Traffic & Transit
Virginia Railway Express is running normal service today, Oct. 2, 2o13.
A government shutdown has impacted commuters on Virginia Railway Express.
The commuter railroad announced changes to service for Tuesday afternoon. Those changes are listed in full below.
VRE said it will decide by 6 p.m. whether to operate limited service on Wednesday due to the Federal Government shutdown.
More in a press release:
In anticipation of early afternoon commuter rush, we are moving the longer trains earlier in an attempt to accommodate heavy passenger loads. The regular schedule is in effect and unfortunately we do not have the flexibility to operate VRE trains earlier.
301 (Departs Union Station at 12:55p) – 8 cars
303 (Departs Union Station at 3:35p) – 7 cars
305 (Departs Union Station at 4:10p) – 7 cars
307 (Departs Union Station at 4:40p) – 6 cars
309 (Departs Union Station at 5:15p) – 6 cars
311 (Departs Union Station at 6:00p) – 5 cars
313 (Departs Union Station at 6:40p) – 4 cars
325 (Departs Union Station at 1:15p) – 8 cars
327 (Departs Union Station at 3:45p) – 7 cars
329 (Departs Union Station at 4:25p) – 8 cars
331 (Departs Union Station at 5:05p) – 8 cars
333 (Departs Union Station at 5:30p) – 6 cars
335 (Departs Union Station at 6:10p) – 6 cars
337 (Departs Union Station at 6:50p) – 6 cars
As information, Amtrak Cross-Honor trains are available to VRE riders with a valid multi-ride ticket (Monthly, TLC, 10-Ride, 5 Day) and an Amtrak Step-Up ticket, which can be purchased at all Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) and authorized VRE vendors. The available Amtrak Cross-Honor trains are listed in the columns to the right of the VRE trains on our schedule page. Please be aware that Amtrak Cross-Honor trains make limited VRE stops; if you plan to ride one, please double check to make sure it makes your stop. We monitor the on-time performance of these trains and will send out notifications if the Amtrak Cross-Honor trains are late.
We will notify riders by 6pm tonight whether we operate an “S” Schedule or a full schedule tomorrow, October 2, 2013
Update 8 a.m.
The crash has been cleared from the road, police said. There were no reports of any serious injuries.
GAINESVILLE, Va. – Witnesses reported a major crash involving multiple cars on Va. 234 near Balls Ford Road in near Interstate 66 in Manasass.
We’re told the crash is on the northbound side of Va. 234. One lane of traffic gets by northbound after Sudley Manor Drive, according to initial reports.
More as we have it.
GAINESVILLE, Va. – Commuters, shoppers, school buses, and freight trains used to converge at U.S. 29 in Gainesville.
For years the mix of travelers, and a growing population in western Prince William County, made the intersection problematic for not only drivers, but also for Prince William’s finest.
Five train vs. car crashes in the past 18 months at the intersection made things especially hectic. And, while no one was seriously injured in any of the incidents, responding to the train crashes was a major feat.
The accident clean up regularly snarled traffic on surrounding roads because the train was never allowed to move until an “all clear” was given from railroad investigators.
When an SUV headed south on U.S. 29 collided with a train on Dec. 19, a total of 16 Prince William police officers were called to redirect traffic around the mess and assist in an investigation. That doesn’t include a string of Virginia State Police Troopers who helped divert traffic on nearby Interstate 66, fire and rescue crews, and the county’s sheriff’s office that pitched in to help.
It was, at least back then, a typical emergency response for a train vs. car incident in Gainesville.
“We would often hear drivers say ‘I thought I was far enough off the tracks’ or ‘I didn’t even hear a train coming,’” said Prince William police Capt. Heidi Braun.
But all that changed this summer when a new bridge over the train tracks opened to traffic. Now, as part of major ongoing interchange improvements in Gainesville, drivers will no longer have to tussle with trains.
It’s good news when it comes to the safety of drivers, and for police officers who, during a car vs. train crash, would be forced to stand along roadways to direct traffic, risking the chance of being hit by another car.
“You’re going to see more of a smooth transition from Route 29, as shoppers will be able to get from Linton Hall Road and Gateway Center into the shopping center and be separated from all of those commuters who just want to simply go home,” said Braun.
The past five car vs. train crashes took place during evening rush hours, when drivers are out running errands at the adjacent Virginia Gateway Shopping Center, or are simply headed home from work.
