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PRTC is turning 30 and they’re holding a free, family-friendly community celebration in Woodbridge

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From PRTC: 

A free, family-friendly event will be held in Woodbridge on Saturday, October 8 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). Attractions will include a Youth Talent Showcase, petting zoo, touch-a-truck, K-9 demonstration, insect exploration, bus excursions, food trucks and more!

The community celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge. The highlight of the day will be a Youth Talent Showcase with local youth showing their skills in dance, martial arts, cheer, and more!

Attendees are asked to help PRTC stuff-a-bus for the needy. Those who donate a toiletry or non-perishable food item will receive a ticket for free ice cream that day.

 

Because PRTC’s parking lot will be the center of the day’s activities, attendees should park at the commuter lot at the corner of Potomac Mills Road and Telegraph Road. Overflow parking will be at Potomac Mills Mall with shuttle buses operating to and from the marked bus stop in front of Pier 1 every 15 minutes.

OmniLink local bus service is also an option for attendees. The Transit Center is served by the Dale City, Dumfries and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink routes. Bus schedule information is available at PRTCtransit.org.

 

PRTC was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1986 and has operated bus services in the Prince William County area since 1991. Initially, PRTC’s mission was to help oversee the

startup of the Virginia Railway Express train service. But in 1991, while the commuter rail service was still in the planning stages, Prince William County asked PRTC to take over the area’s struggling commuter bus service, which was then known as COMMUTERIDE. The bus service was renamed OmniRide in 1995.

Today, PRTC’s services include operating 23 commuter and local bus routes, and facilitating the formation of carpools and vanpools in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. In FY16, PRTC carried an average of 11,200 passengers daily. PRTC also continues, along with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), to oversee VRE which carried an average of more than 17,600 passengers daily in FY16.

More information about PRTC and its 30th anniversary event is available at PRTCtransit.org.

To help defray the cost of the public celebration, PRTC secured sponsorships from a few of its  vendors. The event sponsors are: First Transit Inc., InsideNova, Smartmaps Inc., Trapeze GroupApollo Video Technology, Gillig Corp., Motor Coach Industries, and TransTrack Systems Inc.

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Route 1 reopened in North Stafford after early morning flooding

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As overnight rain tapers off into the day, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to be aware of changing road conditions, and to prepare for a resurgence of heavy rain during the afternoon commute and continued rain through the Friday morning rush hour.

Drivers are asked to monitor the weather forecast, and:

  • Check road conditions, before traveling, at 511virginia.org or the mobile app
  • View list of road closures by region or county
  • Follow @vadotnova and @511northernva on Twitter for updates
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
  • Turn on headlights to be more visible to fellow drivers
  • Be alert to unexpected road conditions like ponding and downed trees
  • Never drive through flood waters; turn around, don’t drown
  • Report any road safety hazards at my.vdot.virginia.gov or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)

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9:30 A.M. UPDATE: Route 1 has re-opened to traffic at Acadia Street, just north of Telegraph Road, between Route 610 and Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford.

 

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From VDOT: 

Route 1 in Stafford County is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Acadia Street due to flooding.

Acadia Street is located between Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Route 1 is anticipated to remain closed through the morning rush hour period.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews are assisting law enforcement personnel with traffic control and posting detour signs to guide motorists around the closure.

 

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Driver charged after woman riding killed while riding on mattress

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *ARREST On September 27, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit obtained warrants for the driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Express Van involved in the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Bent Grass Dr and Waverly Farm Dr in Haymarket on September 23. The accused, identified as Norma Guadron CANALES, turned herself into police without incident at the Western District Station in Manassas later that afternoon.

Arrested on September 27: [No Photo Available]

Norma Guadron CANALES, 41, of 1100 Friendship Way in Culpeper

Charged with reckless driving and driving without a license

Court date: October November 15, 2016 | Bond: Released on a $5,000 unsecured bond

 

Fatal Crash InvestigationOn September 23 at 6:42AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Bent Grass Dr and Waverly Farm Dr in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a single vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the victim was riding on a mattress which was placed unsecured on top of a 2006 Chevrolet Express Van. While the van was traveling northbound on Waverly Farm Dr just south of Bent Grass Dr, the mattress and the victim separated from the top of the van. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash. The driver of the van remained at the scene of the crash. Charges are pending for the driver of the Express Van. The investigation continues. 

