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Week in Loudoun

Greenway Toll Increase Sought

<bt>Commuters who frequent the Dulles Greenway could face stiffer tolls if State Corporation Commissioners accept a staff recommendation. Toll Road Investors Partnership II, L.P. (TRIP II), which owns the 14-mile corridor, has requested permission from the SCC to raise the toll ceiling from $2 to $3 to ensure the financial stability of the company. The $2 toll ceiling was established a year after the Greenway opened in 1995. Currently, a two-axle vehicle is charged $1.90 in cash, or $1.80 for SmartTag users. The SCC will release a decision after reviewing additional studies from TRIP II. If implemented, the toll ceiling would go up in three increments over the next three years.

<sh>Traffic Delays Expected

<bt>The removal of three temporary modular buildings from the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds on the night of Wednesday, June 30 could cause some traffic delays for motorists in Leesburg. Weather permitting, Resun Leasing, Inc., is scheduled to begin removing the trailers from the courthouse lawn at about 8 p.m. The operation is expected to take about three-and-a-half hours. Intermittent traffic delays are expected to occur as the trailers are moved east on Market Street, out of Leesburg. The trailers had been used for the county's Law Library and other court facilities during the Loudoun County Courts renovation and expansion project.

<sh>Working Together on Tourism

<bt>The Board of Supervisors has approved the county's participation in the Virginia 2007 Community Program. The county will now file an application for official recognition as a Virginia 2007 community. The statewide program commemorates the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, and Virginia's 400th anniversary. Localities participating in the Virginia 2007 Community Program incorporate the 2007 celebration theme into existing or new tourism events. In return, communities will receive support and marketing exposure from the program. The year 2007 also celebrates the 250th anniversary of Loudoun's founding, followed by Leesburg's 250th anniversary in 2008.

<sh>Free Gunlocks Offered

<bt>Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program, has donated more than 1,000 gunlocks to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in an effort to prevent gun accidents in the homes of county residents. The Sheriff's Office joins 13,000 communities nationwide in providing free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe. The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Administration Building, 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Sheriff's Office will also be handing out the safety kits at events throughout the county during the upcoming summer months.