Prior to the new bridge opening, the police department worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to implement new safety measures at the intersection.
“VDOT has been very responsive to us. Last year we had some hard-to-see markings that caused drivers not to see the train tracks. So they came out and painted lines, and added lots of signage that said ‘train starts here, stop here,’” said Braun.
The intersection is where U.S. 29, the railroad, Linton Hall Road, and Va. 55 all converge. When the $267 million interchange improvements are complete, U.S. 29 will be widened to six lanes, and a pair of overpasses — one that now carries traffic over the railroad tracks, and the other that will carry traffic over Linton Hall Road and Va. 55 over the railroad and U.S. 29 — will be in place. It will create a limited-access roadway between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive.
More than 57,000 cars a day travel on U.S. 29 in Gainesville, according to VDOT.
Capt. Braun’s intersections to watch out for:
With more than 23 years of law enforcement experience, Capt. Heidi Braun has seen a lot of crashes — some of them fatal.
But you can protect yourself and other drivers by paying attention when behind the wheel while staying safe on the roads. Braun urges drivers to pay close attention at these known problematic intersections Prince William County –
– Sudley Road and Balls Ford Road — Manassas
– Sudley Manor Drive at Sudley Road — Manassas
– Dumfries Road at Prince William Parkway — Manassas
– Dale Boulevard at Minnieville Road — Dale City
– Dale Boulevard at Gideon Drive — Dale City
MANASSAS, Va. – The Bi-County Parkway debate now has the attention of a congressman from Utah.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Education, and represents Utah’s First Congressional District, requested the National Park Service not sign a programmatic agreement for the proposed Bi-County Parkway until the subcommittee had a chance to review it.
The 10-mile parkway would link Interstate 66 in Manassas to Dulles Airport in Loudoun County and under the agreement, could mean the closure of portions of Va. 234 and U.S. 29 inside Manassas National Battlefield Park.
As part of the North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance, the road could ultimately extend to Interstate 95 in Dumfries to carry what Virginia Transportation Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaugton called “light cargo” to and from Dulles Airport.
“The most recent draft…raises significant concerns regarding the adherence to the provisions of Public Law 100-647 which addresses the closure of public highways known as routes 29 and 234 upon the completion of a replacement facility commonly referred to as the Manassas National Battlefield Park Bypass,” penned Bishop.
MORE to the STORY: Read Bishop’s entire letter
To the delight of those who live inside the park and use Va. 234 and U.S. 29, and to those against the proposed Bi-County Parkway that would run through a portion of the National Park, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors this resolved to keep open both roads open inside the park until a Battlefield Bypass is built. The National Park service would like to see those portions of the heavily-traveled commuter routes closed to improve the park visitor’s experience.
Delegate Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, Prince William, Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland, and “Say No the Tri-County (Bi-County) Parkway” organizer Mary Ann Gadban met with Bishop last week, according to a spokesman in Candland’s office.
But not everyone is against the proposed highway. Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce support the road and say it will spur more economic growth in the county and Manassas.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va .– Two major thoroughfares inside Manassas National Battlefield Park, Va. 234 and U.S. 29, will not close until a bypass road around the hallowed ground is built.
That was a resolution first passed by Prince William County officials in the middle portion of the past decade and reaffirmed Tuesday afternoon by the sitting Board of County Supervisors in 6-2 vote.
Supervisor Peter Candland, who supports an unfunded road that’s been on the books since 1988 called the Battlefield Bypass and Chairman Corey Stewart, who opposes the road but supports a Bi-County Parkway — a 10-mile extension of Va. 234 Business from where the road meets Interstate 66 in Manassas to Dulles Airport, and allowing it to connect with Interstate 95 in Dumfries — both engaged each other in heated debate prior to the vote. Stewart and Supervisor John Jenkins were the dissenting votes cast on the eight-member Board.
“The Battlefield bypass is disaster of a road. That’s not a real alternative, and if you build it, however, and if we do anything to instigate its construction, it means that not only is VDOT going to shut down 234, they’re going to shut down 29 as well.
Stewart added today’s vote means a change in county policy, and that if both a Bi-County Parkway and a Battlefield Bypass is built, Va. 234 and U.S. 29 inside the National Park would ultimately be closed by state officials, anyway.
Park officials at the battlefield support closing the a portion of the heavily-traveled commuter roadways inside the park to improve the visitor experience.