Identified:

The passenger was identified as Sindy Zelaya GONZALEZ, 20, of Culpeper

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VDOT will close lanes on I-95 south in Stafford to remove tractor trailer

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A tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 95 south at mile post 145 in Stafford at 4:45 a.m. 

From VDOT: 

Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County will be reduced to one lane tonight at 8 p.m. just north of Garrisonville Road to remove an overturned tractor trailer.

Southbound lane closures are estimated to be in place for approximately one hour to remove the tractor trailer from the interstate shoulder at mile marker 145.

Virginia State Police will provide traffic control at the scene. Motorists are encouraged to use Route 1 southbound as an alternate route to avoid delays.

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Featherstone roadwork continues in Woodbridge

From VDOT: 

Lane closures for milling and paving will occur nightly on portions of Featherstone Road and Blackburn Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Sept. 22, and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Featherstone Road will be paved between Blackburn Road and the railroad crossing, and Blackburn Road will be paved between Featherstone Road and Wentwood Lane.

Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Some of this work will occur close to residential areas, with the potential for loud noise. VDOT appreciates residents’ patience as we work to complete this needed work on busy roads at night.

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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Here’s what roads will be closed due to the Prince William Half-Marathon

From VDOT: 

Drivers can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes Sunday, Sept. 25 from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for the following road closures related to the Prince William Half-Marathon:

  • Route 29 between Heathcote Boulevard and Route 234
  • University Boulevard between Wellington Road and Route 29
  • Wellington Road between Limestone Drive and David Williams Way

Route 29 motorists will be detoured via Heathcote Boulevard, Catharpin Road and Route 234 back to Route 29; Wellington Road motorists will be detoured via Limestone Drive, Linton Hall Road (Route 619) and Devlin Road back to Wellington Road.

Detour signs and message boards will be in place. Prince William County Police will be on hand to direct traffic.                              

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter:@vadotnova

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Shared-use path on Route 234 south near Dumfries will be extended

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From Prince William County Transportation Director Rick Canizales: 

The purpose of this project is to complete a section of the Shared-Use Path along Route 234 southbound from 240 feet south of Exeter Drive to Country Club Drive, for an approximate distance of 4,300 feet. More specifically this proposed trail would connect from an existing trail at the north side of the First Mount Zion Baptist Church to the Brittany Community at Exeter Drive, proceeding north in front of the Brittany Neighborhood Park.

The proposed trail would then proceed north along Route 234 southbound approximately 1,175 feet to the signalized intersection for Fortuna Center Plaza and then will proceed approximately 3,125 feet north to connect to an existing trail at the signalized intersection of Country Club Drive.

The property that fronts Route 234 for this trail is the Prince William Forest Park which is owned by the National Park Service (NPS) for over 81% of the proposed trail’s length. The remaining frontage property is the Brittany Neighborhood Park.

In addition, the project will construct approximately 520 feet of Shared Use Path to fill the gap in front of the First Mount Zion Baptist Church and will extend it to the 7-11 entrance located at 4100 Talon Drive. This project will provide a continuous trail along Dumfries Road from Talon Drive to Liberia Avenue/Prince William County Parkway.

$2.7m construction is currently estimated to start in the summer of 2017. To be completed by Spring of 2018. We are currently looking at strategies to expedite the schedule.

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Installation of new bridge beams means overnight closures on I-66 in Haymarket

Drivers on Interstate 95 south pass under Telegraph Road in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

From VDOT: 

Drivers can expect nighttime lane closures on I-66 over the next two weeks at Route 15, weather permitting, for crews to set bridge beams for the new southbound Route 15 overpass, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

On eastbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 8 p.m. each night Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21. Beginning around 10 p.m., all eastbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps back to I-66. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

On westbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 9 p.m. each night Thursday, September 22, and Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27. Beginning around 10 p.m., all westbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps back to I-66. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Police will be on site to direct traffic. Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

The work is part of the I-66 and Route 15 diverging-diamond interchange I-66 and Route 15 diverging-diamond interchange project. Diverging-diamond interchanges shift vehicles to the opposite side of the road and eliminate left turns that cross into oncoming traffic, improving safety. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.

