane miles. Crews are also extending the life of more than 110 lane miles with preventative maintenance such as latex and sealing. You can see the roads scheduled for paving at www.virginiaroads.org.
 
Crews continue patching only deviating to take care of other emergencies such as downed trees and flooding. Drivers are asked to continue to be alert to lane closures for patching. Crews in Northern Virginia hit the road from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, and may work other times outside of rush hours.
 
To patch, crews are using "cold" and "hot" mix asphalt, with both mechanized and hand work where needed to address problem areas. Drivers may be familiar with the contracted "pothole killers" that shoot a temporary asphalt patch.
 
In Northern Virginia, VDOT also owns two "Python 5000s," that actually make a permanent patch with a scraper and roller in about two minutes. There are only a handful of Pythons in use in the United States, with about 30 total in operation.
 
VDOT notes that crews are also increasingly using Aquaphalt, a fast-drying material that creates a durable permanent patch.

 
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mobile DMV Coming to the Eastern Loudoun Station Tuesday, March 24

The DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Eastern Loudoun Station tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Eastern Loudoun Station is located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling.

The mobile customer service center allows residents 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
  • apply for certified copies of VA birth certificates
  • obtain E-ZPass transponders 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 on this program and the services provided, visit www.dmvNOW.com.

 
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Groundbreaking for Russell Branch Parkway Set for Wednesday, March 25

Loudoun County residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Russell Branch Parkway construction project scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the project site near the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Road. 

 

Members of the Board of Supervisors, representatives of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and other Loudoun County government officials and staff are expected to attend.

 

Parking at the groundbreaking site is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking will be available along Ashburn Road north of the intersection with Russell Branch Parkway.


The project will construct the missing segment of Russell Branch Parkway between Ashburn Road and Ashburn Village Boulevard.  William A. Hazel, Inc. was awarded the contract for construction in January. Construction is to begin in April with completion in the spring of 2016. 

 

Questions about the project may be directed to Loudoun County's Construction Program Manager Melissa Tello at 703-737-8054. To keep up to date with the project and other Loudoun County capital projects, go to the county's interactive, web-based map at www.loudoun.gov/underconstruction



 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Loudoun County Hosting "Public Transportation and You" Meetings

Loudoun County Transit Services and the Loudoun County Disability Services Board are hosting a pair of "Public Transportation and You" workshops aimed at connecting seniors and people with disabilities to local bus services.
 
The first meeting is scheduled for 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. 
 
The second meeting will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at the Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North Street in Leesburg.
 
Loudoun County government staff will present information on existing local, fixed bus routes and the Loudoun County Paratransit bus service. Staff also will be on hand to assist members of the public with online registration for paratransit service.
 
Although the meetings are designed for seniors and people with disabilities, anyone is welcome to attend.
 
For more information, contact Catherine Motivans, Loudoun County Accessibility Services Manager, at 703-571-3282.


 
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Reminds Residents to Share the Road

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will join their law enforcement partners from around the region to conduct the spring 2015 Street Smart Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Campaign. The campaign will remind residents to obey traffic safety laws whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or driver

      

As part of the campaign, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is conducting an education and enforcement campaign March 23 through April 19 in areas of high traffic pedestrian and bicycle crossings.

 

"It is important to bring attention to pedestrian and bicycle safety and to ensure residents know the rules of the roadway," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. 

      

The Street Smart campaign urges all commuters to avoid distractions such as cellphones, reminds drivers to slow down and yield to those on foot or on bicycles at intersections, and encourages pedestrians and bicyclists to wear light colors or something reflective to be more visible. 

      

Motorists are reminded that they must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian when they are within a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians must cross at appropriate locations and consider their safety first. (Street Smart Safety Tips) 

 

If You're Driving

 

  • Slow down and obey the speed limit
  • Look twice for people in crosswalks and yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Be careful when passing stopped vehicles
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists at intersections when you're turning
  • Allow three feet when passing bicyclists
  • Look for cyclists and cars before you open your door
  • Slow down and obey the speed limit
  • Avoid using your cellphone and never text while driving

 

If You're Walking

 

  • Cross the street at the corner and use marked crosswalks when they're available
  • Wait for the "Walk" signal to cross the street
  • Before crossing look left, right, and left again
  • Be seen! If you're walking after dark or in bad weather, make it easier for drivers to see you by wearing light clothing or something reflective
  • Don't text while you're crossing the street
  • If you're on an off-street trail, obey all posted signage and approach intersections with caution

 

If You're Biking

 

  • Obey all traffic signs and traffic signals
  • Ride in the direction of traffic, at least a car door width away from parked cars
  • Use hand signals so drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians know what you're going to do
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Use lights if you're riding at times of darkness
  • If you're on an off-street trail, obey all posted signage and approach intersections with caution

 

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Street Smart public awareness and enforcement campaign is in its thirteenth year. The goal of this program is to reduce pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths in the Washington metropolitan area. 



 
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Preferred Silver Line Names: Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway

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According to the Washington Business Journal, "Loudoun County staff has settled on its favored names for two of the county's future Metro stations: Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway."
The Washington Business Journal notes that "Of the 91 existing Metro stations, Loudoun Gateway would be the only one that does not give riders a good idea of where they are, except, in Loudoun, which isn't much help for the uninitiated. It's not the first station in Loudoun — that belongs to Dulles International Airport. It's a solid four miles to the Fairfax County line."
The recommended station names will be providedto the Board of Supervisors for approval on Wednesday.

Read the full Washington Business Journal article.


 

Preferred Silver Line Names: Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway

According to the Washington Business Journal, "Loudoun County staff has settled on its favored names for two of the county's future Metro stations: Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway."
 

The Washington Business Journal notes that "Of the 91 existing Metro stations, Loudoun Gateway would be the only one that does not give riders a good idea of where they are, except, in Loudoun, which isn't much help for the uninitiated. It's not the first station in Loudoun — that belongs to Dulles International Airport. It's a solid four miles to the Fairfax County line."

 
The recommended station names will be provided to the county's Board of Supervisors for approval tomorrow.
 
Read the full Washington Business Journal article.