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Smith wins Prince William Clerk of Court seat

MANASSAS, Va. — The second time is the charm.

Jacqueline C. Smith will be the next Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court and will serve an 8-year term.

She will replace the Michele McQuigg who died while in office in late February. Smith, a Democrat who ran on a platform of “getting politics out of the courthouse” beat challenger Delegate Jackson Miller (R-Manassas).

Smith, a Prince William County attorney, first ran for the job in 2015 but lost to McQuigg who, at that time, was elected to her second eight-year term.

Today Special Election was held in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Smith won the county by 11 points and Manassas Park by 12 points.

Miller, a Real Estate agent by trade won his home district of Manassas by 15 points. After the loss, Miller is expected to keep his job in the General Assembly in Richmond.

In Prince William County, Miller did well in the traditionally red precincts in the western end of the county. But it was in the east where Smith cleaned up, winning more than 70% of the vote in Dale City precincts like Saunders and Rosa Parks, and 80% of the vote in the Swans Creek precinct near Dumfries.

Voter turnout was higher than expected as just over 8% of the county’s 270,000 registered voters turned out for today’s Special Election.

In Manassas, more than 15% of the city’s electorate turned out to vote. In Manassas Park, 6% percent went to the polls.

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Woman, 87, killed in Old Bridge Road crash

Fatal Crash Investigation – On April 18 at 12:04PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the intersection of Old Bridge Rd and Antietam Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2004 Isuzu NPR truck was attempting to make a left turn onto northbound Antietam Rd from eastbound Old Bridge Rd when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2007 Toyota Prius who was traveling in the westbound lanes of Old Bridge Rd. The driver of the Toyota Prius was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver and a passenger of the Isuzu NPR were not injured. Speed, alcohol, and drugs are not factors in this crash. The investigation continues.

Arrested on April 18: [No Photo Available]

Duane Patrick BAUGHER, Jr., 21, of 8749 Christopher Ln in Warrenton

Charged with failure to yield the right of way on a left turn

Court date: Pending | Bond: Released on a Court Summons

Identified:
The driver of the 2007 Toyota Prius was identified as Christine Duncan ROSEN, 87, of Woodbridge

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Manassas City Police seeking information on shooting death of man, 25

From Manassas City Police Department:

At 1:10 a.m. on April 17, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to 9000 block of Centreville Rd for a report of shots fired.  Officers located a 25-year-old male victim who appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the family.  This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be forthcoming as the investigation continues. 

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema coming to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Alamo Drafthouse will locate at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.

From a press release: 

The JBG Companies is pleased to announce that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is joining the retail, restaurant and entertainment line-up at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Virginia, Prince William County’s premier retail destination. The Austin-based chain of dine-in movie theaters will be opening a new eight-screen theater in late summer/early fall 2018 with over 865 theater seats.

JBG and Alamo will remove an existing vacant storefront and build the new, state-of-the-art Alamo Drafthouse Cinema that will include the first true Premium Large Format auditorium in the Alamo system consisting of a 65’ screen, Dolby Atmos sound and top of the line projection capabilities on Potomac Town Place, Stonebridge’s “Main Street,” near the REI store. JBG plans to add a Town Square, which will include a green space in front the theater for events and typical park use.

The new movie house will go into replace the old Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill that closed in May 2015. The closest movie house to Stonebridge is AMC Theaters 18 at Potomac Mills mall. (more…)

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Two new arrests made in Rivas murder; Eight face charges

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit have identified two additional suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Christian Alexander SOSA RIVAS. The victim’s body was located along the shoreline of the Potomac River on January 12, 2017. Additional information obtained in the ongoing investigation identified one of the suspects as 27-year old Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS of Hyattsville, Maryland. The second suspect was identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile, also of Maryland. The juvenile suspect was located and arrested without incident on March 29 in Montgomery County by members of the Montgomery County Police Department. The juvenile suspect will be held in Maryland until he is extradited back to Virginia. The CANALES SANTOS suspect remains wanted and is being sought by police. Six other suspects, including a separate juvenile, were previously arrested in connection to this investigation.

Wanted: [No photo available]

Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS, 27, of the 5000 block of 54th Ave in Hyattsville, MD

Described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 140lbs with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for murder and conspiracy to commit a felony

 

Arrested on March 29: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male juvenile of Montgomery County, MD

Charged with principal in the 2nd degree [murder]

Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

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Updated: Pedestrians injured after PRTC commuter bus slams into Arlington apartment building

From an email written by PRTC Interim Executive Director Eric Marx: 

I’m writing to inform you that one of our OmniRide commuter buses was involved in an accident within the last half hour or so. Details are few and sketchy – all we know at this time is that bus number 355 appears to have struck the Lennox apartment building in Crystal City, that the operator has been transported to the hospital, that there were no passengers onboard, and that there appear to have been additional injuries.

