Transportation Roundup, June 6, 2013
BY: ROB WHITFIELD
1. VDOT/DRPT SIX YEAR PLAN COMMENT DEADLINE FRIDAY!
If you wish to comment on the proposed VDOT/DRPT Six Year Plan, the deadline is this Friday.
To comment on the Six-Year Improvement Program you may attend one of the public hearings or you may contact VDOT or DRPT. For VDOT projects, the mailing address is Programming Director, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219 or email six-yearprogram@vdot.
2. Chairman York to Hold Public Input Meeting on Proposed Transportation Projects June 10
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York will hold a public input meeting June 10, 2013, asking residents to weigh in on proposed transportation projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 2014 through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.
The Commonwealth’s new landmark transportation bill, aimed at relieving congestion, established a new transportation revenue source for Northern Virginia, which is estimated to bring the region $1.9 billion in new transportation funding over the next six years. It will be allocated through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Fund and Northern Virginia localities, including Loudoun County.
At the June 10 meeting, an overview of the transportation bill and a discussion of the proposed projects will be presented. The public is invited to give input on the projects. The proposed Loudoun County projects designated for funding assistance so far include the following:
- Belmont Ridge Road between Portsmouth Boulevard and Hay Road – FY14 Design/Build Start
- Route 28 Hot Spot Improvements – Loudoun Segment (Sterling Boulevard and the Dulles Toll Road) – FY14 Construction Start
- (Leesburg) Edwards Ferry Road at the Route 15 Leesburg Bypass Grade Separation – FY14 Design Start
- Leesburg Park and Ride – FY14 ROW and Construction Complete
- 2 New Transit Buses – FY14 Revenue Service
Anyone interested in speaking at the Loudoun County meeting may sign up in advance by calling 703-777-0200. Advanced sign-ups will be taken until 12:00 noon the day of the meeting. Speakers may also sign up in person at the meeting itself.
3. Improving Access to Dulles Airport
|Improving western access to the airport and future Metrorail in Loudoun County|
Cost: Approximately $1 million (Estimated study cost only)LocalityLoudoun DistrictNorthern Virginia
Maps: Study Area
Stop by the location study public hearing between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School, 23171 Minerva Drive in Ashburn. Email your comments or send them to Mr. Tom Fahrney, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 by June 28, 2013. Hard copies of the Environmental Assessment will be available 15 days prior to the meeting through June 28 at the locations listed below.
About the Project
The Virginia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to construct a limited-access roadway to the west of the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Loudoun County, Virginia. The environmental study will examine a proposed Dulles Air Cargo, Passenger and Metro Access Highway that would extend from the interchange of the planned Tri-County Parkway (VA Route 411) and Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (US Route 50) to the existing intersection of Old Ox Road (VA Route 606) and Arcola Road (VA Route 842) where future airport roads and an extension of the Loudoun County Parkway are anticipated to converge.
Presently, IAD is accessible from the west by way of US Route 50, Evergreen Mills Road (VA Route 621), Dulles Greenway (VA Route 267), and VA Route 606. The purpose of this project is to enhance the movement of people, passenger services and air cargo traffic to Washington Dulles International Airport and the planned Phase 2 extension of the Metrorail Silver Line. The proposed project is intended to reduce congestion and improve capacity on the existing roadway network in the Dulles South area.
The estimated study cost is approximately $1 million.