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More closures at Haymarket DDI

From VDOT: 

Northern Virginia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Interstate 66 and Route 15 will be one step closer to completion once the new traffic signal mast arms are installed at Route 15 and Route 55, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Lane closures at the intersection, as well as intermittent full closures up to 15 minutes each will occur to facilitate the work.

Lane closures will occur between 9 p.m. Thursday, July 20 and 5 a.m. Friday, July 21. Total stoppages lasting no more than 15 minutes each will occur between midnight and 5 a.m. Prince William County Police will be on site to direct traffic.

Also, paving around the intersection is scheduled to occur the nights of Thursday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 2

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Should there be a speed zone in front of Colgan High School?

A study of school speed zones will be conducted ahead of a public hearing on an effort to slow traffic in front of the new Colgan High School.

Prince William County schools officials want to erect flashing signs near the school on both the north and southbound sides of the highway. When flashing, the signs would require drivers to slow from 55 mph to 35 mph on school days between 7 and 8 a.m. and 1:40 to 2:40 p.m.

Nohe called for to the review to see if the signs are warranted and asked the county’s transportation department director for a list of other comparable high schools on heavily traveled roads with school speed zones in place.

“If we’re going to set a precedent here, we need to know if there are going to be ramifications,” said Nohe.

Potomac Senior High School off Route 1 in Woodbridge and Battlefield High School off Route 15 near Haymarket do not have flashing school signs on those major thoroughfares. Both schools are located on side streets Panther Pride Drive and Graduation Drive, respectively.

Colgan High School sits on busy Route 234, a vital link between Interstates 95 and 66 in Prince William County. The road carries 33,000 cars a day, and 3,000 cars per day on weekdays while school is in session.

The date and time for the public hearing have not been set.

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Overnight lane closures scheduled as paving begins on Mine road

From Virginia Department of Transportation:

Work is starting this week to pave Route 684 (Mine Road) in Stafford County between Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) and Exeter Lane, just south of Northampton Boulevard.

 

Drivers will encounter single lane closures between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly on Monday through Friday evenings.

 

This week, crews will start by milling the existing pavement. Drivers will encounter a slightly rougher driving surface on a temporary basis until new asphalt is applied.

 

Mine Road carries approximately 16,000 vehicles a day, on average. Night work was selected for this paving project to avoid congestion during peak daytime travel times.

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‘Ba da da da da… I’m leavin it’: McDonald’s shuttered to make way for DDI

STAFFORD — A once bustling McDonalds on Courthouse Road now looks like the restaurant at the center of a ghost town. 

The company shuttered the restaurant to make for a new diverging diamond interchange  (DDI) to be constructed by VDOT. The interchange is similar that opened this past spring in Haymarket.

The McDonalds, once popular with highway travelers, and three other gas stations all near the intersection Interstate 95 and Courthouse Road at mile post 140 are all closed ahead of the project that will widen the roadway. The DDI is a new type of interchange that places traffic on the opposite side of the road when crossing over the interstate highway.

The new interchange will be located just south of the existing traditional diamond. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2020 at a cost of $100 million.

 

 

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Rolling Road reopens after storm pipe replacement

VDOT’s work to replace a storm pipe and temporarily close the street. 

Here’s VDOT’s announcement about the work before it began: 

Rolling Road between Thomas Drive and Glen Court will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 11 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 for stormwater pipe replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Residents within the closure area and emergency vehicles will have access to the closed portion of Rolling Road, but will not be able to go beyond the points of pipe replacement in either direction.

Traffic will be detoured via Thomas Drive, Business Route 234 (Sudley Road), Impalla Drive, Sunset Drive and Highland Street back to Rolling Road.

This portion of Rolling Road is just inside in Prince William County and that’s why VDOT did the work, not Manassas City road crews, according to a VDOT spokesman. 

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Stalled train locks in Featherstone Shores residents

We’re hearing a train is stuck on railroad tracks in Woodbridge.

The stalled train is halting access to Featherstone Shores, a small neighborhood of homes in Belmont Bay. Featherstone Road is the only way in or out of the neighborhood. 

Prince William County park rangers have been called to open a back gate at Veterans Memorial Park, located just north of Featherstone Shores, to allow residents to enter and exit the neighborhood.

Send us info/photos if you’re in the area. More as we have it.