Candland accused Stewart of “clearing a path” for the eventual construction of the Bi-County Parkway, a road that would run across a portion of the National Park land, and that is revered by those who live in the area and members of the Sudley Methodist United Church, which dates back to 1789 and lies along the proposed construction route.
“If we move forward with the policy that [Chairman Stewart] is wholeheartedly endorsing here, that the closure of 234 will happen when that section of the Bi-County Parkway is built, that is not acceptable to me,” said Candland.
Business groups support a Bi-County Parkway and say it will spur economic growth in Prince William County’s long-dormant Innovation technology park near along Va. 234 near Manassas. Last week, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce urged residents to take a closer look at the proposed Bi-County Parkway, plans for which have been on the books since 2001, and allow state transportation officials to complete the environmental impact study (EIS) that is required before the project can move forward.
Virginia Transportation Sean Connaughton said he would like to initiate the EIS before Gov. Robert F. McDonnell leaves office in January.
More than 1,000 drivers on Virginia highways were cited for speeding over the weekend.
Virginia State Police fanned out across Interstates 95, 81, 85, and 64 for a special “Operation Air, Land, and Speed” enforcement.
More in a press release:
As a result 1,008 speeders and 255 reckless drivers were cited during the traffic-safety campaign. In addition, one drunk driver was arrested on Interstate 81. Sixty-two drivers were cited for failing to buckle up and there were a total of nine drug/felony arrests during the operation.
A total of 870 miles of highway were covered in the special enforcement. Below are the citation numbers provided by Virginia State Police:
NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Paving work at Staffordboro Boulevard in North Stafford is scheduled to take place over the next two weekends.
It’s part of a $12.9 million project to improve the intersection of the road with Va. 610, and to add an additional 1,000 commuter parking spaces at the Staffordboro commuter lot.
More in a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:
A single lane of Staffordboro Boulevard will be closed from Stafford Marketplace to north of Woodstream Boulevard from 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 to shortly after 12 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, and two lanes will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 to shortly after 12 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30.
The Staffordboro Boulevard entrance to Stafford Marketplace and Woodstream Boulevard will be closed to all traffic over the weekend of Sept. 20-23. All Staffordboro Boulevard traffic traveling to Stafford Marketplace should use the Route 610 or Prosperity Lane entrance. Northbound Staffordboro Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Pike Place to access Woodstream Boulevard.
During the weekend of Sept. 27-30, the Staffordboro Boulevard entrance to Stafford Marketplace and Woodstream Boulevard will be open only to vehicles making right turns into, and from, these streets.
Virginia State Police are gearing up for a statewide enforcement of Interstate highways. They’ll do it, in part, on Saturday from the sky.
The law enforcement agency will conduct its latest Operation Air, Land & Speed traffic safety campaign. On Saturday, they’ll be watching closely drivers on I-95, 81, 85, and 64 for the one-day event. A total of 870 miles of highway will be covered by the stepped-up enforcement.
Here’s more in a press release:
“This traffic safety effort follows up on our enforcement operations deployed during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Saturdays in September typically see an increased volume in interstate traffic due to college football games and numerous festivals and events occurring across the state. More traffic typically leads to more crashes, injuries, deaths and other serious traffic-related incidents. Therefore, this operation is both about enforcement and education. We want to stop those drivers putting others at risk, while at the same getting individuals to think twice about their own driving behaviors and make safer choices while on the road.”
The comprehensive enforcement project is aimed at preventing and reducing traffic crashes and deaths on Virginia’s interstates caused by impaired, reckless, distracted and/or speeding motorists. In addition, state police will also be on the lookout for unbuckled adults, teens and children as National Child Passenger Safety Week begins Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Those troopers who are not involved with the special enforcement will go about their day jobs as normal on Saturday, according to state police.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – The idea of a Bi-County Parkway in Prince William and Loudoun counties sits well with 107 businesses and organizations.
They, with the help of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce that has been outspoken in their support of a new highway linking Dumfries to Dulles Airport, sent a letter to state officials stating the roadway will bring improved mobility in an ever-growing region, and help attract high-paying jobs to a tech park in Manassas.
“People will come and the consequences will be gridlock on Route 15, Route 234, and Route 28 — the only significant alternatives to traveling north and south — The Bi-County Parkway is essential to achieve your vision the Innovation Technology Park. Access to Dulles Airport will make Innovation more attractive to technology and bioscience companies that want to recruit,” said Prince William Chamber Chairman and Apple Federal Credit Union Regional President Bill White.
