Thursday, April 4, 2013
VDOT held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Against the back drop of free-flowing traffic, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a ribbon cutting ceremony 2 p.m. Thursday for the completion of the I-95/I-495 Telegraph Road Interchange. The $265 million project includes 11 new bridges and flyover ramps. "This is an example of Virginia leading the way in improving its highway infrastructure, and ultimately the quality of life for citizens and drivers," said Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia's secretary of transportation. "This critical link in our Capital Beltway's transportation network provides more efficient travel for the thousands of drivers traveling through the Telegraph Road area each day and also provides new benefits to pedestrians and bicyclists using a new path…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Landmark-area residents say they are concerned about health risks from air pollution, but a VDOT environmental assessment says pollutant levels will remain low.
Several homeowners associations in the Landmark area are supporting residents' efforts to protest a proposed Virginia Department of Transportation HOT lanes off-ramp at Turkeycock Run on Interstate 395. VDOT is currently building 29 miles of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes extending from Stafford County to the Edsall Road area in Fairfax County, just south of Alexandria. Turkeycock Run is the proposed end to the route. See: Construction on I-95 Express Lanes Will Impact Fairfax County Members of an effort opposing the ramp, Concerned Residents of Landmark, say an independent study demonstrates that increased air pollution from the proposed project will result in serious, negative health impacts in surrounding communities. Area …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Residents can now order new county license plates after the Board of Supervisors recently approved the new design.
Now that the Board of Supervisors has approved the new design of the Fairfax County license plates, residents can start pre-ordering them online. Residents interested in showing some county pride can download the license plate order form on Visit Fairfax and mail the form with the $25 payment to their main office. 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. Officials estimate the plates could bring in an estimated $250,000 a year in revenue. Revenue from the plates will support the World Police and Fire Games, which the county will host in 2015. In following years, the revenue will be dedicated to tourism support and advertisement…
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…
Thursday, January 24, 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 …
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, December 20, 2012
Fairfax Water will be doing utility work Friday evening until early Saturday morning.
The intersection of Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway will be closed Friday starting at 9 p.m. until early Saturday morning. Fairfax Water plans to conduct utility work during this time. Jennifer McCord of the Virginia Department of Transportation said because of the location and the size of the equipment needed to complete the project, the road will be closed and message boards are being installed to inform motorists. McCord said Fairfax Water has established detour routes, and the Fairfax County Police Department will assign an officer to assist with traffic control. Keep up with Kingstowne news and events by signing up for our newsletter. Learn more here!
Friday, November 30, 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: