Traffic & Transit

No Injuries Reported in School Bus Crash

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police are on the scene of a school bus crash involving children from Fred. M. Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge.

No one on the bus was injured, said Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer. The crash occurred at the intersection of Old Bridge and Occoquan roads in Woodbridge.

A driver apparently ran a red light and collided with  school bus #457 which was carrying 10 students. The extent of the damage is not known, said Cromer.

 

495 Express Lanes Free This Weekend

495 Express Lanes at Tysons Corner [Photo: Trevor Wrayton, VDOT]

By KJ MUSHUNG 

Traffic is going to be crazy this weekend since it’s the end of Spring Break for some schools. But there might be a better way to get around it if your route takes you along Interstate 495.

The new 495 Express Lanes will be open to drivers this Saturday and Sunday for free. This opportunity is not to relieve Spring Break traffic so much as allow drivers who haven’t tried the lanes and are unsure of how to enter and exit them to give it a go.

No E-ZPass required. Those who have an E-ZPass won’t be charged a toll. Of course, there might be a glitch in the system, but that’s the plan.

The 495 Express Lanes opened on Nov. 17, 2012.

A press release from Transurban Operations says: “Now’s your chance – check out your commute to the office.” But that’s a little difficult to do on a weekend when most people work weekdays. Plus, a weekend at the end of Spring Break is going to skew traffic results.

Nevertheless, it’s free and worth it to become familiar with the express lanes in case you have to use them unexpectedly. The free travel weekend will begin at Saturday, April 6 at 12:01 a.m., and run until Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

If you’re interested, go to 495ExpressLanes.com to map your route. There are new exits in Merrifield at Route 29 and in Tysons Corner at Westpark and Jones Branch. The express lanes currently have the following entry and exit points:

-Northern Beltway Access

-Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road and Airport Access Road)

-Jones Branch Drive

-Westpark Drive

-Route 7 (Leesburg Pike)

-Interstate 66

-Lee Highway (Route 29)

-Gallows Road

-Braddock Road

-I-95/I-395/I-495 (Springfield Interchange)

Detour Planned for U.S. 15 in Haymarket

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

HAYMARKET, Va. – Does your Sunday drive take you through Haymarket?

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced a detour that will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More in a press release:

On Sunday, April 7, Route 15 (James Madison Highway) will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. between Market Ridge Boulevard and Route 55 in Haymarket while Norfolk Southern performs work at the railroad crossing.

The work is being done during the daytime for the safety of the railroad workers.

Motorists will follow posted detours:

·         Motorists wanting to go north on Route 15 will use Route 29 North to I-66 West and exit back onto Route 15.

·         Motorists heading south on Route 15 will take Route 55 East to Route 29.

Police will be on the scene for traffic control.

New Steel Erected Over Russell Rd. as Part of Express Lanes Project

New steel is erected as part of a project to build a new bridge over Russell Road at Quantico, as part of the 95 Express Lanes Project. [Submitted photo]

QUANTICO, Va. — Last week, the 95 Express Lanes crews hung these beams over Russell Road at Quantico for the new overpass for the lanes when they open in late 2014.

Last night, work began on nearby Telegraph Road, where a two-lane bridge will be demolished to make way for a new bridge to carry traffic over I-95. The project is expected to take nine months to complete.

Go to vamegaprojects.com for more information.

The Express Lanes Project isn’t the only effort underway to improve the drive on I-95 in Prince William County. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are also widening the shoulders of the highway and adding auxiliary lanes – a project that is expected to last two years.

The improvement project began yesterday, and at the same time massive delays formed on both sides of I-95. Drivers quickly jumped off the highway and onto U.S. 1 as a bailout route, though traffic on it quickly slowed thereafter.

