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Potomac Creek Bridge Work Postponed

Crews will replace railroad ties at the crossing at Mt. Hope Church Road this month. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– Road work on the Potomac Creek Bridge on Brooke Road has been postponed until Monday April 4.

Inclement weather forced the postponement, but electronic message board signs will be in place to warn drivers of changes to their commutes when the project begins.

The four-month operation will see the reconstruction of the bridge deck and add new beams to the bridge that traverses the Potomac Creek. Construction was supposed to begin today, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

Detours for drivers will be put in place when construction begins:

For motorists traveling north on Brooke Road, the recommended detour route is Deacon Road (Route 607) to Leeland Road (Route 626) to Potomac Run Road (Route 626) to Eskimo Hill Road (Route 628).

For motorists traveling south on Brooke Road, the recommended detour route is Eskimo Hill Road (Route 628) to Potomac Run Road (Route 626) to Leeland Road (Route 626) to Deacon Road (Route 607).

Access to the Virginia Railway Express train station at Brooke will be available throughout the project. Motorists can reach the train station entrance on Brooke Road from Andrew Chapel Road (Route 629) or Eskimo Hill Road.

-Virginia Department of Transportation

New Law Closes School Bus Loophole

Woodbridge, Va. –– There’s a lot of meaning in the two-letter word “at.”

A bill by Del. Richard Anderson (R-51) adds the word to an existing law passed in the 1970s that mandates drivers stop at school buses.

Without the word, some judges interpreted the law literally to where drivers must stop school buses, not stop “at” school buses.

Some drivers who failed to stop at a stopped school bus loading or unloading children were let off the hook because of the loophole, said Anderson.

The new law takes effect immediately unlike other bills signed into law which take affect July 1.

“I was pleased to patron this legislation to ensure that our children are safe on their trips to and from school.  Parents expect us to take care of their students from the time they leave home and until they return.  This bill does just that,” said Anderson in a press release.

Anderson drafted the bill and filed it with the house clerk’s office, but it was similar to another bill by Del. Scott Surovell (D-44).

Surovell’s bill was absorbed into Anderson’s bill and both freshman delegates worked together to pass the legislation.

U.S. 1 Expansion Worries Business Owners

By Stephanie Tipple and KJ Mushung
For PotomacLocal.com

Anyone who has ever driven in the Occoquan area of Woodbridge may recall less than fond memories of massive gridlock and a sometimes tortuous daily commute. This rise in traffic issues has called for an expansion of U.S. 1 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, which has plans to raise the street level and add on-ramps in place of ordinary intersection turns.

A meeting was held March 24 to showcase the current plans for the project and allow residents to voice their concerns about the coming changes. The meeting, attended by over 100 people, started with a question and answer period, followed by a formal presentation given by those involved with the project.

John Maddox, with the engineering firm Whitman, Requardt & Associates, presented the overview. He stated that the changes were to be made in a “critical area for Prince William County” and went over what some of the alterations would look like, including the proposed detouring of Dawson Beach Road onto Express Drive and Belmont Bay Drive in order to turn left on U.S. 1 or reach Occoquan Road, which could impact the commute for the Belmont Bay community during the two phases of construction.

The estimated costs of the project are expected to be $236 million. This will cover the engineering costs, obtaining businesses and homes in the construction path for the right-of-way and the overall construction of the infrastructure, which will be comprised of widening both U.S. 1 and Va. 123, as well as a shared use path to enhance commuting and road capabilities between the area just north of Prince William Parkway, and the Occoquan River.

The plan is slated to go before the Prince William County Board of Supervisors this summer. If all goes smoothly and the design is approved, the acquisition of 20 acres of land, including the location of 41 businesses, one non-profit organization and a few homes, will begin in early 2012. But it’s the purchase of this right of way that had some people upset.

Richard “Dick” Krauss and Richard “Dick” Lynn are business partners who assert that this project could put them out of business if it goes through as planned. Krauss and Lynn own the Occoquan Harbour Marina, the building that holds Water’s Edge restaurant, the events facility Harbour View and Solis Energy Solutions in Woodbridge.