The letter and White’s comments come a week after residents and a group of GOP politicians opposed to the parkway — which would travel the route of Va. 234 in Dumfries to Interstate 66, and then on a new 10-mile stretch of a road through a portion of Manassas Battlefield Park to Dulles Airport — gathered to voice their opposition to the highway.
Opponents claim the roadway will bring increased cargo truck traffic through Prince William County and, per an agreement with the U.S. Park Service and transportation officials, would close a portion of U.S. 29 and Va. 234 that runs inside the Battlefield Park.
The Prince William Chamber maintains a small group of individuals are opposed to the highway, that the plan for a Bi-County Parkway has been on the books since 2001, and that transportation officials are working diligently with homeowners associations to hear their concerns. So far, there has been no response from officials in Richmond to the letter.
Mike Vanderpool at Vanderpool, Frostick, and Nishanian Attorneys supports more study of the roadway and urges residents not to rush to judgement.
“My wife travels extensively, and she is constantly battling her way to Dulles Airport, so, from the perspective of Manassas City residents, a direct route to the airport would be very beneficial,” said Vanderpool.
The Bi-County Parkway remains in its infancy and has not yet entered the “design phase.” Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton said he would like to have an environmental impact study for the roadway completed by the time Gov. Robert F. McDonnell leaves office in January.
Businesses and organizations in support of a Bi-County Parkway
Access Point Public Affairs
Apple Federal Credit Union
Bennett, Atkinson & Associates, P.C
Bowman Consulting Group
Bridgman Communications, Inc.
Buchanan Partners LLC
C.C. Bartholomew/ Long & Foster Realtors
Communicate By Design
DBI Architects, Inc.
Fortessa, Fortessa Tableware Solutions
Guernsey Office Products
Harvest Life Changers Church
HCA Virginia Health System
Heritage Landscape Services
I-95 Business Park Management, LLC
Inova Loudoun Hospital
JP Events & Consulting, Kelly Insurance Agency
KT Enterprises Inc.
Loudoun Insurance Group, LLC
McLean Insurance Agency
MDA Technologies Group LLC
Mercure Business Park Association
Micron Technology, Inc.
MTCI – Management and Training Consultants, Inc.
Nova Medical & Urgent Care
NOVEC – Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative
Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, Ltd.
Extraordinary Transitions/Long & Foster REALTORS
Pangle & Associates
R. E. Daffan, Inc.
R.W. Murray Co
Rinker Design Associates, P.C.
Road Star Internet
S.W. Rodgers Co., Inc.,
Segmental Wall Solutions
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
Sevila Saunders Huddleston & White
South Riding Nurseries
Superior Paving Corporation
Telos, TETRA Corporation
The Lane Construction Corporation
The Peterson Companies
TML – A Xerox Company
Total Development Solutions
U.S. Transactions Corp.
Uno Chicago Grill
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC
Veatch Commercial Real Estate
Virginia Paving Co.
Virginia Sign & Lighting
American Concrete Paving Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter
American Council of Engineering Companies-Virginia Chapter
Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington
Associated Builders and Contractors- Virginia Chapter
Clarke-Hook Corporation Committee for Dulles
Dulles South Alliance
Dulles Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Home Builders Association of Virginia
NAIOP Northern Virginia,NAIOP
Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association
REALTORS® Association of Prince William
Virginia Asphalt Association
Virginia Association of General Contractors
Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Virginians for Better Transportation
Washington Airports Task Force
Barry Mark, member NVTA Board
Deborah Tompkins Johnson
Pamela Jones, Inc. – Owner
Chambers of commerce
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Prince William Chamber of Commerce
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – It’s no secret that traffic on Interstate 95 is just as worse on weekends as it is during rush hour on weekdays.
That’s why Virginia Megaprojects — the people who are converting the HOV lanes to a hybrid system of HOV and toll lanes from Dumfries to Edsall Road in Alexandria — will fund a new Saturday bus service from Woodbridge to Springfield.
Here’s more in a press release from the agency that will operate the bus service, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission:
PRTC is pleased to announce the start of Saturday bus service between eastern Prince William County and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station as of September 14, 2013.
This Saturday bus service is a three-month pilot program entirely funded by Virginia Megaprojects to address congestion on I-95 during weekends when the HOV lanes are closed for construction of the I-95/I-395 Express Lanes. Fares for the Saturday service will be free during the three month trial period.
