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

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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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We want your Inauguration photos

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. President on Friday.

The Inauguration ceremony begins in the front steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 11:30 a.m.

Be an on the scene reporter and keep us up to date by sending us your photos of Inauguration activities as you head around town on Friday from traffic conditions on the roads and rails, U.S. flag-waving supporters on the National Mall, or protesters lining the sidewalks. 

Email photos to potomaclocal@gmail.com, Tweet them to @PotomacLocal, or share them on our Facebook page.

Surovell initiatives moving in the legislature

Several of my bills are moving quickly in the General Assembly’s “short,” 45-day.

First, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed my bill to require the city of Alexandria to expedite its cleanup of its primary raw sewage discharges into the Potomac River after consolidating my bill with Committee Chairman Senator Richard Stuart’s bill. Many legislators agree that we cannot tolerate 70 million gallons of untreated sewage pouring into the Potomac River for the next 30 years while the city addresses the rest of what’s called a “combined sewer overflow” system dating from the 1800s. Water quality is a nonpartisan issue. I will continue to expedite this legislation with Senator Stuart and Delegate Dave Albo who is carrying similar legislation in the House of Delegates.

I have also introduced three bills to address the ongoing pollution of the Potomac River by coal ash. One seeks to stop the importing of 600 cargo containers of Chinese coal ash into Virginia every year by requiring electric utilities to recycle coal ash currently polluting the Potomac River. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are taking this approach and Virginia should too.

This week, my legislation to prohibit the operator of a motor vehicle to drive with a digital device in his or her hand goes before the Senate Transportation Committee. Traffic deaths are on the rise in the United States for the first time in 50 years. I am optimistic that my bill will be approved this year.

Also, my legislation requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses for all Virginia residents regardless of immigration status will be heard in committee on Wednesday along with my bill to prohibit using bike lanes to pass vehicles.

I also introduced a bill requiring further transparency and accountability in Virginia higher education. One bill prohibits universities from considering tuition increase without providing 30 days notice, an explanation and a public comment period to all students. My second bill requires the rector and vice-rector (chair and vice-chair) of university governing boards to be Virginia residents. Governing boards are supposed to look out for Virginians and Virginia taxpayers, not their own allegiances and alma mater.It is important for Virginians to serve in those positions.

I filed a bill requiring a study of reserve funds at all Virginia universities so that we can develop better policies governing university reserve funds. While the University of Virginia’s $2.1 billion reserve fund is exceptional, it is not clear to me that a fund of this size is necessary or prudent given that it was generated during a time when the university raised a 50 percent tuition increase. I also introduced legislation requiring universities and community colleges to publish a list of classes granted reciprocity so community college transfer students do not end up having to retake courses.

Lastly, I introduced legislation requiring a court to impose civil sanctions against any person who improperly votes to certify a closed public meeting. Currently, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act has no consequences if extraneous matters are discussed during closed sessions of public hearings. That needs to change.

By the end of the week, I hope to have introduced 40 bills. Please see my website and online newsletter (http://scottsurovell.blogspot.com/) for my complete agenda. If you have any questions, contact me at scott@scottsurovell.org or 804-698-7536. I am honored to serve as your state senator.

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King makes another run at 2nd District House of Delegates seat in Stafford, Woodbridge

This is Josh King’s second run at the 2nd District House of Delegates seat. He lost his 2015 bid to Republican Mark Dudenhefer, who announced in January 2017 he won’t seek reelection.
 
Election information for 2017 from the Virginia Office of Elections: 
 
6/13/17 June Primary (called if needed)
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 22, 2017

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

11/7/17 General Election and Special Elections
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, October 16, 2017

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Where do I go to vote? 

 

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The Town of Dumfries is Hiring

Town Seal_Color-w. borderJoin a Great Team – The Town of Dumfries is presently accepting applications for the following positions:

— Building Official

— Chief of Police

— Code Compliance Officer

— Community Development Director

— Director of Public Works

— Information Technology Manager

— Police Officer

— Sergeant

The staff at the Town of Dumfries do what they love and love what they do. While each person has a particular role, the staff also works together to support each other and the Town as a whole. You can find further information and details on how to apply on the Town’s website at www.dumfriesva.gov.