Two Accidents on 610 Add to Saturday Traffic Woes

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610. [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]


Police respond to the scene of an accident  on Garrisonville Road, west of Onville Road. The white SUV shown here is facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

Police respond to the scene of an accident on Garrisonville Road, west of Onville Road. The white SUV shown here is facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of Va. 610. [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

Residents Weigh in on Wider U.S. 1 Linking Prince William, Stafford

Jack Von Dop, of the Federal Highway Administration, presents the results and proposed goals of a road-widening project along U.S. 1 in Stafford and Prince William counties. Von Dop briefed area residents about the study results during a public information meeting tuesday evening at Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Stafford. [Photo; Keith Walker / For Potomac Local News]

By KEITH WALKER
For Potomac Local News

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — People are starting to look at future improvements to U.S. 1 between Joplin Road in Prince William County to Russell Road in Stafford County.

As can be imagined, a lot of factors would need consideration before starting the road-widening project.

Jack Van Dop, of the Federal Highway Administration, outlined some of those issues during a public hearing at Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Stafford County Tuesday night.

Costs of buying rights-of-way, cultural and social impacts as well as protecting streams and waterways all come into play in any road project, but right now, Van Dop the project is in its beginning phase.

“This is really a phase step one of a planning study versus the environmental design-construction schedule,” Van Dop told the audience of about 40 people who attended the meeting.

Van Dop said that previous public meetings in May and October of 2012, showed that people along the corridor are most concerned about congestion at the Joplin Road entrance to Quantico Marine Corp Base, impacts on local businesses and residents, access to Interstate 95 and the need for safe bicycle and pedestrian walkways and paths.

In addition to widening U.S. 1 from four to six lanes to accommodate increasing congestion in Stafford’s Bowell’s Corner area Telegraph Road, there is also discussion about how to improve nearby Russell Road that leads to the back entrance to Quantico.

Several improvements are under consideration:

1. Place two signal lights on Russell Road – one where traffic accesses southbound U.S. 1 and the other near the gate where traffic accesses northbound U.S. 1.

2. Construct a cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 1 and Russell Road

3. Construct a half cloverleaf on the northbound side of U.S. 1 and place a signal light on Russell Road where drivers access southbound U.S. 1.

Terry Heilman, of Widewater, attended the meeting and said he found it informative.

“I just wanted to see what was proposed,” said the retired U.S. Army Master Sgt.

Heilman went on to say that he thought the project, which Van Dop said has yet to be funded, will eventually come about.

“In the long run, I’m sure it needs to be done. It’ll be somewhat painful for a while,” Heilman said.

Rebecca Dixon, a nurse who works at Fort Belvoir, said she hopes that protecting the environment gets due consideration.

“I worry about the wetlands,” said Dixon, who lives in Stafford County.

Still she recognizes the project needs to move forward.

“I think it’s necessary because … it’s already very congested at the peak times,” she said

Dixon said she favored including walkways and paths along the highway, but wasn’t optimistic they would be included in any future road widening project.

“I feel that we really need to be concerned about the homes here and pedestrians and bicyclists. I think we really do need to incorporate some things to accommodate the public in a safe way. I think it’s a low priority from what I’m seeing,” she said.

Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Public Affairs, said the state would ultimately be in charge of allocating any money to the project since federal funds go through the states.

“They’re always in charge of deciding which project will get acted upon,” Hecox said.

Van Dop told people who attended the meeting that the next steps would include aerial mapping and trying to find money for design and construction.

For now though, the feasibility study only shows only what might happen if the project proceeds, Hecox said.

“This purely an analysis on ‘what if.’” It’s if they decide do it, what would it take to do it?” he said.

All Lanes of I-95 Closing at Midnight near Lorton

LORTON, Va. — Interstate 95 at mile post 163 166 near Lorton will close at midnight so crews can restring power lines.

Here’s the latest from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Weather permitting, tonight March 27, at 11 p.m. the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the right lane on I-95 north and south near Exit 166, Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286), leading to a 30 minute stoppage of traffic in both directions after midnight to allow Dominion Power to install new overhead electrical lines.

Signs and message boards will be posted along the corridor to inform motorist of construction activities. Police will be onsite for motorists safety. All lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28.

