Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Loudoun Rt. 50 to be Widened in Dulles South

Letter sent out today from Jim LeMunyon, your 67th District Delegate to the Virginia House - (and it's about time...!)

Dear Friend,

Construction will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, to widen Route 50 from four to six lanes between Poland Road in Loudoun County and Route 28 in Fairfax County. The 3.7-mile, $100 million project will take three years to complete.

If you are like me and use Route 50 in this area, you know that the widening is necessary to relieve the backups that occur during much of the day on the existing four-lane segment, especially during morning and evening rush hours. Route 50 narrows from six lanes to four just west of Route 28.

Through next spring, crews will be working only on westbound Route 50, restriping pavement and shifting lanes to make room for construction. I will continue to stay in close contact with VDOT on your behalf to make sure this project stays on schedule and on budget. If you have any questions or concerns about the work, please let me know.

When completed, Route 50 will have three lanes in each direction, improved turn lanes and traffic signals, curb and gutter on the on the outside lanes, crosswalks and pedestrian signals, widened and upgraded bridges, and pathways on both sides of the road. The road will also be more level and provide wider buffers between travel lanes and roadside hazards.

There will be no lane closures on holidays or during rush hours, but motorists can expect lane closures overnight and mid-day. During all other times, all lanes and turn lanes will remain open.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Yours for good government,

Jim LeMunyon

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