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More than a year later, still no posted toll lanes travel times

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Exclusive: After a nearly 4-year delay, Potomac Shores will get its VRE station 

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A $14 million plan to expand the Mine Road Commuter Lot while the one across the street goes underutilized

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Potomac River commuter ferry next stop: JBAB?

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VDOT “ramping” up work near Courthouse Road. Expect detours.

Brought to us by VDOT:

FREDERICKSBURG –  The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Interstate 95 southbound on-ramp from Courthouse Road in Stafford County next week to allow crews to finish work on the temporary ramp.

Beginning the evening of Monday, March 5, crews will close the existing on-ramp from Courthouse Road to I-95 southbound to begin milling and paving the temporary ramp.

The existing on-ramp will close overnight Monday, March 5 through Thursday, March 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning. Traffic will then be shifted onto the new, temporary ramp starting early Friday, March 9. The on-ramp is the only ramp affected with this work. Traffic can still exit to Courthouse Road from I-95 southbound on these evenings.

The on-ramp will remain open during the day. There will be no impacts to traffic during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Local traffic should use the most convenient alternate route to access I-95 southbound, including Route 1 to Exit 143/Garrisonville or Exit 136/Centreport Parkway. Detour signs will be placed along the interstate to guide drivers not familiar with the area.

The new ramp is parallel to the existing on-ramp. The temporary on-ramp is steeper than the existing one. Crews have extended the acceleration lane on I-95 southbound by approximately 600 feet to give drivers a longer distance to merge at interstate speeds.

Shifting traffic slightly onto the temporary ramp will provide space for crews to build bridge abutments as part of the new diverging diamond interchange. When construction is finished in 2020, traffic will enter and exit the interstate from new ramps branching off the relocated Courthouse Road.

Message boards and extra signage will be posted this week to warn motorists about the upcoming ramp closures and traffic shift.

Project Background

When the $185.3 million widening and interchange project is complete, Courthouse Road will intersect with Route 1 at Hospital Center Boulevard.

In summer 2020, Exit 140 will open with new bridges and ramps in a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). In a diverging diamond interchange, vehicles are briefly shifted to the opposite side of the road, controlled by traffic signals. The DDI improves safety by reducing the number of spots where vehicles could collide, and can handle more left-turn movements per hour, twice the capacity of a conventional interchange.

Additional project details are available online at www.virginiadot.org/exit140.

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Expect traffic shifts on Route 1

Here’s what the VDOT press release has to say:

WOODBRIDGE – Route 1 traffic will be shifting onto new pavement Friday, March 2 and then Monday, March 5, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The northbound lanes between Mount Pleasant Drive and Dawson Beach Road will shift Friday beginning at 10 a.m.; the southbound lanes between Occoquan Road and Marys Way will shift Monday beginning at 10 a.m. Both shifts are weather permitting.

Drivers should expect delays and are asked to use caution when driving through the work zones.

The work is part of the Route 1 widening project, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2019.

Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

A new 4th lane on I-95 in Prince William under review could benefit drivers and lead to compensation for Express Lanes operator

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Ruth Anderson now heads OmniRide Executive Board

From a press release from OmniRide [Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission]

PRTC has a new Executive Board that will oversee the mobility services operated and sponsored by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

The 2018 Executive Board slate was completed at the February meeting of the PRTC Board of Commissioners. The officials are responsible for overseeing OmniRide bus and ridesharing services in the Prince William County area along with Virginia Railway Express operations in the region.

The new PRTC Chair is Ruth M. Anderson, who also serves on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors representing the Occoquan magisterial district.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of PRTC. More people will be looking for alternatives to driving alone as toll lanes are extended along I-95, I-395 and I-66, and as new commuter parking lots are built in the western communities,” Anderson said.

“In addition, PRTC is ready to start implementing its new Strategic Plan which aims to benefit the community by increasing transit ridership, bringing together public and private interests, and promoting alternatives to commuting solo,” Anderson said.

Joining Anderson on the 2018 Executive Committee are:

  • Vice Chair Jeanette Rishell, Mayor of Manassas Park;
  • Secretary Pamela J. Sebesky, member of the Manassas City Council;
  • Treasurer Wendy Maurer, member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors;
  • Immediate Past Chairman Frank J. Principi, member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and At-Large Member Gary F. Skinner, member of the Spotsylvania Board of County Supervisors.

    PRTC provides commuter and local bus services as well as ridesharing services in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

Commission meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge. Meetings are open to the public.

Supervisors approve funding for commuter parking garage site study

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Lake Ridge relief: Details on fixes for Old Bridge Road at Route 123. Weigh in this week on what actually gets fixed.

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Development hopes pinned on $64 million Woodbridge interchange. Will it make a ‘sense of place?’ Or is it a waste of space?

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Police report released details victim’s “Superman dive” under OmniRide bus

Police in Washington, D.C. today released the incident report written after a man did a “Superman dive” under an OmniRide bus on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

The report obtained by Potomac Local details the police report and identifies the victim.

https://potomaclocal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/omniridefatal2.pdf

OmniRide Executive Director Bob Schneider released the following statement following the incident: 

Dear PRTC passengers,

As you likely know, a PRTC bus was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon along 14th Street near Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. that resulted in a pedestrian fatality. Our deepest condolences go out to the pedestrian’s family, and our thoughts also are with the bus driver and passengers who were on the bus.

Although the investigation is still underway, we want to update you with the latest information.

The bus driver, who has operated buses for PRTC for more than three years, was not cited.

The pedestrian was not a PRTC bus passenger.

The bus was inspected by the Metropolitan Police Department and released back to us. The 2006 MCI bus was carrying eight passengers at the time. No one on board the bus reported injuries.