Lynn said that, while he supports Phase 1 of the project, Phase 2 would devastate his businesses because access to them would be cut off. He gave an example of why the plan is not feasible. “If a [marina] customer is bringing in his boat that’s 50 feet long and 15 and a half feet wide, how’s he supposed to make a U-turn at Route 1 and Furnace Road [to get to us]? He’s got another 35 to 40 feet of tractor in front of him and he’s 15-and-a-half feet wide. How’s he supposed to do that?”

Lynn pointed out that the next place for a customer to attempt a U-turn is further north under a bridge with a low clearance.

Ron Cole, general manager of the 991 Annapolis Way building that houses General Dynamics, expressed concern for Phase 2’s affect on Annapolis Way. He said the business owners need trouble-free access to their businesses, both for employees and for customers.

“It’s going to be inconvenient,” he said.

The General Dynamics Woodbridge Technical Center currently has approximately 120 employees, and another 100 will be moving to that location, according to Cole.

One area homeowner, Leah Kaiz, spoke about the sound impact that she said will be apparent in the area of construction. She expressed concern that the Jersey walls will “create a funnel-bouncing sound from the barriers,” that will amplify the automobile and train sounds that are present in the community.

Frank Principi, Prince William County Supervisor for the Woodbridge district, was very positive about the expansion of U.S. 1 despite the issues that may arise from construction. He said that these changes are a way to both move traffic efficiently in the community and boost investment in the area because it will create a more functional infrastructure and relieve some of the gridlock.

As for addressing public concern, Principi said, “This is what the process is all about: to get all of these concerns out on the table and work through each one by one.”

Comments from the community were encouraged and can be submitted to VDOT by April 4. Principi gave his web address, NewWoodbridge.org, as another place to go for information and communication about the plan.

To check in on progress of construction, visit VDOT’s website for updates and to make comments about the U.S. 1 expansion project.

KJ Mushung is the Newspaper Training Director and Stephanie Tipple is a columnist at NOVA Fortnightly.

Pain at Gas Pump Continues

Drivers travel north on Interstate 95 at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Gas prices are still going up as the weekend approaches.

In North Stafford on Friday, the average price of unleaded gasoline was $3.51 per gallon.

Some of the cheapest gas in the area could be found at the Wawa on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) and at the Verlro gas stations on Va. 610 and U.S. 1 in North Stafford, for $3.47 per gallon.

The most expensive gas in the area was at the Stafford Sunoco on Courthouse Road at $3.61 per gallon.

Last week the average price per gallon in the area was $3.48 per gallon, while six months ago the price per gallon price of gas was $2.58, according to AAA Mid Atlantic.

The price of gas goes up for drivers in Woodbridge, where the average price per gallon of gas is $3.63.

Some of the cheapest fuel can be found at Wawa at Daniel Stuart Square, at Optiz Boulevard and U.S. 1, and at 7-Eleven on Telegraph Road at Prince William Parkway, at $3.55 per gallon.

The most expensive gas in the area, at $3.87 per gallon, is at a Shell station at 15423 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge.

In Lorton, the average price per gallon of gas is $3.64, according to AAA Mid Atlantic.

The price at the pump has not only affected drivers, but transit agencies as well.

If prices rise to $4 per gallon as predicted, transit providers nationwide who are already say they are turning away passengers because of crowded buses, could see the addition of 670 million passenger trips, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

See the Planned U.S. 1 Interchange Tonight

This rendering shows what drivers traveling north on U.S. 1 would see after the intersection at Va. 123 is built. (VDOT)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Residents and business owners in North Woodbridge are about to find out just how wide U.S. 1 is going to get.

State and Prince William County transportation officials will be on hand tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss a $228 million project to widen the four lane highway to six lanes, as well as construct an interchange at Gordon Boulevard (Va. 123) and U.S. 1.

Planners and elected officials have long said project is the impetus for new growth the long beleaguered section of Prince William.

The widening will take place between Mary’s Way and the Occoquan River, and Gordon Boulevard (Va. 123) will be widened to six lanes between the planned interchange at U.S. 1 and Interstate 95.

