State Police to Crack Down at Horner Road Lot

If you're parked illegally, beware.

  • From Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Next week, Virginia State Police will begin a special parking enforcement campaign at a Prince William County commuter lot. The operation is to protect the safety of drivers and pedestrians using the lot due to vehicles parking outside of designated parking areas and creating traffic hazards. The concentrated effort will target the Horner Road commuter parking lot at Prince William Parkway and Interstate 95 in Woodbridge.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11, VDOT will post message boards in the commuter lot to alert drivers in advance of the campaign. In order to educate commuters and warn them about the upcoming enforcement campaign, Virginia State Police will place fliers on vehicles that are illegally parked during the week of Oct. 11.

State police will begin enforcement of the campaign Monday Oct. 17. Vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed. In some cases, if it is necessary, vehicles will be towed.

Numerous vehicles are illegally parked each day in the Horner Road commuter lot, which has a capacity of more than 2,000 vehicles. In certain instances, vehicles are parked in one of two travel lanes which impedes the flow of traffic and is a safety concern. In the event of a medical emergency, illegally parked cars could restrict emergency vehicle access.   

Garytheprinter October 12, 2011 at 06:20 PM
M....Yes, us back wooded, no teeth, sister marring, redneck, deer hunting, possum eaters have no clue and you don't either... I guess you have never heard of load bearing soil and in these parking garages.....How many exits do you want? What ever the number it will never be enough for everyone. Do we charge for parking??? Have to because not a project that applies to over 70% of the people use. Why don't you buy the land, have it zoned and build that lot and charge for parking and you will never have to commute again. Get real, it is always give,give,give and take,take,take, Did you not know when you moved here that YOU made that move to here with NO thought of this. You need to comprehend. It wasn't too hard for you to screw up.
Lauren Jost October 12, 2011 at 06:31 PM
M, The county is in the midst of making improvements to the old PRTC bus lot off of Telegraph Road. That 600-space lot is costing $7.2 million dollars, coming from the state level. http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/additional-commuter-parking-spaces-to-come-in-2012
Mcl October 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Wow- I see Ms' point and understand thr frustration- the dc commuters are an essential part of our pwc economy (they buy houses - all of us know it is a depressed market where we are) and if parking is an issue then solutions have to be made available. Either bring in more businesses to the county so we don't have to commute or provide space for commuters. As PWC citizens we should be worried about this- our houses have dropped too much in value and only new buyers who will inevitably commute have to be part of a strategy to bring us back.
Lauren Jost October 17, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Sabrina makes a good point. Most slugs that I have interviewed in the past have said the same thing, if there were a reasonable fee for parking they would do it. What does everyone think about if Metro ever makes it out to PWC?
Sabrina A October 17, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I'll believe that the new spaces - which have been needed & "announced" for a looong time - will happen when they've been built. I don't expect them to open on time, thus pre-Spring 2013 will be surprising. As M said - for all that PWC BoS toots their own horn about the Horner & Tackett's expansions - how many more *homes* have they authorized developers to build? Those new inhabitants have to work somewhere, and given the median income needed to make home-payments in PWC (FYI 85%+ of apartments are income *restricted* in PWC) pretty much requires you to work further than 5mi from your home - PWC BoS should have also kept the parking - and commuting - building keeping pace. And while I'm a slug for the past 18 years, I would happily pay a monthly fee (<$50) for a parking space in a lot or parking garage in eastern PWC. I don't expect something for nothing - but there's a reason I slug & take my chances on the driving ability/safety/comfort of my ride vs driving everyday (no employer-provided parking) or riding mass transit: I can't afford the $200 monthly bill.


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