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VRE goes to the dogs in Manassas

Public safety officials and K-9 units trained on Tuesday at the Broad Run Virginia Railway Express station to combat threats on the rails. 

More from a press release: 

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) hosted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on a canine training event at the VRE Broad Run train yard in Prince William County today as part of a continuous effort in interagency surface training. This training opportunity is one of many law enforcement related training events hosted by VRE with local, state and federal partner agencies in the area.

The training consisted of TSA explosives detection canines sweeping train equipment and a station to help familiarize the dogs and their handlers with railroad environments. TSA trains explosives detection canines as one of its many measures to secure the national transportation system. This training is unique because the dogs come to the train yard so they can learn to easily adapt to railroad settings in the event a security situation occurs.

For the past several years, VRE has partnered with FBI, DHS, local law enforcement authorities, Capitol Police, NIH, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, CSX police, NS police, Amtrak police, Secret Service, TSA and many other agencies by hosting training activities to detect narcotics and explosives. These training activities help law enforcement officials and canine units become familiarized with VRE equipment and security procedures to ensure the protection and safety of VRE riders.

The railroad gate on Balls Ford Road is need of repair

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Flagging will occur along Balls Ford Road between Wellington Road and Prince William Parkway (Route 234) Sunday, July 22 from 8 a.m. to noon for repairs to the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

There will be one lane of alternating traffic during the flagging. Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Midday mess snarls traffic for miles on I-66

CENTREVILLE — Five vehicles piled on top of each other on Interstate 66 on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews from Fairfax and Prince William counties were called to milepost 53 where two tractor-trailers and three other vehicles collided in near Route 28 before 2 p.m.

All of the vehicles were traveling on I-66 west toward Manassas.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured or charged in the crash.

Traffic backed up for about 10 miles, from the scene of the crash to at least Oakton at milepost 60.

Tow trucks were brought to remove the crashed cars, and heavy equipment to remove debris from of the trucks that ran off the highway into trees on the right side of the road.

Expect major lane closures on I-395 ‘for at least six consecutive weekends’

From a press release: 

Travelers should expect major lane closures on the I-395 general purpose lanes beginning the weekend of July 20-22, and continuing for at least six consecutive weekends, depending on weather. The weekend closures, which will occur from Friday nights until Monday mornings, are needed for crews to safely rehabilitate multiple bridges along I-395 between the Springfield Interchange and the Washington, D.C. line. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. If travel in this area is unavoidable, drivers should use caution and plan extra travel time.

What Drivers Should Expect:

  • Two general purpose lanes on I-395 will close for entire weekend periods starting on Friday nights through Monday mornings (alternating between south- and northbound directions, depending on location of bridge work); additional lane closures will occur in the opposite direction of I-395 as needed to allow crews to access work areas.
  • At least two general purpose lanes will remain open on I-395 (in both directions) during peak-travel daytime hours.
  • To help ease traffic impacts, the HOV lanes from just north of Edsall Road to the D.C. line will be open in the same direction as the bridge work, whether northbound or southbound.
  • Thru-traffic (northbound to DC and southbound to Springfield) will be encouraged to use the HOV lanes, while local traffic will need to use the two open general purpose lanes.
  • Weekly updates with specific closure information will be available at: 395ExpressLanes.com and VDOT’s 395 Express Lanes Web Page.
  • Current plans call for the reversible I-95 Express Lanes, from near Edsall Road to past Garrisonville Road in Stafford, to operate according to their normal schedule.  

Overall, the bridge improvement work involves removing and replacing bridge deck surfaces on the Four Mile Run Bridge, and five bridges that are part of the I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project, which is extending the I-95 Express Lanes eight miles north to the D.C. line. The I-395 Northern Extension Project is being delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban. The lane extension is slated to open in late 2019.                                                                      

 

River Crossing project starts late summer, will double I-95 capacity in Fredericksburg

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The $500,000 job to fix Bells Hill Road to begin

From VDOT: 

Motorists will observe visible construction work beginning this week on Bells Hill Road in Stafford County, where a portion of the road is closed to through traffic between Virginia Belle Drive and Belle Vine Lane.

Bells Hill Road has been closed to through traffic since June 4, 2018, after heavy rain caused a 250 ft. section of slope to fail. The failure also damaged a portion of the travel lanes.

The road is anticipated to remain closed to through traffic until mid-September 2018.

