Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Expect Northern Virginia roadways with 2+ inches of snow to be plowed and/or treated with chemicals.
Wednesday, March 6
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 …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Work is expected to begin on the project later this year, with completion anticipated in 2014.
Dewberry has been awarded the contract to design an overpass to replace the Sycolin Road intersection with the Route 7/Route 15 Bypass in Leesburg. Dewberry, based in Fairfax, is the lead engineer for Shirley Contracting Company. The $19.6-million project is intended to improve safety by shutting down the intersection and constructing a bridge for Sycolin to cross the bypass. When complete, there would no longer be direct access between the roads; motorists will need to use Battlefield Parkway and the Dulles Greenway to move between the bypass and Sycolin. The new bridge/overpass will include two 12-foot lanes in each direction, a sidewalk along the southbound lanes, and a barrier-separated shared-use path along the northbound lanes. For …
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 the Round 2 forecasted for Friday. Weather forecasters say to expect more snow to start falling between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. 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 throughout 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 …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Opinions vary depending on business, environmental, transportation interests.
Years in the planning stages, the Virginia Department of Transportation this week held two public input meetings about its Northern Virginia North-South Corridor Master Plan Study, covering an area’s among a dozen state-designated Corridors of Statewide Significance. The 45-mile corridor generally includes the area east and west of Route 234/Prince William Parkway and the CTB-approved location of the Tri-County Parkway between Route 95 and 50, and connections to the Dulles Greenway and Route 7. VDOT’s input meetings were in Ashburn and Manassas, and WAMU attended. Check out their report here.
Monday, December 17, 2012
VDOT scheduled the open house to provide information and collect input about two alternatives.
UPDATE: Manassas meeting place has changed. New location: 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas Initial story: Virginia’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment has planned an open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn to answer questions and take comments about the Northern Virginia North-South Corridor Master Plan Study. The study, underway since May 2012, is nearing completion of the evaluation of transportation options that connect major centers of activity within the corridor, which has been designated as one of 12 “Corridor of Statewide Significance” by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The 45-mile corridor generally includes the east and west of the Route 234/Prince William Parkway and the…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Study will include area between Point of Rocks and Route 301.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced this week that it plans to examine future travel demand across the Potomac River in the Washington metropolitan area. The study will look at cross-river traffic and movement at existing crossings from Points of Rocks (Route 15 north of Leesburg) in Virginia to Route 301 in Maryland. The work is set to begin in the coming weeks, with completion expected in the spring. VDOT will keep the DC and Maryland departments of transportation informed about the study, which will develop a common set of data from which Virginia, DC and Maryland can discuss approaches to ease congestion and increase multi-modal mobility among the three jurisdictions. The study aims identify problems, not …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
VDOT has scheduled an information meeting for residents to learn about improvements underway, ask questions and express concerns.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Commuters traveling daily along Route 50 may be wondering when things will stop getting worse and start getting better as the Virginia Department of Transportation continues work on road widening and other improvements in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. To provide information as well as take questions and hear concerns, VDOT has scheduled a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting beginning at 6 p.m. June 28 at the Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway, in South Riding. The $99.9 million project will widen Route 50 from four to six lanes between Poland Road and Route 28. Completion is anticipated in late 2014. In addition to widening Route 50, VDOT plans to add pedestrian and cyclist accommodations as well as other safety …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The $20 million project should begin next year and requires closure of the bypass intersection during construction.
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors Tuesday night signed off on the design for the Sycolin Road flyover project, and trees presented the only real hiccup. The $19.6 million project includes an overpass to carry Sycolin Road over the Route 7/Route 15 Bypass in Leesburg to replace the existing intersection, including the traffic signal and turn lanes, from the Bypass to Sycolin Road. The result would eliminate access between Sycolin and the bypass. Planners also hope the project relieves a significant clog for commuters who use either road daily. Plans call for a sidewalk along the southbound lanes and a bicycle/pedestrian path along the northbound lanes. Earth embankments or retaining walls are planned where necessary along Sycolin. …
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 …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
VDOT has proposed a $1 monthly fee for administrative and operations costs.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A monthly $1 fee proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation for E-ZPass transponders has proven to be an item that Democrats and Republicans representing Loudoun can agree on. State Sen. Mark Herring (D-33) and Del. Randy Minchew—who each represents parts of Loudoun and at least a small part of Ashburn—have issued messages to constituents urging them to weigh in the fee proposal by 5 p.m. today. The monthly fee would apply to each transponder held by customers. The messages from Herring and Minchew are included below: From Herring’s office: State Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun & Fairfax) has written to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation Greg Whirley expressing his strong opposition to VDOT’s proposal …