Update 8 p.m. from a PRTC spokeswoman: 

It was a strategic bus, not in service. It actually wasn’t on a route at the time.  Two pedestrians injured, plus driver

Update From PRTC: 

A PRTC OmniRide bus was involved in an accident at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 in Arlington, resulting in three people – the bus operator and two people outside the bus – being transported to the hospital. The bus was carrying no passengers at the time.

The accident is still under investigation, but it appears the bus struck a vehicle on South 12th Street in Arlington. It’s unclear at this time if the vehicle struck by the bus was parked. After the collision, the bus ran onto the curb and struck the wall of a business on the first floor of the Lenox Club apartment building in Pentagon City.

One pedestrian on the sidewalk and one person in the business appear to have non-life-threatening injuries. The operator also was injured; his condition remains unknown.

The bus, a 2006 MCI, was towed from the scene and impounded by Arlington County Police. The bus was not carrying passengers because it was stationed in the area to be put into service only if necessary.

PRTC and its contractor, First Transit Inc., are cooperating fully with the Arlington County Police investigation. 

In addition to the investigation by Arlington authorities, PRTC and First Transit also will perform a review to determine what happened and if the crash was preventable. The internal investigation will include interviewing witnesses, reviewing video of the incident, checking the vehicle and reviewing the bus operator’s driving history.

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Updated: Human remains found belong to missing Manassas area man

From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Homicide Unit have positively identified the body located on March 27 along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109).

The victim was previously reported as missing and endangered on March 26. Detectives are currently working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time. The investigation continues.

Identified:

The victim has been identified as Roger GONZALEZ, 23, of Manassas

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Police found human remains along the Bull Run River today. 

From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation – On March 27 around 11:30AM, officers located human remains while conducting a canvass along the creek bed of Bull Run near the 7500 block of Ben Lomond Park Dr in Manassas (20109). The remains were recovered then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and identification.

The identity of the deceased will be released once confirmed and next of kin is notified. There is no public threat or need for concern from the surrounding community as this incident does not appear to be random and no foul play is suspected at this time.

More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

A search and rescue team searching for a missing endangered person stumbled upon the unidentified remains. 

“Officers with our search and rescue team along with the assistance of a bloodhound were looking for the missing endangered person from last night when they discovered the remains,” stated Prince Willliam police spokesman Nathan Probus.

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Winter strikes back! Find storm-related info, closings, and delays

We could get anywhere between three and eight inches of snow from this later winter storm that is slated to impact our region Monday night into Tuesday. 

Here’s the latest forecast

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

The Twitter list below will show updates from Virginia transportation agencies, regional airports, utilities, and emergency management officials.  

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Update: Victims in Prince William Parkway crash identified

From Prince William police: 

Double Fatal Crash Investigation – On March 11 at 8:50PM, investigators with the Crash Unit responded to Prince William Pkwy between I-95 and York Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two-vehicle accident. Two victims, identified as adult males, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim, also an adult male, has been flown to an area hospital with

A third victim, also an adult male, has been flown to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway. Further information on the crash will be released when available. The identity of the deceased will also be released once a next of kin is notified.

Prince William Pkwy is expected to be closed for an extended period and will reopen as soon as the roadway is cleared. The investigation continues. 

Update 

Further investigation revealed that the driver of a 2006 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Prince William Pkwy between York Dr/Summerland Dr and the I-95 northbound on ramp at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The Civic then veered across the median onto the eastbound side of the roadway and struck a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage traveling in the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Civic and a passenger of the Mirage were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Mirage was flown to an area hospital with life threatening injuries and is expected to recover. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and drugs are a factor. The investigation continues.

Identified:

The driver of the 2006 Honda Civic was identified as Kevin Jonathan MARTINEZ, 20 of Woodbridge

The passenger of the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage was identified as Miguel Montae GRIFFITH, 24, of Ft. Washington, Maryland

The driver of the 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage was identified as a 30-year-old man of Manassas

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Potomac Mills stabbing suspect in custody, found in Washington, D.C.

The man suspected of stabbing to death a security guard at Burlington Coat Factory at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge is behind bars. 

From Prince William police:

Murder Investigation *ARREST– On March 7, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. received information regarding the possible whereabouts of Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY. The accused was subsequently located and arrested by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department. This suspect was wanted in connection to a fatal stabbing which occurred in front of the Burlington Coat Factory located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge on March 4. The accused will remain in custody in Washington D.C. pending extradition back to Virginia.