Starting this week, motorists and area residents should be alert for construction activity in the work zone. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will begin early construction activities, including clearing brush and trees, removing guardrail and moving utilities.

Several contractors will be used to rebuild the slope and road.

By early August, a project contractor will mobilize in the work zone. Due to the steep terrain, the contractor will use a soil nail launcher to create a retaining wall. The soil nail launcher will drill holes beneath the road and insert steel rods into the ground. The rods are covered with a mesh wire net and anchored with bolts. The entire surface is then covered with a concrete material. This process will take around 30 days to complete. 

After the 250 ft. slope is stabilized, a second contractor and VDOT state forces will work together to excavate and rebuild the damaged portion of Bells Hill Road. Finally, a paving contractor or state forces will prepare the road for traffic by applying fresh asphalt and pavement markings. 

Pre-construction activities to re-open the road have been underway since June 4. VDOT staff worked to start obtaining necessary right-of-entry documents to private property to repair the slope and maneuver construction equipment into position. Staff also secured permits to relocate utilities and carried out several site visits with potential contractors to develop the project’s scope and cost, which is estimated to be $500,000. 

Key intersection at Manassas center city may be fit for a roundabout

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Favored Route 28 bypass route cuts through portion of Bull Run Regional Park

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More planes to use Stafford airport after $12 million expansion completed

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OmniRide summer service change includes lots of bus name changes

From an email: 

OmniRide’s Summer Service Change will take effect on Monday, July 23. New schedule brochures will be available from operators upon request and timetables will be available online starting Monday, July 16.

We recently shared our plans to rebrand our services and you may have already seen hints of our new look and service names. Starting with the July Service Change, we’ll officially be rolling out our new branding! Our new logo and service names will probably seem familiar, but we’re refreshing our look and updating the names to add clarity and better reflect our services.

  • PRTC becomes OmniRide(PRTC will still exist as a multi-jurisdictional public transportation agency, but all of our bus and rideshare services will fall under the OmniRide umbrella name.)
  • OmniRide becomes OmniRide Express.
  • Metro Direct becomes OmniRide Metro Express.
  • OmniLink becomes OmniRide Local.
  • Cross County Connector becomes OmniRide Cross County Connector.
  • OmniMatch becomes OmniRide Ridesharing Service.

The following routes will change; routes not listed below will not change.

OmniRide Express:

  • Dale City-Washington – PM timetable changes; D-103T PM trip extended to serve Dale City Commuter Lot, becomes D-103.
  • Dale City-Pentagon/Rosslyn/Ballston – Revised times for some trips, including shifts in trips that serve Rosslyn/Ballston.
  • Dale City-Navy Yard – Midday timetable changes; one new D-300P trip added after 7 p.m.; PM bus stop at Dale & Glendale moving 150 feet east, across the street from Comcast.
  • Lake Ridge-Washington – PM timetable changes; one PM trip removed.
  • Lake Ridge-Pentagon/Crystal City – One early PM L-200P trip added; L-210 will start at the Pentagon; AM and PM timetable changes.
  • Montclair-Washington/Pentagon – CL-X trip discontinued; one new trip added to Montclair-Pentagon after 7 p.m.
  • South Route 1 – CL-X trip discontinued (see Montclair above).
  • Manassas-Washington – M-101 PM, M-103 PM and M-106 PM trips extended to serve Cushing Road Commuter Lot.
  • Manassas-Pentagon – M-201G PM and M-202G PM trips will travel via I-395/I-495 to I-66.
  • Gainesville-Washington – Some Manassas Express trips extended to Cushing Road Commuter Lot (see above).

OmniRide Local:

  • Dale City – Bus stop at Dale & Glendale (toward Chinn Center) moving 150 feet east, across the street from Comcast.

OmniRide Cross County Connector: Eastbound and westbound timetable changes; no longer serves New Directions School.

Ramoth Church Road realignment set for Wednesday

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

The realignment of Ramoth Church Road at Courthouse Road in Stafford County has been postponed and will now open early Wednesday, July 11. Ramoth Church Road at Courthouse Road will soon intersect with Winding Creek Road.

Crews will be working overnight on Winding Creek Road as construction advances and crews get closer to opening the realigned intersection in its final configuration.

Drivers should anticipate alternating, one-way traffic on Winding Creek Road starting at 7 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, July 10. Flaggers will direct drivers through the intersection overnight.

After tomorrow morning’s rush hour, Winding Creek Road traffic near Courthouse Road will be slightly shifted to the new section of the road.

