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I-95 bridge work at Dale City postponed

Work to repair a bridge that carries traffic on Interstate 95 over the Neabsco Creek in Dale City is again postponed.

The work will now take place Friday, May 19 through Monday, May 22.

From the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, May 19 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 22.

Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles.

The southbound car-only safety rest area will also be closed.

The work was supposed to take place last weekend but was postponed to May 12 due to inclement weather. Now set to take place next week, VDOT says the work is still weather-dependent.

More from VDOT: (more…)

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No exit from I-95 to Route 123 north on Wednesday night

From VDOT: 

The loop ramp from northbound I-95 to northbound Route 123 (Exit 160 B) will be closed the night of Wednesday, May 10 between midnight and 5 a.m. for paving, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured via two routes:

Northbound I-95, southbound Route 123 (Exit 160 A), u-turn at Annapolis Way back to northbound Route 123

Northbound I-95, Prince William Parkway (Route 294, Exit 158 A) and Route 1 back to Route 123

All work is weather permitting.

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Four vehicle crash in Manassas kills one, injures six

From Prince William County police:

Fatal Crash Investigation – On May 3 at 8:37 a.m., investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded the intersection of Sudley Manor Drive and Sudley Road in Manassas to investigate a four vehicle crash.

The initial investigation revealed that the driver of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze traveling westbound on Sudley Manor Drive collided in the middle of the intersection with a 2010 Dodge Journey traveling southbound on Sudley Road causing a chain reaction crash. The Chevrolet Cruze then struck a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado also traveling southbound on Sudley Road causing the Silverado to overturn. (more…)

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‘Single lane closures will occur along northbound Route 29 between Lucas Court and Carver Road’

From VDOT: 

“Single lane closures will occur along northbound Route 29 between Lucas Court and Carver Road the nights of Sunday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 10 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night for drainage pipe replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

One lane will remain open to traffic during the work; however, drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

All work is weather permitting.”

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Escape your Cinco de Mayo celebration tonight with SoberRide

From a press release: 

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly a third
(31%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers*, free Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th).
(more…)



Give mom a gift of time to read, listen to music, or catch a few minutes of sleep, so she’ll arrive at work refreshed

Doing something special for your Mom on Mother’s Day is thoughtful, but what if you could make the gift last all year? You can give her something that helps make every day better – some free time and a stress-free commute!

When Mom commutes with OmniRide, she can use her travel time to listen to music, read, or catch a few minutes of sleep so she’ll arrive at work refreshed and ready to have a great day! And at just $6.50 per trip when paying with a SmarTrip card, the commute will save her some money too – all moms will like that!

OmniRide commuter bus routes start in Dale City, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge. Popular destinations include the Mark Center, Pentagon, Rosslyn/Ballston, Crystal City, Washington, D.C., Washington Navy Yard, and Tysons.

Or maybe Mom would rather take a Metro Direct bus for easy travel to a nearby Metrorail Station – and no parking fees! She can travel to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station from eastern Prince William County, and to the Tysons Corner Metro Station from Manassas and Gainesville. The fare is just $3.25 with a SmarTrip card.

If mom prefers to stay closer to home, the OmniLink local bus service is a great alternative with routes serving Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, Quantico, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. And don’t forget about the Cross County Connector, which operates between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area. Local fares are just $1.50 per trip, so Mom won’t be worried that you spent too much on her!

Yes, brunch and flowers are nice. But this year, give Mom the gift she’ll use year-round! See routes and timetables at PRTCtransit.org, or speak with a friendly PRTC Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.

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Kids can touch the bus at upcoming Potomac Nationals game

From PRTC: 

A OmniLink bus will be on hand this Sunday at a Potoamc Nationals game in Woodbridge — for the children. 

More from PRTC: 

“Kids and adults will enjoy touring an OmniRide commuter bus and an OmniLink local bus before and during the Potomac Nationals game. Check out the comfy seats! Get photos next to the giant wheels! See how the wheelchair lift or ramp works! We’ll see you on Sunday!”

PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo says: 

“We’re hosting a Touch-A-Bus event because it’s a way to introduce PRTC to kids and adults who might not be familiar with our services. Many children are fascinated by big vehicles, and this event allows them to see a bus up close and talk with a real bus operator. It’s also an opportunity for adults to reconsider their current method of commuting and get information about the benefits of public transportation.

We’ve participated in Touch-A-Bus events in the past, but there are no estimates for typical attendance.”

The “touch-a-bus” event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium at 7 County Complex Court in Woodbridge.

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I-95 bridge crews wrap up early on repair work

The first phase of work to repair an aging bridge that carries drivers on Interstate 95 over the Neabsco Creek near a rest area in Dale City wrapped up early this morning.

From VDOT spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis: 

“Went very well, we finished early…” 

Crews closed one lane of I-95 south at the bridge at 9 p.m. Saturday to jackhammer and cut a hole into the bridge deck that needed to be replaced. The work on the 54-year-old bridge was announced earlier this month. (more…)

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OmniRide buses will be delayed due to I-95 lane closures this weekend

Riding OmniRide buses to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station this weekend? 

A closure of two one southbound lanes of I-95 at the Neabsco Creek bridge near the Dale City rest area will cause delays for bus riders. 

From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transit Agency: 

All PRTC bus services that use I-95 and Route 1 may experience significant delays on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6 due to lane closures for bridge repair work on I-95 between Dale Boulevard and Cardinal Drive.

During the weekend repair work, the Express Lanes will remain pointed southward. This is expected to cause delays for Prince William Metro Direct buses serving Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. It also will prompt many drivers to use Route 1, causing increased congestion for Saturday OmniLink buses on routes serving Dumfries, Woodbridge/Lake Ridge, and the Route 1 corridor.

The Express Lanes are expected to be open for northbound traffic for the commute on Monday, May 1.

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Fare hikes, western maintenance facility funding comes with new PRTC budget

Fare hikes are coming for bus riders in Prince William County.

OmniRide commuters paying with SmarTrip will pay $6.90, up from $6.50, and cash fares are up from $8.75 to $9.20. A single ride on local OmniLink bus would increase to $1.55, up from $1.50. Overall, it’s an average 5% fare increase for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

There will also be service cuts to some routes, removing underused services such as the route between Manassas Junction shopping center and Manassas Mall, and the elimination of a route between Lindendale Road and the Dale City commuter lot on the system’s Navy Yard route.

The eliminations and reroutings are expected to save PRTC $200,000. (more…)

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Drivers urged to use alternate routes for two weekends of bridge repair

Drivers are urged to avoid southbound I-95 in Dale City for two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-8, as lanes will be closed for bridge deck repair. Congestion and delays are expected to be extensive.

· Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 8.

· Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles. (more…)

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Driver killed in crash at Prince William Parkway and Balls Ford Road

From Prince William police: 

On April 25 at 3:27AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the intersection of Prince William Pkwy and Balls Ford Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a two vehicle crash between a tractor double trailer and a sedan. The investigation into the cause of the crash is currently underway.

The driver of the sedan, identified as an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor double trailer, also an adult male, was not injured. Further information on the crash will be released when available. The identity of the deceased driver will also be released once a next of kin is notified. Currently, northbound Prince William Pkwy is closed at Balls Ford Rd and is expected to remain closed throughout the morning commute. The investigation continues. 

The identity of the deceased driver will also be released once a next of kin is notified. The investigation continues. 

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55-year-old motorcyclist killed after Route 28 crash

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On April 11 at 5:54AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded the 7500 block of Centreville Rd in Manassas (20111) to investigate a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Jeep Patriot was traveling northbound in the center shared turning lane on Centreville Rd in the above area when he collided head-on with the operator of a 2003 Yamaha XVS1100 who was stopped southbound in the center lane attempting a left turn into a local business.

The operator of the Yamaha SVS1100 was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries on April 23. The driver of the 2015 Jeep Patriot was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Speed, alcohol and drugs are not factors in this crash. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Charges are pending. The investigation continues. 

