‘Yankees in Falmouth’ Festival to Feature Nighttime Cannon Firing

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Have you ever seen a cannon fire at night?

This weekend marks the 6th annual “Yankees in Falmouth and Some Confederates, too” celebration.

The daylong festival will commemorate the Union Army’s occupation of Falmouth, which during the Civil War was a bustling riverside community in Stafford County.

After the daytime festivities, a cannon will be fired at the Historic Port of Falmouth Park, with a special hour-long program beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free, and parking will be available at the Historic Port of Falmouth Park.

“People attending the event should wear comfy shoes and bring a flashlight,” said Stafford County Tourism spokeswoman Sarah Kirkpatrick.

The Moncure Conway House sits directly across from the Port of Falmouth Park and will be the site of several activities during the day Saturday including artillery firing demonstrations, as well as tours of the historic home.

Bikers Rally in Stafford to Remember 9/11

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Bikers came to North Stafford to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.

The motorcyclists were part of the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” rally scheduled to take place today, expected to draw bikers from all over the U.S. to Washington.

The organization staged the rally after they failed to obtain a permit from the National Park Service.

Today in Stafford, about 100 bikers gathered in front of Mainstreet Grill and Bar on Va. 610 starting at 7 a.m. Two-hours later, the motorcycles were escorted from the parking lot by Virginia State Police onto Va. 610 to Interstate 95 where all of the northbound lanes were briefly closed to accommodate the motorcycles.


Construction Knocks Out Water Service in Stafford County


Update 3:15 p.m. 

This is the latest on the water main break in Stafford County from county officials: 

Stafford County Utilities expect repairs to take around two to three hours. Restoration of full water pressure should take approximately the same amount of time.

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Water service has been disrupted for some in the area of south Stafford County along U.S. 17.

Here’s what we know from county officials:

Construction activity in the Berea Church area off Route 17 has damaged a water main causing a significant break. Service has been disrupted to Stafford Lakes, Geico, Gayle Middle and the area. Utilities personnel are on the scene evaluating how long it will take to restore service

Portion of I-95 in Stafford to Close for 9/11 Motorcycle Parade

The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally rolls through Dumfries on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Mary Davidson/

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Police will close a portion of Interstate 95 tomorrow morning in North Stafford, to allow a group of motorcycles access to the highway from Va. 610.

More in a press release:

At 9 a.m. on [Wednesday], September 11 all lanes on I-95 north at Exit 143 (Rt. 610/Garrisonville) in Stafford County will be closed to traffic for approximately 15 minutes to allow more than 500 motorcyclists to enter the interstate from Route 610 in Stafford County.

The motorcyclist will be traveling north on I-95 to the HOV lanes enroute to the Washington D.C. area.

To avoid delays motorists should use Route 1 north as an alternate route.

For real time travel information anywhere in Virginia call 511 or visit website

2 Stafford Deputies Shot During Standoff Released from Hospital



The two Stafford County Sheriff’s deputies shot during a standoff have been released from a hospital.

The two unidentified men were treated at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and have returned home, said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

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SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — Authorities have not released the names of the two Stafford County sheriff’s deputies shot early Sunday during a standoff.

The two law enforcement officers and a third man, 61–year-old Michael Antosh, were shot just after 2:30 a.m. after a nearly 13-hour barricade situation in neighboring Spotsylvania County.

At noon on Saturday authorities in Spotsylvania were called to the 10300 block of Gordon Road to serve an involuntary, or Emergency Commitment Order most often issued in cases of mental illness.

“Upon arrival, Deputies attempted to make contact with the subject. Mr. Antosh barricaded himself in the residence and threatened the deputies with a large caliber firearm,” a department press release stated.

As the man continued to threaten officers, more were called to the scene, according to a department press release. Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and Fredericksburg [police also sent help.

