Dulles Toll Road Slip Ramps to Open Oct. 27


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Oct. 24, 2003

 

Dulles Toll Road Slip Ramps to Open Oct. 27

 

On Monday, Oct. 27, at 12:15 p.m. a ceremony will take place at the Reston East @ Wiehle Avenue Commuter Lot located at 1860 Wiehle Avenue near the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road. The ceremony will celebrate the opening of two new slip ramps on the Dulles Access and Dulles Toll Roads. The slip ramps are located on the Dulles Toll Road just east of Hunter Mill Road, one in the eastbound lanes and the other in the westbound lanes. The slip ramps employ new gate-arm technology, and offer access to the Dulles Access Road for FAIRFAX CONNECTOR buses. Funding for the slip ramp project was provided with $4.5 million of federal and county general obligation bond funds and $3.9 million of VDOT – Dulles Toll Road project funds.

Governor Mark Warner will be on hand Monday with various public officials including the Hunter Mill District supervisor and the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to celebrate the opening of the new slip ramps. Members of the community are welcome to attend the ceremony which will feature a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the opening of the ramps.

Using the slip ramps, FAIRFAX CONNECTOR buses can by-pass rush-hour traffic on the Dulles Toll Road and transport passengers to and from the West Falls Church Metrorail Station in minutes. The new gate-arm technology allows buses to pass through the ramps at 55 mph, to save travel time for bus riders. In addition to faster travel times, using the Dulles Access Road enhances schedule reliability by avoiding delays caused by congestion on the Dulles Toll Road and at the Main Toll Plaza. The slip ramps also may reduce the cost of adding FAIRFAX CONNECTOR buses in order to maintain service levels that become degraded as congestion and travel times increase over time.

The new automated slip ramps relieve State Police of the responsibility of having to open and close the gates (as they did on the old manual ramps) and enforce their usage. The new ramps will be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whereas the old manually-operated gates were open only during weekday rush hours. Police, fire and rescue vehicles also will be able to use the ramps to respond to emergency situations.

For more information about the ceremony or slip ramps, call the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102. For FAIRFAX CONNECTOR bus information, call 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com.


 

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