Arrested on March 7: [No Photo Available]

Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY, 35, of no fixed address
Charged with murder
Court Date: Pending | Status: Pending Extradition

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Updated: Shoplifter stabs to death Burlington Coat Factory guard at Potomac Mills

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation – On March 4 at 2:33PM, officers responded to the Burlington Coat Factory located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the suspect was observed shoplifting inside the store. Two loss prevention employees confronted the suspect as he exited the business.

During the encounter, a struggle ensued and one of the loss prevention employees was stabbed. The suspect then fled on foot. Police conducted an extensive search of the area and were unable to locate the suspect. The victim, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

The other loss prevention employee was not injured. The identity of the victim will be released once a next-of-kin has been notified. The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s third homicide for 2017.*

Updated 8:41 p.m.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *SUSPECT & VICTIM IDENTIFIED – On March 4, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the fatal stabbing which occurred at the Burlington Coat Factory located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge earlier that afternoon.

The suspect, Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY, was identified by officers through a previous unrelated domestic related call that morning. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of this suspect who has not been apprehended.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 703-792-6500 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Wanted: [Photo from April 2012]

Jamel Carlos KINGSBURY, 35, of no fixed address

Described as black male, 6’2”, 190lbs with black hair and green eyes
Wanted for murder

Update 

Identified:

The victim was identified as Larry Donnell DRUMGOLE, 44, of Rappahannock Academy

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Wells Fargo Bank in Dale City robbed, police search for suspect

DALE CITY, Va. — The Wells Fargo Bank branch at on Dale Boulevard, near the intersection of Interstate 95 was robbed this morning.

Police were called to the bank in Dale City about 9:15 a.m., as well as to areas around Ashdale Plaza, and the area around Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center search for the suspect.

A black man wearing a long black wig, sunglasses, a red jacket with the letters S and F on the back, and black pants, walked into the bank, passed a note, and made off with about $3,000, according to initial information.

The man was not armed, according to initial information.

We’ll have more as it becomes available.

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Suspect in wife slaying succumbs to injuries

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation *UPDATE –  On March 1, the male suspect involved in the homicide of Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, which occurred on February 17 at a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas, died as a result of his injuries sustained during the incident. Detectives with the Homicide Unit are currently working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine his exact cause of death. This incident was isolated to the parties involved and there is no threat to the public. The investigation continues.

Suspect Identified:

The suspect was identified as Jose Amilcar VELIS, 46, of Manassas

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Updated: Six face charges after body found on Potomac River

Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On February 22, detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit, with the assistance from multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania, located and apprehended three suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Christian Alexander SOSA RIVAS.

The victim’s body was located along the shoreline of the Potomac River on January 13. After determining that the suspects were directly involved in the victim’s murder, information was received which indicated they were in the Newtown Township area of Pennsylvania. Prince William County police detectives with local assistance from the Newtown Township Police Department, Upper Merion Township Police Department, Haverford Township Police Department and the Marple Township Police Department, and with federal assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force successfully located and arrested the three suspects, one of which was identified as a juvenile. (more…)

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Motorcyclist killed on Mapledale Avenue in Dale City

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 18 at 1:38AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Mapledale Ave and Meadowbrook Rd in [Dale City] (22193) to investigate a crash involving two motorcycles.

The investigation revealed that both motorcycles were traveling southbound on Mapledale Ave approaching Meadowbrook Dr when one of the operators, an adult male, applied a hard brake in an attempt to turn onto Meadowbrook Dr. The second motorcycle, operated by an adult female, was following behind the first motorcycle and unable to stop causing a collision. (more…)

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Update: Silvia Patricia Ramos Guillen stabbed to death

From Prince William police:

Stabbing Investigation- On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two victims, both adults, suffering from injuries to the body.

All involved parties are accounted for and the incident does not appear random. More information will be released when it is available.

Update 9:56 p.m.

*UPDATE* Stabbing Investigation – One victim, identified as an adult female, has been pronounced dead due to her injuries. The second victim, identified as an adult male, has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The incident appears to be domestic in nature and all involved parties are accounted for. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

1:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017: 

Homicide Investigation – On February 17 at 6:22PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7300 block of Forrester Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from stab wounds to the body. The investigation revealed that both parties were involved in an altercation inside the residence. During the encounter, the female victim was stabbed, allegedly by the male party.

