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…
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, July 18, 2012
The Wednesday, July 18, public hearing will review plans to accommodate Fort Belvoir North traffic.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding a design public hearing on Tuesday, July 18, concerning plans to widen the ramp where northbound Fairfax County Parkway traffic exits to continue north on the Parkway, just past the Franconia-Springfield Parkway. At the open house style event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., residents may view design displays and ask questions of VDOT staff. The meeting is at Rolling Valley Elementary School, 6703 Barnack Drive in Springfield. In the last year, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency relocated an additional 4,500 Department of Defense employees to the new building at the Fort Belvoir North Area along the Fairfax County Parkway. Many of these employees travel to points west and north…
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, April 2, 2012
VDOT sticks to its aggressive completion schedule for Northern Virginia transportation projects.
Northern Virginia commuters will continue to navigate around major construction in the coming months as the Virginia Department of Transportation sticks to its aggressive completion schedule for transportation projects. Steve Titunik, VDOT's communications director, said he was proud of what VDOT and its partners had been able to accomplish and hoped that construction on the state's many projects, including express lanes on I-95 and the Capital Beltway, would stay on schedule. “Spring seems to have started early, which is great news for us,” he said. BRAC Developments The final phase of the Fairfax County Parkway project, a portion of road with interchanges connecting the Franconia-Springfield Parkway to the Fairfax County Parkway at …
Monday, March 26, 2012
VDOT plans work on 24 miles April through October.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will repave 24 miles of the 32-mile, six-lane Fairfax County Parkway between Route 7 in Dranesville and Rolling Road in Springfield beginning this spring and lasting through October. The $19 million maintenance project will take place mostly at night and on weekends, and will require lane closures and occasional detours. In advance of the work, VDOT is holding four community meetings along the corridor to communicate the plan and schedule. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. "While work will begin in April and be complete in October, the heaviest traffic impacts will be scheduled from June until Labor Day, when Fairfax County schools are out for the summer," said VDOT. "Crews will re-pave the …
Friday, February 17, 2012
It means new route numbers and funding sources for the Fairfax County, Prince William, and Franconia-Springfield Parkways
Three busy local roadways are now eligible to get a boost from the federal government. This week, the Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William Parkway and Franconia-Springfield Parkway were transferred from secondary to primary road status by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. That means that federal money is available for multiple projects, including paving, guardrail and bridge repairs. "Federal funding typically covers 80 percent of the cost to maintain interstates and primary roads, with the remaining 20 percent from state funds," according to a Virginia Department of Transportation press release. New Classification Means a New Name To avoid confusion, over the next three months VDOT will replace old road identification signs …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
495 Express Lanes Project to cause several road closures Jan. 28 and 29.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has several road closures and detours scheduled this weekend for work on the Hot Lanes project, reported Braddock District Supervisor John Cook in "The Cook Advisory." VDOT will close Exit 47A, I-495 to Route 7 west (Leesburg Pike) on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During that time, I-495 north traffic exiting to Route 7 west will be directed to continue to I-495 north to Exit 46A, Chain Bridge Road south (Route 123) and follow signage to I-495 south to Exit 47A, Route 7 west. Motorists traveling to Tysons Corner Center can access the mall by using Route 123 south. Additionally the left lane of Route 7 will be closed in both directions on Saturday. The eastbound lane will be…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the exit to I-95 south from I-495 west, Inner Loop, at the Springfield Interchange overnight on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Starting at 9 p.m., crews will close the left lane on the exit ramp and progress to closing the entire I-95 south exit ramp after midnight at which time the below detour route will be in effect. Detour: I-95 south traffic will be detoured to Exit 170B onto I-395 north and take Exit 2B, Edsall Road west, follow signage back to I-95 south. The detour may add an additional 15-20 minutes onto a trip during overnight hours. At midnight, a left lane on I-495 west, Inner Loop, before the Springfield Interchange will also be closed and after midnight crews will close all …
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 …