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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

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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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Reopened: I-95 south snarled after tractor trailer crash

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Updated  5:20 p.m. 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

Original post 4 p.m. 

From VDOT: 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

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Stewart says E-ZPass Express Lanes part of problem, calls for widening I-95

Corey Stewart is the At-large Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. He oversees the second-largest county government in the state. 

Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser caught up with him to talk about the region’s traffic congestion and transportation woes. 

Kiser: Let’s talk transportation. That’s on the minds of just about everyone who lives in Northern Virginia.

We’re fresh off the heels of successes announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe: We’re getting the extension of the E-ZPass Express Lanes extension to Fredericksburg, we’re about to break ground on the I-66 E-ZPass Express Lanes project both inside and outside the Beltway, so as those projects advance, what’s left?

What are some of those critical projects that you see for the region, especially as they impact Prince William County residents, and how are we working as a region to solve these transportation problems?

Stewart: Well, the E-ZPass is not a panacea. It doesn’t solve all of the problems and, in fact, in an many ways it’s exacerbated some of the problems, especially in the [Interstate] 95 corridors.

So, what we need to do is, we need to continue to widen [Interstate] 95. Currently, the main lanes are widened to the bridge over the Occoquan River. It’s my intention to push the state to widen the lanes all of the way back, at least all of the way through Prince William County and perhaps behond that to elminate this bottleneck that we still have, despite the E-ZPass, despite the express lanes, we’re still going to have some blockages there and that needs to be fixed.

Also, in Prince William County, we’ve had our own road-building program for several years. There are still stretches of Route 1 that need to be improved.

Route 28 all the way from the Fairfax [County] line to the City of Manassas, it looks terrible and in addition to that its a real bottleneck fro commuters leaving Prince William County and coming back home in the evening. That’s got to be fixed.

We’ve got a lot of other road projects but those are the priorities, at least for me.

 

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Concrete pad at Track 3 at Quantico VRE station being demolished

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From Virginia Railway Express: 

Beginning August 8th, the concrete pad on the west side of the station (Track 3), will be demolished. As a result, all trains can only use the east side platform closest to the station building (Track 2) and will be single tracking north and south of station which may lead to delays. We will work with all stakeholders involved to minimize any delays that do occur. The anticipated completion date of this phase is August 13th.

We appreciate your patience during this time as this work will improve the flexibility and operation of our service area.

We will keep riders up to date about delays to our trains because of this issue.

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Expect delays at Route 1 and Garrisonville Road

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

From VDOT: 

Motorists may encounter brief overnight travel delays at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) in Stafford County for line painting and traffic signal work.

Mobile lane closures will be in place between 9 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the intersection. Motorists should follow direction from law enforcement personnel at the scene.

Crews will be brightening pavement markings on Route 610 eastbound.

Over the weekend, a traffic signal pattern was restored at the intersection to allow Route 610 eastbound traffic at Route 1 to choose from a left turn lane, a shared left turn lane/through lane, a through lane, and a right turn lane.

Traffic signal equipment will also be installed tonight to better align with the restored Route 610 eastbound traffic pattern.

Work has been scheduled weather permitting. If weather cancels this work zone, it will be rescheduled to occur from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 to 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Manassas man killed in Sudley Road crash

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From Prince William police:

Fatal Crash Investigation – On August 5 at 6:30AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Sudley Rd and Coverstone Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2012 Toyota RAV4 was attempting to make a right turn onto southbound Sudley Rd from Coverstone Dr. 

At the same time, the driver of a 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling southbound on Sudley Rd approaching the same intersection. The tractor trailer driver disregarded a red traffic signal at the intersection and collided with the RAV4.

A passenger seated in the rear middle seat of the RAV4, identified as adult woman, was ejected from the vehicle and transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of his injuries from the crash. There were four other occupants in the RAV4, including 2 small children, at the time of the collision. The children were properly secured and uninjured.

A front seat passenger in the RAV4 sustained minor injuries and was flown to an area hospital. The driver of the RAV4 sustained minor injuries as well and was treated at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.

At this time, speed and substance use do not appear to be factors in this investigation. The deceased passenger in the RAV4 was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of collision.

Charges are pending. The investigation continues.    