Antosh began firing shots after several unsuccessful attempts made by police to talk to him, and the two Stafford deputies were hit. They were taken to nearby Mary Washington Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

Officers returned fire during the melee and struck Antosh. He was also shot and is said to be in critical condition at Mary Washington, according to police.

“Spotsylvania authorities are investigating the incident and we don’t have any information to release about our deputies involved,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. “They are victims and we are treating them as such.”

Felony charges could be filed in the case, according to Spotsylvania authorities. They did not detail why Antosh was being served with an Emergency Commitment Order.

Widewater State Park Presented as Top Priority along Potomac River



NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Stafford residents, local park staff and elected officials gathered on Tuesday to discuss the development plan for the 1,100-acre Widewater State Park. The land, a peninsula surrounded by Aquia Creek and the Potomac River, has been marked for the placement of a new state park since Virginia bought the land in 2006.

State parks officials call Widewater it’s top priority, and presented their final master plan to the public this week, created by Virginia’s Department of Recreation and Conservation and pushed forward by Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, R – Stafford, Woodbridge, who’s been a longtime advocate of building the park.



It includes three phases would cost an estimated $43 million to complete. Much of the development is to take place on the shoreline of both Aquia Creek and the Potomac River, with boat and canoe launches, fishing access, a 150-foot fishing pier, picnic shelters, a playground, trails, two staff residences, a 50-space parking lot, and pay-to-access the park stations as part of the first phase.

Later phases are slated to campgrounds, cabins, history exhibits to showcase a nearly 90-year-old ship wreck off the shoreline, and a visitor center, and an area that would host weddings and other special events overlooking the bluffs over the Potomac River.

Officials don’t have projected visitor numbers for the park, but did compare it to nearby Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge which has adequate boat launch space and access to the Potomac River – more than Widewater State Park will have once completed. They also compare it to First Landing State Park on the confluence of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, which sees 1 million visitors each year.

Developing the park will require state officials to work with residents who live on the Widewater Peninsula, as there is a “considerable amount of private property” on the land that is divided among five separate parcels, according to the state’s master plan report. The land is secluded, and residents like it that way, Dudenhefer said.

About 15% of the land slated for the state park will be developed, and small portions of land for the parking lot and other park amenities will be clear cut. Dudenhefer and other state officials say it’s better than having the land purchased by developers and then turned into home sites.

“We walked the property and it’s beautiful in its natural state, and we don’t want to do much to take that away,” said Bill Conkle, with DCR’s master planning office.

Brent Point Road – the main access road to the land – would be widened to have 12-foot lanes to accommodate 2-way truck traffic , and be repainted for safety when the park is built.

Conkle, and Leesylvania State Park Manager Karen Lambey took questions and comments from several area residents Tuesday when the master plan was presented to the public.

“If they develop or turn over one shovel of dirt in that park and bring people into Widewater before those roads are put up to standards, you’re going to have serious problems – head on collisions,” one resident stated about his concern for the road quality within the Widewater parcel.

Many of the residents also voiced concerns about construction buffering, the disturbance of wildlife habitats, parking issues and criminal activity. Others came out in favor of the coming development and benefits that Widewater will bring to the community, which has limited water access.

Stafford Griffis-Widewater Board Supervisor Jack Cavalier voiced his support for Dudenhefer’s involvement in funding the park and moving its development forward. Cavalier also commented that the Virginia Department of Transportation could have a potential role in funding road improvements in the park, in an effort to abate concerns about road safety.

Conkle anticipated one year to 18 months would be needed for the design of the park, estimating that the park would be fully developed by spring 2016. A funding request for the initial design phase made on July 26 is “still sitting there,” said Conkle told Dudenhefer, and it’s holding up the design process.

The completed map and Master Plan for Widewater State Park will be presented to the Stafford Board of County Supervisors on Sept. 11.

Dominion Upgrading System, Will Cut Power to Some Stafford Homes


NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Power will soon be cut temporarily to some homes in Stafford County.