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Man, 19, killed in single vehicle crash on Prince William Parkway

From Prince William County police:

Fatal Crash Investigation – On June 24 at 10:42 a.m., investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Prince William Parkway and Scenic Point Place in Manassas to investigate a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

The investigation revealed that the operator of a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, identified as a 19-year-old man of Woodbridge, was traveling eastbound on the Prince William Parkway near Scenic Point Place at an excessive speed when the operator lost control and struck a guard rail.

The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene. It is still unknown if drug and alcohol use are factors in this crash.  The investigation continues.

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Prince William joins the ranks of other areas with Virginia Scenic Byways

INDEPENDENT HILL — Twelve new blue signs mark the entrances to Prince William County’s first scenic byways.

The signs note the new street designation, featuring the state bird red cardinal, and were unveiled Tuesday morning at the intersection of Bristow and Joplin roads at Independent Hill. Six roads in all made the cut:

Aden Road – between Route 619 and Route 28
Bristow Road – between Joplin Road (Route 619) and Route 28
Joplin Road – between Bristow Road and I-95
Waterfall Road – Fauquier County line east to the intersection of Antioch Rd.
Antioch Road – from the Route 601 intersection south to Route 55
John Marshall Highway – from Route 681 to the Fauquier County line

These roads in Prince William County are now on par with others like the Blue Ridge Parkway. In all, Virginia has more than 3,500 miles of scenic byways.

The addition of these roads adds 40 miles to the overall scenic road network. Some of the notable stops along Prince William’s byways include Prince William Forest Park, working farms, historic churches, cemeteries, and Bull Run Mountain. (more…)

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Overnight work planned for I-95 south Wednesday

Drivers headed south on Interstate 95 on Wednesday night should expect delays as crews work to restripe the highway. 

The delays will be heaviest between the Stafford Regional Airport and the Rappahannock River.

Here’s a statement from the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays and lane closures tomorrow night on Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County for a mobile work zone to allow crews to install reflective pavement markings after a recent pavement project.

On the evening of July 12, crews will begin on the I-95 southbound on-ramp from Exit 136  (Centreport Parkway) at 9 p.m. The on-ramp will remain open. Motorists can expect just a slight narrowing of the ramp to allow the crew to install the pavement markings.

The mobile work zone will then move to I-95 southbound from Centreport Parkway to Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth) to the Rappahannock River Bridge.  The mobile work zone requires a double lane closure to allow crews to work safely and install the pavement markings among the traveling public.

Lanes on I-95 will be closed on the following schedule, weather permitting:

Wednesday, July 12

I?95 Southbound at Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) to Rappahannock River Bridge

  • On-ramp narrowed at 9 p.m.

  • Double lane closure with mobile work zone at 10 p.m.

  • All lanes re-open to traffic by 4 a.m.

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Construction begins to widen Courthouse Road to four lanes

From Virginia Department of Transportation:

Construction begins Monday, July 10 on a $35.9 million project to widen Route 630 (Courthouse Road) in Stafford County to four lanes west of Interstate 95 between Ramoth Church Road and Cedar Lane.

The project’s goal is to accommodate current and future traffic volumes by adding additional travel lanes. A paved 10 foot shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclists will be built along the project’s length.

New traffic signals will be added at two intersections to improve operations. A traffic signal will be activated at the entrance to Colonial Forge High School in 2017. At the end of construction in December 2019, a traffic signal will be activated at Ramoth Church Road and Winding Creek Road, which will be realigned to intersect. (more…)

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Motorcycle crashes on exit ramp in Dale City

A motorcycle crashed at mile marker 156 south on Interstate 95 in Dale City. 

Fire and rescue crews were dispatched to crash reported to be on the exit ramp of 156-A. 

Traffic is already delayed in the area due to a heavy volume of cars traveling south.

More as we have it. 

Updated

One person was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. We don’t know the extent of the victim’s injuries.

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Drivers bound for Central Park should expect dedicated lane

From a press release: 

Construction started to improve safety on Interstate 95 and Route 3 at the Exit 130 interchange in the city of Fredericksburg.  

Motorists should be alert for construction workers, equipment, concrete barriers and orange barrels over the next 18 months.                                                                

After reviewing the I-95 corridor, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined the Route 3 interchange in Fredericksburg had a crash rate above the statewide average. This project will reduce vehicle merging and weaving that can lead to crashes, injuries and congestion on Route 3 and I-95. These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.