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‘Mission BBQ announced…the total donation to the local National Guard is $42,839’

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From Dave Cobb, of Mission-BBQ in Stafford: 

MISSION BBQ announced on January 5, 2017 that thanks to the generous support of our customers, the total donation to the local National Guard is $42,839. The donation total is from 10% of gift card sales sold between November 25 and December 31 at all 40 locations. The National Guard is an essential element of the U.S. military. Always on guard to defend the American way of life in an emergency, they are a force ready for whatever is needed in our communities.

We will be making the donation to the Fredericksburg Virginia National Guard.

 

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‘This project will add 2 collector-distributor lanes parallel to Interstate 95’

Va. 610 at I-95 in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

From a VDOT press release: 

The public is invited to attend a design public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to learn more about the I-95 Southbound Collector-Distributor Lanes ? Rappahannock River Crossing project, and to comment on the proposed design.

The design public hearing will be held:

Wednesday, Jan. 25

5-7 p.m.

Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center

Madison and Monroe Rooms

2801 Plank Road (Central Park)

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Inclement weather date: Wednesday, February 1

Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. to review displays, proposed plans, and discuss questions with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff. No formal presentation will be given at the public hearing.

Written and oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing, and afterward through Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Comments may also be submitted by mailing them to Mr. Krishna Potturi, VDOT Project Manager, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Comments may be emailed to Krishna Potturi at Krishna.Potturi@VDOT.Virginia.Gov. Please reference “Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound public comment” in the subject line.

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VRE will run ‘S’ trains on Inauguration Day

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Submitted: 

On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, the Virginia Railway Express will operate on an “S Schedule,” which will offer reduced service from the normal operating schedule.  Specific train times can be found at www.vre.org under “Schedules.”  Only trains with an “S” above the train number on the schedule will operate.

VRE’s decision to reduce service was based on a number of factors, including expected rail congestion in and around Union Station due to the increase in the number of Amtrak trains, projected delays resulting from increased security across the network, and the Federal Government’s decision to make the day a holiday for federal workers within the National Capital Region.


‘Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program’

  • Habitat for Humanity Prince William County
  • Address: 10159 Hastings Dr Manassas, Virginia
  • Phone: (703) 369-6708
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Through Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program, critical systems that impact health and safety are repaired, replaced or built for families who could not otherwise afford to accomplish these tasks. Please visit http://habitatpwc.org/programs/ to learn more!

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‘As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality’

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From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia state Police troopers remain busy this evening as the temperatures continue to drop and roadways remain frozen. Virginians are encouraged to avoid traveling overnight and on through tomorrow morning due to the continuing and very serious threat of black ice and treacherous road conditions. Any roads that thawed earlier today due to being cleared will refreeze tonight. Stuck, disabled vehicles continue to be the greatest problem on Virginia’s highways…

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality. Fortunately, the majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles.

From midnight Saturday through 6 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police have responded to 527 traffic crashes and 686 disabled vehicles statewide. During the same time period, Virginia State Police have received a total of 2,082 calls for service.

As of 6:15 p.m., troopers are still on scene of 16 traffic crashes and 23 disabled vehicles statewide.

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=33

Disabled Vehicles=30

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=10

Disabled Vehicles=46       

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‘Any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals’

From the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington office, updated 5:10 p.m. Friday: 

Not much on radar at this time, though increasing coverage over the Great Smokies is making the 12Z GFS look more reliable. The surface low is not apparent yet, but should be developing over the western Gulf of Mexico. We are on the wester fringe of this storm with the surface low remaining off the Carolina coast and pushing NE from off Hatteras. Dry and cold air being drawn into the storm will limit snow for a majority of the LWX CWA. However, after midnight, swaths of snow will overspread southern and eastern portions of the area. The winter weather advisory was expanded to include central MD as well as the central Shenandoah Valley. 12Z guidance went a little farther west and the western edge will be tight, so these areas were the greatest targets at this time.

Snow will taper off from the west Saturday morning through the early afternoon. Snow ratios look to be 12-15 through the event across the area. So any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals.

North to northwest winds will remain up through the night with gusts 25 mph. Min temps teens west and low 20s east.

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Stafford under winter weather advisory for Saturday

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...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES.

* TIMING...OVERNIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...SNOW ON ROADS WILL RESULT IN TRAVEL IMPACTS.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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Exclusive: Mark Dudenhefer won’t seek reelection to House of Delegates

STAFFORD, Va. — After this year, Mark Dudenhefer is done in Richmond.

