An update from Braddock District Supervisor John Cook.
Guinea Road Closure
VDOT and Flippo Construction, the contractor for the Guinea Road project, will require full night time closures on Guinea Road for the rest of this week and next week Monday through Thursday. Please note that the start time for these weeknight closures will be 10:00 p.m. as opposed to 9:00 p.m. The road will reopen to through traffic at 5:00 a.m. There will be NO weekend road closure on June 23 and 24.
VDOT states that full night time closures will be very limited after next week. There is an expectation that the bridge and roadway work should be completed within the next three weeks, weather permitting. Incidental work will follow with intermittent daily single lane closures for an additional two weeks.
As The Temperature Rises, Stay Cool
This week was the official start of the summer season, and the temperature is expected to rise to nearly 100 degrees over the next couple of days. Here are some tips to beat the heat:
- Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.
- Plan outdoor activities around the heat. If you must go outside, go before noon or at night.
- Eat light meals, avoiding high-protein foods.
- Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a car - not even for a few minutes.
- Residents who need help to keep their home cool may be able to get assistance from two programs locally administered by the county:
The Cooling Assistance Program
The Fan Care Program
- Residents who need immediate help with utility bills or other urgent human services assistance can call the county's Coordinated Services Planning staff at 703-222-0880, TTY 711. County staff can connect residents with a network of services provided by public, private and community-based organizations, as well as appropriate county government resources.
- Additional heat safety tips are available online and updates will be posted on NewsWire and the emergency blog throughout the summer.
Budget Advisory Committee to Meet
On May 5, a group of residents who attended Supervisor Cook's Citizen Governance Conference agreed to participate in the formation of a Braddock District Budget Committee. The purpose of this group is to become educated on the Fairfax County budget, and to advise Supervisor Cook.
The Budget Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. in Braddock Hall in the Kings Park Library. If you have any questions regarding the Budget Advisory Committe, or would like to attend, please call our office at 703-425-9300
First Annual Vietnamese Festival
The First Annual Vietnamese Heritage Festival will be coming to George Mason University Saturday, June 23. This will be a unique and spectacular celebration of the best of Vietnamese cuisine, culture, art and entertainment. The festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at George Mason University's Fairfax Campus in Parking Lot K.
Application Deadline for Citizens Police Academy Approaching
Fairfax County is accepting applications to its Citizens Police Academy until June 30. Applicants are required to live or work in Fairfax County, must be 18 years or age and provide their own transportation for training. Additionally, applicants will be subject to review of their criminal record and police contact history.
The training classes will be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at police facilities throughout the county. Accepted applicants will learn about the variety of resources involved in preventing and solving crime and the daily challenges faced by police officers. If you would like additional information, or to download the application, visit their website here or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov.