Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watch for Bike Traffic Around W&OD Trail

The "Ride to Provide" bicycle charity ride takes place today. Please be alert to increased bicycle traffic until approximately 2 p.m. at the W&OD trail intersections within the town of Leesburg and surrounding areas. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Possible Weekend Traffic Delays

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of several events this weekend that may cause traffic delays in Loudoun County.  
 
On Saturday, a benefit cycling ride will travel from Ashburn to Leesburg and back on the Washington and Old Dominion trail.  Motorists who travel in the area of Ashburn Road, Belmont Ridge Road and Cochran Mill Road should be aware of an increased presence of cyclists crossing the road. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit will be at each crossing location to assist. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.  
 
Also on Saturday, motorists may see increased traffic on Route 50 in the Middleburg area from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an event held at the Glenwood Park Racecourse. 
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction. 

 

Airports Authority Commits to Keep Toll Rates Constant for 5 Years

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) reiterated its intention to hold tolls on the Dulles Toll Road at their current rate through 2018.
 
The announcement, made at the Airports Authority's monthly board meeting on Wednesday, is the result of a concerted effort to reduce costs on the Silver Line Project, which is funded in part by tolls, and remains predicated on receipt of a low-interest federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan and the previous commitment of $300 million by the Commonwealth of Virginia to off-set toll increases.
 
At its meeting the board also authorized the issuance of $450 million Dulles Toll Road Revenue Refunding Bonds. If the TIFIA loan is approved, this round of bonds, which are guaranteed against future revenue generated by tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, would fund the remaining portion of the Dulles Toll Road share of the Silver Line Project.
 
Read more from the MWAA.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Possible Traffic Delays in Ashburn This Weekend

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of several events that may cause weekend traffic delays in the Ashburn area.
 
On Saturday, bicycle sprint races will take place on Mercure Circle. Motorists can expect delays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
On Sunday, a half-marathon will begin and end at Stone Bridge High School. Runners will travel Claiborne Parkway, Waxpool Road, Farmwell Road, Ashburn Village Boulevard, Gloucester Parkway and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Motorists can expect delays from 6:30 to 11 a.m.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement direction.

 

Loudoun County Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, April 11

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, Friday, April 11. The sobriety checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m.
 
"We want Loudoun County residents to make the smart choice -- don't drink and drive," said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. "Through aggressive enforcement we hope to keep Loudoun's roads safe," he added.
 
Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with tonight's checkpoint.

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Upcoming Community Meeting for Lexington Drive/ Riverside Parkway Extension

The Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure is holding a public information meeting on the Lexington Drive/Riverside Parkway extension to Loudoun County Parkway/George Washington Boulevard.  County staff seeks input and would like to hear your comments on the proposed alignment design. 
 
The meeting will be held Monday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Exploration Hall at George Washington University, 20101 Academic Way in Ashburn. 
 
The proposed roadway extension is part of Loudoun County's Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP), to help mitigate congestion and improve safety along Route 7, and to help local traffic move through the area without having to travel on Route 7.    
 
Review of the proposed designs can be done at the public meeting, or by appointment after Monday, April 21, at the office of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, on the first floor of 209 Gibson St. N.W. in Leesburg. If you have any questions, please contact the department at 703-737-8624, or by email at ots@loudoun.gov.   
 
In addition to written or verbal comments made at the community meeting, comments may be submitted by email to Bruce Thornberry or Chris Glassmoyer at ots@loudoun.gov or by regular mail sent to the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, 209 Gibson St. N.W., 1st Floor, MS #64, Leesburg, VA, 20177-7000. 
 
Comments may also be emailed to ots@loudoun.gov.  Reference "Lexington Drive/Riverside Parkway extension" in the subject line. 


 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Residents Encouraged to Lock Vehicles and Remove High-Dollar Items After Recent Thefts

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to remove high-dollar items and garage door openers from their vehicles when left unattended. In the past several days, vehicles in the Ashburn and Leesburg area were entered and were either rummaged through or items were taken.  

