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Old 11-18-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Everyone knew this area is under construction but I had no idea that it was scheduled to go on through April, 2013.

I use the word improvements lightly since traffic problems have doubled and the backups during rush hour now start on 123 vs. half way up the hill. In addition to traffic congestion, more people are using the pass-through in Occoquan and trying to merge at the usual congested spot near the realtor's shop nearing the top of the hill.

Here is a message from the supervisor of the project spelling out all the progress that they are working on... Old Bridge Road Update from Supervisor Mike May - Lake Ridge-Occoquan, VA Patch

And the update that they now are ahead of schedule Old Bridge Road Work Done by Year

Not sure why it takes so long to shut one lane down (shrink traffic lanes) and redo some concreate barriers in the median. If they would fix the timing of the stoplights on Old Bridge, this would alleviate 90% of the congestion. During the morning and evening rush hours, they should make Old Bridge stoplights stay green for a solid two, maybe three minutes. It seems that once traffic starts, another red light. Once everyone passes Tacket's Mill, it's smooth sailing.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I have come to loathe Old Bridge. For my morning commute, there's no better option for me. My afternoon commute allows me to miss I- 95 congestion so I'll take it to PWP and then turn right on Old Bridge for the mile or so I need before I can turn into my neighborhood.

Better timed traffic lights would definitely be nice. It would also be nice if more people could reasonably merge when it goes down a lane instead of the hyper-aggressive driving, which seems to always bottle neck it more. I'm sure there's a great reason why the work is not being done at night but I sure wish it was.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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I am SO glad we moved out of Lake Ridge earlier this year. We still own our home there (couldn't afford to sell...) and are renting it out, so I've had to drive back down there a few times, and WOW it's awful, even in the middle of the day nowhere near rush hour!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Originally Posted by johnsonkk View Post
I use the word improvements lightly since traffic problems have doubled and the backups during rush hour now start on 123 vs. half way up the hill. In addition to traffic congestion, more people are using the pass-through in Occoquan and trying to merge at the usual congested spot near the realtor's shop nearing the top of the hill.
We won't see the improvements until construction is completed. While the road is under construction, back-ups and delays are to be expected.

The last time I used Occoquan as a pass-through, I noticed the sign that said "No Left Turn between 3pm-7pm" - so I haven't used it since. If there was a cop stationed down there, they could generate quite a bit of revenue for the town of Occoquan.

Outside of evening rush hour, I haven't run into any back-ups.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Old Bridge Road is a mess. There are multiple rear end collisions on that road every day because of all the stop and go traffic. The traffic starts moving, driver becomes distracted for a second and doesn't realize the traffic has stopped again after only going 25 yards, so they rear end the car in front of them. Unfortunately, the changes to the medians aren't going to make much of an improvement because their will still be the same numbers of lanes.
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