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 …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Ride out the Virginia snow storm with Patch.
UPDATE Wednesday 12:15 p.m.: From the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog: "A winter storm warning is still in effect and snowfall rates are picking up as the brunt of the storm is hitting us now. In general, we can expect a total of 6-10 inches of snow in Fairfax County depending on your location. See the map with the latest predictions." (See map for snowfall predictions; click on photo gallery.) Fairfax County Government offices and services will close at noon today. Emergency personnel are still required to report for duty. Libraries will be closing at 11 a.m. Most public meetings have been cancelled for this evening. School activities are cancelled the rest of the day. Courts are also closed. Update 4:30 a.m. Fairfax County …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Herrity and members of the Springfield District Council will discuss improvements along Fairfax County Parkway and how it's affecting traffic.
Supervisor Pat Herrity, the Springfield District Council, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will discuss the improvements taking place along Fairfax County Parkway during a town meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Robinson Secondary School. Although there are some successes with the improvements along this major road, it has caused significant congestion. The town meeting will take place to "get in front of the problem and establish a vision for its long-term future before we wake up and find the Parkway as congested as I-66," according to a recent news release. The following will be discussed during Tuesday's meeting:
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The delegate was asked by residents to investigate the loss of the 'wink-o-matic' at Willow Springs Elementary.
Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40th) has called a meeting of concerned community members, Fairfax County Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax County Police and local politicians to discuss the loss of the wink-o-matic safety signal at the Braddock Road entrance to Willow Springs Elementary School. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept, 6, at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Residents noticed the safety lights missing from the intersection just week's before the start of school, according to the delegate's staff. It is not yet clear who ordered them removed. In a letter inviting leaders to the meeting, Del. Hugo said, "...many of you are aware, the removal of the 'wink-o-matic' lights have resulted in the school’s …
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Three plans under consideration would enable business to continue.
This is the second in a multi-part series from Patch about the economic and other impacts of the declining equestrian industry in Fairfax County. Part 1: Fairfax County Losing Equestrian-Related Revenue Due to Lack of Planning was published Tuesday, Feb. 21. Part 3: Laurel Hill Equestrian Facility Moves Forward was published Thursday, Feb. 23. Part 4: Fairfax County Equestrian Opportunities was published Friday, Feb. 24. ------------- Woodlawn Stables, a horseback riding institution near Fort Belvoir, may be spared by upcoming road improvements to Richmond Highway after all. The stables, at 8907 Richmond Hwy., have been in continuous operation since 1979, when the area had fewer commercial developments and significantly less traffic. …
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 …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Demand is high for funding for transportation improvements across the region
Northern Virginia has billions of dollars worth of transportation needs, and yesterday the Commonwealth Transportation Board got input from 16 local speakers on projects that should be included in the Virginia Department of Transportation's 2013-2018 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The SYIP includes funding for rail, transit and transportation demand management programs. Last year, the CTB allocated $10.6 billion to statewide transit projects. This year, the funding can only go so far. "The reality is that our transportation dollars are strained. They are strained with limitations of the maintenance needs we have throughout Virginia," said Charlie Kilpatrick, CTB chief deputy commissioner. The public hearing was at the Virginia …