Loudoun County supervisors are sending a letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation asking for more room for motorists to merge onto Rt. 28 northbound.
Rt. 28 in Loudoun County is the subject of multiple ongoing studies and improvement projects. Since February, VDOT has been working on a Rt. 28 and Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Greenway Study, toward which Loudoun County contributed $100,000. There is also an ongoing study of Rt. 28 interchanges, with proposals to address issues on the road expected in the fall.
At the same time, the project to widen Rt. 28 northbound from Rt. 50 to McLearen Road and from the Dulles Toll Road to Sterling Boulevard began in January, with work scheduled to finish in 2020. However, county staff members and supervisors say the fourth lane is not helping the merge and weave problems on that section of Rt. 28, where the ramps are too short and too close together, according to the recommended minimums of the American Association of State Highway and Transit Officials.
On July 18, supervisors unanimously voted to request the state to consider adding another merge lane from the westbound Dulles Toll Road to Rt. 28 northbound and a longer merge area at the Rt. 606 ramps on the Rt. 28.