PRTC and its contractor, First Transit Inc., continue to fully cooperate with the on-going investigation.

Finally, please pause for a moment and quietly hold all involved in this incident in your thoughts.

Thank you,

Bob Schneider

PRTC Executive Director

Look twice when traveling Butler Road near Falmouth Interchange

Form the VDOT press release:

VDOT ENHANCING SAFETY ON BUTLER ROAD NEAR FALMOUTH INTERCHANGE IN STAFFORD

To reduce crash risk and driver delay, left turns from Butler Road to Carter Street and Colonial Avenue will be prohibited beginning Wednesday, Feb. 21

FREDERICKSBURG – Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be prohibiting left turns from Butler Road to Carter Street and Colonial Avenue in Stafford County to enhance safety near the Falmouth interchange. 

To reduce the risk of crashes and driver delay on Route 1, Route 17 Business and Butler Road, left turns will no longer be possible from Butler Road to Carter Street or Colonial Avenue.

Beginning this week, crews will install message boards and signs along Butler Road to notify drivers about the new traffic pattern. All signs will remain covered until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Prohibiting the left turns will reduce the potential of back-ups into the Route 1 intersection and on Route 17 Business. It will also reduce the potential for rear-end and sideswipe crashes.

Drivers seeking to access either Carter Street or Colonial Avenue heading east on Butler Road will need to proceed north on Route 1 at the Falmouth intersection and turn right onto Forbes Street.

An average of 17,000 vehicles a day travel on Butler Road near the Falmouth interchange, according to a 2016 traffic count.

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Overnight lane closures eastbound I-66 inside Beltway continue through March

If you’re planning to drive at night on I-66, here’s what you need to know. VDOT brings us this update.

FAIRFAX– Single lane closures will continue on eastbound I-66 inside the Beltway during overnight hours (weather permitting) through the end of March from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. The closures will occur between I-495 and Fairfax Drive (Route 237) to allow crews to safely perform survey and geotechnical investigation work related to the I-66 eastbound widening project. Additionally, intermittent shoulder closures are planned (weather permitting) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

For specific dates, times, and locations associated with the lane and shoulder closures, and for real-time traffic information, please visit http://www.511virginia.org/.

The survey and geotechnical investigation work is needed prior to the start of construction that will add an additional through lane along four miles of eastbound I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and Fairfax Drive (Exit 71) in Fairfax and Arlington counties. Other key project features include constructing a new bridge over Lee Highway for the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail and providing direct access from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro station by constructing a new ramp connection between two existing ramps (eastbound I-66 to Route 7 and the eastbound I-66 collector-distributor road adjacent to the station’s parking garage).

The additional lane will be open to traffic in fall 2020 and the overall project is expected to be complete in fall 2021. Find additional I-66 project information at http://inside.transform66.org/.

Heads up, I-95 commuters: Here’s some Fredericksburg area construction you need to know about.

From the press release:

Multiple work zones scheduled on I-95 northbound and southbound beginning tonight, Feb. 5 through early Friday, Feb. 9

FREDERICKSBURG  –  Motorists should anticipate midday and overnight delays on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound this week for multiple work zones in the Fredericksburg area.

The following lane closures are planned, weather permitting:

Interstate 95 Southbound

 

  • Aquia Creek Bridge (mile marker 145) Stafford County
    • Tuesday ?? Thursday, 6 a.m. ?? 10 a.m.
      • Expect a single, right lane closed on I-95 southbound at the Aquia Creek bridge for a bridge rehabilitation project. The Aquia Creek bridge is located at mile marker 145, just north of Exit 143/Route 610.

 

  • Potomac Creek Bridge (mile marker 137) Stafford County
    • Monday ?? Thursday, 9 p.m. ?? 10 a.m., Thursday ?? Friday, 9 p.m. ?? 6 a.m.
      • A single lane will close at 9 p.m. followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. at the Potomac Creek bridge for a bridge rehabilitation project.  Double lane closures end at 4:30 a.m. A single lane will remain closed until 10 a.m. the following morning except on Friday at 6 a.m. The bridge is located at mile marker 137, just before Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

 

  • Mile Marker 122 (South of Exit 126/Massaponax) Spotsylvania County
    • Tuesday ?? Friday, 8:30 a.m. ?? 3:30 p.m.
      • Expect a single, left lane on I-95 southbound at mile marker 122 to be closed for maintenance work. Mile marker 122 is south of Exit 126/Massaponax.

 

Interstate 95 Northbound

 

  • Potomac Creek Bridge (mile marker 137) Stafford County
    • Monday ?? Thursday, 9:30 a.m. ?? 3:30 p.m.
      • A single, left lane will be closed on I-95 northbound at the Potomac Creek bridge.

 

  • Exit 126 (Route 1/Massaponax) Spotsylvania County
    • Monday ?? Thursday, 9 p.m. ?? 4:30 a.m.
      • A single lane on I-95 northbound near Exit 126/Massaponax will close at 9 p.m. to allow crews to make repairs to the bridge over Route 1 followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen at 4:30 a.m. Expect overnight delays near the interchange.

 

  • Exit 118 (Route 606/Mudd Tavern Road) Spotsylvania County
    • Tuesday ?? Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ?? 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 9:30 a.m. ?? 12 p.m.
      • A single, left lane on I-95 northbound near Exit 118 will be closed near the interchange for construction activities for the I-95 Overpass Replacement Project and Mudd Tavern Road improvements east of I-95.

Overhead message boards will warn travelers to stay alert for the work zones ahead and possible delays.

For more information about any of the projects listed above, please visit the project page at www.VirginiaDOT.org

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