 

Mega Mike: Expect I-95 Lane Closures All Week

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

Hear ye, hear ye, the Virginia Megaprojects is closing all lanes of Interstate 95 south at Quantico for one hour!

Do I have your attention now? As part of the 95 Express Lanes project, the Telegraph Road bridge in the Quantico area is being demolished and replaced with another overpass that will span both the north and south bound lanes of I-95 as well as the future Express Lanes.

• Monday, April 1, the Telegraph Road highway overpass over I-95 will close for nine months. This closure will allow crews to rebuild a new Telegraph Road bridge that will span the future 95 Express Lanes. This closure will have localized impacts and a long-term detour will be in place via Russell Road or U.S. 1.

• Demolition will also begin as early as Monday, April 1 requiring multiple lane closures on I-95 South. Motorists should expect delays. This will continue for the next couple of weeks.

• In addition to the multiple lane closures, on or about Friday, April 5, crews will close all lanes on I-95 South at Telegraph Road in the overnight hours for one-hour so the steel girders can be demolished. I-95 southbound traffic will be detoured from Russell Road to Route 1 to Garrisonville Road and back to I-95 south.

Drivers should expect delays and are urged to avoid the area. The following week, Friday, April 12, this work is scheduled to shift to the northbound side and I-95 North will be closed in the overnight hours for 30 minutes at a time.

All road construction is weather dependent, visit vamegaprojects.com for updated schedules.

 

McDonnell Amends Texting Bill Soon to Become Law

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

By URIAH KISER

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police in Virginia are one step closer to being able to stop you if they see you using your cell phone to text behind the wheel.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell Tuesday amended a measure championed by Prince William County Delegate Richard Anderson that will make it a first offense to text and drive, giving police to slap higher fines of $125 for first offenders and $250 for second time offenders.

With the governor’s amendment, the first and second offense fines originally set as part of Anderson’s bill at $250 and $500, respectively, were reduced after McDonnell stepped to and amended the bill before signing he signs it into law. Subsequent offenders face fines ranging from $50 to $500.

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McDonnell on Tuesday said he hopes to get more guidelines from law enforcement officials on what constitutes stopping a person when seen using their phone.

“This bill is confined to texting while driving. People can and will continue to use their phones to talk, to play tick-tack-toe… we need to have a consensus from law enforcement on when are stopped when they’re suspected to texting from their phones,” McDonnell told Potomac Local News.

A total of seven legislators from across the state submitted texting bills during this year’s General Assembly in Richmond. All were rolled into the bill put forth by Anderson, who navigated it through the legislature.

“Through the eyes of others who have lost family members to texting drivers, and my own observations while driving on a frequent and regular basis between my Prince William home and the Virginia State Capitol, I’ve seen firsthand the statewide threat posed by texters behind the wheel,” said Anderson. “I’ve seen the pain in the eyes of my Woodbridge neighbors who lost their brother to a texting driver, and my real focus has been to protect Virginia families and prevent the needless loss of life and personal injury that has resulted in the commonwealth.”

The neighbors in which Anderson refers to were two sisters from Lake Ridge who spoke with Anderson last year, following the failure of Anderson’s 2012 bill that elevated texting while driving from a secondary to a primary offense, who told them about their brother who was killed after being involved in a crash with another driver who was texting behind the wheel.

Serious Crash reported I-95 at Pr. William Parkway

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A serious crash has closed two lanes of Interstate 95 south this morning.

Potomac Local News Slug Tales writer Laura Cirillo reports seeing two cars flipped over just before the exit ramp to the Horner Road Commuter lot in Woodbridge.

The crash is just before Prince William Parkway, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Witnesses said several emergency crews are on the scene.

More as we have it.

 

Meetings Set for U.S. 1 Projects in Dumfries, Stafford

Future of U.S. 1 topic of two public meetings this week

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Officials that want to improve U.S. 1 will hold public meetings this week to show what they plan to do.

