Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Thirteen trees will be removed for guardrail improvements.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will remove 13 trees on Georgetown Pike at Difficult Run in preparation for a safety project to replace 2,300 feet of old and damaged guardrail. The tree work is scheduled April 9-10. One lane will be closed each day between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Over the past year, VDOT has worked with the Great Falls Citizen Association and local officials to gain community support. The 13 trees are located along the eastbound lane of Georgetown Pike, from the entrance to Difficult Run Stream Valley Park to about 500 feet east of the bridge over Difficult Run. The trees will be removed because they impede sight distance and are too close to the guardrail. The guardrail replacement will be done in late summer. …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
County needs 350 commitments to the plates before the Virginia Department Of Transportation will produce them.
Fairfax County residents will soon get to flex some county pride on their vehicles. The Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday the design for the county license plate they signed off on earlier this month. The plate will feature the county seal, county map and website links for the county government and Visit Fairfax, the county’s convention and visitor bureau. The license plates will cost $25 a year. The state will retain $10 of that price and the remaining $15 will go towards the plate sponsor, the county says. The initial county proceeds from the plates will go towards the World Police and Fire Games, which the county is hosting in 2015. From 2016 on, proceeds will go to Visit Fairfax to raise money for advertising and tourism. Officials…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
More than 500 trucks will be out salting roads, officials say.
Northern Virginia woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday and began preparing for the Round 2 forecasted for Friday. Weather forecasters say to expect more snow to start falling between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. There is a 70 percent chance that Northern Virginia will get hit with snow, said Steve Goldstein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said it won’t be a lot, but will fall throughout Friday's rush hour. “We’re looking at another inch or maybe an inch and a half,” Goldstein said. The region was coated with about an inch of snow Thursday morning. Virginia Department of Transportation salted main roads to help ease the morning commute. Joan Morris, a spokeswoman for VDOT, said crews will pre-treat main roads Thursday …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Public comments accepted on proposal through June 12.
A proposal under consideration by the Virginia Department of Transportation would assess a monthly fee for E-ZPass users of about $1 per transponder. E-ZPass is the system that allows drivers to pass through toll plazas more quickly by carrying transponders that automatically charge tolls to a registered account. VDOT has proposed the fee to help defray administrative and operations costs within the state for the service. Most of the E-ZPass toll facilities are not operated by VDOT. The program has grown significantly over the years and will be part of new toll services opening during the next few years. The proposed monthly fee would cover costs for: The fee — which would be reevaluated on a regular basis — would also help control costs …
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. …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Virginia Department of Transportation tests online site in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William counties
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The next time is snows more than 2 inches you can track VDOT snowplows on your computer. The Virginia Department of Transportation is currently testing the online tool, Governor Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday in a press release. Once it snows at least two inches, residents can find out the status of plowing in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William county neighborhoods here. Users can monitor whether crews have started plowing a particular “snow map” region on the county grid. Northern Virginia streets are divided into 600 snow maps, so while street-by-street progress is not shown, residents can see what neighborhoods have been plowed. “Residents will be able to see what VDOT sees,” VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley said in a statement. View…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Three miles of sound walls planned
VDOT invites the neighbors over to Lemon Road School tonight to find out about plans to construct sound walls on the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267), for three miles in both directions from Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard) to I-66. The sound walls will be constructed to help muffle noise from the new Metro Silver line that will operate from downtown Washington to Reston. The new subway line is under construction down the median of the Dulles Connector Road. Stop by anytime between 7 and 9 p.m. to view displays and learn more about the project. VDOT staff will be available to answer your questions. "In the last session of the General Assembly, Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston and a bit of McLean, and Del. Jim Scott, D-Pimmit Hills to …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Motorists on I-95 will be able to get travel times on the fly from electronic highway signs.
Starting today, electronic signs along I-95 between Fredericksburg and Washington, D.C., will display travel times for the heavily trafficked highway. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been running a similar program since August on I-66 between the Beltway and Gainesville. "Using travel data to display accurate travel times allows motorists to consider taking an alternate route before getting mired in traffic or, at the very least, know what to expect,” said Governor McDonnell in a press release. “Whether you are a daily commuter, long distance traveler or trucker, this information is helpful.” Travel information will be displayed on electronic billboards at seven locations, three for northbound motorists, four for southbound …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
VDOT to finance temporary culvert
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A week after Tropical Storm Lee’s flood waters washed over small bridges, reconstruction plans are in the works for the three bridges and four roads in northern Virginia that remain closed, all of which require extensive repairs, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. One of them is Towlston Road over Rocky Run in McLean. VDOT says the contract will be awarded this week to install a temporary culvert. The posted detour is approximately two and a half miles long. Up to 100 roads were flooded, damaged or closed in northern Virginia during the Sept. 8 storm, and VDOT crews spent the days following removing debris, patching potholes, and making repairs to open many of the roadways, VDOT said. The total estimated damage to …