Friday, April 19, 2013
VDOT recommends that drivers find alternate routes Saturday as workers install traffic lights.
Lanes on Route 50 will be closed in both directions beginning around 8 p.m. Friday night and continuing into Saturday, as workers install new traffic lights. The work will take place at the intersection of Route 50 and Lee Road. Drivers should expect delays Saturday. VDOT recommends taking alternate routes until the work is completed. From the VDOT website: Lane closures will be up in both the Eastbound and Westbound directions of Route 50 until completion. Also, police officers will be stopping traffic periodically so that the signal subcontractor can remove the permanent poles and install the new temporary signal poles and new span wire. Upon completion of this work, the new intersection will be fully operational and the traffic …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The two-year project to widen Stringfellow Road may temporarily restrict traffic movement.
Stringfellow Road will undergo some big changes over the next two years, and residents can learn what to expect at a public meeting next week. VDOT will host the meeting at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, April 3 in the Chantilly High School library. Construction workers will widen a portion of Stringfellow Road, from Fair Lakes Boulevard to Route 50, expanding it from two lanes to four. They will also add a six-foot wide sidewalk on the west side of the road, a ten-foot wide shared-use path on the east side. The estimated 23,000 drivers who use the road daily can also expect to see a new left-turn lane northbound to Route 50. Workers will also make some changes to the southbound approach to Route 50, improve the intersection. The $63 million …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Seven new locations will show miles and minutes to destinations beginning in April with additional signs expected by summer.
How slow can you go? That and other questions will be answered beginning Tuesday on Interstate 66, when motorists will begin to see travel times displayed on additional overhead message boards spanning the 35 miles from Washington to Haymarket. The Virginia Department of Transportation has posted the number of miles and minutes since August 2011 to key destinations at three locations between the Beltway and Gainsville. Several more locations will be added by summer — two on I-66 and four locations on major roads approaching I-66. Congestion Conundrum: Rail or Roads? We already know traffic in the Washington metro area is the worst in the country, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. How to alleviate congestion in Northern …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Braddock Road has long been a problem area, and officials say it's time to do something about it.
During peak commuting hours, long lines of cars back up at the intersection of Pleasant Valley and Braddock roads, with drivers often waiting over 10 minutes for their turn at the stop sign. That situation just might change in the next few years. VDOT is considering plans to make some major changes at that intersection, which a large number of commuters from the South Riding area use. "The current four-way stop operates at level of service 'F'. Which is obviously failing," said Bill Cuttler, a representative of VDOT, to chuckles from a group of about three dozen residents at a meeting about the project in the Sully District Governmental Center Monday. Cuttler said that the proposals VDOT is considering would improve the traffic …
Some residents say that while the situation is bad, they're worried improvements will only move the problem to other areas.
Centreville and Chantilly area residents have known for years that the intersection of Pleasant Valley and Braddock roads is a problem for drivers, but some are concerned over the proposed solutions. VDOT is considering adding a roundabout or a stoplight at the four-way intersection. The intersection has long been a trouble spot: eight years ago an effort to put in a roundabout went nowhere after project costs rose significantly. About three dozen residents attended a meeting on the project in the Sully District Governmental Center Monday. Some said that they're worried the traffic will just get worse elsewhere if the situation at the intersection improves. "The roundabout scares the heck out of me," said Chris Terpak-Malm, a Pleasant …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It'll be icy and windy out there tonight.
Thousands of snow plow, tree contractors and salt truck drivers slept in their trucks Wednesday night, as the Virginia Department of Transportation ordered trucks to stand by on the side of the road or in parking lots for downed power lines and icy roadways. VDOT is warning drivers to be ready for "rapidly changing weather conditions," according to their website. "Monitor your local media and the National Weather Service resources for weather information." Plows Waiting... "The temperature is supposed to drop tonight (Wednesday). That's why we're still hanging around," said plow driver David Pullen of Rappahannock County's A-Z Services LLC, which has ten trucks contracted by VDOT to Fairfax County. Pullen had been parked along Clifton …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Tuesday, January 15
Beltway Express Lanes are now open. The I-495 Express Lanes consist of 14 miles of new road capacity (two lanes in each direction) on I-495 between the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road. These Express lanes are free to vehicles traveling with three or more occupants. They provide, for the first time, HOV connections from the Beltway to other HOV routes including I-95, I-395, I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road. Vehicles carrying fewer than three occupants can pay a toll to ride in the Express Lanes. Prices for the Express Lanes change according to traffic volume. All Express Lane drivers must have an EZ Pass, and HOV-3 riders must obtain a special EZ-Pass “Flex” transponder from VDOT in order to ride for free. See: …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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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.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Expect delays of 30 minutes or more as the Virginia Department of Transportation blocks off multiple I-66W lanes in phases starting at 9 p.m. Friday.
Motorists may want to consider avoiding I-66 west at I-495 this weekend as construction crews will be closing lanes and diverting traffic. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to block off multiple I-66W lanes in phases starting at 9 p.m. Friday. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. Here's what you need to know: Expect traffic delays of 30 minutes or more.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Traffic projects designed to ease commuters’ congestion
There is an old joke that says Northern Virginia will someday be a really great place, once they get all the roads built. That is especially true for Centreville and Chantilly as crews launch projects this summer to ease traffic congestion. In an update on local construction, County Supervisor Michael Frey said the Sully District will see multiple projects over the next two years to obliterate long-standing roadway bottlenecks that are the bane of the daily commute. “We are going to see a lot of projects that will probably make it a bit easier to get around,” Frey said. “Some of them have been coming for years.” I-66/Route 28 Projects The county has been working on a number of projects to reduce congestion on local streets, Frey said. At …