The utility will work to upgrade a switch in the area of Park Ridge along Parkway Boulevard between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The newer, more reliable switch will allow the utility to reroute power in the event of an outage, reduce the number of customers affected in the event of an outage, as well as prevent outages from occurring.

“The current switch is nearing the end of its usable life, so we will work to replace this one, and others like it, as an upgrade to our entire system,” said Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Dan Genest.

If it rains, the work will be postponed to the following day, Sunday, Sept. 8.

While Dominion is working to upgrade its overall power supply system, Genest could not say where future work would be performed in the area.

I-95 Bypass in Stafford Would End in Orange, Where Major Development Eyed

U.S. 17 in southern Stafford County. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Plans for a Fredericksburg bypass show drivers would be able to exit Interstate 95 in Stafford County, cross the Rappahannock River, and end up in Orange County.

Once off I-95, drivers would connect with the new bypass via U.S. 17 near the Celebrate Virginia complex in Stafford County, head south on a planned Berea Parkway, cross the Rappahannock into the Culpeper County, and then exit the bypass at a terminus near Va. 20 in Orange County.

Stafford officials were briefed on the first stages of the proposal for building the new road by Spotsylvania County Deputy County Administrator and House of Delegates Republican Mark Cole. Endorsed by Spotsylvania County officials, Phase I of the 12-mile highway would run entirely outside Spotsylvania, have four lanes, and would alleviate traffic on congested I-95 in Fredericksburg, on the highway’s busy Rappahannock Falls Bridge, and on U.S. 1 which serves as a bailout route for drivers on I-95.

“This would give everyone in the I-95 corridor a relief valve, where they desperately need one” said Cole.

A Phase II of the project could be built in Spotsylvania County and would allow drivers to reconnect with I-95. Officials also said the bypass would allow trucks bound for Charlottesville faster access to Va. 20.

But Stafford Rockhill Supervisor Cord Sterling, who serves on Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board, said truckers are more likely to use U.S. 29 to get to Charlottesville, not I-95 or a roadway that connects to it.

Sterling also questioned what traffic impacts the roadway have an an already congested Va. 3 in Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg.

“I don’t see an incentive to take traffic on I-95 only to put them out at Route 20 in Orange, they would have to take

Route 3 back to 95, and that would put the traffic back in your court,” Sterling told Cole.

But the area where the road could terminate, in Orange County’s Wilderness area at the popular Lake of the Woods subdivision, might soon be a destination if Orange County officials have their way. While the area is 70 miles away from Washington, D.C., officials say the corner has “phenomenal” potential to house manufacturing and commercial industries because of it’s access to several transportation hubs.

Planning for any development is still in its infancy, zoning is still be worked out, and no companies have yet been courted to set up shot in the area, but there is a notion that this may become the county’s economic juggernaut.

“We really wanted to do something with landowners, existing businesses, and the county as whole, to create a live, work, and play concept that has a higher standard of development,” said Orange County Administrator Julie Summs. “We’re looking for something along the lines of an economic engine, an education generator with our access to Germanna Community College, and we see something that has a town center, a conference center, and something that is well integrated with historical areas already in the region.”

Orange County was the scene of a bitter development dispute between residents who wanted to preserve the area as a Civil War battlefield and Walmart, which wanted to construct a nearly 140,000 square-foot store in the area on Va. 3. After years of controversy, Walmart found a second nearby site on which to build on Va., and opted for somewhat smaller floorplan.

Officials in Spotsylvania County will need to work to build a regional consensus for the proposed bypass, and chose the Stafford County Board of Supervisors for the first leg of their consensus-building tour that will include leaders in Culpeper and Orange counties, and Fredericksburg.

Reckless Driving Charge No Longer Only Option for Stafford Deputies


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Sheriff’s deputies have a new tool when it comes to citing bad drivers.

Stafford County officials voted to change the county code and allow deputies to charge drivers with improper driving, a charge that previously wasn’t an option for deputies to place. Until now, deputies had to charge drivers with reckless driving and judges later had the option of reducing the offence down to improper driving.

