Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Feb. 29, 2012
VDOT TO RE-OPEN THIRD LANE ON ROUTE 50 IN CHANTILLY
Options for construction sequence under review
CHANTILLY—The Virginia Department of Transportation will re-open the third lane on eastbound Route 50 between Stonecroft Boulevard and Route 28, which closed to traffic last weekend as part of the Route 50 widening project in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. The one-mile lane closure has caused lengthy delays on eastbound Route 50 and surrounding roads during the morning rush this week. The lane will re-open by March 5, weather permitting.
“We dropped the ball on this one and I apologize to motorists,” said Garrett Moore, VDOT’s District Administrator for Northern Virginia. “We did not communicate the planned closure and, as a result, motorists have been stuck in lengthy delays throughout the morning rush. We’ve gone back to the drawing board with the engineering team to review options for completing the work without taking away the third lane, or if we have to take it, trying to minimize the time and impact, as well as communicating well in advance.”
About the project
Construction began last fall to widen Route 50 from four to six lanes between Poland Road in Loudoun County and Route 28 in Fairfax County. When the 3.7-mile, $100 million design-build project is complete at the end of 2014, motorists will have three lanes in each direction, improved turn lanes and traffic signals, curb and gutter 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.
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