Virginia Megaprojects is a collaboration of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to offer what is sure to be a valuable service to our passengers, and we thank the staff at Virginia Megaprojects for providing the funding to make this possible,” said PRTC Executive Director Alfred Harf.
The Saturday Prince William Metro Direct service will start at 7:35 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. Buses will run every 45 minutes between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and will run every 90 minutes at other times. Locally, buses will pick up and drop off passengers at Potomac Mills Mall and the PRTC Transit Center, where passengers also can transfer to OmniLink local buses serving eastern Prince William County. A map and timetable for the new Saturday route are available at PRTCtransit.org.
PRTC currently operates its Prince William Metro Direct service Mondays through Fridays. Regular one-way fares for the weekday service are $3.60 cash or $2.90 when paying with a SmarTrip card. The Saturday fare will be free to give drivers added incentive to leave their cars behind and help to lessen the traffic congestion while VDOT works on the I-95 HOV Lanes.
Saturday service between eastern Prince William County and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station has long been in PRTC’s Long-Range Plan and consistently tops the list of service improvements requested by PRTC passengers.
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 511virginia.org.
Next weekend, construction crews and the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the majority of the HOV lanes on Interstate 95 and 395.
There will be more closures in the months to come, and transportation officials have provided information about them so you can plan around them.
Here’s more in a press release:
Beginning next weekend (September 13-15), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will extend weekend closures of the reversible High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes on I-95/395 from Turkeycock (Edsall Road) to Dumfries, just south of Exit 152 (Route 234). Through September, the HOV lanes will close on Friday nights and remain closed until Sunday afternoons. In October, the HOV lanes will close on Friday nights and remain closed until 4 a.m. Monday mornings. Details below:
September Weekends (13, 20, and 27): HOV lanes will close on Friday nights, remain closed all day on Saturdays, and reopen on Sunday afternoons by 2 p.m. heading northbound.
October Weekends (4, 18 and 25): HOV lanes will close on Friday nights, remain closed the entire weekend, and reopen on Monday mornings by 4 a.m. heading northbound.
October 11 (Columbus Day weekend): HOV lanes will close during overnight hours only, no daytime closures.
Sundays when the Redskins play at home: HOV lanes will open northbound by 2 p.m.
The 95 Express Lanes project has completed one full year of construction. Extended weekend HOV closures will enable crews to advance critical work including:
* Installing sign structure foundations
* Placing stormwater management drainage
* Repairing existing roadway surfaces
* Milling old pavement
* Paving lanes with new asphalt
* Installing new pavement markings and guardrail
* Pouring new concrete barriers
Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays along I-95/395 when the HOV Lanes are closed. The HOV Lanes will remain open from the Washington D.C. line to Duke Street. For additional details, Review HOV closure fact sheet here.
Amtrak reports all train traffic flowing without delay in the area of the crash.
BRISTOW, Va. –At least one victim was flown to a hospital after a crash near a railroad crossing on Bristow Road in Bristow.
The crash happened about 11:3o a.m., and one of the victims appears to have suffered serious injuries. At least one person was ejected from a vehicle, according to initial reports.
Two other people were also injured in the crash. There’s no word yet on the extent of their injuries.
All traffic on the two-lane Bristow Road has been halted, and so has traffic on a nearby railroad line. No train was involved in the crash.
A victim was flown from a nearby Harris Teeter grocery store parking lot on Linton Hall Road, according to initial reports.
Here’s more info from Prince William police:
AUTO CRASH: Bristow Road at the Railroad Crossing (near Milford Road) 3 vehicles involved. BRISTOW ROAD IS CLOSED with alternate routes established at Valley View Drive and at Route 28 (Nokesville Road). Motorists use caution.
DALE CITY, Va. -- Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a fuel spill on Interstate 95.
A tractor trailer headed north on I-95 at mile post 155 in Dale City ran off of the highway while attempting to avoid colliding with another car while switching lanes. At 2:10 p.m., the truck hit a Jersey wall and ruptured its right fuel tank, which sent diesel spilling across two of the three northbound travel lanes, said police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
No one was injured and the tractor trailer remained upright during the incident.
“Traffic was diverted into the HOV lanes to give VDOT the space to safely operate and complete the substantial cleanup process of the fuel. Cleanup was completed and road was interstate was reopened to traffic at 6:50 p.m. Monday,” stated Geller in a press release.