Motorists should be prepared for lane closures, construction activity, and temporary traffic shifts  on Route 3 and I-95 at Exit 130 through January 2019.

Travel lanes will remain open at peak times on weekday mornings and afternoons, but midday and overnight lane closures will be needed periodically throughout the project.

The project is being funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. In February 2017, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $18.2 million design-build contract for the project to Branch Civil, Inc., of Manassas.

Project Improvements

Later this year, drivers traveling to Carl D. Silver Parkway from Interstate 95 southbound will be able to use a separated free-flow lane which will directly lead to the Central Park entrance.

The Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp will be extended and widened to hold additional traffic. Exiting southbound traffic traveling to Route 3 westbound will use triple right turn lanes at the end of the ramp. These lanes would make a slight right turn onto Route 3, controlled by a new traffic signal.

On Route 3 eastbound, traffic will access I-95 northbound using three left turn lanes controlled by a new traffic signal. The existing on-ramp will be closed at the end of the project.



MyLink – ‘There is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics’ without it

Teens who are striving for independence but lack a driver’s license or access to a vehicle need the MyLink Teen Summer Bus Pass! With the pass, teens can travel around the Prince William County area without relying on their parents for a ride!

Here’s a MyLink teen testimonial:

“I have used [a MyLink pass] for the past several years, and there is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics” without it, one teen told PRTC in 2016. “My dedication to the various aspects of my busy lifestyle has undoubtedly been made possible thanks to the Teen Summer Pass.”

Now in its 10th year, the MyLink program is offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). The pass enables those ages 13-19 to get unlimited local bus rides all summer long for $30. In addition, teens who use a MyLink pass get credit for the local fare when traveling on PRTC buses to nearby Metro stations and destinations including Washington, D.C.

In a 2016 survey, 69% of teens who used a MyLink pass last summer said they bought it because they didn’t have a driver’s license. Half said they used their pass to spend time with friends and get to summer school or other school-related activities.

MyLink passes are loaded onto SmarTrip cards, making it easy for teens to transfer to Metro trains or other regional transit providers. If the teen doesn’t already have a SmarTrip card, there is an additional $2 fee to purchase one.

PRTC’s one-way local fare is $1.55. At that rate, a teen who takes more than 10 local round-trips over the summer will save money with a MyLink pass. The pass is valid through Saturday, September 2, 2017. (more…)

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Flood warning continues after rain-soaked morning of traffic problems

Flooded roadways have been a problem in Prince William County today. 

While they’ve cleared the scenes, police were called to direct traffic around flooded roads at the intersections of Route 1 and Mary’s Way in Woodbridge and Route 29 and Sudley Road near Manassas.

Conditions have improved over the past several hours. 

From Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Peork: 

No road is under active police direction. There are a few closures with high water but that’s it. Signs and cones are in place. Here’s a map.

Authorities in Stafford County were also working a crash on Route 1 near the Stafford County Courthouse. 

From VDOT: 

All lanes of Route 1 are closed between Hospital Center Boulevard and Courthouse Road in Stafford County for a crash involving downed utility lines.

Travelers are advised to use Interstate 95 and other alternate routes.

Heavy rain moved through the region during the early morning hours leading to multiple crashes on Interstate 95. At 7 a.m., one of the crashes on I-95 involved serious injury. 

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corine Geller:  (more…)

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Stafford readies to expand Courthouse Road, add signal lights

Stafford County leaders will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a $40 million project to widen Courthouse Road: 

From a press release: 

Join us to kick off construction to widen Courthouse Road to four lanes from Ramoth Church Road to Cedar Lane, west of Interstate 95

Members of the Stafford Board of Supervisors will break ground on this $35.9 million road improvement project to widen Courthouse Road, with assistance from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff and representatives from the project’s design-build team, Shirley Contracting Company, LLC, and Dewberry Consultants, LLC.

The project will add two new traffic signals – one at the entrance to Colonial Forge High School, and another at a realigned intersection of Ramoth Church Road and Widening Creek Road, which also borders an elementary school.

A 10 foot shared use path will be built along the north side of Courthouse Road, and a 5 foot sidewalk will be built from Ramoth Church Road to just east of Colonial Forge High School.

The event will take place 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Colonial Forge High School, at 550 Courthouse Road.

