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Benefits

  • Complies with mandatory standards to ensure safety, reliability and to meet future needs
  • Replaces aging infrastructure

Timeline (View Full Timeline)

  • August 2022 – December 2022: Phase 1 Beaumeade to Ashburn substations (WD&OD Trail from east of Smith Switch Road to Claiborne Parkway)
  • January 2023 – May 2023: Phase 2 Ashburn to Cochran Mill substations (W&OD Trail from Claiborne Parkway to Battlefield Parkway at Tuscarora Creek Park)
  • March – June 2023: Phase 3 Cochran Mill to Belmont substations (no W&OD Trail Impacts)
  • Construction activities will begin in August 2022. Work will start on the W&OD Trail east of Smith Switch Road near our Beaumeade Substation and end at Claiborne Parkway at our Ashburn Substation.
    • Trail traffic may be temporarily stopped for 15-minute intervals.
    • Trail users may be directed to use the gravel path.
    • The gravel path may be closed at times.
    • Equipment will be staged along the transmission line corridor.
  • The W&OD Trail will be closed from Loudoun County Parkway to Claiborne Parkway for approximately five days in October 2022 (detour occurred Oct. 24–28). Both paved and gravel paths will be closed and patrolled by law enforcement.
    • Students who use the W&OD Trail to access Farmwell Station Middle and Dominion Trail Elementary Schools will be permitted to cross at Tippecanoe Terrace during limited hours before and after school.
    • A four-mile detour (pending VDOT approval) will direct trail users from Loudoun County Parkway to Claiborne Parkway.
  • Phase 1 construction activities continue until December 2022.
    • Trail users may be directed to use the gravel path.
    • The gravel path may be closed at times.

Phase 2

Ashburn to Cochran Mill substations (W&OD Trail from Claiborne Parkway to Tuscarora Creek Park): January–May 2023

  • As part of this project, we will replace five aging double-circuit structures and install one new single-circuit structure with taller, steel monopoles, between our Pleasant View and Cochran Mill substations. Construction of these six new structures is planned between January and March 2023. There are no impacts to the W&OD Trail.
  • Construction activities will begin in early 2023. Work will start on the W&OD Trail at Claiborne Parkway at our Ashburn Substation, continue to the Pleasant View Substation Junction near Cochran Mill Road, and turn south along Cochran Mill Road to end at our Cochran Mill Substation.
    • Trail traffic may be temporarily stopped for 15-minute intervals
    • Trail users may be directed to use the gravel path
    • The gravel path may be closed at times
    • Equipment will be staged along the transmission line corridor
  • The W&OD Trail will be closed from Rolling Water Terrace (west of Ashburn Road) and Tuscarora Creek Park (at Battlefield Parkway and Solitude Court) for up to ten days in April 2023 (currently planned for April 3–7, 10–14, subject to change). Both paved and gravel paths will be closed and patrolled by law enforcement.
    • An 8.5-mile long detour will direct trail users from near Ashburn Road to Gloucester Parkway, Belmont Ridge Road, Riverside Parkway, River Creek Parkway to Battlefield Parkway
    • More experienced cyclists, at their own risk, may choose to travel Gloucester Parkway to the Belmont Ridge Road connection
    • Students who use the W&OD Trail to access Newton-Lee Elementary, Trailside Middle, and Stone Bridge High Schools will be permitted to cross at the Trailside Park access path during limited hours before and after school
  • Construction activities continue until May 2023.
    • Trail users may be directed to use the gravel path
    • The gravel path may be closed at times

Cochran Mill to Belmont substations (no W&OD Trail Impacts): March–June 2023

  • Reconductor work occurs between our Cochran Mill and Belmont substations

Photos

Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing for Walkers

Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing for School Walkers

Looking West on Closed W&OD Trail From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking West on Closed W&OD Trail From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail from the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail from the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking North to Farmwell Station Middle School from the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking North to Farmwell Station Middle School From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail from the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail From the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail Near the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Looking East on Closed W&OD Trail Near the Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing

Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing When Closed

Tippecanoe Terrace Crossing When Closed

Transmission Tower Inspection Crew

Transmission Tower Inspection Crew

Smith Switch Road Detour Crossing

Smith Switch Road Detour Crossing

W&OD Trail Detour Signage Near Smith Switch Road

W&OD Trail Detour Signage Near Smith Switch Road

W&OD Trail Detour Gravel Path Around Beaumeade Substation

W&OD Trail Detour Gravel Path Around Beaumeade Substation

W&OD Trail Detour From Gravel/Bridle Trail to Beaumeade Substation

W&OD Trail Detour From Gravel/Bridle Trail to Beaumeade Substation

W&OD Trail Gravel/Bridle Path

W&OD Trail Gravel/Bridle Path

Closed W&OD Trail Near Hampshire Park Looking West to Utility Crew

Closed W&OD Trail Near Hampshire Park Looking West to Utility Crew

Construction-Related Impacts

Service Interruption

Your electric service is not expected to be impacted by this project.

Noise

Noise levels will be minimal; permits are in place.

Environment

This project may have limited environmental impacts.

Neighborhood

Access to surrounding neighborhoods may be impacted.

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