Loudoun County news in brief

April 1, 2013
Security training exercise set for Loudoun Valley High

Loudoun County public schools, in cooperation with state and local authorities, have planned an armed-intruder security training exercise Monday at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office, the high school staff, county fire and emergency personnel, the Virginia State Police and the Purcellville, Middleburg and Leesburg police departments will participate.

The exercise will simulate an armed intruder entering the school. The exercise will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 1 p.m. The area surrounding Loudoun Valley High will be closed to the public during the exercise. Residents are advised to avoid the area. Officials will set up message boards Monday to remind residents about the exercise and to allay concerns.

The exercise will focus on the decision-making and coordination processes involved with encountering an armed intruder. all activities will be monitored for safety, authorities said in a statement. No students will be in the building or on the school grounds during the drill, which is on a teacher workday.

The exercise aims to allow officials to test their policies, practices and procedures, and to clarify roles and responsibilities, develop individual performance, reinforce strengths and identify opportunities for improvement.

Bypass with Sycolin Road to close for good June 8

The intersection of the routes 7 and 15 bypass and Sycolin Road will close permanently June 8, Leesburg officials said.

After the intersection is closed, access from the bypass to Sycolin Road, the Leesburg Executive Airport, Loudoun County’s Philip Bolen Park and other destinations in the southeast sector of the town will be routed via the Dulles Greenway to Battlefield Parkway.

Exits 1 and 2 from the Dulles Greenway are toll-free.

The closing of the intersection is necessary for the construction of the Sycolin Overpass, officials said. During construction, Sycolin Road will be closed from Gateway Drive to Hope Parkway. Construction is expected to take 14 months. The overpass is expected to open in August 2014, restoring traffic on Sycolin Road between Gateway Drive and Hope Parkway, There will be no access to Sycolin Road from the bypass, and vice versa.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Shirley Contracting have scheduled a public information session on the Sycolin Overpass project at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cool Spring Elementary School. For details, call Seth Bourne, Shirley Contracting project manager, at 703-668-0288, Ext 17.

Second open house April 8 on Route 28 corridor plan

Loudoun County will have a second open house on the Route 28 Corridor Plan Zoning Ordinance on April 8 at Loudoun Water, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn.

Residents can stop by from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; a formal presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

At the event, residents can learn about the draft zoning ordinance amendments, the corridor itself and the status of the project, and they can offer their feedback and concerns.

The Route 28 plan aims to encourage economic development in the corridor. The amendments can be reviewed before the open house at www.loudoun.gov/route28.

For information, contact project manager Michael Salinas of the county Planning Department at 703-777-0246.

Annual Health for Life Day to promote nutrition, fitness

The Loudoun County Health Council, public library system and Medical Reserve Corps will sponsor the fourth annual “Loudoun Health for Life Day” from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. April 13 at Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Dr., in the Stone Ridge community.

The event aims to promote healthy living for Loudoun residents through Lyme disease prevention and awareness, good nutrition, physical fitness and preventive health care.

The day will include free vaccinations for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis; health screenings; physical fitness training exercises and games; listings of local resources and other take-home information; and activities for children, including face painting, games, balloons and a story time.

Event information is at www.loudoun.gov/healthcouncil.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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