The two-term Republican represents northern Stafford County and Woodbridge in eastern Prince William County. His term is up at the end of 2017. 

Dudenhefer is expected to make a formal announcement by press release later today. He told Potomac Local on Thursday that he will serve out the remainder of his term, and attend the General Assembly which begins Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2017. 

“My family, and my wife and I have been talking about it for a long time,” said Dudenhefer. “They’ve stood by me through seven elections, but they don’t want me to do House of Delegates Election again.”

Dudenhefer, who lives in Stafford, was first elected to the newly created 2nd District House of Delegates seat in 2011. He was unseated two years later by Democrat Micheal Futrell, of Woodbridge. 

Dudenhefer won back the seat in a 2015 election against Futrell Josh King by winning a majority of the votes in Stafford County. King is once again seeking this seat this year, said Trent Armitage, Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Before going to Richmond, Dudenhefer served on as Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Serving on that Board again is something he has not ruled out. 

“I really enjoyed my time on the Board of Supervisors because I felt like I got more done. It’s easy to get more done when you are a big fish in a small pond,” said Dudenhefer. 

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School closings and delays for Thursday evening Jan. 5, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Check our Schools and Local Governments Twitter lists below for the most up-to-date closings posted by the respective school division or government agency.

For the open status of the Federal Government, click “OPM website” below.


Government closings and delays


Federal Government Operating Status

(OPM website)


Want More Prince William County?

Prince William County has established itself as an important part of the economic landscape of the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area and Northern Virginia.  The County’s contributions to the Northern Virginia economy has resulted in the region singularly accounting for roughly 45 percent of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s total economic activity and 37 percent of all employment, as recently reported in the 2016 State of the Commonwealth Report.  

As Virginia’s second-largest and fourth-fastest growing County, Prince William County has grown consistently and continues to expand and diversify.  Last year, Site Selection, cited one of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development projects as “…the top project in capital investment [in Virginia] for 2016, to date, is a $350 million Iron Mountain data center going into Manassas.”  SmartAssets also named Prince William County among the state’s top 5 investment locations.

In the last five calendar years [2011-2015], projects closed by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development alone intend to invest a record $2.7 billion and to create 2,900 jobs.  2015 was the fifth year in the Department’s history that it logged over half of a billion dollars in capital investment, with $660 million and more than 600 new jobs. 

“Twenty years ago Prince William County recognized the importance of Economic Development and dedicated a new Department to work on defining a roadmap to its future,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Today, we are realizing the benefit of laying the foundation for a prosperous economy and continue in our dedication to raise the bar higher for our business community and citizens by delivering on increased capital investment and high-paying, highly-skilled jobs.”

“By concentrating in life sciences and information technology we are creating growth opportunities that are opening up new markets and new types of business opportunities, influencing other technology sectors and the region, as a whole,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development, Prince William County.  “The County’s growth is owed in part to its strategic location and excellent competitive edge, such as a ready supply of highly-educated young professionals, affordable and available land and competitive labor costs, all of which result in a strong value proposition.”

Throughout its growth, Prince William County has distinguished itself as a premier business destination, that has made significant strides in its new role as a thriving science and technology hub.  There has also been a notable increase in employment opportunities within Prince William County.  As of 2015, the County provided job opportunities for over 122,000 persons.  In fact, over the period 2010-2015, job growth in Prince William County convincingly outpaced that of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area at 18% compared to 6%; as well as that of the state of Virginia which also saw a 6% increase.  Similarly, the number of businesses in Prince William County increased by 20% over the same period compared to 11% growth in the Washington D.C. metro area and 12% growth for all of Virginia. 

By all indications, Prince William County’s ability to generate job opportunities within its boundaries is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, based on the latest round of estimates released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  According to those projections, job growth in Prince William County is expected to outpace that of any of the other observed localities in the metro area.  Over the 30-year period, 2015-2045, the County is expected to add an additional 114,000 jobs – an almost 80% increase. 

Want more Prince William County?  Check out our latest video, sign-up for newsletters or visit us at: www.PWCEconDev.org or @PWCDED.

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‘Snow…spread into the area Thursday afternoon…greater coverage Thursday evening’

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National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington, D.C. office forecasters discussion

SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/…
Skies cloud up quickly on Thursday as a jet streak crosses the area. Guidance still suggesting that there will be enough upper diffluence to induce some associated precipitation. Thermally, this will be cold enough for snow. While there is basic agreement in this solution, there are some fine-scale detail adjustments/differences.

