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Road work to close I-95 north in Woodbridge

Road crews on Interstate 95 in Woodbridge will close the northbound portion of the highway in the area of Cardinal Drive just before the exits for Dale City and Rippon Landing. 

More in a press release :

Lane closures will occur between 9:30 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. Thursday, May 19 on northbound I-95 at the Cardinal Drive overpass to complete work related to the removal of overhead signs, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Single lane closures will occur between 9:30 and 11 p.m.; up to two lanes will be closed between 11 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. tomorrow. At least one lane will be open during all closures.

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

Annual law enforcement bike ride to pass through Stafford, Woodbridge

The annual Law Enforcement United Ride is expected to enter Stafford County after 3 p.m. today.

Participants in the annual bicycle ride to raise awareness of fallen police officers and funds for their families will spend the night in Stafford County. They’ll depart from their hotels on Thursday morning.

The bicyclists are expected to head north and arrive in Prince William County about 8 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016, said Prince William police Sgt. Jonathan Perok.

Police do not expect any impacts to rush hour traffic due to the ride.

Bikers will use Route 1 north as they travel to Arlington National Cemetery. The ride will eventually end in Washington, D.C.

Riders departed Chesapeake on Tuesday for the annual 3-day event.

VRE to Haymarket: If you build it will home developers come to the Rural Crescent?


Those behind a study to expand Virginia Railway Express in western Prince William County say the region’s population numbers will explode.

The transit agency said it used statistics from the Prince William County Planning Office that show more 43 percent of the growth in the county between now and 2040 will be centered along a planned 11-mile extension of VRE’s Manassas line, from the city to Haymarket.

The proposed $550 million extension would have three commuter rail stations — one at Innovation Park, another at Gainesville near Virginia Gateway, and a terminus outside Haymarket. (more…)

Traffic at I-95 at Rt. 123 at Occoquan stinks. Would this fix it?


This post started by someone sending us a Tweet about improving congested traffic conditions the intersection at Interstate 95 and Route 123 near Occoquan. 

The Twitter account “Fix Route 28” and the organization behind it is one we are familiar with. The organization regularly argues for improvements along Route 28 between Manassas, Manassas Park, and I-66 in Centreville.  (more…)

SUV overturns near Dumfries


A overturned SUV halted traffic on Interstate 95 near Dumfries today.

The driver of an Acura was traveling north on the highway and crashed about 12:56 p.m. and turned onto its side in the left lane of the highway just before milepost 152.

Rescue crews and Virginia State Police were called the scene. Minor injuries were repoted, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Several motorists stopped and got out of their vehicles to help the occupant of the SUV. The bystanders began pushing on the car in an attempt to right the vehicle.

Martino finds hope amid transit funding crisis

There is hope for Prince William County’s bus system.

County officials said it can fund the $9.2 million budget shortfall looming over the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) in fiscal year 2017, that begins July 1.

Prince William Acting County Executive Christopher Martino proposed using half of a $12 million of a pot of state money given to the county from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) for local road construction projects, to fund Virginia Railway Express.

That would leave the full pot of revenues generated in Prince William County by the state’s motor fuels tax solely for PRTC.

The commuter bus agency will continue to face a $10.5 million budget shortfall ($2.1 million each year between 2018 and 2022). The county stopped providing motor fuels tax general funding to PRTC in 2008, and the agency was forced to rely on a fuels tax reserve fund that built up when fuel prices were sky high. (more…)

Crews hitting streets before snow showers, bitter cold sets in

Snow showers should pass through the region this evening. While the showers will be light in nature, we all remember what happened last time the forecast called for “light snow.” 

The snow should move through this evening late into the afternoon rush hour. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will deploy snow plows to treat the roads early this afternoon, said VDOT Northern Virginia spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. 

Crews will also monitor conditions and treat roads where necessary in the Fredericksburg region, too. Stafford County is included in this region. (more…)

Transit crisis comes as bus loads lighter, drivers leaving


Morale among bus drivers at the region’s commuter transit agency is low.

It’s the kind of mood you would expect from employees if your bosses, the heads of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation, are heard in public, and in the media talking about a “doomsday scenario” where operations as you know them could come to an end.

It’s no joke that PRTC faces a $9.2 million budget shortfall every year over the next five years. If state and local leaders don’t find the money, the transit system that thousands of residents, federal workers, and carpoolers (Slugs as they’re called in Northern Virginia) rely on could be blown up, changed, and rerouted to only ferry commuters to Metro stations.

All of this comes at a time when some drivers who trained at PRTC are leaving to make more money driving buses for other agencies. (more…)

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