Identified:

The driver of the 2003 Yamaha XVS1100 motorcycle was identified Timothy Warren FLEMING, 55, of Manassas.

The driver of the 2015 Jeep Patriot was identified was identified as 40-year-old man of Manassas.

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PRTC budget public hearings start tonight

From PRTC: 

This is a reminder that PRTC has scheduled two public hearings to present its proposed FY 2018 budget in the amount of $60,252,600 and invite public review/comment. The proposed FY 2018 budget has virtually no locally-funded service expansion except for state-sponsored services associated with the I-95/395 and I-66 transit/TDM plans. The proposed budget also calls for a fare increase, as detailed in the budget presentation.

PRTC is the federal grant applicant for federally participating projects that PRTC and Virginia Railway Express envision applying for in FY 2018. Public comment is invited on all those projects as proposed.

Public Hearings are scheduled at 7:00 PM as follows, with question/answer periods thereafter:

Monday, April 24, 2017
PRTC Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Manassas City Hall
9027 Center St.
Manassas, VA 20110

The budget presentation is available for viewing and download. Print copies are available upon request by emailing publichearing@omniride.com. Comments may be made in person at one of the Public Hearings, via email (to publichearing@omniride.com), or in writing no later than May 1, 2017. Comments in writing that are not furnished at one of the Public Hearings should be directed to:

PRTC Attn: Public Hearing
14700 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Update on Route 1 widening: Utilities going underground

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Power lines along Route 1 in Woodbridge are coming down.

A portion of the highway between Mary’s Way and Occoquan Road is being widened to six lanes. The utilities that used to run above ground are being buried as part of the project.

There’s also a lot more happening here during this $168 million effort.

“The project is continuing to install underground utilities, water, sewer, and drainages pipes and structures. This phase will continue for several months. In addition, retaining walls and stage 1 of the new bridge are underway,” said VDOT spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis.

The project began about a year ago and is expected to wrap up in fall 2019. When it’s finished, here’s a full list of improvements VDOT says drivers can expect to see:

–Enhanced access to the Woodbridge VRE kiss-and-ride facility
–A new Route 1 bridge at Marumsco Creek
–Improvements to Occoquan Road, including a median and turn lanes from U.S. 1 to south of Horner Road
–Additional through and turn lanes on Route 1 and Occoquan Road to improve traffic operations
–A ten-foot shared-use path and six-foot sidewalk
–Demolition of several vacant buildings along the corridor

Route 1 currently carries about 35,000 vehicles per day and will carry 75,000 by 2036, according to VDOT.

It cost about $12 million to bury the utility lines for the project. That’s money Prince William County leaders ultimately approved in 2015.

But it wasn’t without a fight. Originally approved in 2013 by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, two members of the Board — Peter Candland, of Gainesville and Jeanine Lawson, of Nokesville — attempted to get the Board to reverse its decision.

At the time, Candland argued the money could have been better spent on the county’s school division.

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Dumfries proposes more money for street paving

DUMFRIES, Va. — The culdesacs in the Knolls of Dumfries have a fresh layer of black pavement.

Tebbs Lane — the main thoroughfare from Route 1 that connects drivers to the courts — does not.

And that makes neighborhood resident Francesca Rusk-Wallace piping mad.

Here’s a portion of an email she sent us:

“In the past year, the entrance to The Knolls of Dumfries (Tebbs Lane) has been repaved twice – this past week, the side roads (Wilmer Porter Ct., Tompkins, Ct, etc.,) were repaved for the first time since I have lived here (12 years).”

“In the process, the main road (Tebbs Lane) now has orange spray paint on all of the manholes and various other parts of the road. the previously twice paved road now has been trashed and there is a huge tar spill at the entrance to Route 1. The street itself is cracked and in poor shape and now it is stained black from this work. The stains go all the way onto Route 1 and through the Triangle Shopping Center parking lot.”