 

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is offering residents several tips for deterring thefts from vehicles:

  • KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED. Most stolen items are taken from vehicles that are left unlocked. 
  • Remove all items from your vehicle, including garage door openers, when not in use. When you cannot do this, put the items out of sight (inside a lockable glove box or trunk). If your vehicle has an integrated garage door opener, please try to park your vehicle in the garage. 
  • A visible GPS unit is an obvious target, but car prowlers also look for any signs that one may be inside your vehicle, such as a mount on the window or dashboard. Even the circle impression left on the windshield from the suction cup mount is enough for thieves to break-in. They assume a GPS is hidden somewhere inside. Please try to rid your unattended vehicle of all tell-tale signs. 
  • Park inside your garage, if available, and keep the garage locked. Or, try to park your vehicle near or under an illuminated area. 

 

Residents are also encouraged to register high-dollar items such as GPS units, tablets, laptops and MP3 players with the manufacturer and have the serial number available for the responding deputy if a theft occurs. This may assist with recovering the item in the event of a larceny. Find out more information about documenting your personal property at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/operation-inventory.  

 

Anyone with information about the perpetrators of these crimes is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity by calling 703-777-1021.  



 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mobile DMV is Coming to Dulles South on Monday, April 7

The DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be at the Dulles South Public Safety Center on Monday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dulles South Public Safety Center is located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly. 
 
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 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.   


 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Become a Crossing Guard with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office currently has a number of openings countywide and for the 2014-2015 school year. The hours vary from school to school during the times of 7:20 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. on weekdays during the school year.  
 
Over 13,000 children walk to school in the county and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office needs responsible and energetic people to become crossing guards to help the students cross busy streets safely. 
 
Some of the duties of a crossing guard include escorting children across busy crosswalks and/or intersections, monitoring the flow of traffic to ensure safe passage, and interacting with parents, school personnel, county employees and others.  
 
For more information, call Willy Stevenson at 703-771-5735 or obtain an application online at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/careers

 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Route 7 Closed in Both Directions Near Route 28

Route 7 is closed in both directions between Countryside and Route 28 in Sterling due to an accident that brought down wires across the highway. Motorists should expect delays for the next five hours.

 

Please follow law enforcement direction if you are in the area, but if you can, please avoid the vicinity.



 

Limit Travel, Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow and Clear Areas Around Fire Hydrants

In the wake of a significant snowfall, Loudoun County officials encourage residents to limit travel, stay safe while shoveling snow and make sure to clear snow from areas around fire hydrants.  
 
Motorists should stay safe and stay off the roads for now! If you must drive, make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving, including having an emergency kit. Also:   
  • Take it slow while on the road and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
  • Travel gently on snow and ice. Don't slam on the brakes. Turn slowly to avoid spinning out of control.  
 
Take precautions when shoveling snow, which can be heavy. Special attention is needed to avoid back injuries associated with shoveling snow. To help prevent injury:  
  • Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body.  
  • Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. 
  • Drink water, stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks. 
  • Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs.  
 
Loudoun County officials also remind everyone to remove snow that is covering fire hydrants. In the instance of a fire, firefighters need to be able to quickly locate the fire hydrant, or lives and property could be lost. Businesses are also reminded to clear the areas around emergency exits to ensure their customers can exit safely in an emergency. 
 
More information about staying safe during winter weather is online at www.loudoun.gov/winter.  
 
In addition to the Loudoun County website, residents may also receive information by signing up for alerts from the county through Alert Loudoun at  www.loudoun.gov/alert; following Loudoun County on Twitter at  www.loudoun.gov/twitter; and on Facebook at  www.loudoun.gov/facebook. Monitor local media reports for weather updates.
 
You can also get the latest weather forecast at www.loudouncountyweather.com.