The interchange will carry Va. 123 over U.S. 1 in an effort to separate the lanes of traffic, connecting Va. 123 to Belmont Bay Drive, providing better access to a Virginia Railway Express station and the Belmont Bay mixed-use neighborhood.

The interchange using elevated ramps to carry cars up to an elevated Va. 123 will eliminate signal lights at U.S. 1 and Va. 123 and at U.S. 1 and Annapolis Way just prior to the Occoquan River

The light at U.S. 1 and Occoquan Road will remain, however, new through and turn lanes would improve traffic flow, according to VDOT.

The public hearing will take place at the Botts Fire Hall at 1306 F Street in Woodbridge.

Later this summer, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors will have to approve the project and construction would begin in 2014.

Railroad, Bridge Work to Affect Travel

Crews will replace railroad ties at the crossing at Mt. Hope Church Road this month. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– Get ready for some road closures and detours.

CSX Corporation will replace railroad ties and do track maintenance tonight and tomorrow night, forcing the closure of Brent Point, Arkendale, and Mt. Hope Church roads in Stafford County.

Arkendale and Brent Point roads will close both tonight and tomorrow night between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Drivers who use Widewater Road should find the intersection of Arkendale and Brent Point roads closed during those hours, said Virginia Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

Mt. Hope Church Road will close tonight and tomorrow night between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass through the closed portions of roadways, said Hannon.

There’s another road closure in Stafford County that will begin Monday.

Construction crews are expected to begin work on a new bridge that will cross Potomac Creek on Brooke Road.

That has forced VDOT to ready a detour route for drivers that will take them around the bridge and work zone.

Drivers going north on Brook Road should use Deacon Road to Leeland Road to Potomac Run Road to Eskimo Hill Road, said Hannon.

Those traveling south on Brook Road should instead use Eskimo Hill Road to Potomac Run Road to Leeland Road to Deacon Road.

Electronic message signs will be posted alerting drivers to the traffic-pattern change.

Drivers will still be able to access Virginia Railway Express’ Brooke station during $600,000 the construction project, which should take about four months to complete, said Hannon.

The old bridge will be replaced with a lightweight concrete deck supported by steel beams.

Guardrails will also be installed along Brook Road near the bridge.

Video: Empty Commuter Lot Prompts Questions

Woodbridge, Va. –– The commuter lot at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge on Wednesday had about 10 cars parked in it.

Prince William County taxpayers are renting 370 spaces from the church at Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road for $289,000 per year.

Transportation officials made the deal last month to rent the lot after Potomac Mills mall reduced commuter parking there from 1,000 spaces to 250.

So what’s it going to take to get commuters comfortable with using the new lot?

That’s the focus of tonight’s commuter town hall meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ferlazzo government building on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

“We want to have a dialogue about what Slug lines would make sense forming [at the lot]. There’s been some talk on the Slug lines website and this is just another opportunity to discuss it live, get some additional feedback from the community and just to see how things are going in the wake of the decision last month [to reduce parking at Potomac Mills mall],” said Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.

This is the second commuter town hall meeting scheduled in the past two months.

Also expected to be at the meeting are Prince William supervisors Frank Prinicpi and John Jenkins.

According to Slug-lines.com, the reduction of commuter parking at Potomac Mills mall has caused virtually every other commuter parking lot in the area to fill up earlier than usual.

Mall representatives said the reduction was necessary as they look to expand.

A new commuter lot is planned for construction near the Horner Road lot in Woodbridge, already the state’s largest commuter lot.

Transportation officials said they plan to use $7.2 million to build a new 600-space commuter lot on the site of an old commuter bus lot next to the Horner Road lot.

Fatal Crash Snarls U.S. 1 Traffic

Update 7 p.m.

Update 5:40 p.m.
Police say one person has died and eight people transported to the hospital after a crash at U.S. 1 and Fairfax County Parkway that happened about 4 p.m.

Police have not released the identified any of the victims in the crash, nor have they released details on how it happened.

Crash investigators on the scene say at least five vehicles are believed to be involved.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 1 have been reopened to traffic at Fairfax County Parkway.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 1 are closed at Pohick Road.