Work on a new $100 million diverging diamond interchange began this spring and will coincide with the roadway widening. The new interchange will replace the old diamond interchange at Courthouse Road and Interstate 95, exit 140.

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Passenger was ejected from vehicle in E-ZPass lanes crash

Authorities closed the northbound I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes on Friday after a crash. 

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: 

At 5:45 a.m.Friday (June 30), Virginia State Police responded to a vehicle crash in the I-95 Express Lanes at the 159-mile marker in Prince William County.

A 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling north on I-95 when it ran off the left side of the road, struck the Jersey wall and overturned two times. As the vehicle overturned, the front-seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle.

The front-seat passenger was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for the treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The driver and two other passengers were transported to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Unusual I-95 delays have slowed OmniRide commuter buses since April

It’s common knowledge that traffic on Interstate 95 north is slow in the mornings as commuters head to work in Washington, D.C. In the afternoons, traffic on the interstate slows again as workers head south for home.

In the past month, however, that rule of the road has been tested. OmniRide commuter buses from Prince William County headed north on I-95 were delayed at least 12 times between May 25 and June 23.

The delays were caused by a mix of traffic congestion and crashes. The buses’ operator Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission relies on a smooth flow of northbound traffic in the afternoons to send empty, or “deadheaded” buses to Washington, D.C. to pick up evening commuters, and then turn around and use the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes to bring them home.

From PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo:

“Yes, there has been an increase in the number of days that PRTC buses have experienced afternoon traffic delays. The congestion is typically northbound in Newington from early afternoon until the evening. Later in the evening, the traffic is tending to back up northbound from the Pentagon to the 14th Street Bridge.

To maximize efficiency and minimize costs, many of our buses operate two separate trips in the afternoons – traveling from Woodbridge to D.C. early during the rush hour, dropping passengers off in the Prince William area, and then returning to D.C. to pick up more passengers.

These second rush hour trips are particularly vulnerable to traffic conditions because at that time of day the Express and [I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes] are pointed southbound. As a result, northbound PRTC buses are using the general lanes with everyone else.”

The delays have forced PRTC to re-assign bus drivers to other routes, as well as “constantly monitor” on-time performance. (more…)

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Updated: Girl, 13, struck and killed by VRE train

One person was struck by a commuter train near Manassas.

A pedestrian was struck on a truss bridge over the Bull Run River at 3:13 p.m. Fire and rescue crews were called to Lake Drive behind General’s Ridge Golf Course to respond to the incident.

Rescue crews initially called for a helicopter and later called off the helicopter.

The incident disrupted service on Virginia Railway Express’ Manassas line:

Update

The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at 4 p.m.

The incident was determined to be in Fairfax County, according to Prince William County Fire and Rescue spokesman Matt Smolksy.

Update from Fairfax County police: 

Detectives are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a train today, June 28, around 3 p.m. Our investigation determined the victim was hiking in the area of Bull Run Bridge, near Clifton, with two family members, a 13-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man. The two teens were walking on the bridge when a train approached. The boy was able to get out of the way; unfortunately, the girl could not get off the tracks and was struck.

The fire department responded and pronounced her dead at the scene. Our detectives responded to investigate and are working closely with family, our public safety partners in Manassas Park and the railway and railroad companies. The victim was a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

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A portion of Dale Boulevard closes Wednesday morning for future traffic light installation

From a press release: 

Westbound Dale Blvd (Route 784) between the off-ramp to southbound I-95 and the on-ramp from southbound I-95 will be closed Wednesday, June 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to install a traffic signal pole and mast arm, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Drivers on southbound I-95 will still be able to exit onto westbound Dale Boulevard via Exit 156B, and drivers on westbound Dale Boulevard will still be able to exit onto southbound I-95.

The work is part of the project to realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion later this summer.

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Those standing on VRE trains need to get off, back on starting July 3

From an email: 

Queueing is when passengers stand at the doorway, making it difficult for others to detrain at their stop. Queueing on VRE trains is an ongoing issue that is frequently brought to our attention. As our ridership has risen, the problem has intensified.

Starting Monday, July 3rd, VRE will be enforcing a new policy:

All passengers standing at each stop will detrain.
This is to ensure that everyone who wants to get off can. Those who wish to resume the train ride will be let back on, but they must first detrain. Once everyone has boarded, the train can depart.

We appreciate your cooperation.

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