First up is a meeting about widening the highway in the gap between Prince William and Stafford counties – linking Triangle and Stafford County’s Boswell’s Corner areas, as well as both the main and back gates of Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Since the relocation of more than 6,000 federal workers to Quantico as part of BRAC, traffic volumes during peak periods have increased on U.S. 1 at Boswell’s Corner.

During Tuesday’s meeting, federal and local officials are seeking feedback on what to do along this stretch roadway. Specifically, at Russell Road and U.S. 1 where drivers access Quantico’s back gate, three improvements have been proposed:

1. Place two signal lights on Russell Road – one where traffic accesses southbound U.S. 1 and the other near the gate where traffic accesses northbound U.S. 1.

2. Construct a cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 1 and Russell Road

3. Construct a half cloverleaf on the northbound side of U.S. 1 and place a signal light on Russell Road where drivers access southbound U.S. 1.

This third and final public meeting on this project comes after officials conducted a wide-ranging study on how to improve the corridor, which is becoming more populated with military, federal workers, and contractors who have relocated to the Quantico Corporate Center at Boswell’s Corner.

The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hilldrup Moving and Storage on 4022 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in North Stafford.

Improvements are also planned for U.S. 1 in Dumfries, specifically improvements at the busy intersection of U.S. 1, Curtis Drive, and Graham Park Road, will mean more turn lanes, a new northbound lane, and sidewalk improvements.

More in a statement from Dumfries’ Public Works Department:

The project elements include:

• An additional turn lane on Graham Park Road between Fraley Boulevard and Main Street

• An additional left turn lane on southbound Main Street

• Creation of a northbound lane on Main Street from Tebbs Lane to Curtis Drive/Graham Park Road

• Sidewalks and improved crosswalks

• Replacing the traffic signals at Graham Park Road/Curtis Drive and Main Street and Fraley Boulevard/Graham Park Road.

That northbound lane on Main Street, from Trebbs Lane to Graham Park Road, will mean the widening of U.S. 1 south (Main Street) from two to three lanes in. Once complete, it’ll mirror the southbound portion of U.S. 1 that runs in front of Town Hall, with two southbound lanes and one lane headed north.

Head-On Collision Injures Several, Shuts Down Road

A crash closed a portion of Stefaniga and Popular roads in Stafford County this morning. [Submitted photo]

By KJ MUSHUNG

STAFFORD, Va. – A head-on collision between a pickup truck and an SUV injured at least three people and shut down a road in western Stafford County today. The accident occurred before noon at the intersection of Poplar and Stefaniga roads, shutting down Stefaniga in both directions.

According to initial reports, at least three people appeared to be injured. One was transported to Stafford Hospital. One of the drivers and a second person were evaluated by emergency personnel at the scene but refused to be taken to the hospital.

A call to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned.

A witness to the crash said heavy snow was falling at the time of the collision and visibility was greatly reduced. 

Mobile Home Fire Shuts Down Route 1

A fire gutted this mobile home in Woodbridge. [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

By KJ MUSHUNG

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A fire at Holly Acres Mobile Home Park caused U.S. 1 Jefferson Davis Highway to be shut down on a busy Friday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., a single mobile home was in flames in the community was known for having been flooded in 2011. A female was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for smoke inhalation. A Spanish-speaking officer was called to the hospital to interview her, according to the police scanner.

Prince William County Battalion Fire Chief Curtis Brodie said they have an investigative team on the scene.

The family's dog was not injured in the mobile home fire and was watched over by the Prince William Police while its owner was treated for smoke inhalation.  [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

The family’s dog was not injured in the mobile home fire and was watched over by the Prince William Police while its owner was treated for smoke inhalation. [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

Gaping Hole in Bridge Repaired

The Falmouth Bridge links Stafford County with Fredericksburg via U.S. 1. Drivers closest to the camera are headed south. [Photo: Uriah Kiser  / Potomac Local News]

By KEITH WALKER
For Potomac Local News

FALMOUTH, Va. – A hole opened up in eastbound lane of the Chatham Bridge on Saturday, but Virginia Department of Transportation Officials say everything is fine now.

