Monday, February 11, 2013
Detours recommended: Traffic will be stopped intermittently for utility work.
Monday, February 11
I-95 Traveler Alert (New) On Tuesday, Feb. 12, just after midnight, all traffic on I-95 north and south at mile marker 147 located near Exit 148 (Marine Corps Base Quantico) will be stopped intermittently for up to 15 minutes at a time for utility work. The closures will take place between midnight and 4 a.m. To avoid delays northbound motorists are urged to exit I-95 at Exit 143 (Route 610/Garrisonville) in Stafford County and southbound motorists should exit at Exit 150 (Joplin Road) in Prince William County to access Route 1 north and south. Signs and message boards will be posted along the corridor to inform motorists of construction activities. State police will be onsite directing traffic. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sussex County toll believed to be first step in implementing tolling throughout the state.
Monday, January 28
By Whitney Spicer, Capital News Service RICHMOND – Ten members of the Virginia House of Delegates have written a joint letter to the state’s congressional delegation, urging the federal legislators to join in opposing VDOT’s plans to charge tolls on Interstate 95. Delegate John Cox, R-Ashland, one of the delegates who signed the letter, believes that placing tolls on I-95, as the Virginia Department of Transportation has proposed, is not the best option for increasing road revenue. “Tolls are a tax that is imposed disproportionately. In other words, citizens that live the closest to the toll plazas will pay more in road taxes even though many of them may drive less miles than others living farther from the toll plazas,” Cox said, according…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Virginia Department of Transportation reveals new technology to track and redirect snowplows as needed if a big storm hits.
With a $55 million budget, technology allowing for more efficient plowing and a bigger supply of road salt, the Virginia Department of Transportation says it's ready to meet winter head-on. At a briefing about the department's winter preparedness plans Wednesday in Fairfax, Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s Northern Virginia maintenance engineer, said 4,000 trucks would be available to plow snow and keep roads clear this winter — 1,000 more trucks than VDOT had during the harsh winter of 2010. About 2,200 of the 4,000 trucks will be equipped with Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) technology, enabling officials to locate plow trucks are and deploy them to the nearest emergency areas. About 97 percent of the trucks have been contracted by VDOT. After the…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The closure is for barrier placement.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will shut down two lanes going north on I-95 tonight. The barrier placement closure will affect the two left lanes between Exit 156 for Dale Blvd and Exit 158 for Prince William Parkway. Crews will close one lane at 9:30 p.m. and another lane at 10:30 p.m. Stay in the right lane to get by. "This closure is in addition to the nightly HOV closures," VDOT said in a traffic alert. Lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The goal is to teach high school students about careers in the transportation industry.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a career fair for high school students in October. VDOT's Office of Civil Rights has scheduled the career fair for Oct. 4 at the Prince William County fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 80 exhibitors have signed up to participate in the fair. “Our goal is to show high school students first-hand that fulfilling career opportunities exist in transportation, construction and engineering along with a variety of support industries,” Leslie Martin, a manager with the civil rights office, said in a press release. The agency expects over 1,200 students to attend this year.
Friday, July 13, 2012
If you see a helicopter hovering over the highway, don't be alarmed.
Between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday drivers will see rolling roadblocks and a hovering Dominion Virginia Power helicopter. Traffic will be slow-moving or stopped at points on north and southbound Interstate 95 between Exits 150 and 148 in the Dumfries/Triangle area of Prince William County. "Dominion Virginia Power will be using a helicopter to remove four aerial marker balls attached to overhead utility lines located over I-95 between Exit 150 (Joplin Road) and Exit 148 (Russell Road)," said Virginia Department of Transportation in a release Wednesday. "The rolling roadblock is necessary to protect vehicles in case debris falls onto the roadway while the helicopter removes each marker ball." Dominion Virginia Power spokesperson Le-Ha …
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, June 4, 2012
People driving on Interstate 95 near Massaponax aren't used to seeing a dead bear in the median, but that's what happened this morning.
A Virginia Department of Transportation contractor removed a black bear carcass from Interstate 95 northbound this morning near Massaponax—a sight that caused quite a scene for motorists who were talking about it on Facebook. Kelly Hannon, a spokeswoman for VDOT, said contractor ICA, which does maintenance work on the interstate for VDOT, found the dead bear on the left shoulder near mile mark 126.4. ICA workers brought the carcass to the Prince William County landfill, Hannon said. "I'm not sure who called it in," she said. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Fredericksburg Patch by signing up for newsletters here. For instant updates, follow Fredericksburg Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Stephanie Mathena said she saw it this …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Use this guide to help you plan your trips in and around the region.
As you head into this weekend, make your travel in and around the region easier by using this handy guide to closures in the area. As always, you can check live traffic information on the Patch Commute tab. Though there is a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for the area today, tomorrow and Sunday promise to be mostly sunny for your trip to the Occoquan Craft Show. Drivers can expect up to two of three lanes to be closed overnight this weekend on northbound Interstate 95 over Russell Road (Exit 148) as crews mill and pave the bridge deck. Work will take place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights (June 1-2), and may continue Sunday night, June 3 from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. Monday morning. Crews are scheduled to mill …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Lanes will close Friday, April 13 at 11 p.m.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Virginia Department of Transportation is closing High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95 on Friday night, April 13 at 11 p.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday morning April 14, between Exit 169 Franconia Road /Keene Mill Road (Route 644) and Exit 152 Dumfries Road (Route 234). The HOV lanes will be open to northbound traffic from the Franconia-Springfield Pkwy to the D.C line by 2 a.m. Saturday morning. By 10 a.m. the entire facility will open remaining in the northbound direction throughout the weekend until Monday, April 16, at 11 a.m. The closure allows crews to perform survey work, test boring, utility markings, and collect road condition data in preparation for final design of the future 95 Express Lanes Project. Message boards will be…