Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A special promotion is in effect April 6 and 7 to encourage travelers to try out the new express lanes.
Drivers this weekend can use the I-495 Beltway Express Lanes for free—no E-ZPass required. The free weekend, April 6 and 7, is part of an educational campaign to encourage Beltway drivers to try the new travel option on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway and see how the Express Lanes can work for them, according to the 495 Express Lanes project. In addition to two full days of free travel, the Express Lanes will also lift the E-ZPass requirement. Drivers can travel on the Express Lanes with or without an E-ZPass and will not be charged a toll. At all other times, drivers are required to travel with an E-ZPass; carpoolers must have an E-ZPass Flex. Free Express Lanes travel is only available April 6 and 7 to two-axle vehicles. Free …
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 …
Friday, November 9, 2012
SFDC, Fairfax County, and VDOT unveiled the first of 12 wayfinding signs to be installed in November.
The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC), VDOT, and Fairfax County unveiled the first of 12 new Richmond Highway wayfinding signs in a ceremony on Wednesday. The new wayfinding signs are part of a statewide pilot program and is a collaborative effort between VDOT, SFDC, and Fairfax County. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland told attendees, "This is a great day for the entire Richmond Highway community." Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay added, “These signs add to the long list of recent improvements to our neighborhoods." The first wayfinding sign is located outside the Potomac Square shopping center on Richmond Highway. The sign marks the Mount Zephyr commercial area. "These high-quality and durable signs help to …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Starting this Monday, drivers will notice some changes to a section of Telegraph Road in an effort to improve traffic.
Changes are coming starting Monday on a 0.2-mile section of Telegraph Road between South Van Dorn Street and South Kings Highway, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT): These changes are part of ongoing efforts to improve traffic flow in the area that is scheduled to be completed by 2015. Fairfax County has allocated $10 milllion to the following improvements: For more information about the project, please visit virginiadot.org.
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 …
Monday, October 31, 2011
In their response to the first of six questions posed by Patch, the candidates for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors discuss county versus state control of area roads.
The four candidates running for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors answered six questions by email for Patch. We will feature one question over the next six days, with the unedited answers by each of the candidates. Incumbent Democrat Sharon Bulova (website, Facebook, Twitter) Independent Christopher DeCarlo (website, YouTube) Republican Michael “Spike” Williams (website, Facebook) Independent Will Radle (Facebook, YouTube) Question #1: Should Fairfax County take local control of its roads, as some surrounding jurisdictions, or allow VDOT's continued control? Explain. Sharon Bulova The State is increasingly making overtures about turning the road system (which is now pretty much entirely a State responsibility) over to …
Friday, June 10, 2011
The third part of a continuing series of interviews with key officials.
A transportation “catastrophe” looms for Northern Virginia unless the September move of 6,400 federal workers to Alexandria’s Mark Center is delayed, according to Sean Connaughton, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation. “This is essentially putting a cork in the main artery into Washington,” said Connaughton, who acknowledged that the Mark Center location for the Washington Headquarters Service is an issue of national security. “The Department of Defense has been smart to locate some of their facilities along major interstates – except for this one.” Base Realignment and Closure will bring an “immensely negative impact” to Northern Virginia’s roadways, said Connaughton, who spoke with Patch after a speech at Shenandoah University in …