According to VDOT engineer Marcie Parker, police called VDOT’s transportation and operation center and reported the 2-foot by 3-foot hole through the deck of the bridge on Va. 3 that crosses the Rappahannock River between Stafford and Fredericksburg.

“Once we arrived on scene, we closed the lane off and investigated and put a plate over the top of it. We kept the lane closed because we were concerned that our plate wasn’t going to be large enough,” Parker said.

According to Parker, the Fredericksburg Public Works Department helped by bringing in extra steel plates.

“On Sunday we went down and put all the additional plates in and then put some asphalt cold-patch around them to kind of lock them into place and we were able to open the lane again,” Parker said.

Parker said that VDOT recognizes that the Chatham and Falmouth bridges — both of which link Stafford to Fredericksburg via Routes 3 and 1, respectively, are “aging structures and will need replacement sooner than later.”

During a scheduled VDOT quarterly update on Tuesday, Parker briefed the Stafford County Board of Supervisors about the weekend bridge repair and told them that the hole that opened on the bridge Saturday in spite of recent maintenance.

“We did extensive work in the fall. We took all of the asphalt off the bridge and did a bunch of patching of the areas that needed patching at that time and we put brand new asphalt on the bridge,” Parker said. “The area that failed this weekend was not one of the areas we patched because it was good at the time. Now it is not.”

Parker said VDOT engineers will inspect the bridge again shortly.

“That does have us concerned a little bit,” Parker said of the hole in the bridge deck. “That’s why we’re going to go through and do another inspection of the bridge to see if there are any other areas de-laminated. I would think they would be done in the next couple of weeks.”

Parker said the bridge repairs, which included pouring concrete and replacing asphalt, were scheduled to be completed Wednesday afternoon.

Overnight Road Work to Cause I-95 Closures

Interstate 95 south at Dumfries [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

QUANTICO, Va. — Road crews plan to close a portion of Interstate 95 at Quantico this evening and overnight.

More in a press release:

Weather permitting, Thursday night March 21 (Friday morning March 22), Between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. the Virginia Department of Transportation will have intermittent full road closures on I-95 north and south near Exit 148, Russell Road, mile marker 148, for utility work. Closures will occur up to four times, lasting no longer than 15 minutes each to allow crews to relocate cable lines.

Motorists may experience minor delays. The last exit on I-95 north before the work zone is Exit 143, Garrisonville Road (Route 610), and on I-95 south the last exit is 150, Joplin Road (Route 619). Signs and message boards will be posted along the corridor to inform motorists of construction activities. State police will be onsite directing traffic.

Detour Planned with Upcoming Russell Road Closure

Construction of the 95 Express Lanes at Quantico. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

QUANTICO, Va. — A road closure is coming to Russell Road at Quantico starting Sunday.

More in a press release from Virginia Megaprojects:

Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close Russell Rd., east and west under I-95 for overnight steel placement, starting on Sunday March 24, to Wednesday March 27, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Through traffic on Russell Rd. and I-95 northbound traffic exiting to Russell Rd. west will be directed onto I-95 north to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) west, follow signs to I-95 south to Exit 148, Russell Rd. west. Through traffic on Russell Rd. and I-95 southbound traffic exiting to Russell Rd. east will be directed onto I-95 south to Exit 143A, Garrisonville Rd. (Route 610) east, follow signs to I-95 north to Exit 148, Russell Rd. east.

Traffic impacts will be minimal as Russell Rd. primarily serves the Marine Corps Base Quantico that will be closed during overnight hours. Police will be on site for motorist’s safety.

Parking Space Battle Ends in Ride With Enemy

Slug Tales 

By LAURA CIRILLO

Parking in local commuter lots can be a ruthless game.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I happened to be going to work earlier than usual and thought I’d attempt to find parking at the Horner Road lot in Woodbridge.

It was the peak of the commute, just after 7 o’clock when I pulled in. The lot was bustling with people parking and walking to the slug lines and cars full of slugs heading off to D.C., while I vigilantly searched for a parking space. It was like digging for buried treasure.