Identified:
The passenger in the Toyota RAV4 killed in the crash was identified as Fresia Danny MELO, 33, of Manassas

The other occupants of the Toyota RAV4 were identified as a 43 year old man, a 41 year old woman, a 3 year old boy, and a 2 year old boy, all of Manassas


The driver of the 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer was identified as a 53 year old man of Mt. Airy, Maryland

 

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Slugs expected to come out of the woodwork when I-66 E-ZPass Lanes open

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On the busy lanes of Interstate 66, the unique Northern Virginia institution of “Slugging” has never caught on.

While popular on Interstate 95 since the 1970’s as a fast and free way for commuters in vehicles of three or more occupants to get to their jobs Arlington and Washington, D.C., commuters on I-66 have never adopted the practice.

Why? Because Interstate 95 from Prince William County to the Pentagon had long had a separate facility housing two reversible express lanes that carry commuters north in the morning and south in the evening. Concrete barriers placed alongside these lanes prevent drivers from the main travel lanes from weaving in and out of the express lanes and gumming up the flow of traffic in the express lanes.

Those express lanes in 2014 were converted to E-ZPass lanes, which now require all drivers to have an electronic E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex transponder mounted to their windshield to use the lanes. The express lanes were also extended south from Prince William County to Garrisonville in Stafford County. 

Vehicles with three or more occupants can still use the lanes for free.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this month announced they are once again being extended south to Route 17 near Fredericksburg. 

What’s slugging? What’s a slug?

Slugging is a form of commuting where riders ride free and the drivers — many of whom have a reserved parking space at their work or choose to pay for parking — get to skip the congestion on the main travel lanes and get to work faster.

Slugging is a form of commuting where riders ride free and the drivers — many of whom have a reserved parking space at their work or choose to pay for parking — get to skip the congestion on the main travel lanes and get to work faster.

A slug is, as you might have guessed, is the carpooler that rides for free. Slugs park their cars each morning at a commuter lot and stand in “slug lines” — designated lines with people going to similar destinations, like the Pentagon or Downtown Washington. When the next car pulls up to the front of the line, two or three slugs get in and off they go.

No money is exchanged, and no iPhone or Android apps used to hail the ride like an Uber rideshare service.

Things are changing along the I-66 corridor, and that could lead to, for the first time, Slugging, being a viable, reliable option for commuting from places like Haymarket, Gainesville, and Manassas to Washington, D.C.

“Our vision for the corridor definitely includes carpooling as well as other forms of mass transit,” said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Holland. “We’re making investments in the corridor, and as a result of tolling, we’re going to be able to fund to more transit and multi-modal services that will provide for a more reliable trip.”

The investment is called “Transform 66,” a project that when complete, officials hope will deliver on its namesake. 

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First changes take affect Summer 2017

Starting next summer on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway, drivers must have an E-ZPass Flex or E-ZPass to use the lanes from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and from 3 to 7 p.m. Vehicles with occupants of two or more won’t be charged a toll.

Today, drivers on I-66 must already have two or more occupants inside their vehicles to use the highway on weekday mornings and afternoons. 

Outside the Capital Beltway on I-66, from I-495 to Route 15 in Haymarket, two new lanes will be constructed each direction. These lanes, like their counterparts on I-95. will be a separate facility. 

Hello, reliable lanes 

Concrete barriers will stop single drivers from gumming up the works and merging into the lanes, as they currently do on the single High Occupancy Vehicle lane on I-66 today. That constant weaving and merging slow the trip for commuters who play by the rules and have two or more occupants inside the car. 

Individual drivers may choose to pay a toll to use the new lanes, while vehicles with three or more occupants will ride free when the new lanes open by late 2020. 

Also, when the new lanes between the Capital Beltway and Haymarket open, the rules to use the lanes for free inside the Capital Beltway will change. Drivers will need three, not two, occupants inside their cars, and an E-ZPass Flex transponder to use the lanes for free. 

A total of 4,000 new commuter parking spaces is also being built along the corridor for slugs to park and ride as part of the project. The goal for state transportation officials is to deliver a game-changing project that will get commuters to and from work quicker and to provide more travel options in the long-congested corridor.

I-95 fears never materialized

There was fear in 2014, and the years leading up to the conversion of HOV-3 on I-95 lanes to E-ZPass Express Lanes on I-95, that more individual drivers would opt to pay a toll and not stop to pick up slugs. If more single drivers jumped into the express lanes, slugs feared that could slow things down, increase travel times, take away the “get there fast and free” incentive for slugging, and more slugs would then opt to drive instead of choosing to park and ride.

“Quite the opposite has happened, actually,” said David LeBlanc, who wrote a book about slugging called “Slugging: dyhamicThe Commuting Alternative For Washington DC” and runs the commuter friendly website Slug-lines.com. “We thought more slugs would choose to drive or hop a bus and instead, mostly because of the tolls, we’ve seen the number of slugs increase.”

LeBlanc said he expects to add the names of new Slug lines that form along I-66 in western Prince William County to his website. Applications on iPhones and Andriod could aide the formation of new Slug lines, and he’s thought about developing one.

“I’ve been approached by developers who’ve seen my website and want to develop an app, but the majority of them want to find a way to monetize slugging and that’s not what the ture nature of slugging is about,” said LeBlanc.

A new app called Sluglines.com, not to be confused with LeBlanc’s Slug-Lines.com, launched earlier this year. It pretty much does the same thing LeBlanc’s website does and lists the locations of Slug lines in Northern Virginia. 

The toll pricing on the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes is based on a dynamic on a pricing system. Toll prices are posted on overhead electronic signs on the highway, and increase or decrease based on the number vehicles currently using the express lanes — toll-paying cars, carpoolers, and commuter buses.

The more vehicles in the lanes, the higher the toll. Fewer cars, the toll rate decreases. Single drivers that enter the toll lanes are locked in at whatever price per mile is shown on the overhead sign.

Most toll prices range between $1.10 and $4. Some tolls can be as high as $22 during the afternoon rush hour, for drivers headed south to Stafford County.

The new E-ZPass Express Lanes that will “transform 66” will operate the same way.

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VRE Chairman on newfound riders: ‘I hope they stay’

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Ridership on Virginia’s only commuter rail service, Virginia Railway Express, is up thanks to the work to rebuild Washington’s Metro system. 

From Virginia Railway Express (VRE): 

During a time of year when ridership typically drops due to summer vacations and flexible schedules, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is instead carrying more passengers than ever before. Last Tuesday, July 12, VRE experienced its highest single-day ridership with 23,309 individual trips.

The uptick in single-day trips continued through the week, as the following day, (Wednesday, July 13) saw 21,935 trips, which is the system’s second highest single-day total and Thursday (July 14) boasted the third highest single- day ridership at 21,196 trips. Another record was shattered in regards to weekly ridership, as VRE topped 100,000 trips last week, the first time VRE has hit that number.

This ridership surge can be linked to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) SafeTrack program. Beginning July 5, WMATA’s SafeTrack Surges #3 and #4 closed sections of Metrorail’s Blue and Yellow lines in Northern Virginia. Those Metrorail lines generally parallel VRE’s rail lines and serve many of the same destinations, allowing Metro riders to easily transition to VRE.

The recent boom in ridership comes at a time when the 24-year-old commuter rail service is looking ahead to 2040, with plans to more than double it’s current daily average ridership from 19,000 to 40,000, add service to Haymarket and Gainesville, and create a midday reverse transit service between Alexandria and Manassas. 

VRE Board Chairman Gary Skinner, of Spotsylvania, said commuters who were used to riding Metro and now switched to VRE had uncovered a best-kept secret. 

“Because of the shutdown of Metro in certain areas, people have found that it is just as easy to get to Union Station and other places in D.C … they’ve liked it, and we’ve seen ridership increase, ” said Skinner. “I hope [the newfound riders] stay, think they’ll find riding VRE is a little more comfortable, VRE is a nicer ride, so I do hope they stay.”  

VRE was already crowded on its weekday trips to and from Fredericksburg and Washington, and Manassas and Washington. The system was able to add additional rail cars to ease the crowding. 

“We don’t use every rail car we have in our rolling stock every day, so we’re able to add cars where we need them,” said Skinner. 

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Truck that caught fire at Haymarket loaded with tomatoes

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Truck burns underneath one-of-a-kind interchange under construction 

A tractor trailer hauling tomatoes caught fire this morning under a brand new bridge in Haymarket.

The truck was traveling on Interstate 66 when it hit a guard rail. The truck them burst into flames underneath the new bridge that carries Route 15 traffic over I-66, known as the Diverging Diamond Interchange.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. Inspection crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation went to investigate damage to the bridge after fire crews extinguished the blaze, said Haymarket Mayor David Leake.

