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New lane opens on Route 50

The Virginia Department of Transportation is opening the new third lane on Route 50 in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun County. The new eastbound lane was slated to open on Thursday.

Drivers will now have three lanes eastbound from Poland Road in Loudoun County to Route 28 in Fairfax County. VDOT expects the new lane to provide significant relief to morning rush hour congestion. Three lanes have been open to eastbound traffic from Stonecroft to Lee Road since the project began.

VDOT plans to open a third lane to westbound traffic from the Cub Run bridge to Poland Road by the end of this year.

Route 50 is being widened to three lanes in each direction from Poland Road to Route 28. The project also includes traffic signal and turn lane improvements, a new shared-use path on both sides of the road, providing crosswalks with curb ramps and pedestrian signals, and widening and upgrading bridges. The overall project completion date is November 2015.

Four in running for Reston Community Center board

The Reston Community Center Board of Governors recently announced four candidates for its 2014 preference poll. This year’s candidates are William Keefe, William Penniman, Linda A. Singer and Vicky Wingert.

The poll seeks community guidance to fill three three-year positions. The appointments will be made by the Board of Supervisors, but reflecting results of the preference poll.

Voting begins Sept. 12. Each property in Small Tax District 5, which funds the community center, will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by the counting agent (a pre-addressed envelope is provided with the ballot; postage is required) no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 2. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

A Candidates Forum will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at RCC Hunters Woods, located at 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston. For more information, go to www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.

Early deadline for military academy applications

The deadline for students interested in applying for a nomination by the 10th District Service Academy Advisory Board to one of the nation’s military academies for the Class of 2019 is 5 p.m. Sept. 15. This year’s deadline is earlier for the 10th District because U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) is retiring at the end of his term.

Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to Wolf’s Herndon office at 13873 Park Center Road, Suite 130, Herndon, VA 20171. Interested students can download a “Candidate Registration” form at https://wolf.house.gov/academy. The selection process is strictly a competitive one.

For more information about the congressional nominating process, contact Mary Ann Cannon in Wolf’s Herndon office at 703-709-5800, or go to wolf.house.gov and click on Academy Nominations under the Need Help? section.