Original Post 4:50 p.m.
Lorton, Va. ––
One person has been killed in a cash on U.S. 1 at Fairfax County Parkway near Ft. Belvoir.

County police are on the scene of the cash that reportedly involves seven patients.

The four-lane highway has been closed in both directions and officials advise motorists to find an alternate route to get home.

Fairfax County Connector Buses are reporting major delays at this hour.

The crash comes exactly one week after a Fairfax Station man was killed in a crash at the same intersection.

An illegal immigrant has been charged in that crash.

HOV lanes to Close This Weekend

Photo: Mary Davidson
Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road will close this weekend.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation have ordered the closure so inspectors can get a close-up look of the condition of the lanes.

It’s not a safety inspection, but more of a “taking inventory” of the lanes on Interstate 95 and 395, said VDOT spokesman Mike Salmon.

Message signs will mark the closure, and the lanes are scheduled to reopen before the Monday morning rush hour.

The inspection comes after Virginia transportation officials announced last month they will convert the HOV lanes to toll lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road, just north of the Capital Beltway.

When complete, drivers will have the option to pay a toll to use the lanes essentially buying their way out of gridlock. Occupants in vehicles of three or more will still be able to use the lanes for free.

The new lanes will eventually connect to HOT lanes being constructed on the Beltway, between Springfield and Dulles Toll Road.

U.S. 1 to Close for Crash Probe

Lorton, Va. –– Drivers who want to use Richmond Highway in south Fairfax on Thursday morning will have to find another way.

Police will close both the north and southbound lanes of the four-lane highway at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Investigators will reconstruct a fatal crash that took the life of 54-year-old Paul J. Krause of Fairfax Station.

Officers will divert traffic from Richmond Highway onto Fairfax County Parkway and Telegraph Road, according to police.

Carlos Sanchez Ramos, 33, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Krause’s death, as well as DUI and contributing the delinquency of a minor, as a 3-year-old was inside Ramos car at the time of the crash, police said.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement today said Ramos had already once been deported from the U.S. as an illegal immigrant, and then illegally reentered the county in 2003.

Truck Fire Delays Traffic

Triangle, Va. –– A tractor trailer caught fire this morning on Interstate 95 near the Quantico exit closing all southbound lanes of the highway.

The fire was doused at 9:31 a.m. and now only one lane of traffic is getting by the mess, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

Traffic cameras along they highway show traffic in the area stalled in both the north and soutbound directions.

Crews are working to clear the burnt truck from the highway.

Slug Changes Focus of Next Town Hall Meeting

Brenda Higgins, a commuter affected by the parking changes at Potomac Mills mall, waits to add her comment at a town hall meeting held in Woodbridge in February 2011. (File)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Commuters will have another chance to be heard this month at a town hall meeting.

Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi and Occoquan Supervisor Mike May will hold commuter town hall at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Ferlazzo Building on U.S. 1 Woodbridge.

Last month, the two leaders held a similar meeting to discuss the loss of 750 commuter parking spaces at Potomac Mills mall. Since then the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge near Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road agreed to lease 350 commuter parking spaces to the county for resident’s use.

“At our last town hall, we heard loud and clear that our commuters wanted parking spaces close to Potomac Mills with enough capacity to slug so their lives were not completely disrupted.   I believe we accomplished this goal,” said Principi.

At the end of the last town hall, many commuters said they would be interested in attending another meeting. This time, officials want to learn more about how commuters are coping with the changes.

“The purpose of the follow up meeting is to update the community as to the logistics of the new First Baptist leased lot, including what bus routes will come through and what slug lines may form.  We will also receive community feedback as to how commuter patterns have changed following the Potomac Mills reduction in spaces,” said May.

Following the loss of the mall parking spaces, Slugs (those who ride in vehicles of three or more occupants to use the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95 and 395) bound for Arlington were told to begin parking at a commuter lot off Gemini Way in Dale City. Those bound for Washington could still continue to park at the mall’s remaining 250 spaces designated for commuter parking.

Late last month, state transportation officials said construction would soon begin on a $7.8 million, 600-space commuter lot near the existing Horner Road lot in Woodbridge.

The lot will be built on the site of an old commuter bus garage.