This was the first fire at the new bridge, and “it fared well through it, it seems,” added Leake.

More from Virginia State Police:

At 8:06 a.m., Monday (July 18, 2016), Virginia State Police Trooper R.E. Curiel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 66 under the Route 15 overpass.

A tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-66 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, struck the guardrail, and traveled approximately 1/10 of a mile against the guardrail before coming to a stop. The truck then caught fire.

The driver, Jose E. Martinez, 50, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was charged with reckless driving. Fatigue was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The tractor-trailer was loaded with tomatoes.

Westbound lanes of I-66 were reopened at about 9 a.m. Eastbound lanes of I-66 will remain closed for cleanup and removal of the charred tractor-trailer. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route and be prepared for delays.

Photos are attached. The photos are property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for the republication and rebroadcast of the images.

 

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Work on E-ZPass Express Lanes extension to Fredericksburg begins

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From VDOT: 

Construction begins today on a project to extend 95 Express Lanes in Stafford County by 2.5 miles, seeking to reduce congestion and driver delay at the facility’s southern terminus near Garrisonville Road.

The Virginia Department of Transportion has partnered with 95 Express Lanes operator Transurban to add operational and safety improvements where the facility merges with the main lanes of I-95.

The approximate 2.5 mile extension will carry traffic beyond the flyover ramp where 95 Express Lanes currently end, just north of Exit 143 at Route 610 (Garrisonville Road).

When the project is complete:

Northbound traffic in the main lanes will be able to enter 95 Express Lanes earlier at a new left entrance south of the Garrisonville Road overpass. The existing left entrance north of Garrisonville Road will remain.

Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to the Fredericksburg area and south will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of Garrisonville Road.

What Motorists Can Expect

Most construction will occur in the median of I-95 and within existing right-of-way. New tolling and regulatory signs will be installed along the northbound lanes of I-95, south of Garrisonville Road.

Travel lanes will remain open during morning and afternoon rush hour. Work requiring lane closures will be performed during off-peak travel times.

Early construction is beginning in permitted areas, including the installation of temporary concrete barriers along the north- and southbound left shoulders of I-95, and tree clearing in the median. Drivers should expect reduced inside shoulders in both directions on I-95, and should stay alert for slow-moving construction vehicles entering and exiting the travel lanes.

Project Background

In May 2016, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract worth approximately $31.1 million to Branch Highways Inc., of Roanoke to design and construct the reversible extension of 95 Express Lanes at the southern terminus.

The southbound ramp is scheduled to open by early 2018, and the northbound ramp will open in summer 2018.

 

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Rail work at Arkendale will delay drivers

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Live in the Arkendale section of Stafford County? Heads up: 

From VDOT: 

Motorists traveling to the Widewater area of Stafford County July 25-29 may experience brief travel delays due to scheduled rail work at Arkendale.

Traffic at the intersection of Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 658 (Brent Point Road) will use a temporary railroad crossing between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day on July 25-29.

The existing railroad crossing will be closed during the day to allow CSX to make improvements. At the end of each day, the crossing will be re-opened to traffic overnight.

The temporary railroad crossing will connect Arkendale Road and Brent Point Road slightly north of the existing intersection. It will be a one-lane crossing, and traffic will be directed by a flagging crew.

Additionally, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 25-29, traffic traveling to and from Brent Point Road east of the railroad crossing must use Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 611 (Widewater Road). Through traffic will not be permitted on Brent Point Road west of the railroad crossing during the day.

Click here to view an online map of the temporary railroad crossing and detour route.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is coordinating closely with public safety and emergency response agencies. These agencies will be provided direct access in the event of an emergency.

Additional road construction is planned this fall in the Arkendale area. After the crossing work is completed, roadway patching will occur on Arkendale Road to prepare it for resurfacing.  Trench widening and resurfacing is expected to begin on Arkendale Road in November and will be completed by mid-December. This planned work will add additional width to Arkendale Road between Widewater and Brent Point.

 

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Nightly closures continue in Haymarket for I-66 work

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From VDOT: 

Drivers can expect nightly lane closures on I-66 this week at Route 15 in Haymarket, weather permitting, for crews to remove beams from the old Route 15 overpass.

On eastbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 8 p.m. each night tonight, July 5 through Saturday, July 9. Beginning around 10 p.m., all eastbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps (at Exit 40) 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 tonight, July 5 through Saturday, July 9. Beginning around 10 p.m., all westbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps (at Exit 40) 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.

This project includes building a new diverging-diamond interchange (DDI) at I-66 and Route 15 to relieve congestion, enhance safety, operations and capacity, and accommodate forecasted traffic demand in the area. Diverging-diamond interchanges shift vehicles to the opposite side of the road and eliminate left turns that cross into oncoming traffic, improving safety. Work will be complete in fall 2017. Visit the project webpage for more details.

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State wins grant to extend E-ZPass Express Lanes to Fredericksburg

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is celebrating today, announcing the state won a $165 million federal FASTLANE grant to improve transportation along Interstate 95 and 395. 

The 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes will be extended from North Stafford to Fredericksburg as part of the project. 

Here’s more from McAulliffe’s press release

The $165 million FASTLANE grant will leverage $565 million in private investments and $710 million in other transportation funds to:

Build 14 miles of new rail track to improve reliability and capacity for freight, commuter, and passenger rail service, including phase I of the project to unlock rail congestion at Long Bridge

Extend 95 Express Lanes for seven miles north to the Potomac River and improve access to the Pentagon

Extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south to Fredericksburg to alleviate backups at the current southern terminus

Construct a new southbound bridge on I-95 across the Rappahannock River

Provide dedicated on-going reinvestment in expanded bus service in the corridor to ensure that all populations have access to jobs, education and health care services

Add new commuter parking, technology upgrades and truck parking along the corridor

Build pavement for autonomous vehicle enhancement; this will provide the infrastructure to test and deploy driverless cars

Acquire the S-line, an abandoned rail corridor that runs from North Carolina to the Richmond area, from CSX to provide public ownership of a corridor key for future Southeast High Speed Rail.

States Delegate Mark Dudenhefer: 

“I am appreciative for the collaborative effort to secure this funding and that we will see the process moving forward on transportation improvements. Now that we have secured this funding we need to roll up our sleeves and move dirt on the projects so our citizens see the results and benefits.”

Also from State Senator Scott Surovell:

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Rescue crews called to crash on Dale Boulevard

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Police, fire and rescue crews were called about 11 p.m. Monday, July 4 to a crash on Dale Boulevard, we’re told. 

The crash occurred on the four-lane road between Glendale Drive and Greenwood Road.

Initial reports indicated at least one person was trapped inside one of the vehicles. That turned out to be false, were told.

 



More on this crash as we have it.

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Airbag deploys in Balls Ford Road crash

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An airbag deployed inside a Saturn SUV about 10:30 a.m.

The Saturn collided with a work truck at the intersection of Balls Ford and Gary Roads near Manassas. No one was injured.

Police called to the scene said one driver failed to stop at a posted stop sign. We don’t yet know who is charged in the crash.

Shattered glass strewn across Balls Ford Road following the collision.

More as we have it.

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Changes coming to transit systems for July 4

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From PRTC: 

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no PRTC bus service on Monday, July 4. Regular Saturday service will resume on Tuesday, July 5.

For best results, local OmniLink passengers wishing to make a reservation for an off-route trip for Tuesday, July 5 should call Customer Service by 7 p.m., Friday, July 1.

In preparation for the three-day weekend, PRTC will have a few extra PM OmniRide buses available for potential overflow on Friday, July 1. Because PRTC experiences a significant increase in mid-day and early afternoon OmniRide passengers on the day before a three-day weekend, to avoid overcrowding you may want to consider taking Metrorail or other regional bus services and transferring to a Metro Direct bus to complete your commute.

For more information, call our Customer Service office at 703-730-6664 or email Omni@OmniRide.com. Schedule information is posted atwww.PRTCtransit.org.

From VRE: 

In observance of Independence Day, VRE will not operate normal service on Monday, July 4th. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, July 5th.

From Metro: 

Metro will provide frequent rail service during the evening hours of Monday, July 4, to accommodate those attending the fireworks display on the National Mall.

Several hundred thousand passengers are expected to take Metrorail on Independence Day, with crowds primarily traveling to and from the 9:10 p.m. fireworks display on the Mall, as well as other events around the region. Metrorail service will operate from 7 a.m. until midnight, with near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire service day.

For more information, please see the news release: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=6127

Photo: John H. Gray

 

 

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