Traffic delays built as far south as Stafford County, where variable message sign boards were posted at Garrisonville warning drivers about the incident 12 miles ahead.
The crash happened during the busy Labor Day travel holiday. All lane construction lane closures had previously been suspended by the Virginia Department of Transportation until noon Tuesday.
GAINESVILLE, Va. – Remember a few weeks back when we told you to avoid Gainesville like the plague? Tonight, you’ll want to heed that warning.
Construction crews will close all but one lane in each direction on U.S. 29 and Linton Hall Road. It’s a busy intersection near Interstate 66 that draws not only cars and trucks, but it also has a busy street-level railroad crossing.
The reason for the roadwork is actually about the railroad as crews are working to shift traffic on U.S. 29 to a new bridge that will carry vehicles over the street level crossing, which has been the site of several vehicle vs. train collisions over the years.
The work will break down like this:
From 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until noon Sunday, Aug. 25, only one lane in each direction will be open on Route 29 and Linton Hall Road and some turning movements will be restricted.
Motorists can avoid delays of up to an hour through Gainesville by using I-66 and Route 15.
In order to switch traffic, crews need to construct a tie-in to the new bridge and pave and stripe the area. Police will be on the scene to assist with traffic control.
Originally, the Virginia Department of Transportation scheduled the traffic shift last weekend but a Jimmy Buffett concert at nearby Jiffy Lube Live, and the traffic it would bring, prompted officials think better of their decision and postpone the work to this weekend.
This work is apart of a project that began in the early part of the last decade, as crews began widening a portion of I-66 to eight lanes between Va. 234 (Sudley Road) to Va. 234 Bypass (Prince William Parkway), which was completed in 2006.
Another leg of the project, a 4-lane University Boulevard in Gainesville, also opened in 2006. Subsequent work also included widening I-66 from Va. 234 Bypass to U.S. 29, as well as improving the interchange at U.S. 29 and I-66.
A congested area, Gainesville is a magnet for shoppers, and serves as a gateway to Charlottesville and other portions of Virginia for traveling by way of U.S. 29.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Work to widen and extend Rollins Ford Road is progressing.
The $15.1 million project to widen the Prince William County thoroughfare to four lanes and extend it from Songsparrow Drive to the busy Vint Hill Road is on time and on budget, county spokesman Keith Walker stated in an email.
When completed, Rollins Ford Road will connect Vint Hill and Linton Hall roads in Bristow. A portion of the new roadway will cross Broad Run, and a bridge is being built as part of the project.
Developers contributed $1,600 in proffer funds for the widening project.
The project is funded by a road bond referendum passed in 2006.
View Rollins Ford Road Widening in a larger map
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.
DUMFRIES, Va. – Dumfries officials want U.S. 1 — the heavily used 4-lane highway that bisects the town — to run on the straight and narrow.
A plan, long on the books to be completed by 2030, would widen U.S. 1 to six lanes so the north and south portions of the highway would run on the same span on Fraley Blvd. where the U.S. 1 north traffic runs now. It also means Main Street in front of Town Hall would no longer carry U.S. 1 south traffic.
The 1.5 mile widening project, from Brady’s Hill Road (where U.S 1 has already been widened to six lanes) to the intersection of Va. 234 near the Potomac Shores neighborhood in Prince William County currently under construction — will cost $60 million, and Virginia transportation officials say there’s already $2.2 million of that ready to go to start work.
Town Mayor Jerry Foreman serves on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), a board that determines which regional road projects will be funded with state tax dollars. He says Dumfries will move forward with a plan to place U.S. 1 widening on NVTA’s six-year funding plan, and that could mean the road would be widened about 10 years ahead of schedule.
More in a statement from Foreman:
A transportation project such as the Route l corridor (which is considered a major relief artery at the federal level) has been allowed to be piecemealed by partisan politics. The Town, working with the NVTA and VDOT should improve the remaining one mile of the town’s portion of Route 1 widening at the same time as the Route 1 and Route 234 improvements.
Rather than wait another five to ten years to improve the remaining one mile, politicians and VDOT should show fiduciary and planning acumen with taxpayer’s monies and properly widen all of Route 1 in the town in the same effort.
The improvements to U.S. 1 and Va. 234 cited in Foreman’s statement will be done as a new road, Potomac Shores Parkway, will be constructed to allow access to some 4,000 new homes to be built as part of Potomac Shores on the banks of the Potomac River.
