Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ribbon Cut on Extension of Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn

The Loudoun Independent had a nice story yesterday (Tuesday) about a segment of Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn opening to motorists.
"With work kicking off two years ago, the $10 million four-lane extension of the road was supposed to open in December. But, because of an unexpected “kink” in the road that had to be fixed, opening was moved to April 27.

"Several local elected leaders, including State Sen. Mark Herring (D-eastern Loudoun) and county Supervisors Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) and Stevens Miller (D-Dulles), attended the ribbon-cutting event, as did members of the development team behind the future community called One Loudoun, who paid for the project. Speaking about easing congestion on nearby Route 7, Waters said, "the opening of this road will provide a key relief."

"The new segment connects Loudoun County Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard. In addition, a new traffic light was installed at Loudoun County Parkway and Russell Branch, which was also paid for by One Loudoun developers."
Leesburg Today also reports on the story. Their article post online also includes some video footage.
"It's been more than two years since local government and business leaders gathered on the property of One Loudoun to break ground on the much-needed extension of Russell Branch Parkway. This morning many of those same people officially opened the road, which was largely completed by early 2009, but remained closed to traffic awaiting VDOT approval.
"A team effort and work is always going to have its problems, its kinks," Supervisor Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) said during the ceremony. "But I think this is an example of what we are able to accomplish together."
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