Snow is looking to spread into the area Thursday afternoon with greater coverage Thursday evening. This cycle suggests that the focus would be more toward the Potomac Highlands (a little further north). Then, as with the previous guidance cycle, there is a hint that there may be a shadow in the precipitation swath in the lee of the Appalachians, then redevelop offshore as cyclogenesis initiates toward Friday morning. The latest ECMWF really jumps on that scenario, with drastically lower PoPs that previous cycles.

Will maintain continuity from previous forecasts, keeping likely PoPs in the grids. Was willing to increase mountains to 80% as regardless of solution, some precip would bump into the ridgeline. Given these subtleties, the fast forward speed, and the low QPF, accumulation forecasts are challenging. Went with a solution that was close to not just WPC, but also the mean GEFS output…which approaches an inch (more in the Highlands near the nose of the jet streak). It remains to be seen whether any of this will affect a rush hour. Factors to monitor. Will maintain current course with the HWO.

Friday should mostly be dry, but cold, with the deformation band from cyclogenesis to the east and upslope to the west.

Update 

With snow anticipated to affect the Fredericksburg area on Thursday into Friday morning, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are applying anti-icing solution to high-volume roads ahead of the storm, including on Interstate 95.

Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to news and weather reports, and prepare to adjust travel plans if road conditions become hazardous.

Before starting a trip, motorists are encouraged to check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area.  

Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Anti-icing Treatment

Today, VDOT crews applied anti-icing solution to primary roads and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic across the Fredericksburg region.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, crews will apply anti-icing solution to I-95. Trucks applying salt brine to the interstate travel together at approximately 35 mph. One truck travels in each of I-95’s three general purpose lanes, forming a straight line across the interstate.

Motorists should stay alert for this slow-moving mobile operation. Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the interstate with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.

Virginia State Police will accompany the anti-icing equipment to assist with traffic control.

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5K Runs and walks in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park

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Runs and walks in 2017 listed below

We’ve compiled a listing of 5K runs and walks in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. This list is a public service and should come in handy when you’re looking for your next marathon. The list will grow as more events are submitted to news@potomaclocal.com. More fine print at the bottom of the post. 

March 

On March 11 at 10 a.m. Look for the Shamrock 5K and 1-mile fun runhttps://www.facebook.com/GCRoundShamrockRun/

April 

April 8, 9 a.m. MS Walk beginning and ending at the Harris Pavilion.

Manassas Airport Runway 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is April 9, at the Manassas Regional Airport – http://rev3tri.com/manassas-runway/

 The JP5K Run/Walk for Options benefits the innovative and inclusive Option Program, providing a rich high school experience for students with intellectual disabilities. This is an excellent race for beginners, competitive runners, and everyone in-between! Start time, 8 a.m. More info: http://www.jpthegreat.org/about-us/the-family-association/jp5k-runwalk/

May

In Virginia, 1 in 8 people struggles with food insecurity. Join The Good News Community Kitchen and Woodbridge Senior High School JROTC for its inaugural “Fit to Fight Hunger 5K” Saturday, May 27th at 8 a.m. The 5K will take place at Woodbridge Senior High School.
www.tgnck.org

June

The Manassas Color Vibe 5K Run/walk will be on June 10, 2017, beginning and ending at the Boys & Girls Club of Manassas – 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas – http://www.thecolorvibe.com/manassas.php

August

The 5th Annual Kids Triathlon 2017 will be on August 12, 2017. Beginning and ending at the Manassas Park Community Center in Manassas Park – 99 Adams Street Manassas Park 20111 https://secure.rec1.com/VA/manassas-park/catalog

October

Join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Virginia Tri-Counties! Tri-Counties refers to Fauquier, Prince William, and Stafford counties.  It is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  We will walk on Saturday, October 21 at the Harris Pavilion (9201 Center Street, Manassas, VA) Website: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10425&pg=entry

Submit your run/walk to our list by emailing news@potomaclocal.com and putting Run / Walk in the subject line the email. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. There is no charge to submit your run/walk event. Please include a link to your event. Links in our post are “no follow” links. Email us if you would like additional paid / SEO promotion for your event. By choosing paid promotion of your event on Potomac Local, you support our mission of providing trusted, local news to the residents of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

 

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