On Tuesday night, crews will work on Ramoth Church Road from 7 p.m. ? 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 11.  Drivers should expect alternating, one-way traffic and flagging operations at the intersection during the work zone hours.

Crews will then shift traffic to the realigned Ramoth Church Road and the new traffic pattern is expected to go into effect early Wednesday morning.

The realignment is part of the project to widen Courthouse Road from two lanes to four lanes and rebuild the Interstate 95 Exit 140 interchange to a diverging diamond.

A traffic signal at the realigned intersection is estimated to be installed in summer 2019.

 

Expect delays: I-95 paving between Stafford and Prince William County

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Interstate 95 paving improvements will be underway in Stafford County between Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and the Prince William County line during July and August, and drivers can expect nighttime delays on Sunday-Thursday evenings.

Crews are resurfacing three sections of I-95 in Stafford:

  • I-95 northbound between Exit 140.5 and mile marker 141
  • I-95 northbound between Exit 144 (Garrisonville Road) and mile marker 146.6
  • I-95 southbound between the Prince William County line and mile marker 146.5

This $1.9 million project aims to provide a smooth, high-quality riding surface for motorists. Approximately 146,000 vehicles a day travel this section of I-95.

Paving Begins on I-95 Southbound on Sunday, July 8

Weather permitting, paving work is scheduled to begin on I-95 southbound next week between the Prince William County line and mile marker 145 at the Aquia Creek bridge. This work zone will include interstate paving crews and workers performing ongoing bridge rehabilitation work on I-95 southbound over Aquia Creek.

Lane closures are scheduled to occur at the following dates and times:

Sunday, July 8

  • Two lanes closed 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12

  • Single lane closed at 9 p.m.
  • Two lanes closed from Prince William line to Aquia Creek bridge 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.
  • Paving work zone complete at 4:30 a.m.
  • Single lane remains closed at Aquia Creek bridge until 7 a.m.

Friday, July 13

  • Single lane closed at mile marker 145, at Aquia Creek bridge only, at 9 p.m.

  • Two lanes closed at Aquia Creek bridge 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.

  • Single lane remains closed at Aquia Creek bridge until 7 a.m.

Planned street extension, road widening would provide better access to Horner commuter lot

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I-66 closures between Rt. 234 and Rt. 29 start tonight

Drivers headed south on U.S. 29 in Gainesville now use an elevated bridge to cross train tracks. The new separated interchange is expected to stop frequent train vs. car collisions in the area. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

From the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Overnight lane closures on eastbound I-66 between Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) and Route 29 in Centreville are scheduled to begin the night of Friday, July 6 and continue into the next week. Following this work, all lanes between Compton Road and Route 29 in Centreville will be shifted toward the inside median to create long-term work zones for construction on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project. 

Work is scheduled for Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., and Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Details include:
  • Nightly lane closures of three left lanes of eastbound I-66 between Sudley Road and Route 29 in Centreville
  • Occasional 15-minute stoppages and slowdowns along eastbound I-66
  • Removal of HOV diamonds and left-side yellow edge line between Compton Road and Route 29 in Centreville
  • Work will not impact the Route 29 Centreville interchange
All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement weather occurs.

Flood debris removed, River Road reopens

FALMOUTH — Crews in Falmouth bottom are done mopping up the mess. 

The portion of River Road that had been closed after this past weekend’s flooding on the Rappahannock River, between Gordon Street and the entrance to Pratt Park, is now open to traffic once again. 

The river spilled its banks and crested at 25 feet on Sunday. The waters brought tree trunks and debris from upstream, west of Fredericksburg, an area that was hard hit by heavy rain.

When the water receded, tree limbs and logs were left piled on River Road. Portions of the pavement were showing signs of buckling after being submerged under water.

We were in Falmouth on Monday to watch some of the clean-up efforts. Heavy equipment was called in to remove the trees, while officials at the Stafford County Government worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove the debris and get the roadway open once again. 

A series of homes along River Road near the intersection of Gordon Street was also flooded. On Monday, we saw those homeowners working hard to pump out the remaining water in their basements. 

River Road is the popular cut-through route that carries 5,700 cars per day, according to VDOT. The road links Route 3 at the Chatham Bridge to Falmouth, Route 1, and Route 17.

Portion of Choptank Road to close for drainpipe work

From a press release: 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close Choptank Road between Wood Drive and Furnace Road in Stafford County for a drainage pipe rehabilitation project.

