Traction Power Substation Delivery Delayed by Traffic Accident on Route 7

Unloading of sections of one of the Traction Power Substations that will provide electricity for the Metrorail extension out to Dulles. Photo courtesy of Bechtel.

An accident that snarled traffic near Leesburg Va. early Tuesday morning delayed the scheduled delivery of the traction power substation components that are part of the Dulles Metrorail project.

The incident  occurred at 7:45 A.M. when a tractor trailer lost its load and  forced police to close the eastbound lanes of Route 7 near the Childrens Center Rd. overpass. The unexpected closure at the peak of the morning commute quickly created a backup that stretched more than eight miles.

In Winchester, police were monitoring the situation and held back the delivery convoy destined for Tysons Corner, because of the traffic jam caused by the incident. The trucks, scheduled to depart Winchester at 9:00 a.m., were delayed and did not leave until 10:00 a.m. when the backup had cleared.

Communications Manager for the  Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Marcia McAllister said via email, “All went very smoothly after the slow start. Thanks to a lot of cooperation including that of Virginia State Police, the three trucks made it to the site  and the components were unloaded before 3:00 p.m.”

Officials said the first of the trucks arrived around noon and they were all able to leave the site before local schools let out avoiding afternoon school bus traffic in the Beulah Road neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday will be the second and final day of wide load deliveries to the site from Winchester. The convoy of vehicles is scheduled to leave Winchester at 9:00 a.m. Three trucks, each accompanied by three pilot cars, will create a rolling blockade as the delivery proceeds down Route 7  through three counties.

Officials warn that traffic disruptions should be expected as the trucks and escort vehicles move along the roads.

Unloading of sections of one of the Traction Power Substations that will provide electricity for the Metrorail extension out to Dulles. Photo courtesy of Bechtel.