“This is not the first time I have inquired about paving of Tebbs Lane, only to be told that it will not be done. This is now the second time I am also advising you that the road is now in WORSE shape after work has been done.”

Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman addressed Rusk-Wallace’s email at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.

“The lady in Knolls of Dumfries is pretty fired up about paving the culdesacs, and she’s right. We need to find the money to pave the main drag,” said Foreman.

That money could come in the form of $100,000 in the town’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018. The new funds didn’t exist in last year’s budget and would be used for street paving and maintenance.

“The annual paving priorities are identified by the Public Works director, who evaluates the streets annually. A list of priorities is usually approved by the Town Manager in the Fall for milling and paving in the Spring,” stated Dumfries Acting Town Manager Larry Hughes in an email.

The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains Route 1 and Route 234, while the town public works department maintains the streets in the town.

Another resident says the paving work would be welcomed. 

“We don’t have too many potholes on the street, there is some cracking,” Heather Vivian, a Knolls of Dumfries resident. “I think it could go for another few years before paving, but I’m glad to see my tax dollars at work.” 

The Dumfries Town Council is expected to adopt its 2018 budget by June 30.

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More info on major upcoming VDOT work to repair the I-95 bridge over Neabsco Creek in Dale City

From VDOT: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation urges drivers to avoid southbound I-95 in Dale City for two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-8, as lanes will be closed for bridge deck repair. Congestion and delays are expected to be extensive.

· Southbound I-95 will be reduced from three to two lanes over Neabsco Creek (mile marker 156) from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 1, and again from 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 8.

· Ramps from eastbound and westbound Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95 will also be closed to all except emergency vehicles.

· The southbound car-only safety rest area will also be closed.

The bridge, originally built in 1963, has been regularly inspected and maintained, and remains safe, but is in urgent need of large-scale repairs to sections of the deck. The needed work will include saw-cutting and jackhammering out three bridge sections, the largest being 10 feet by 33 feet, replacing the reinforcing rebar, and pouring new concrete. Work will affect the bridge deck, joint, and abutment. (more…)

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McPike talks tough on toll lanes at Manassas town hall

MANASSAS, Va. — State Senator Jeremy McPike (D-Manassas, Prince William) took a hard stance against the E-ZPass Express toll lanes on Interstate 95.

“This is the biggest land giveaway I have ever seen,” McPike on Thursday, April 6 told a crowd of about 70 attendees at a joint town hall with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia Governor in the coming June 13 Primary Election.

“We’re going to have to find a way to uncouple ourselves from this deal,” he added.

The 2011 deal made before he was elected in 2015 to replace the long-serving Charles Colgan, handed over the exiting I-95 HOV lanes from Dumfries to the Pentagon to the private Australian firm Transurban to improve, and to toll for 80 years. The lanes were extended to Garrisonville Road in North Stafford, and a third toll express lane added between Prince William Parkway and Alexandria.

But the addition of a fourth lane to the regular southbound travel lanes, along a heavily congested two-mile stretch of highway between Route 123 in Lake Ridge and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, is what has the senator so riled. (more…)

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Prince William denied first attempt at funding parking garage at proposed baseball stadium

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William County is denied one of two grant applications sought to fund a new commuter parking garage slated to be built next to a new Potomac Nationals baseball stadium in Woodbridge.

The county sought $5 million from Virginia’s Transportation Opportunity Fund to build a garage that would be used on weekdays by commuters, and on nights and weekends by baseball fans, and those attending other events at a proposed $35 million, 6,000-seat baseball stadium at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center next to Wegmans.

The location for the new parking garage, just off Opitz Boulevard near Interstate 95 is ideal. But the project, according to a letter from Virginia Department of Transportation Chief Financial Officer John Larson, will not generate enough new jobs for the state to approve this grant.

“On…the application submitted to the department, the county stated that the project would create 23 new jobs with an average salary of $42,000. The county recognized that this does not meet the minimum job creation of 25 new net jobs and the average annual salary requirements of $44,955,” stated Larson in his letter to Prince William County officials. (more…)

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