Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Commonwealth Transportation Board Encourages Residents to Share Ideas and Comments

Area residents are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about transportation improvements funded in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The program allocates funding to a wide range of projects, including road, bridges, sidewalks, bike paths, rail and transit improvements across the state.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is visiting localities throughout Virginia to share information and listen to what residents think about transportation projects. The current program (FY 2015-2020) is being adjusted to transition to a new prioritization process. This process will determine critical transportation priorities through a fair and objective analysis. Following the public comment period, the final revised program will be presented to the CTB for its adoption in November.
Comments are also encouraged on projects and programs to be considered for the next fiscal year's version (FY 2016-2021) of SYIP, which will be updated for the CTB's approval next June. Meeting materials are available at www.virginiadot.org/2014fallmeetings.
Loudoun County residents can attend any of the area meetings, however none will be held in Loudoun County. The nearest meeting for Loudoun residents will be held this Thursday, Oct. 16 at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, Potomac Conference Room, located at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax.
The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with a local officials briefing, followed at 5:30 p.m. with open house displays and general discussion and a moderated public meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can send your comments on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or email DRPTPR@drpt.Virginia.gov; and on highway projects to Program Management Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by email to Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
Comments will be accepted until October 30, 2014.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

CDC Report Shows Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries are Frequent and Costly

Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries

Lifetime work lost because of 2012 crash injuries cost an estimated $33 billion.More than 2.5 million people went to the emergency department (ED) – and nearly 200,000 of them were hospitalized – because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lifetime medical costs for these crash injuries totaled $18 billion. This includes approximately $8 billion for those who were treated in the ED and released and $10 billion for those who were hospitalized. Lifetime work lost because of 2012 crash injuries cost an estimated $33 billion.

Key Findings:

  • On average, each crash-related ED visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about  $57,000 over a person’s lifetime.
  • More than 75 percent of costs occur during the first 18 months following the crash injury.
  • Teens and young adults (15-29 years old) are at especially high risk for motor vehicle crash injuries, accounting for nearly 1 million crash injuries in 2012 (38 percent of all crash injuries that year).
  • One-third of adults older than 80 years old who were injured in car crashes were hospitalized – the highest of any age group.
  • There were almost 400,000 fewer ED visits and 5,700 fewer hospitalizations from motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012 compared to 2002. This equals $1.7 billion in avoided lifetime medical costs and $2.3 billion in avoided work loss c

What Can You Do?

  • Use seat belts on every trip, no matter how short. Make sure passengers buckle up too.
  • Buckle children in age- and size- appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Those 12 and under should be buckled in the back seat.
  • Choose not to drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs, and help others do the same.
  • Know Virginia's GDL laws and consider using tools like parent-teen driving agreements, if you are the parent of a teen.

Learn more about all of these tips at www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety.

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Friday, October 10, 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.
  • The Stone Bridge High School homecoming parade held this afternoon from 4:30-6 p.m. It will impact Portsmouth Boulevard and Claiborne Parkway in the area of the school.
  • Dominion High School's homecoming parade is also today from 5-6:30 p.m. It will impact roads around the school including Sugarland Run Drive, South Cottage Road, Seneca Ridge Drive and Augusta Drive.
  • There will be an event at Morven Park on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to noon. May cause some delays on Route 15 in the area of Tutt Lane.
  • Evergreen Sportsplex event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 2-7 p.m. on Sunday. May cause some delays on Evergreen Mills Road.
  • A parade in Sterling Saturday from 8-11 a.m. may cause some delays on Sterling Boulevard and Holly Avenue.
  • An event in Sterling on Saturday may cause some delays in the area of Commerce Street and Enterprise Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ADAMS Center event Saturday may cause some delays on Sugarland Run Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Brambleton Town Center Festival on Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m. may cause some delays in the area of Soave Drive, Northstar Boulevard and Olympia Drive.
  • A Stone Ridge event on Saturday may cause some delays on Millstream Drive from 5-8 p.m.
The Sheriff's Office asks motorists to please be patient if in any of these areas, drive safely and follow all law-enforcement directions.  


