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20 years in the making, Arkendale project on track to speed up train service

QUANTICO — Nine miles of new track and improvements to Quantico’s rail station is underway and are hoped to help alleviate some of the congestion on the busy Interstate 95 corridor between Stafford and Washington, D.C.

The Arkendale to Powell’s Creek ‘third track project’ on the Potomac River is a $115 million-dollar investment of federal and state funds to benefit intercity passenger rail service in the I-95 Corridor.

Part of a larger initiative, The Atlantic Gateway, the Arkendale project includes construction of a third track between Richmond and Washington. The third track segment will be used to enhance the performance schedule for intercity passenger service, high-speed passenger rail service, and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter service while preserving freight operations by allowing trains to meet, pass or overtake other trains.

Project improvements also include structures such as under-grade and overhead railroad bridges, railroad crossings and signal systems.

Improvements to Quantico Station include conversion of a side platform to an island platform with a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks, enabling all three tracks to serve the passenger station. (more…)

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Breakfast Links: A dream of a river ferry, Panda Express to open

A commuter ferry service on the Potomac River is coming to Alexandria and Washington. Might it one day come to Prince William County? [Prince William Times]

A teenager from Bristow missing since Aug. 5 now has the resources of the FBI committed to her search. [Insidenova.com]

Panda Express will open its doors on Garrisonville Road in Stafford. This will be the first such restaurant in the chain to open in the county. [Free Lance-Star]

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Seafood restaurant Out of the Blue opens in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE — A new seafood restaurant, Out of the Blue, has opened in Gainesville, promising customers the best blue crabs in the area.

Husband-wife duo Daniel and Ryan Pell have taken the next step in their careers by opening their own restaurant. Out of the Blue was born through the blending of the couples professional experiences.

“We’ve been both in the restaurant industry for a very long time and really just starting our own restaurant was the next natural step for us,” said owner Ryan Pell.

They say their new operation set apart from their competitors due to their access to local fish houses and seafood wholesalers along the east coast. (more…)

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Stonewall Jackson monument will stand at Manassas Battlefield

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — A monument to Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will stand at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

The National Park Service says it, and all Confederate monuments on national park land will remain standing.

“That is the Park Service’s policy on the matter,” said Ray Brown, a spokesman for the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

The National Park Service made the determination this afternoon.

The decision comes a day after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a statement calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the state: (more…)

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More skimmer devices found at Woodbridge gas stations

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WOODBRIDGE — More skimming devices have been found at gas pumps in Prince William County.

From Prince William police:

Since last week, the Prince William County Police Department has responded to calls involving skimmer devices being located on ATMs at five separate 7-Eleven locations in central Prince William County. Over the past few month, police have also located skimming devices at area gas stations and other ATM locations.

Below is a list the 7-Eleven locations, which reported skimming devices recently (map). If you have visited one of these locations recently and used the ATM, you are asked to monitor your bank accounts for suspicious activity and, if needed, notify your bank that your card information may have been compromised.

Ø 5041 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge
Ø 13660 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge
Ø 4804 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 7001 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 14116 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge

These latest skimmer incidents come after one was found at an Exxon gas station at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Worth Avenue on July 7. (more…)

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Courthouse Road drivers will see new stoplight, lower speed limit

STAFFORD — A new stoplight will be erected along Courthouse Road.

The light will be installed at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Liberty Knolls Drive in Stafford, at one of the entrances to Colonial Forge High School.

From the Virginia Department of Transportation:

The signal will first be placed in flash mode the morning of Monday, Aug. 21 for 48 hours.

The signal will go into full operation at approximately midday on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

New pavement markings and pedestrian crosswalks will be installed at the intersection.

The new traffic signal is part of a project to widen Courthouse Road from two to four lanes from Ramoth Church Road to Cedar Lane and reconfigure the I-95 Exit 140 interchange to a diverging diamond.

The $185.3 million project will reduce congestion in the corridor and accommodate future growth.

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Breakfast Links: No Harris Teeter tax incentives, Stafford’s Confederate flag

Tax incentives for Harris Teeter are no longer on the table in Stafford County. The county’s board of supervisors said a developer who initially wanted them to lure the grocer to Aquia Town Center withdrew its request [Free-Lance Star]

A controversial power line in Haymarket may be built overhead, along Interstate 66. Dominion is close to abandoning plans to build the line along Carver Road, where freed slaves lived after the Civil War. [Insidenova.com]

A large Confederate battle flag that waves high above Interstate 95 in Stafford County drew the ire of residents Tuesday. Residents asked leaders to denounce the flag that sits on private property or to introduce flag pole height restrictions. [Free Lance-Star]

The Mormon Temple will allow people outside the Mormon faith to come inside the castle-like structure for the first time in 40 years. Renovations at the temple on the, which resembles something seen in the Wizard of Oz, will mean visitors will get the chance to look inside the structure on the Capital Beltway in Maryland. [Bethesda Magazine]

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