After the stabbing, the male suspect proceeded to another area of the home where he reportedly stabbed himself. Other residents of the home attempted to intervene and contacted police. First responding officers attempted first aid on both parties before Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at the residence.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene. The male suspect, identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. This incident appears to be domestic related. Charges are pending.

The investigation continues. This is Prince William County’s second homicide of 2017.

               Identified:

               The victim was identified as Silvia Patricia RAMOS GUILLEN, 40, of Manassas

Their exact relationship is unknown at this point and it is still being investigated further. The male has not been charged but is still hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg dies

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince Willaim County Clerk of the Circuit Court Michele McQuigg, 69, has died.

The lifelong public servant was working in her second eight-year term as clerk. We don’t know the circumstances of her death. 

“Prince William County and Manasses have lost yet another committed public servant in Michele McQuigg. We are devastated about her sudden passing and our prayers are with the loved-ones that she leaves behind. Michele will always be known for her great passion for this County and its people; she will be sorely missed” –said Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller.

McQuigg won her second term in the court in 2015. She made preserving historical court documents and making them available to the public her later life’s work. (more…)

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Updated: Train collides with car in Nokesville

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Photos by Tim at Nokesville Tire

NOKESVILLE, Va. — A train collided with a car on railroad tracks today in Nokesville at 10:56 a.m. 

One person was said to be inside the car and suffered serious injuries. Rescue crews said the victim would be flown to a local hospital.

It appears the train collided with the vehicle and pushed it east down the track toward Manassas. 

Train traffic was stopped along the rail line owned by Norfolk-Southern.  The crash should not impact Virginia Railway Express service. 

More as we have it. 

Update from Prince William police: 

An elderly female appeared to be suffering from a medical emergency when she strayed onto the tracks where they cross Fitzwater Dr in Nokesville around 11AM. A freight train traveling north struck the vehicle in the rear pushing it north a short distance along the tracks.

The driver was subsequently flown to an area hospital as a precaution. No serious injuries were reported. The train suffering little to no damage and continued on its journey a short time later. The vehicle was totaled. The train crossing at Fitzwater Dr was not impacted as the trained cleared the crossing before it was able to come to a stop.

 

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Found remains belong to Woodbridge man missing since November

From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation *UPDATE – On February 6, 2017, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identification of the human remains found on February 4 in the 1100 block of Marseille Ln in Woodbridge as Alan Cohee.

Mr. Cohee was reported as missing and endangered to police on November 11, 2016 by family members. Since his disappearance, the Prince William County Police Department, with assistance from other local and state agencies, conducted numerous searches of the area without success.

Mr. Cohee was last seen on November 10 and had no known contact since that time. Based upon the autopsy conducted and the police investigation, the death of Mr. Cohee is being classified as a suicide.

                Identified:

                The deceased was identified as Alan COHEE, 61, of Woodbridge

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Dumfries Councilman William Murphy found dead inside home

DUMFRIES, Va. — Dumfries Councilman William Murphy was found dead inside his home.

Police and fire and rescue crews were at the appointed leader’s home at 18256 Linton Court at 3 p.m. today processing the scene where Murphy was found. Police said no foul play appears to be involved in Murphy’s death. They worked for hours to notify next of kin, while officers fanned out knocking on neighbors’ doors asking questions.

The cause of death is not known at this time. Two men from Mountcastle Funeral Home removed Murphy’s body from the home at 3:41 p.m.

Murphy spent five years on the Dumfries Board of Zoning Appeals before being appointed to the Town Council two years ago. A seat on the council opened following the resignation of Kristen Forrester.

In recent months as Republican’s formed a voting block on the Town Council, Murphy was more independent and often questioned Mayor Jerry Foreman. Most recently, Murphy voted no to changing the rules and allowing the Town Council to oversee the operations of the police department, removing the responsibility from the Town Manager. (more…)

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‘I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m.’ for Trump Inauguration

From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia Vehicular Restrictions:
· I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.

· HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).

· I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.

· Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.

· Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic.

· North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria) to Reagan National Airport will be open.

For street closures and restrictions within the District and Maryland, visit www.secretservice.gov/events/2017-Inaug/

To avoid congestion and travel delays, residents are encouraged to use Metro, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Amtrak for travel from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Those needing to travel are encouraged to seek alternate means of transportation and develop a backup route. For real-time Virginia traffic information, visit 511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app.

Those in the Northern Virginia region not attending inaugural activities should anticipate and plan for potential traffic congestion and delays. Those needing to travel are encouraged to also seek alternate means of transportation or alternate traffic routes. For the real-time Virginia traffic information, click on the VDOT 511 Website or download the free 511 app.

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