Metro Announces Major Changes

Washington Metro System (Courtesy: Planet Ware)

The face of Washington’s Metrorail map will soon change forever, and those changes will affect riders on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Metro officials announced today their plans to realign service on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Those changes will take effect June 2012, and the move will have one-third of Blue line trains from the Franconia-Springfield station cross the  Yellow line bridge over the Potomac River after the leaving Pentagon station, providing direct service to the L’Enfant Plaza station in Washington, according to a Metro press release.

Those trains would no longer serve Arlington Cemetery or the Rosslyn stations.

Also as part of the change, more trains will be added to Metro’s Orange line between the West Falls Church and Largo Town Center stations.

Officials say the changes will increase service to popular rush-hour destinations, benefiting an estimated 108,000 riders.

The changes also come as the transit agency is looking to improve service ahead to the opening of the new Silver line to Dulles International Airport.

“The Blue and Yellow line realignment is meant to address peak period crowding and service reliability at the Rosslyn Metrorail station, realign service to better match ridership and transition to the future Dulles rail extension,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles.

Some 5,000 Metrorail system maps will need to be reprinted,  2,600 station signs redone, and more than 1,200 fare chartswill need to be reprinted.

New schedules should be out months ahead of the service change, but officials on Thursday did not say how much these new changes would cost Metro.

Crash Snarls 95 Traffic

Dumfries, Va. –– Traffic is getting by in a column of ones in the right shoulder of northbound interstate 95 following a crash involving multiple cars.

The crash happened about 11:45 a.m. at mile post 152 at Dumfries. Those involved in the crashed suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Initial reports indicate police were directing traffic up the exit ramp to Dumfries Road (Va. 234) to get drivers around the crash, but later asked the ramp be closed to drivers.

We’ll have more on this as we get it.

Metro Will Build Bus Garage in Lorton

Lorton, Va. –– A new Metro bus lot will be built in Lorton.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week approved a new bus storage facility on Cinderbed Road at the intersection of Newington Road.

The site is in an industrial area and was once home to a concrete plant.

The new facility will replace a 65-year-old Metrobus storage garage in Old Town Alexandria, reports the Alexandria Gazette Packet.

The site will accommodate 160 buses, parking for 300 Metro employees and a natural gas refueling station.

Bus drivers exiting and entering the facility would mostly use streets in the Lorton area to get where they are going.

Nearby the site is the Lorton branch of the DMV and a warehouse for potato chip maker Frito Lay.

Turn Lanes Will Be Extended

Drivers turn left from Dale Boulevard onto Benita Fitzgerald Drive in Dale City. The turn lanes they’re using will be extended 250 feet beginning this month.

Dale City, Va. –– Drivers will soon have a more room to turn at Dale Boulevard and Benita Fitzgerald Drive.

The westbound turn lanes from Dale Boulevard onto Benita Fitzgerald will be extended 250 feet beginning March 21.

The project will provide relief for westbound commuters who drive Dale Boulevard and are often stuck in delays caused by drivers waiting to make a left turn onto Benita Fitzgerald Drive.

Approved the Prince William Board of Supervisors this month, the $267,000 contract for the project was awarded to Arthur Construction Company in Dulles.

They were the lowest bidder after the bidding process was opened February 3, said Prince William County Department of Transportation Project Manager Mohammad Ayyoubi.

Construction will take place during the day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Because work will start after the morning rush hour and wrap up for the day before the afternoon rush hour begins, few traffic impacts are anticipated, said Ayyoubi.

The work should be completed August 31.

If Flooding Occurs, Expect Delayed School Buses

Triangle, Va. –– Prince William County Public School officials say two roads in the eastern portion of the county routinely flood out, preventing school buses from picking up students.

Mine Road in Dumfries and Joplin Road at U.S. 1 in Triangle are said to be some of the most problematic roads in county during heavy rain storms.

School transportation officials say they are going to make every effort to get to theses bus stops, but with three inches of rain forecast to fall on the area, it may be slow going for some Thursday and on Friday morning.

Some buses may be late because they were rerouted, and buses on other routes may be delayed because of flooding elsewhere, school officials said.