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Of course, I wanted to find the perfect space, close to the slug line I needed so that I wouldn’t have to walk too far, but I’d take anything that was available. With all of the traffic and chaos of morning rush hour, I just wanted to park and be done with it.

Just then, ahead, I noticed an open space. Jackpot! Seeing no one else around, I hurried over and prepared to turn into my perfect little parking space – until seemingly out of nowhere, she appeared.

She didn’t give me a second glace, probably too ashamed to make eye contact because she knew what she was doing. She totally stole my spot! Stunned, and admittedly pretty angry, I sat for a minute, staring down the bumper of her parked vehicle. Yeah, that’ll show her.

I couldn’t believe it! Clearly, that space was meant for me. I saw it first! As I drove off, I thought for sure I’d have no choice but to park in the very back of the third lot. Ha, if there was even anything open back there! At this point, people were already starting to create their own (illegal) parking spaces in the grass and on the curbs, so either those folks were too lazy to keep looking or just couldn’t find anywhere else to park.

Of course, I could always park in the new lot on Telegraph Road, which I do a lot on days where I go in closer to 9 a.m. But I was here early today, darn it! I thought for sure it was early enough to find parking in my preferred lot.

Just when I’d started to lose hope, there it was, in all its glory. A shiny new parking spot, even closer to my slug line, even better than the spot that had just been stolen from me. Take that, parking space thief! I thought. I win!

I hurried into the spot and threw my car in park, taking only a moment to bask in my sweet, sweet victory. Then, grabbing my bags, I hustled over to the slug line.

Since I was now parked even closer, I made it to the slug line before she did. And what a coincidence, she was headed to L’Enfant Plaza, too. I hoped she felt bad now, standing behind me. I hoped she recognized that it was my space that she took. I hoped she was ashamed of herself.

Soon enough, we were next in line. I started to get into the front seat, when the driver called past me, “I’ll take three!”

Take three? No! She can’t ride with us, I wanted to shout. When a driver says that he or she will “take three,” it literally means they’ll take three passengers, instead of the usual two. Most drivers won’t immediately offer to do so, some will if the slugs ask, and some won’t. Very few will make the offer, especially when the lines are long.

Usually, I think it’s commendable for a driver to make the offer to take three. Usually, I appreciate it. Today, I did not. I wanted the parking space thief to be punished, to have to wait in the slug line longer than I did. I did not want her to be sitting behind me the whole way to work. She was my new arch enemy.

Once we were on the road, I whipped out my cell phone to text my slugging friends about my plight that morning. Certainly, they would understand! I started a group text, furiously jabbing away at the screen.

Then, I realized – she’s sitting right behind me.

I mean, she’s completely within eyesight of my phone, right? I wondered if she was able to see my phone over my shoulder. Then, I decided that I didn’t mind if she did. Earlier, I’d wanted her to feel badly for taking my spot. Now, I felt differently.

I began to realize that she had done me a favor. If I’d wasted my time arguing with her, dwelling on the fact that she took the spot where I’m sure she saw that I was going to park, I would have never found the other parking space. The better parking space. The parking space that was clearly meant for me!

Thinking about this for a moment, I began to calm down. This shouldn’t upset me; rather, it should set the tone for the rest of my day. After all, I felt pretty lucky and blessed for the way things had worked out.

Sometimes, people can be aggressive when it comes to parking, or even other aspects of commuting. But when it comes down to it, I guess some things are just not worth getting upset about!

Telegraph Road Bridge to Close for 9 Months

A two-lane bridge that carries traffic on Telegraph Road over I-95 in North Stafford will be demolished and rebuilt to accommodate High Occupancy Toll lanes on the highway below. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

QUANTICO, Va. — The two-lane bridge that carries traffic to and from U.S. 1 to Quanitco Marine Corps Base via Telegraph Road will close for nine months starting March 27.

