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    Route 606 improvements moving forward

    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advancing the traffic-calming project around Route 606 in eastern Loudoun County today by seeking Request for Qualifications to design and build improvements along the roadway.

    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), and include a grassy median, wide enough to allow for future expansion, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell's office.Other improvements include turn lanes at major intersections, traffic signals, sign structures and improved drainage facilities.

    The oft-congested Loudoun County Parkway/Old Ox Road -- Route 606 -- connects Northern Virginia's Route 50 and Route 28 (Sully Road). It's a prime thoroughfare for motorists from points west to access Ashburn, Sterling and Herndon.

    The initial $105 million worth of enhancements for Route 606 are anticipated 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 project will be built via a design-build contract, which is expected to deliver the project three years faster, with anticipated completion in fall 2017, according to McDonnell's office.

    Statements of Qualifications are due August 27, 2013, and VDOT will issue a Request for Proposals in October and execute a contract in June 2014.

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    I only travel a few times on that stretch of 50 but it does seem like not much has gotten done. Didn’t realize they’ve been working on it for 3 years. They’d get more work done if they worked nights, when less traffic.

    I’m guessing this is going to be built by the same people who have spent the last there years inexplicably moving lanes back and forth on U.S. 50 instead of actually, you know, WIDENING IT.

    It wasn’t that long ago that a project like this would take a year, two max, and cost half as much.

    But it’s the new America…where building Metro to Dulles down the middle of the Toll Road takes longer and costs more (inflation adjusted) than digging the Panama Canal 100 miles across untamed mountains and jungle.

    Probably because VDOT and MWAA is involved. That seems like a lot of money for that stretch of road. Guess it’s to pay off all the high chiefs/BOS?

    “The project will be built via a design-build contract, which is expected to deliver the project three years faster, with anticipated completion in fall 2017”

    So it’s ONLY going to take 4 years instead of 7? All they’re doing is turning 2 lanes into 4 through wide open space - why should it possibly take that long?

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