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1 flown to hospital after Route 1 crash

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One person was flown to a local hospital after being involved in an auto crash on Route 1 in Woodbridge. 

The victim suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The road was closed in both directions at Mary’s Way at 3 p.m.

 

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Featherstone Road work from RR crossing to Blackburn Road extended

From VDOT: 

Lane closures for milling and paving will occur nightly on portions of Featherstone Road and Blackburn Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Sept. 22, and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Featherstone Road will be paved between Blackburn Road and the railroad crossing, and Blackburn Road will be paved between Featherstone Road and Wentwood Lane.

Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Some of this work will occur close to residential areas, with the potential for loud noise. VDOT appreciates residents’ patience as we work to complete this needed work on busy roads at night.

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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PRTC urges commuters to ‘try transit,’ enter to win prizes

OmniRide bus operator Phill Robinson is one of many PRTC drivers who ferry riders to and from their destinations.

From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission: 

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is pleased to again participate in Try Transit Week and Car Free Day – two events that encourage people to find alternatives to driving solo and award prizes for pledging to do so!

The eighth annual Try Transit Week will be held September 19-23. The week-long educational event is designed to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles in favor of buses, trains, vanpools and ferries. Try Transit Week is organized by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

Even if you already use transit or other modes of travel, you can pledge to take part in the events and be entered into drawings to win prizes, including the grand prize of a pair of round-trip tickets aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Regional. PRTC will be giving away three SmarTrip cards already pre-loaded with $50 or $25 for your next ride!

For more information and to pledge, visit TryTransitWeek.org and CarFreeMetroDC.org.

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Apparent seizure leads to crash near Haymarket

A driver was trapped inside their vehicle after it crashed in the area of Route 55 and Gillis Way near Haymarket.

Fire and rescue crews were called about 12:40 p.m. to extricate the driver from the crashed vehicle. A female driver was flown to a local hospital after having what appeared to be a seizure behind the wheel prior to the crash.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

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Your commute on Metro’s Orange line is going to slow for 41 days

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From Fairfax County Department of Transportation: 

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, through Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, Metrorail’s Orange Line trains will continuously single track between Vienna and West Falls Church Metrorail Stations during weekdays and complete station shut-downs will affect travelers during weekends.

Residents, visitors and others who travel via Metrorail and on any of the major corridors within Fairfax County including I-66, I-495, Dulles Toll Road, and I-95, will be impacted by the track work. To continue to reduce the potential for gridlock, Fairfax County is urging commuters to telework and use flexible work schedules whenever possible, and encouraging the use of alternate ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

Weekday Metrorail service will operate as follows during SafeTrack Surge #9:

  • During rush hours, a shuttle train will operate between Vienna and West Falls Church every 24 minutes (regularly every 6 minutes). Transfer at the West Falls Church station to continue trip.
  • Normal service levels at other Orange Line stations.
  • After 10 p.m., trains will operate between Vienna and New Carrollton every 20 minutes.

On the weekends of Sept. 24-15 and Oct. 1-2:

  • Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations will be closed.

On the weekends of Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 15-16:

  • Vienna and Dunn Loring stations will be closed.

Trains to and from the Vienna Metrorail Station are likely to be extremely crowded, especially during rush-hour periods.Metro riders who have the ability to do so should consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible.

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Crews to pave Blackburn Road this week

From VDOT: 

Lane closures for milling and paving will occur nightly on portions of Featherstone Road and Blackburn Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 16, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Featherstone Road will be paved between Blackburn Road and the railroad crossing, and Blackburn Road will be paved between Featherstone Road and Wentwood Lane.

Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Some of this work will occur close to residential areas, with the potential for loud noise. VDOT appreciates residents’ patience as we work to complete this needed work on busy roads at night.

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Discovery Boulevard extension to carry customers to 2 Silos Brewery

A two-lane extension of Discovery Boulevard just outside Manassas in Prince William County will soon take fans of craft beer to the soon-to-open 2 Silos Brewery. 

The joint project between the county and Silva Holdings Group, the firm that is expected to open 2 Silos Brewery inside the Thomason Barn, that was, until this year, a county-owned property.

