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Safety Improvements Underway on Old Bridge Road

By Potomac Local News September 25, 2012 10:30 am

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LAKE RIDGE, Va. – Old Bridge Road will not be widened but it will be made safer.

Work is now underway along the four-lane commuter route that slows the commutes of many during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has listed the following projects underway or completed as of this month:

Reduce run-off-road crashes at Colby Drive

-Reduce run-off-road accidents by adding “superelevation” and modifying adverse crown on the westbound lanes and Vertical Alignment Improvements at Colby Drive.

-Project was advertised for construction in Spring 2012. Construction has started and is scheduled to be completed in late 2012.

Improved Signal at Elysian Drive

-Improve signal visibility and upgrade traffic signal at Elysian Dr.

-Project was advertised for Construction in Spring 2012. Construction has been completed.

Upgraded pedestrian facilities at Clipper Drive

-Upgrade traffic signal, improve signal visibility and provide pedestrian accommodations at Clipper Drive.

-Project was advertised for Construction in Summer 2012. Construction to proceed in 2012.

Traffic signal at Occoquan Road

-Upgrade traffic signal at Occoquan Road.

-Project was advertised for Construction in July 2012. Construction is nearly completed.

Improvements at Antietam Road

-Install Signal Display for EB and WB approaches, Relocate Bus Stop Sign, provide ADA Ramp and sidewalk to Bus Stop, and provide Guardrail End Treatment at Antietam -Road project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014 (looking to accelerate under regional signal contract).

Signal, pedestrian improvements at Springwoods Drive

-Extend Left Turn Lane, Upgrade existing traffic signal to Mast Arm and Install Pedestrian Crossings at Springwoods Drive.

-Project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014.

ADA ramps at Hedges Run Drive

-Upgrade existing Signal and install Pedestrian Crossings with ADA Ramps at Hedges Run Drive (design is being coordinated with County Sidewalk/ Superelevation project).

-Project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014 (looking to accelerate under regional signal contract).

Improvements at Westridge Drive

-Upgrade Existing Traffic Signal and convert span wire signal support to mast arm mounts at Westridge Drive.

-Project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014 (looking to accelerate under regional signal contract).

Turn lanes, ramps at Mohican Drive

-Upgrade Signal to Mast Arm Design, Install Ped. Crossings w. ADA Ramps; Construct/ Offset WB Left Turn Lane on Old Bridge Road at Mohican Drive (design is being coordinated with County Sidewalk/ Superelevation project).

-Project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014.

Traffic signal at Smoketown Road

-Upgrade existing traffic signal from Span Wire to Mast Arm at Smoketown Rd.

-Project is currently under Design Phase. Construction advertisement is scheduled for mid 2014 (looking to accelerate under regional signal contract).

Sidewalk from Hedges Run to Festival at Old Bridge

-Construct sidewalk and improve the cross section to provide more “superelevation” on north side of Old Bridge Road, from Hedges Run toDillingham Square/Cricket Lane.

-VDOT Safety project was combined with County sidewalk project for improved coordination and accelerated construction. Project scheduled to be advertised for construction fall 2012.

Visibility improvements at Harbor Drive

-Offset left turn lanes to improve sight distance and signal visibility at Harbor Drive.

-Project was advertised for construction in Spring 2012. Construction has started and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2013.

Sidewalk between Titania and Cricket lanes

-Construct sidewalk, handicap ramps, crosswalks, and install pedestrian signals at specific intersections from Titania to Cricket Lane

-Project was advertised for construction in October 2011. Construction has been completed.

Drivers should expect to see orange cones in the area for the foreseeable future as these projects continue, and most of the daytime work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid the height of the rush hour periods, said Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.

May said commuters have called him to report instances of slow traffic, and at least one instance where construction crews forgot to remove equipment from the road.

More from may in a emailed statement to his constituents:

“When completed, these projects should improve safety and promote better traffic flow along Old Bridge. However, in the meantime, you will see construction equipment and activity and it will have some impact on travel conditions from time to time.”

“In fact, about two weeks ago on Friday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m., my office received a phone call from a concerned constituent who mentioned that VDOT had forgotten to remove the barriers from the construction project between Rolling Brook and Harbor before rush hour began.”

“As a result, we alerted the county police and officers were immediately dispatched to move the barriers in order to increase the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, as many of you commuting that day probably realized, the traffic situation had already become a disaster,” stated May. 

 

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  • Andrew

    Old Bridge Road has become really dangerous because of the heavy traffic and these improvements are long overdue. I’ve been rear ended twice on the road because the person behind me wasn’t paying attention as traffic came to a stand still because of the stop and go traffic. Fender benders are a daily occurrence on Old Bridge Road.