As a part of the ongoing Hope Drive Extension Project, a portion of Tevis Street (Bradford Court Apartments to the access road behind Panera Bread from Papermill Road) will close to through traffic beginning Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Since Tevis Street will become a cul-de-sac just east of the apartments, this closure will be permanent.
At this time, the new portion of Hope Drive is not yet open to traffic as CSX has not completed the installation of their new track crossing. Therefore, detour routes will be implemented until Hope Drive is completely open from Valley Avenue to Papermill Road.
Detour Route (see below map)
- On Valley Avenue, use Weems Lane to Papermill Road
- On Pleasant Valley/Papermill Road, use Weems Lane to Valley Avenue
WinTran Route Change
The South Loudoun route will no longer service the Tevis Street at Bradford Apartments bus stop. The South Loudoun route will temporarily detour on to Cedarmeade Avenue from S. Pleasant Valley Road. While this detour remains in effect, the South Loudoun route will be unable to service S. Pleasant Valley Road at Bruce Drive bus stop.
- Why is the City converting Tevis Street into a cul-de-sac? By adding a cul-de-sac instead of realigning Tevis, the size of the required stormwater management pond could be much larger. This will allow the City to utilize the additional nutrient management credits that will be generated from the larger pond to meet future stormwater regulation requirements related to the Chesapeake Bay initiatives. The estimated cost to build a separate stormwater management pond in another location to obtain the same amount of the additional nutrient credits would be approximately $1.5 million.
- Why was Tevis closed prior to Hope Drive reopening? We cannot reopen Hope Drive until CSX completes work on the new railroad crossing there. They were supposed to complete the work in April/May 2021, but since they didn't, the rest of the Hope Drive work is delayed. Unfortunately, we cannot delay the Tevis project any longer as we need to keep the project moving forward. All drainage improvements on Hope, Tevis and Valley are connected to the new stormwater retention pond to be constructed at the end of Tevis.
- Why can't the City make CSX finish their portion of the project on time? There are 200+ Federal laws that give railroads complete control and there's nothing we can do to force the railroad companies to finish their work according to our project deadlines.
- Why are the roads on Papermill Road so rough? The area is still an active construction zone. Paving is always one of the last steps and the road will be smooth and like new when construction is complete.