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Route 50 Detour in Loudoun Changing Today

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Cars slow down and drivers pay more attention as they maneuver around the circle. (VDOT)

Beginning today, drivers on Route 50 near Aldie in Loudoun County will be detoured around the intersection at Route 15.This is part of the Virginia Department of Transportation program to build four roundabouts along the Route 50 and 15 corridors.

Route 50, the John Mosby Highway, is a very pretty, two-lane road through the rolling farmland in eastern Loudoun, but it has become a heavily used commuter route. VDOT wants to improve traffic safety by removing some traffic signals and improving sight lines. While modern roundabouts are used in many places across the nation, they are relatively new to Virginia. They are designed to do two things that seem contradictory: Slow traffic down, while improving traffic flow. If it works, you get there faster by going slower.

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The latest detour for the $15.8 million project will last 10 to 12 weeks. VDOT says drivers it is likely to add up to 15 minutes to a rush hour trip and maybe about five minutes at other times.

During these weeks, Route 50 will be closed between Route 15 and the newly built connector road, Howsers Branch Drive. Drivers will be detoured down Howsers Branch to a new roundabout on Route 15.

Later this summer, after this new phase of construction is complete, a final detour will be put in place at Watson Road to complete the roundabouts. The entire project should be complete by the end of the year.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Gilberts Corner, VDOT, roundabout  
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