Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It'll be icy and windy out there tonight.
Thousands of snow plow, tree contractors and salt truck drivers slept in their trucks Wednesday night, as the Virginia Department of Transportation ordered trucks to stand by on the side of the road or in parking lots for downed power lines and icy roadways. VDOT is warning drivers to be ready for "rapidly changing weather conditions," according to their website. "Monitor your local media and the National Weather Service resources for weather information." Plows Waiting... "The temperature is supposed to drop tonight (Wednesday). That's why we're still hanging around," said plow driver David Pullen of Rappahannock County's A-Z Services LLC, which has ten trucks contracted by VDOT to Fairfax County. Pullen had been parked along Clifton …
Expect area roadways with 2+ inches of snow to be plowed and/or treated with chemicals.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is sending out 4,000 salt trucks and snow plows across Northern Virginia before 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, due to the snow storm headed for Northern Virginia. Once it begins snowing and later, you can find out whether your street has been plowed, is in progress or has not been started yet, by checking the VDOT Web site: http://www.novasnowplowing.virginia.gov/ Area roads are expected to be treacherously slick due to snowfall, and VDOT is tasked with maintaining 17,679 miles of roadways in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties. “We are urging commuters to stay off the road on Wednesday and let our crews clear the roads,” said VDOT maintenance engineer Branco Vlacich in a press …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The closure is part of the I-95 Express Lanes Project.
Starting Monday, the I-95 southbound slip ramp to Lorton will close permanently. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, "In the Springfield area, motorists will transition from the southbound I-95 HOV lanes to the general purpose lanes using the left exit ramp marked: Route 286 Fairfax County Parkway/Newington/Ft. Belvoir. The next opportunity to exit the southbound HOV lanes will be at Route 1, Exit 161." See the PDF at right for a map and other details on this closure. The exit is closing as part of the ongoing 95 Express Lanes construction project that could make travel faster on 95 throughout Northern Virginia. To use the new Express Lanes, you'll need an EZ Pass. For more on the Express Lanes construction, visit www…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The school system will also pay for a turn lane to improve traffic flow.
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has agreed to pay for a traffic light at the Braddock Road entrance to Willow Springs Elementary School, according to officials who attended a community meeting at the school. In addition, FCPS has agreed to pay for a right hand turn lane from the school onto Braddock Road to improve traffic flow. Parents and staff of Willow Springs were surprised when just week's before school started, the school safety signals at the school's entrance on Braddock Road were removed. It is unclear who ordered them removed. Community members contacted Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40), who called a meeting at the school with Fairfax County Public Schools representatives, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax County…
Monday, August 27, 2012
All lanes will be open by 5 a.m. every morning.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close multiple lanes on Interstate 95/395 north and south, from Garrisonville Road (Route 610) Exit 143 in Stafford, to Duke Street (Route 236) Exit 3, Sunday through Thursday nights, Aug. 26 - 30. Closures are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and last through 5 a.m., according to VDOT. The lane closures are in place for barrier placement, test bores and other related construction work on the new 95 Express Lanes project. This work is in addition to nightly High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane closures for 95 Express Lanes work. All lane closures will be suspended for the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend, from noon on Friday, Aug. 31, until noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
You can find comprehensive travel information via VDOT's 511 service on your phone, the web and now as an app for iOS and Android devices.
Last month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that their 511 service is now available for Android phones and tablets and Apple's iPhones and iPads as a free app. The service was previously available via phone calls to the 511 number and on the web at www.511virginia.org. As we all too well know, summertime travel on Virginia roads can be unpredictable. There are of course some known knowns, to paraphrase a former Secretary of Defense, such as I-95 South will be a parking lot every Friday from 2 p.m. onward. But when you encounter stalled traffic on a late evening mid-week as you try to run errands or when you find out too late that there are going to be periodic lane closures on the beltway to accommodate …
Monday, October 31, 2011
In their response to the first of six questions posed by Patch, the candidates for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors discuss county versus state control of area roads.
The four candidates running for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors answered six questions by email for Patch. We will feature one question over the next six days, with the unedited answers by each of the candidates. Incumbent Democrat Sharon Bulova (website, Facebook, Twitter) Independent Christopher DeCarlo (website, YouTube) Republican Michael “Spike” Williams (website, Facebook) Independent Will Radle (Facebook, YouTube) Question #1: Should Fairfax County take local control of its roads, as some surrounding jurisdictions, or allow VDOT's continued control? Explain. Sharon Bulova The State is increasingly making overtures about turning the road system (which is now pretty much entirely a State responsibility) over to …