The charge is normally handed out for those who are involved in minor crashes due to driver inattention.

“Most people are surprised when they learn a deputy’s only choice is to let them go, or write them a ticket for reckless driving,” said Stafford County Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen.

Improper driving amounts to a Class 3 Misdemeanor which can be cited for things like smoking a cigarette at a gas pump, having too much window tint on a car, not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, and letting someone borrow a handicap parking placard, said Olsen.

One person who spoke out against the change, Stafford resident Paul Waldowski, of 8 Pickett Lane, disagreed with the change and urged the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to amend the county code.

“I would agree with the Commonwealth Attorney if it was the 20th Century, but it’s not, and if you are texting or distracted while driving, you need to go through due process… all it takes is one accident, in once place, and one time… and there’s not enough law enforcement to catch everyone who needs to be caught,” argued Waldowski.

The Stafford Board passed the measure in a unanimous vote.

The move comes after Virginia’s General Assembly this year passed a bill from Prince William County Delegate Richard Anderson that makes texting while driving a first offense, meaning law enforcement officers can pull drivers over if they see the driver sending a text message.

Prior to the new law, law enforcement had to spot a more serious infraction of the law to stop a driver and then could cite texting while driving as an additional offense.

*This story has been corrected

Man’s Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Death Investigated


NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — The body of a man was found this afternoon lying in the yard of a house on Coopers Lane in North Stafford.

The unidentified adult male victim died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and he was found by a teenager passerby that is said to have been friends with the son of the victim, according to witnesses on the scene.

Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy confirmed the shooting, and said it did not appear suspicious.

Emergency crews rushed to the area about 5 p.m., in the Patriot Landing neighborhood behind North Stafford Shopping Plaza, which is home to an Aldi grocery store and a Sport and Health Clubs gym. Witnesses were visibly in shock, as neighbors came outside of their homes and saw the body. Several hugged each other while others looked away in horror.

Ambulances and sheriff’s deputies cars lined Coopers Lane as officials conducted their investigation Thursday evening.

Stafford Rescinds Vote on Waste-To-Energy Plant, Plan Goes Back to R-Board

An image provided by Stafford County officials depicting what a waste-to-energy plant would look like in at a regional landfill in Stafford County. [Submitted image]

STAFFORD, Va. — It’s back to the drawing board for a plan to lease land for a waste-to-energy plant at a regional landfill in Stafford County.

Stafford officials Tuesday chose to rescind a June approval that would’ve moved forward a plan for a $100,000 per year lease, and a $1 million advance payment by Energy Extraction Partners, LLC for land to build a facility that would convert landfill waste, including tires, to produce up to 15 megawatts of energy that would power up to 1,300 homes.

Environmental concerns from both residents and elected officials prompted the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to revisit the issue.

The regional landfill has about 10 years of life left before it is filled to capacity, officials said.

“We need to do something for the landfill,10 years isn’t very far away,” said Hartwood District Supervisors Gary Snellings.” “But burning tires was not mentioned in the original proposal.”

Indeed, about 30% of the materials burned at the facility would be tires.

“There has been a lot of misinformation on both sides” Snellings continued. “One of those is the saying that ‘if you burn a tire you are going to die.’”

The regional landfill, controlled by a regional commission the R-Board, accepts 135,000 tons of waste per year. Instead of incinerating it, the waste-to-energy plant would heat waste to convert it to electricity in a process known as “pyrolysis,” leaving behind an ash and tar-like residue.

The proposed 120,000 square foot building would sit on 11 acres of land, feature no smokestacks, employ 60 people, and inject an estimated $65 million into the region. Per the agreement, the $1 million advanced payment would be used to fund improvements to the 2-lane, winding Eskimo Hill Road that leads to the landfill.

Currently, there is no other facility in the U.S. like the one being proposed in Stafford County.

Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde, who also serves on the R-Board, supported the leasing of the land for the facility.

“Most of the commenters this evening who opposed EEP’s proposal listed their various objections. While I heard them say ‘no’ to this plan loud and clear, what I did not hear them offer was a solution,” said Milde. “As Chairman of the R-Board I can tell you that just saying ‘no’ to this proposal is not a solution and is definitely not an option.”

County officials who serve on the R-Board, including Milde, and Stafford County Administrator Anthony Romanello, will bring the measure back to the R-Board for further review.

Moms Bond with Babies at ‘Big Latch On’


NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — There were 15 very hungry baby’s at Dr. Correa Nylsa’ Chiropractic office in North Stafford on Saturday morning.

Mothers and babies were waiting for the clock to hit 10:30, at which time they were all prepared to take part in “The Big Latch On.”

In the event, Moms and babies from around the world collectively attempted to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

The Big Latch On event hopes to increase support for women who breastfeed and make breastfeeding a more normal part of the day to day life at a local community level.

On Saturday, 13 moms and their 15 very eager babies participating in The Big Latch On. The youngest was 9 days old and the eldest was 22 months.

Carolee Romano juggles her 5-month-old twin girls Erica and Ashley while doing paperwork in preparation for
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Carolee Romano juggles her 5-month-old twin girls Erica and Ashley while doing paperwork in preparation for "The Big Latch On." [Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

Stafford 350 Booth to be Featured at National Night Out


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Stafford County turns 350 next year, but tonight, a special booth that aims to commemorate the anniversary will be featured at tonight’s National Night Out celebration in North Stafford.

The annual night out event will be held at Stafford Marketplace , starting at 6:00 pm , the booth will feature games, prizes, and information on all of the planned events in 2014 that will celebrate the county’s birthday.

More in a press release about the booth:

National Night Out marks the second “appearance” of the 350th Anniversary traveling booth. It “premiered” at the July 4 event at Pratt Park and hosted many visitors who were excited to learn about the upcoming anniversary activities.

Stafford officials hope that even more people will visit the booth at Stafford Marketplace. They especially urge residents who have a unique story to tell about their experience in Stafford to visit the booth and share their information, which may be included in videos that will be broadcast on the County’s cable television channels and the 350th Anniversary website at

Stafford officials are also looking for volunteers to assist in the many events planned for 2014. Information will be available for individuals who are interested in volunteering next year.

DAR Regent Raising Funds for George Washington Replica House at Ferry Farm

Virginia Sebastian Storage, who was installed as the Virginia DAR State Regent on June 30, 2013 at the 122th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.,  outlined her state project for the next three years, which will aid the George Washington Foundation, a non-profit foundation, during their campaign to construct a replica of the 1740 George Washington House at Ferry Farm. The State Regent’s Project will provide funds to underwrite a room on the first floor of the structure.

Approximately 113 acres, including the entire length of the original Washington waterfront, are under the Foundation’s stewardship. Ferry Farm was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. In 2008, archaeologists working at the site, located and excavated the remains of the long-sought house where George Washington was raised.

Far from being the rustic cottage of common perception, the Washington house was a much larger, one-and-a-half-story residence, 53 feet, 8-1/2 inches by 28 feet, 4 inches, perched on a bluff overlooking the Rappahannock River. The George Washington Foundation has undertaken a landmark campaign to make Ferry Farm a destination for tourists and students alike. This multi-million dollar effort will transform the property to allow visitors to hear the family stories where they actually took place.

A native of Virginia, Storage resides in Fredericksburg with her husband, Mark Storage and their 14-year-old daughter, McGowan. She has been a member of DAR for 29 years and has served the society at the chapter, state, and national levels.

Professionally, Storage is the Vice President of Administration for NSWC Federal Credit Union in Dahlgren, Va. where she coordinates the Branch Administration, HR and Training functions for more than 100 employees. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Business Administration from Averett University.