Here’s more information in a press release about the upcoming closure, which is part of the 95 Express Lanes Project:

[Image: VDOT]

[Image: VDOT]

The 95 Express Lanes project will close the Telegraph Road bridge over I-95 near Quantico for approximately nine months on or about March 27, 2013, weather permitting. This closure will allow crews to safely remove and build a new Telegraph Road bridge that will span over I-95 and the future 95 Express Lanes located in the median.   

Detour

During the approximate nine-month closure, all Telegraph Road traffic will be detoured to Russell Road or U.S. Route 1 to access both north and southbound I-95.

What Drivers Can Expect

Motorists can expect additional travel time during peak AM and PM rush of 5 – 8 minutes when using the Russell Road or Route 1 detours to access I-95 or Telegraph Road.

Construction Details

Crews will close Telegraph Road on both sides of the bridge at I-95 to set-up work zones. In order to safely remove the current structure, nighttime demolition will occur with multiple lanes closed on I-95 north and south. Total bridge demolition will take approximately one month to complete. Once the structure is removed, crews will prepare the area for daytime pile driving for new bridge foundation construction. The new Telegraph Road bridge will reopen to traffic in late 2013.

New 95 Express Lanes Should Speed Up Tysons Commute

Dear Mega Mike, 

I work in Tysons Corner. How will the Express Lanes on 95 help me get work faster?

Shirley Azul
Woodbridge, Va. 

Dear Shirley, 

The 95 Express Lanes will connect seamlessly to the 495 Express Lanes resulting in a more predictable trip.  The Express Lanes operator guarantees a minimum of 45 mph, so the trip will be faster than the congested traffic on the general purpose lanes during rush hour. 

Recently the Tysons Express buses from Prince William County have revised their schedule with an average 17 minute time savings because travel on the 495 Express Lanes.

Mike Salmon
Virginia Megaprojects 

Marine Corps 17.75 K Run Bringing Lane Closures

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Marine Corp’s 17.75 K run will be held Saturday in the Dumfries and Quantico areas, and traffic officials warn your drive may be impacted.

Lane closures for the event will begin at 5 a.m. as the right and center lanes of Va. 234 between Waterway Drive and Van Buren Road will close. The race starts at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Van Buren Road and Va. 234, near the Holiday Inn Quantico Center, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Art Klos. The race will then head into Prince William Forest Park.

Prince William police will be on hand to help direct traffic, and message boards and traffic will be placed alongside Va. 234 to warn drivers of the traffic impacts.

After runners complete all 11.3 miles of the course, they’ll cross finish line is located within the national park.

CLICK HERE to see a full map of the marathon route. 

 

 

VDOT Adding Auxiliary Lanes, Widening Shoulders on I-95

I-95 south in Woodbridge. (Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Transportation officials say they will work to improve your commute on the main lanes of Interstate 95 in Prince William County.

This work will be separate from the ongoing project to convert HOV lanes into toll lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road in Alexandria.

More in a press release:

Construction begins April 1 on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s $40 million project to construct auxiliary lanes and widen the shoulders on a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Prince William County. The project is designed to ease several chokepoints, add capacity during emergencies, and reduce weaving and merging.

The inside and outside shoulders between Dumfries Road and the Prince William Parkway will be widened, both north and southbound, to 12 feet with full-depth pavement to make the shoulders suitable for traffic use during accidents, evacuation, enforcement and detours. New guardrail and lighting also will be added.

Auxiliary lanes will be constructed at three locations to create safer access and merging, particularly at the truck scale area. To create the auxiliary lane, crews will extend the acceleration and deceleration lanes between on- and off-ramps.

On I-95 South, auxiliary lanes will connect the Opitz Boulevard on-ramp with the Prince William Parkway off-ramp, as well as the truck rest area on-ramp with the off-ramp to Route 234.

On I-95 North, an auxiliary lane will connect the Dumfries Road on-ramp with the truck weigh station off-ramp.

Lane Construction is the contractor for the project which will be complete in August 2015. Most of the work will take place at night or behind barriers to minimize disruptions. All lane closures will be coordinated with the 95 Express Lanes project.

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