Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Expect Northern Virginia roadways with 2+ inches of snow to be plowed and/or treated with chemicals.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is sending out 4,000 salt trucks and snow plows across Northern Virginia before 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning ahead of the snow storm coming to Northern Virginia. Once it begins snowing and later, you can find out when your street will be plowed by checking the VDOT Web site. Area roads are expected to be treacherously slick due to snowfall, and VDOT is tasked with maintaining 17,679 miles of roadways in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties. “We are urging commuters to stay off the road on Wednesday and let our crews clear the roads,” VDOT maintenance engineer Branco Vlacich said in a press release. “Roads likely will be treacherous at times.” Major routes are treated with …
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…
Friday, January 25, 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 Round 2 forecast for Friday. Weather forecasters say to expect more snow to start falling Friday, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 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 through 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 night into …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Officials briefed news media Wednesday on Beltway toll Express Lanes construction.
The I-495 Express Lanes are in the final phase of construction and should be operational by late fall 2012, officials said during a news briefing Wednesday morning. The lanes, which have been undergoing testing for the last couple of months, will bring faster, easier and pricier trips to commuters, but they’ll also bring major traffic changes. “This is the biggest single traffic change for this region since the opening of I-66 30 years ago,” said Jennifer Aument, vice president of Transurban-Fluor, the company building the lanes. “So all drivers, whether they plan to use the Express Lanes or not, need to be alert and be prepared.” Aument urged travelers to purchase their E-ZPass Flex transponders and learn as much as they can about the …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The road will be paved as part of the ongoing interchange project at the Fair Lakes and Fairfax County Parkways.
Friday, August 10, 2012
From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 through 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, the ramps from eastbound and westbound I-66 to southbound Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) will be closed for paving as part of the ongoing interchange project at Fair Lakes and Fairfax County Parkway. The following signed detours will direct drivers: From westbound I-66: Route 29 (Exit 52) north to access the Fairfax County Parkway. See a map of the route. From eastbound I-66: Route 50 west (Exit 57B) to southbound West Ox Road (Route 608) to the Fairfax County Parkway. See a map of the detour route. Drivers may also take the northbound Fairfax County Parkway (Exit 55), turn right on Fair Lakes Parkway, and right on West Ox Road back to the Fairfax County Parkway. Click here …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
E-ZPass transponders are now available at AAA Mid-Atlantic locations throughout the region.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
AAA Mid-Atlantic retail locations are now selling E-ZPass Flex transponders throughout the region. The Flex transponders will be needed for drivers to travel in the I-495 Express Lanes for free. The new toll road will open in late 2012 and the Virginia Department of Transportation announced that carpool participants and drivers can pick up an E-ZPass at 13 area AAA Mid-Atlantic locations. VDOT is expanding its distribution work for E-ZPasses because it expects the number of users to double in the next few years. The nearest AAA Mid-Atlantic retail location where E-ZPass transponders can be obtained is at AAA Landsdowne, 19317 Winmeade Dr., Suite N109-110, Landsdowne, VA 20176. For more information availability of E-ZPass Flex …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
New transponder switches between toll-free and toll-paying mode for the 495 HOT Lanes.
Virginia Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday the launch of the EZ-Pass Flex transponder, a device that will allow high-occupancy vehicles to ride for free when the 495 Express Lanes open later this year. The beltway express lanes, which will run from the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) exit to the I-95/395/495 interchange (the “mixing bowl”) will be free for all vehicles with three or more occupants. All drivers will need an EZ-Pass transponder to use the lanes. Drivers wishing to take advantage of the HOV toll-free option will have to purchase an EZ-Pass Flex. “Carpooling is an important priority in the commonwealth of Virginia,” said Charles Kilpatrick, VDOT’s chief deputy commissioner, encouraging all commuters who …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Closures on I-495 will impact traffic this weekend.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I-495 North and South will be closed overnight at Route 50 this weekend. The closures will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and last until 7 a.m. Saturday. Construction crews will be doing bridge work and traffic will be detoured to the collector lane adjacent to I-495 North. Once work is completed on I-495 North, the construction crews will move to I-495 South and close all lanes at Exit 50 for Route 50 over night from 9:30 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday. Traffic will be detoured to the collector lane adjacent to I-495 South. This weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation will also close three lanes of I-66 westbound at I-495 beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night through 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The lanes will be closed again …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Three local parkways, including Fairfax County Parkway, move from secondary to primary roads.
Drivers may have noticed new signs along the Fairfax County Parkway. Formerly known as Route 7100, the Fairfax County Parkway was transferred from secondary to primary road status in February. The new signs indicate the change. A primary road is eligible for additional federal funding. This funding covers 80 percent of the road's maintenance costs and pays for improvements and other projects, VDOT said. "The Parkway is one of our main streets, and for years it has been neglected and overlooked," said Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, who spearheaded the change. Herrity's research found that federal stimulus monies can only be spent on primary roads, and Virginia spends more time and money on primary roads. "For those two …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation construction on Phase I of the Dulles Metrorail Project is 70 percent complete.
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. Dulles Metrorail Construction on Phase I of the Dulles Metrorail project is currently 70 percent complete, said John Lynch, VDOT's regional transportation program director. It’s on schedule …