Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ashburn Transportation Updates

From Ashburn Supervisor Ralph Buona's "Ashburn District Newsletter," comes three transportation updates.

Waxpool Road Improvements
In July, the Board voted unanimously to fund design for improvements at two intersections on Waxpool Road. Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn Williams brought forward the item, which funds $1,000,000 for design work to improve traffic flow at the intersections of Pacific Boulevard and Broderick Drive.

The project will include improvements to the right turn movement from southbound Pacific Boulevard to westbound Waxpool Road and provide lane extensions and additions to enable both intersections to have the left turn signal phases run concurrently.

Having the intersections left turn signal phases run concurrently will allow for longer light cycles for through-traffic on Waxpool Road. The project will also include dual turn lane modifications and signal changes which will allow for increased traffic flow per signal phase. Funding for the design is coming from existing local gasoline tax funding.

The Board also directed county staff to bring a funding plan to the Board for the construction of the improvements, which is expected to cost $6.4 million. The proposed funding plan will include existing developer proffer funding, the balance of local gas tax funding and a local match from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s FY 2014 State Revenue Share program.

Ashburn Farm Boulevard/Junction Plaza
This intersection has been the site of several pedestrian and bicycle accidents over the past several months. My office is taking the lead in working with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office, the Office of Transportation Services, VDOT and the Ashburn Farm HOA to implement measures to improve safety in this area. Stay tuned for more information on this important issue.

Belmont Ridge Road/Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD)
My office is also working with the Office of Transportation Services, VDOT, and the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority (NVRPA) to improve safety at this critical intersection. Several years back, VDOT installed an “experimental” traffic calming measure – zig-zag lines”. This measure is meant to direct motorists to use caution, however, I have heard from many constituents that there is confusion over their meaning.

A meeting was held on 9 August with all stakeholders. We are formulating an action plan to address the lack of clarity on both motorists and bicyclists/pedestrians. Stay tuned for more information on this initiative.

Reprinted from Ashburn District Supervisor Ralph Buona email "Ashburn District Newsletter." Subscribe.

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