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: Public Meeting on Proposed Ashburn Road Sidewalk to be Held Oct. 28

Loudoun County will hold a public meeting concerning a proposed sidewalk along Ashburn Road beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Cedar Lane Elementary School, 43700 Tolamac Drive in Ashburn.
Staff from the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure will provide information and hear comments on the concrete sidewalk proposed from Partlow Road to Hay Road on the eastern side of Ashburn Road. The purpose of this proposed sidewalk is to provide pedestrian access along Ashburn Road in an effort to provide safer connectivity for the existing neighborhoods to the Washington and Old Dominion Trail.
For questions about the project, contact William King, the county's project manager at 571-258-3553.  More information also is available on the county's new Capital Projects Status Report Interactive Map by searching for "Ashburn Road Sidewalks" under the Active Projects tab. A link to the map is online at www.loudoun.gov/underconstruction


Friday, October 3, 2014

9/11 Motorcycle Motorcade May Cause Traffic Delays on Saturday on I-95/395

Traffic Alert -- In Case You Plan to Be in the Area

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, motorists on I-95 can expect delays tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 4, due to a massive motorcade transporting an I-beam from the World Trade Center to the Marine Corps Museum. The I-beam will be escorted by a New York City fire truck, with an estimated 500 to 1,500 motorcycles and support vehicles accompanying the truck.

The convoy will enter Virginia from Washington, D.C. via the I-395 HOV lanes at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday. It will follow the southbound HOV lanes to a stretch of the new I-95 Express Lanes near Dumfries and use a new flyover ramp to merge onto the southbound I-95 regular lanes and exit at Joplin Road (Exit 150).

VDOT will close the right regular lane of I-95 South near the merge and close the Joplin Road exit ramps in both directions. Motorists will have two regular lanes in the area of Joplin Road and can expect traffic delays from approximately 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Motorists should also expect delays on Route 1 when the motorcade is traveling from Joplin Road to the museum. The I-395/95 HOV lanes were already scheduled to be closed for 95 Express Lanes construction, beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, October 3 through 8 a.m. Sunday, October 5.

The contractor, Fluor-Lane, will clear construction in the lanes Saturday afternoon to accommodate the motorcade. The HOV lanes will reopen in the northbound direction by 8 a.m. Sunday. Fluor-Lane accelerated the opening of the flyover ramp to accommodate the motorcade and avoid the complete closure of I-95 that otherwise would have been required.

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Weekend Traffic Delays Starting Today

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of two weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
Prayer services held at the Congregation Sha'are Shalom today, Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday may cause some delays on Evergreen Mills Road in the area of Heritage High School in Leesburg. Motorists should be aware of increased traffic and pedestrian traffic from 6-11:30 p.m. this evening and again from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
And an event held today, Saturday and Sunday will cause delays in the Waterford area. The roads impacted include Factory Street, Second Street, Janney Street, Water Street, High Street, and Loyalty Road. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Officials Break Ground on Gloucester Parkway Extension

Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Loudoun County government staff joined with representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation and other officials today, Tuesday, Sept. 30, in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Gloucester Parkway Extension project.

The $40 million project will extend Gloucester Parkway from Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific Boulevard and Nokes Boulevard.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2016.

* photo courtesy of Loudoun County Government

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Witnesses Sought to Hit and Run Crash on Rt. 7 Near Lansdowne

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is seeking witnesses to a crash that occurred September 25 on Route 7 near Lansdowne Boulevard.
The crash occurred around 9 a.m. last Thursday, Sept. 25, when a large black SUV rear-ended a Toyota mini-van that was eastbound on Route 7 near the Lansdowne exit. The SUV fled the scene. The fleeing vehicle was described as a large box-style SUV and should have apparent front-end damage.
The driver of the mini-van, a Purcellville woman, was not injured.
If you witnessed this crash, or if you know the whereabouts of the vehicle, you are asked contact Sgt. K. Robinette at 703-737- 8374. 

Mobile DMV 2 GO will be at Dulles South on Wednesday, Oct. 8

The DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be at the Dulles South Public Safety Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8 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. You can also 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, please visit www.dmvNOW.com