Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Final segment of Phase I lowered into place along Dulles Access Road on Tuesday
Phase I of Metro's Silver Line project celebrated a major milestone Tuesday: completion of the construction of the aerial guideway. The aerial guideway was finished about noon Tuesday when a final section was ever so slowly lowered into place in the median of the Dulles Access Road. Applause erupted from a crowd of officials from the Metro Washington Airports Authority, Dulles Metrorail and Bechtel, who were gathered with members of the press to witness the fitting of the last segment. "The eagle has landed," said Sam Carnaggio, who has directed the project for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, as the last segment fit perfectly after the 45-minute lowering operation. "With the completion of the aerial guideway you can walk …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Shuttle buses will operate between East and West Falls Church stations this weekend.
If you're planning on using the Metro's Orange Line in Northern Virginia this weekend, you might want to plan for a bit more travel time. Construction of the Dulles Metrorail will cause service disruptions between the East Falls Church and the West Falls Church stops starting at 10 p.m. Friday. Buses will shuttle passengers between these stations through closing on Sunday. WMATA is encouraging riders to allow 20 more minutes for travel.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Good Morning McLean, Silver Line Subway Update. Metrorail to Dulles now more than 70 percent complete. New Officers At Community Center. Contentious election surrounds election of new officers. Last Chance. To apply for job at a Fairfax County summer camp. Noon: Fairfax applies for help to combat human trafficking
Monday, April 9, 2012
Pack the Patience
This week's traffic traumas throughout McLean and Tysons Corner brought to you by the HOT Lanes and the Metro construction. Interstate 495 south at Old Dominion Dr. overpass —Three lanes closed Tuesday night for overhead sign work. Expect intermittent, full road closures of up to 30 minutes after midnight. Dulles Connector Rd. (Route 267) west at I-495 — Road closed Monday- Friday nights for bridge painting. Traffic will be directed to I-495 north to exit 44, Georgetown Pike (Route 193) west, stay to the left, follow signs to I-495 south and take exit 45A, Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) west. I-495 north and south from Leesburg Pike (Route 7) to Oak Street overpass up to W&OD Trail overpass — Three lanes closed Monday through Saturday …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Traffic Drama Due to Metro, Express Toll Lane Construction
UPDATE: All previously scheduled overnight road and ramp closures on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project have been cancelled for tonight, Monday, March 26. ORIGINAL STORY: Here's a list of this week's traffic challenges brought to you by the simultaneous construction of the new Mero Silver Line and the express toll (aka HOT) lanes through Tysons Corner and McLean. 495 south from Old Dominion Dr. overpass to Oak St. overpass - Three left lanes closed Wednesday - Saturday nights for lane shift, overhead sign and bridge work. Dulles Connector Rd. (Route 267) east at I-495 - Road closed Monday - Thursday nights for bridge work. Traffic will be directed to I-495 north to Exit 44, Georgetown Pike (Route 193) west, stay to the left, follow …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Virginia Senate Finance Committee approves Howell-sponsored amendment that will boost money for Metrorail to Dulles.
The Virginia Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved on Thursday a Senate budget that contains a budget amendment offered by Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax & Arlington) and Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun & Fairfax). The amendment will provide $300 million dollars in additional state funds to Phase 2 of the Metrorail to Dulles Project. The amount is in addition to $150 million the state has previously committed, bringing the total state contribution for the project to $450 million. Phase 2 had been an ongoing point of contention between Dulles Toll Road users (who fear rising tolls to pay for the project), MWAA officials (who compromised on the location of an above-ground station at Dulles International Airport, and other parties. …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The board reached a decision after a two-hour public hearing.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors deferred until April 10 a vote on the county’s participation in Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail project after a public hearing Tuesday night. Dulles Rail has been a contentious topic since its inception, and Tuesday night was no different. More than 20 county residents voiced their support for or opposition to the $2.7 billion project during the two-hour forum. Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) and former county board chairman Kate Hanley were among the speakers, about half of whom supported the project. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) is overseeing construction of the subway line. MWAA's Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was a point of controversy. The agreement, which the MWAA…
Monday, March 12, 2012
What you need to know to avoid gridlock this week.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Your commute may be inevitable, but getting stuck in traffic doesn't have to be. Virginia Megaprojects has announced that the following roads in McLean will be closed between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. because of the Dulles metrorail construction project. The following closures in McLean are schedule for the Interstate 495 express lanes project. A map of this week's scheduled closures in Northern Virginia is available on the Virginia Megaprojects website.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Be Careful Out There
Here's a list of this week's traffic dramas in Tysons Corner and McLean brought to you by the twin construction of the Metro through Tysons Corner and the new toll express (formerly known as HOT) lanes down the middle of the Capital Beltway. I-495 north at Exit 49, I-66 - Three right lanes will close for barrier work and traffic shift. Expect intermittent full road closures of up to 30 minutes after midnight. Two Ramps at I-495/Route 123 Interchange to Close Overnights This Week Overhead bridge construction at the I-495/Route 123 interchange will force the closures of two ramps overnights next week: Ramp from Northbound I-495 to Southbound Route 123, Monday Feb. 20 - Friday, Feb. 24, 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers will be detoured by …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Officials project rising costs in order to pay for subway from Reston to Airport
The Metropolitan Airports Authority's new projections show that one-way rates on the Dulles Toll Road could triple to $6.75 by 2018 to bring in the necessary funds to pay for Phase 2 of the Metro's Silver Line. The projections were released Wednesday at a MWAA board meeting. MWAA operates Dulles and Reagan airports as well as the toll road and is overseeing construction of Metro’s Silver Line expansion. The projections are in line with those made several years ago. There is already a 25-cent rise - the third in three years - scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013. The current rate of $2.25 might need to double next year, though officials say they could use $150 million in pledged funding from Virginia to stagger those increases over three years. The …