Lightning Sparks Stafford House Blaze


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Stafford fire and rescue crews last night were called to a house fire in the southern portion of the county.

Lightning struck the roof of a home on River Ridge Lane at 5:25 p.m.. When crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the roof of the house and a fire in the attic, according to Fire Chief Mark Lockhart.

No injuries were reported, and the fire is estimated to have caused $5,000 in damage.

More in a press release:

Fire and EMS units from the Berea, Hartwood, Stafford, Brooke, Garrisonville, Falmouth, and Mountain View stations were on the scene. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike and damage wad estimated at $5,000.


Problematic Water Main Being Repaired in North Stafford


5 p.m. 

Water is back for all but one person who lives in the area of Erin Drive and Raintree Boulevard.

Here’s an update from Stafford County spokeswoman Sharon Richardson:

[Repair crews] had to turn the water off for a few minutes around 3:30 [p.m.] to make a repair. It had been off earlier for about an hour.

The two street involved are Erin Drive and Marla Court. Traffic is moving through and currently the only customer out of water is at 103 Erin Drive.

Repairs should be finished in a couple of hours and water service will be restored then.

4:15 p.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Crews are working to repair a water main on Erin Drive, off Raintree Boulevard and Va. 610, in North Stafford.

Residents in the area say water service has been intermittent all afternoon.

Crews working on the issue say they’ve had to cut water on and off again to fix an unidentified problem.

We’re working on getting more information from Stafford County officials. We’ll post here when we have it.

‘By the River’ Offers Fresh Food Next to VRE

[Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — It’s a small store and deli with a lot to offer.

The “By the River Convenience Store and Cafe” is one of the few stops found along rural Brooke Road in Stafford County. It takes it’s name after its location, by the Potomac River and the Aquia Landing county park.

Inside the store is a full deli, where a mixture of Salvadorian and Mexican foods are prepared daily, fresh from scratch.

Most popular here are the taquitos, which is a tortilla rolled with chicken, paired with a salad with homemade tomato salsa.

Menu prices from from $5.99 for some items to $11.99 for the steak, which here is appropriaely listed on the menu as carne asada.

“People should come in and try our foods. It’s a small convenience store is make by scratch,” said Ivette Hernandez, who works at the small shop.

There is a dining area outside the store complete with tables, umbrellas, and patio furniture. It’s a warm, welcoming spot next to the Brooke Virginia Railway Express station.

The store’s customers are commuters who use the railroad, as well as those who live in the area, said Hernandez.

“By the River”  has been open for six months.

Update: Firefighters Released from Hospital After Rig Flips


Update 8 p.m.

Three of the four men injured riding on a firetruck when it flipped onto its side while on the way to a fire scene are released from the hospital, according to Stafford fire and rescue.

 4:30 p.m. 

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Three volunteer firefighters from Falmouth were taken to an area hospital this afternoon after their fire truck crashed while en route to a reported house fire.

One of the men was taken to a hospital by ambulance for evaluation, and two others were also evaluated by medical staff. Two of the men suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, while a third man was still waiting to be evaluated.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what led to the crash and has yet to release any information.

The crash happened at 11:30 a.m.  in the 900 block of Brooke Road in Stafford County. Fire Chief Mark Lockhart said the rig flipped over on its side while it was headed to the 1400 block of Brooke Road where the house fire call originated. It turned out to be a minor incident, which was handled by the first arriving unit on the scene.

The fire truck was called from the Falmouth station to assist firefighters from Brooke, which was the first units called to the scene.

A portion of Brooke Road was closed for accident investigation, but was set to reopen shortly before 5 p.m., said Lockhart.

Fire Breaks out on Coal Landing Road


STAFFORD, Va. — Fire and rescue crews were called to a house fire in the 100 block of Coal Landing Road in Stafford.

No one was injured in the blaze, and fire crews had doused the blaze which broke out about 3:45 p.m.

