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Mike Salmon 703-383-2850
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March 16, 2009



SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR OLD BRIDGE ROAD
Speed limit reduced and guard rail extended


OCCOQUAN, VA.— Beginning this summer, motorists will have a safer drive on a curved section of Old Bridge Road, after the Virginia Department of Transportation implements safety features that include banked curves, longer guardrails and a new speed limit.

Construction will begin in April along this half-mile stretch between Colby Drive and Forest Hill Road, where VDOT will be banking the outside curve of the right lane just before the road goes over Hooes Run. The shoulder will be leveled and widened to provide an emergency stopping area for motorists. In addition, VDOT is extending the guardrail and anchoring the end that faces oncoming traffic to minimize the risk for collisions. The speed on Old Bridge Road will be reduced from 45 to 25 mph through this section, and the new speed limit will be posted with yellow warning signs.

Construction on this $242,500 project will be completed by late June.
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