Choptank Road will be closed to through traffic around 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 for approximately 10 weeks, while construction is underway.

Access to driveways will be maintained for residents who live in this section of Choptank Road.

Crews will be lining drainage pipes underneath the road.

Weather permitting, work is expected to be complete and the road will reopen to traffic before Labor Day, which is September 3.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour, which is approximately a half mile:

  • Huckstep Avenue

Message boards are posted to alert motorists to the upcoming road closure and detour.

Choptank Road carries approximately 4,300 vehicles a day, according to a 2017 traffic count.

$78 million road fix: We’ve got your first look at 2 new interchanges coming to Route 234 near Manassas

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OmniRide passengers moved off stalled bus at I-66 and I-495

FAIRFAX COUNTY — Some OmniRide passengers had to get off their bus this afternoon at the busy intersection of Interstates 66 and 495 near Tysons Corner.

A commuter coach carrying passengers traveling on I-66 eastbound for the Portsmouth Commuter Lot near Manassas broke down on the highway leaving passengers stranded. A second OmniRide commuter bus was sent to pick up the passengers.

Those passengers exited the bus just before 2 p.m. into the pouring rain and got on the second bus that pulled up behind the disabled bus, which had broken down on the left shoulder of I-66.

“We always check first with [the Virginia Department of Transportation] to make sure roadway conditions are safe enough for us to allow passengers to get off the bus,” said OmniRide spokeswoman Katy Nicholson.

Traffic on I-66 where the bus had broken down was slow and congested as passengers de-boarded their bus.

It’s unclear how many passengers were on board the bus when it broke down.

Woman struck in hit and run on I-95 cited for ‘being a pedestrian on the interstate’

A woman from Lorton was struck after she pulled off on the side of Interstate 95 south at the Purple Heart Bridge over the Occoquan River. 

We don’t yet know why she stopped. 

More from Virginia State Police: 

Virginia State Police is investigating a report of a pedestrian struck on I-95 in Fairfax County.

At approximately 3:49 p.m. on May 20, 2018, Breeja R. Wilkins, 21, of Lorton, Va. had pulled onto the right shoulder of I-95 South at the 161.2 mile marker near the Occoquan Bridge and exited her vehicle.  A Toyota Tacoma, driven by Robert T. McGee, 51, of Lorton, Va., entered the highway from Route 1 in the lane adjacent to Wilkins.

A verbal altercation between Wilkins and McGee ensued. The state police investigation revealed Wilkins walked into the merge lane to where McGee’s vehicle was located. She was subsequently struck by his vehicle.  

McGee left the scene in his vehicle. 

Wilkins was transported to a nearby hospital in her vehicle by one of her passengers. She was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

During the course of the trooper’s investigation, video of the incident was obtained from a passing vehicle. The video is not being released as it is part of the ongoing investigation.

State police did receive a 911 call about the incident, but when the trooper arrived on scene both vehicles and parties had left the scene. 

State police has charged McGee with one felony count of hit & run and one misdemeanor count for assault.

Traffic summons for being a pedestrian on the interstate and improper stopping on the interstate have been issued for Wilkins.

The incident remains under investigation.

A portion of Telegraph Road will close for 45 days

NORTH STAFFORD — A portion of Telegraph Road in Stafford will close to traffic for 45 days beginning July 9. 

Virginia Department of Transportation crews will install a new drainage pipe near on the portion of the road between Route 1 and the bridge over Interstate 95.

More in an email: 

During construction, local residents will experience one-way traffic in the work zone, controlled by a temporary traffic signal so that access to and from your homes can be maintained at all times.

Through traffic on Telegraph Road will be directed to take Route 1 to Russell Road (approximately six miles). Signs will be posted along the detour route to guide motorists around the work zone.

Crews will be working within the work zone Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. In limited cases, hours may be extended until 7 p.m.

Telegraph Road will be closed to through traffic between Route 1 and the new Telegraph Road bridge over I-95.  
 
Through traffic will not be able to access Telegraph Road from Route 1 in the Boswell’s Corner area.  
 
During construction access to the homes that are located off of Telegraph Road,  Minor Drive, Old Mt. Road, and the townhome community off of Old Perry Drive will be maintained. A temporary signal will be in place on Telegraph Road at the work zone to guide local residents through the work zone one lane at a time. 
 
Signs will be posted along Route 1 and on the other side of Telegraph Road near Quantico directing motorists to use Route 1 to Russell Road as a detour. 
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