We’ll bring you more details as they become available.

HOV Lanes Closing, Crews to Finish Steel on Telegraph Road Bridge

Construction crews are set to lay the final steel beams for a new bridge that will carry traffic across Interstate 95 via Telegraph Road in North Stafford. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Construction crews this weekend will finish what they started last weekend. New steel beams will be erected at a bridge at Telegraph Road in North Stafford.

With the new steel will come delays on along a portion of Interstate 95 where the work will take place. Drivers wills be detoured off the highway and onto U.S. 1 both Friday and Saturday nights.

More in a press release:

I-95 North and South Nighttime Closure Schedule:

I-95 North: Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, Multiple lane closures and traffic stoppages at Route 610 (Garrisonville Road):

Single lane closed, Friday and Saturday nights, at 10:30 p.m.

Two lanes closed, Friday and Saturday nights, at 11:30 p.m. All lanes open by 9 a.m.

Full closure of all I-95 northbound lanes for intermittent periods of up to 30 minutes between midnight and 7 a.m.

I-95 South: Sunday, July 28 and Monday, July 29, Multiple lane closures and detour, near Exit 148, Quantico:

Single lane closed, Sunday and Monday nights, at 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Two lanes closed, Sunday and Monday nights, between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Full closure of all I-95 southbound lanes, detour in effect, Sunday and Monday nights, between 1 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Detour: I-95 southbound traffic will be detoured to Exit 148, USMC Quantico, (Russell Road) east to Route 1 south to Garrisonville Road, (Route 610) and back to I-95 south.

Traffic signals will be adjusted along the detour route to maintain optimum traffic flow. Police and safety service patrols will be on-hand for drivers safety. All work is weather dependent.

In addition to the closures at Telegraph Road in Stafford County, transportation officials said the entire HOV facility along I-95 and 395 will close Friday night and will reopen Saturday.

More in a press release:

I-395/95 HOV Weekend Lane Closure Schedule

Friday night, July 26, by 11 p.m.: Entire HOV lane facility closed from Washington, D.C. to Dumfries (Route 234).

Saturday morning, July 27, by 10 a.m.:

— HOV lanes open to southbound traffic from Washington, D.C. to the Turkeycock exit (Edsall Road) where all commuters must exit the HOV lanes and merge onto the I-395/95 south lanes.

— HOV lanes closed between Turkeycock (Edsall Road) and Exit 161, U.S, Route 1.

— Southbound 95 drivers may re-enter the HOV lanes just south of Route 1 exit via a new dedicated temporary left-lane slip ramp, which will be open only on Saturday mornings during construction, view map here.

Saturday afternoon, by 2 p.m.: HOV lanes closed to reverse the direction of the HOV lanes.

Saturday afternoon, by 4 p.m.: HOV lanes open north bound from Dumfries (Route 234) to Washington, D.C.

Saturday night, by 11 p.m.: HOV lanes closed from Dumfries (Route 234) to Washington, D.C.

Sunday morning, by 10 a.m.: HOV lanes open to northbound traffic.

Water Gushes from Ground after Car Hits Hydrant

A fire hydrant on Barrett Heights Road in North Stafford was destroyed after his was hit by a sedan. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — The driver of a sedan took out a fire hydrant about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The crash happened on Barrett Heights Road near Center Street in North Stafford. No one was injured, but water from the broken hydrant gushed from pipes in the ground flooding Barrett Heights Road, several nearby yards, and a gas station parking lot.

The broken fire hydrant should not pose a problem for utility customers in the area.

“Our public works department informs me that there is enough water in the system for this not to be a problem for the homes and businesses in the area,” said Stafford County spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht.

The driver’s car sustained heavy damage on the right front end after striking the hydrant. A woman who identified herself as a co-worker of the driver stopped to help, and said fire and rescue crews had been called to the scene.

Vollbrecht said Stafford County Public Works crews were also called to the area to assess the damage.

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