Rain is forecast to move into the area tonight and dump heavy rain across the region throughout the day Thursday and into Friday.

With Rain, VRE Delays Could Pile Up This Week

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Woodbridge station. (File Photo: Mary Davidson)

Heavy rain could mean delays on Virginia Railway Express on Thursday.

The transit agency is warning riders who use the Fredericksburg line if flood restrictions are put in place trains could be delayed anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Flood restrictions require VRE trains on the line require trains to travel at 40 mph, and while trains may depart Fredericksburg on time they will encounter delays further up the line, said VRE spokeswoman April Maguigad.

Delays on the Manassas line tomorrow could be even worse, as flood restrictions could put commuters behind anywhere between an hour and 90 minutes.

Right now, the plan for tomorrow morning is to run trains on time. But a flood watch will go into effect at 6 p.m., and forecasters at the National Weather Service say up to three inches of rain could fall on top of saturated ground left behind by last weekend’s rainfall.

Word of delays also comes as VRE riders have already experienced long delays this week.

This morning on Fredericksburg line train 304, passengers were delayed because of speed restrictions.

On Tuesday morning, riders were slowed by signal problems and because one of VRE’s locomotives failed at VRE’s Brooke station.

Suicidal Man, Crash Lead to U.S. 1 Delays

Fairfax Connector

Mt. Vernon, Va. –– A man who threatened to jump from an old railway bridge and car crash caused massive delays on U.S. 1 in south Fairfax County on Monday.

At 5:30 p.m., police were called to the area of Belvoir Court and U.S. 1, just north of the Fairfax County Parkway intersection, where a man threatened to jump from an unused railroad bridge that used to serve the Ft. Belvoir garrison.

Police closed the road to traffic in both directions as crisis intervention teams worked with the man, said Fairfax police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

After two hours, officers were able to talk the man down from the bridge. No one was injured and no charges were filed in the incident.

Earlier that afternoon about 4:30, a two car crash on U.S. 1 at Old Mill Road in the Mt. Vernon area also snarled traffic.

No one was seriously injured and crews had the mess cleaned up shortly after 5 p.m.

But the damage to Monday’s commute had been done.

Late last night, Fairfax Connector buses were reporting long delays on the 171 line, which runs between Lorton, Franconia-Springfield and the Huntington Metro stations.

Traffic in once again moving in the area without incident.

Fairfax Connector Buses Delayed After Crash

Update 8:40 p.m.
Fairfax Connector buses are running behind schedule in the Mt. Vernon area tonight following a crash on U.S. 1.

The Richmond Highway route 171 bus is experiencing major delays – the route that carries riders between Lorton, Franconia-Springfield Metro and the Huntington Metro stations.

Also experiencing delays at this hour are Fairfax Connector routes 151, 152, 159, 161 and 162.

All of the delays are attributed to the crash earlier this afternoon, said Fairfax County transportation spokeswoman Ellen Kamilakis.

Fairfax County police this afternoon said those involved in the two car crash suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

We’ll bring you more on this as it develops.

Original Post 4 p.m.
Mt. Vernon, Va. ––
All lanes of U.S. 1 in the Mt. Vernon area are back open following a crash.

Police were called to investigate a two-car accident that occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of Richmond Highway, near Old Mill Road.

No one was injured, but the investigation prompted the closure of one southbound lane, according to Fairfax County police.

The lane was reopened just before 4 p.m. and police called for a wrecker to removed at least one of the damaged vehicles.

Railroad Work to Force Road Closure

Crews will replace railroad ties at the crossing at Mt. Hope Church Road this month. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– Railroad work will force the closure of a two-lane road this month.

CSX Corporation will replace railroad ties along its tracks at the Brooke Virginia Railway Express station in Aquia.

The work will force the closure of Hope Church Road starting Wednesday March 9, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The work will continue the following night during the same time frame.

The road will once again close on Wednesday March 16, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., and again the following night during the same time frame, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

While cars won’t be able to traverse the road during  those time frames emergency vehicles will be granted access to the road, said Hannon.

VDOT plans to place warning signs in the area to alert drivers of the closure.

The affected road sits less than mile from VRE’s Brooke station.

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