Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Project Moves Ahead to Improve Route 606 in Loudoun County

English: Circular route shield 606
English: Circular route shield 606 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of Virginia highlighting Loudoun County
Map of Virginia highlighting Loudoun County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Project will help ease traffic congestion and provide for better transportation
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is moving forward to ease traffic congestion on Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road (Route 606) in Loudoun County by seeking Request of Qualifications (RFQ) from the construction industry to design and build the project. 

            The project will rebuild and widen the existing two-lane rural road to four lanes between Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621) and the Dulles Greenway (Route 267). The project will also include a grassy median, wide enough to allow for future expansion.  There will also be a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.  

            “The Commonwealth is accelerating the design and construction of Route 606 to relieve congestion and help people get to their destinations faster,” said Governor McDonnell. “This project is progressing to construction as a result of VDOT’s partnership with Loudoun County and MWAA as well as from the new sustainable funding source generated by the transportation package passed earlier this year by the General Assembly.”

            The initial $105 million phase of the project is to be jointly funded by VDOT, Loudoun County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).   VDOT has committed $40 million toward the project, with the remainder of the funding to come from Loudoun County and MWAA.  The RFQ is in advance of anticipated financial action by Loudoun County and MWAA to help fund the project.  Once those financial commitments have been made, VDOT will be able to move immediately to develop the project.

            Other improvements include turn lanes at major intersections, traffic signals, sign structures and improved drainage facilities.

            Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road connects two major roads, Route 50 and Route 28 (Sully Road) and is a desirable route for motorists from points west to access Ashburn, Sterling and Herndon. The road is currently congested in both directions during peak hours. This project will increase capacity on this section of road due to growth in the surrounding area and the increased traffic congestion.

            The project will be built via a design-build contract.  This contracting method is expected to deliver the project three years faster, with anticipated completion in fall of 2017.
            Statements of Qualifications are due August 27, 2013.  Following that VDOT will issue a Request for Proposals in October 2013 and execute a contract in June 2014.
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