Wednesday, January 30, 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…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dominion Power is urging their customers to be prepared with food and an emergency plan.
With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning for Northern Virginia, personnel at Dominion Power, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation have their eyes glued to the weather forecasts. Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman with Dominion Power, said the company is making sure their trucks are gassed up and ready to respond if there are any power outages. She said the utility company has a team of meteorologists that are tracking the storm for them. “Wet snow with some wind could cause some power outages,” Anderson said. “We do urge our customers to be prepared with an emergency plan with phone numbers and nonperishable food just in case there are some outages.” As the forecast …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Officials hopeful bicycle master plan will make roads safer for Fairfax County cyclists.
Accidents between vehicles and bicycles in Fairfax County are happening more frequently this year — the latest claiming the life of a Falls Church woman. There have been 54 collisions between vehicles and bicycles this year with one fatality, up from 44 accidents between bicyclists and vehicles with no fatalities in 2011. On Nov. 12, Elizabeth P. Shattuck, 58, of Falls Church, was hit by a pickup truck while she was walking from the north to south side of Columbia Pike. Police pronounced her dead at the scene, marking the first Fairfax County death resulting from a bicycle versus vehicle accident in two years. The accident is still under investigation, and charges have yet to be filed. Greg Billing, a spokesman for the Washington Area …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The interchange is intended to help improve traffic flow in the area.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened the new Fairfax County Parkway bridges over Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive to traffic on Thursday morning. According to a news release, motorists will now have a five-mile stretch without a traffic signal between Popes Head Road and Route 50. The overpass extends from south of Fair Lakes Parkway to north of Monument Drive. The entire project cost $69.5 million and is funded through stimulus, the release states. In addition to the overpass, the project widens Fairfax County Parkway from four to six lanes from south of I-66 to north of Rugby Road. The goal with the interchange is to help improve traffic flow in the area by separating local and parkway traffic. 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:
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.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
This letter to the editor explains the EPA’s plan that will cost Fairfax County taxpayers an estimated $110 - $215 million.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Dear Editor: On July 12, 2012, the Fairfax County government and the Virginia Department of Transportation sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court in Alexandria, asking that the EPA be prevented from imposing a costly plan it hopes will increase the worm population in the Accotink Creek Watershed. The EPA’s plan will cost Fairfax County taxpayers an estimated $110 -$215 million, according to the complaint. The gist of the lawsuit is the EPA says it has the right to determine exactly how much water flows into Accotink Creek, as opposed to regulating the amount of pollutants that flow into the creek. (See the complaint attached with the article.) The EPA has ruled that the decrease in water flow is the …
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 …
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. …