The two-lane extension of Discovery Boulevard should open about March 2017. The road will also serve other businesses that could open in the nearby Innovation Park.

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Woodbridge paving projects ongoing through Thursday

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From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Lane closures for milling and paving will occur nightly on part of Shoppers Best Way from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 23 through Thursday, August 25, and on portions of Featherstone Road and Blackburn Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, August 28 through Thursday, September 1, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Shoppers Best Way will be paved between Prince William Parkway and Potomac Mills Circle, Featherstone Road will be paved between Blackburn Road and the railroad crossing, and Blackburn Road will be paved between Featherstone Road and Wentwood Lane.

Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Some of this work will occur close to residential areas, with the potential for loud noise. VDOT appreciates residents’ patience as we work to complete this needed work on busy roads at night.

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Wider Route 17 in Stafford County opens 3 months early

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From VDOT: 

An expanded Route 17 in Stafford County is now open with three through travel lanes in each direction between Interstate 95 and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Construction is near completion on a three-year, $47.2 million widening of Route 17. The highway was expanded from four lanes to six lanes over nearly 2 miles between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway.

Construction began in June 2013. New travel lanes are opening to traffic approximately 3 months ahead of the required completion date of December 1, 2016.

Final construction tasks will be underway for several weeks. The 35 mph reduced speed limit signs will be removed upon final completion.

“We are grateful for the community’s support and patience while we carried out this project,” said Michael Coffey, P.E., Assistant District Administrator for Construction in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District. “Thank you to everyone who drove carefully through the work zone each day. Your attention and alertness helped us deliver this project safely.”

Other features added by the Route 17 widening project:

  • A continuous right turn lane to assist drivers slowing to turn into businesses, or accelerating to rejoin the through travel lanes
  • Double left turn lanes at high-demand intersections to move additional vehicles through intersections on each cycle, reducing driver delay
  • New traffic signal equipment at each intersection, replacing signal equipment dating to the late 1990s-early 2000s
  • LED traffic signals with a battery back-up power source, allowing the signal to stay operational for several hours even with power loss
  • Signal equipment that connects to a master controller, which picks up on malfunctions faster, alerting technicians to make adjustments
  • Signals with pre-emption equipment for public safety vehicles to trigger during emergencies
  • Sidewalk along Route 17 northbound and southbound
  • Landscaping and medians with a stamped concrete pattern

Route 17 carries approximately 39,000 vehicles a day, which is projected to grow to a daily travel volume of 96,000 vehicles a day by 2035.

The project contractor was Henderson Construction Company, Inc., of Stafford, Va.

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Girl, 5, dies in 4-car pile up on I-66

Photo: Mary Davidson

From Virginia State Police: 

At 9:07 a.m., Monday (Aug. 15), Virginia State Police responded to a four-vehicle crash in Prince William County. The fatal, chain-reaction crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-66 at the 41 mile marker.

As westbound traffic was slowing to a stop on I-66 in a work zone, a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup truck failed to brake in time and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling in front of it. The Chevrolet then struck the vehicle in front of it, which struck the vehicle in front of it…a total of four vehicles.

The driver of the Nissan, Dustin D. Skidgel, 27, of Markham, Va., was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. Skidgel was charged with reckless driving.

The driver, Simone E. Rhodes, 26, of Washington, DC, and front seat passenger, Gerald S. Mitchel, 34, of Washington, D.C., of the Chevrolet were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries. They were both wearing seat belts. The couple’s daughter, Nayla P.R. Mitchel, 5, of Washington, D.C., was secured in a booster seat in the backseat. She died at the scene.

The drivers of the last two vehicles were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. All westbound lanes were cleared and re-opened by 1 p.m. Monday.

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Expect a detour on Bristow Road this weekend

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From VDOT: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be closing Bristow Road (Route 619) to through traffic between Route 28 and Lucasville Road Saturday, August 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for railroad crossing repairs.

Traffic will be detoured via Route 28, Prince William Parkway, Brentsville Road and Lucasville Road back to Bristow Road.

Residents and businesses within the closure area and emergency vehicles will still have access to the closed portion of Bristow Road; however, they will not be allowed to pass through the work zone at the railroad crossing.

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