The conventional thinking is, if construction crews are going to work to improve part of U.S. 1 at Dumfries, why not improve all of U.S. 1 through Dumfries?
The Dumfries Town Council is expected to approve the motion to lobby NTVA for funding for the widening project in September.
DALE CITY, Va. – Chunks of asphalt, rocks, mud, and other debris were left behind after a geyser erupted on Catalpa Court in Dale City.
A water main break Sunday night on the neighborhood street in the Catbrier Heights section near Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Station 10 on Dale Boulevard left at least 50 townhomes without water.
Witnesses said the geyser shot at least 10 feet in into the air. In its wake, a 10-foot wide sinkhole was created where the main ruptured. The cause of the eruption was unknown late Sunday night.
VIDEO: WILLIAM GOLDEN
Utility crews were called in and were able to shut off water to the main. At least half of the homes in the neighborhood still had water as those units received Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Christopher Hool.
A homeowners association representative said those who were without water would have to wait at least eight hours for it to be restored. There were also plans to use dirt to fill in the sinkhole, and then apply temporary asphalt so drivers could once again get in and out of the neighborhood.
In addition to fire and rescue crews, police closed Catalpa Court to traffic while the mess was being cleaned up.The thoroughfare, which connects with Dale Boulevard, is the only way in and out of Catbrier Heights.
“There was water everywhere,” said William Golden, who shot a video of the geyser. “No one has been able to drive on the street since it erupted.”
Dodging police tape set up around the sinkhole, several residents were seen walking and carrying groceries and other necessities in plastic bags to their homes.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A 53-year-old man killed when his moped collided with Hyundai Tucson.
More in a police press release.
Fatal Crash – On August 15, 2013 at 6:08PM, police responded to Featherstone Square located at 14565 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge (22191) for a crash.
The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2005 Hyundai Tucson, while traveling eastbound through the parking lot of Featherstone Square, made a left turn into the path of a 2012 Chongqig Renegade Moped.
The driver of the moped was unable to stop and ultimately collided with the Hyundai. The driver of the moped was flown to an area hospital where he died from his injuries later in the evening.
The driver of the 2012 Chongqig Renegade Moped, the deceased, was identified as Ray A. DAUGHERTY, 53, of Woodbridge, VA
The driver of the 2005 Hyundai Tucson was identified as a 26 year old man of Charlotte, North Carolina. Investigation continues.
The HOV lanes on Interstate 95 and 395 will be close tonight and remain closed through this weekend for paving.
Here’s more in a press release from Virginia Megaprojects:
Continuing this weekend, Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will implement closures along the I-395/I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as part of the 95 Express Lanes project. The mid-section of the HOV Lanes between Turkeycock (Edsall Road) and Newington (Exit 169) will remain closed all day Saturday. Crews will be milling (removing the top layer of old asphalt) and paving the existing HOV lanes throughout the Express Lanes Corridor. The following schedule will be in effect: Friday night, August 16 by 11 p.m.: Entire HOV lane facility closed from Washington, D.C. to Dumfries (Route 234).
Saturday morning, August 17 by 8 a.m.:
HOV lanes open to southbound traffic from Washington, D.C. to the Turkeycock (Edsall Road) exit where all southbound motorists must exit the HOV lanes and merge onto the I-395/I-95 general purpose lanes.
HOV lanes closed between Turkeycock (Edsall Road) and Exit 161, U.S. Route 1.
Southbound 95 motorists may reenter 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 for reversal operations.
Saturday afternoon, by 4 p.m.:
HOV lanes open northbound from Dumfries (Route 234) to Newington (Exit 169).
HOV lanes closed between Newington (Exit 169) and Turkeycock (Edsall Road).
Northbound traffic can reenter the HOV lanes at Turkeycock (Edsall Road).
Saturday night by 11 p.m.:Entire HOV facilityclosed from Dumfries (Route 234) to Washington D.C.
Sunday morning, August 18 by 10 a.m.: Entire HOV facility open to northbound traffic.
Crews will mill approximately two miles of the HOV lanes at a time and then repave with new asphalt, beginning at I-395 and Edsall Road and progress south on I-95 to Garrisonville Road. Crews will sweep milled surfaces to ensure the roadway is as smooth as possible, until paving is completed.
The milling and paving operations will continue through September. The work is necessary to prepare the HOV lanes for a traffic shift scheduled for this fall, and allow work on the new Express Lanes to advance.