Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The $7.2 million project will ceremonially open phase one on Thursday.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Thursday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will celebrate phase one of the Telegraph Road commuter park and ride lot with a ribbon cutting. The official cutting will happen at 11 a.m. at in 13254 Telegraph Rd. Last February, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton announced that the additional commuter parking lot would be opening in Woodbridge to accomodate for the loss of some 700 parking spaces at the Potomac Mills commuter lot. The lot was slated to cost $7.2 million, as projected by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Telegraph Road lot is a 600-parking space park-and-ride lot. According to Prince William County Transportation Director Tom Blaser, the commuter lot was open but unused Tuesday…
Monday, August 20, 2012
The majority of board members want to wait for the FBI to complete its investigation.
The board of Virginia Railway Express (VRE) voted Friday not to request an independent investigation into whether a VRE official did anything improper to benefit a company he owns. VRE Board Member and Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson requested the investigation. “I’m very disappointed in fellow board members. . . . We need to ensure our internal controls are functioning," Stimpson told the Washington Post. But the majority of VRE board members said they want to wait until another investigation by the FBI is completed. The Washington Post reported Friday the FBI is investigating allegations that another former VRE official "may have steered an agency contract to a company in return for a payoff." The Post obtained the email which …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Closures for the week.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Virginia Department of Transportation advises of lane closures for the Interstate 95 Express Lanes project: Nighttime work - Closures occur between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Daytime work - Closures occur Monday - Thursday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to noon unless otherwise noted. Read more about the 95 Express Lanes Project.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The project is slated to cost $925 million.
Commuters driving along I-95 between Garrisonville Road in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County will have an Express Lane option by the end of 2014. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Tuesday that the construction of 29 miles of Express Lanes will start early next month. In a release, McDonnell said the project would cost $925 million and will be completed in partnership with private companies. The stretch of Express Lanes will be for vehicles with three or more passengers. Vehicles with fewer than three passengers can choose to pay a toll to use the lanes, or they can ride the general purpose lanes for free, said the governor's office. The project will also bring additional commuter parking lots along I-95. "In 2012, there…
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 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Travelers leaving for the Independence Day holiday will face high traffic flow but lower gas prices Friday.
Holiday travelers have a reason to rejoice over the Fourth of July holiday weekend: lower gas prices. AAA defines the Independence Holiday as being from July 2 to July 8, but many travelers are planning to leave Friday. While holiday weekends typically bring higher gas prices, this year gas prices will fall. “Industry analysts believe prices at the pump will fall another 5 to 20 cents before the Independence holiday – which is good news for the 35.5 million Americans AAA projects plan to travel by car,” said Martha M.Mead, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Gas Prices Down in Northern Virginia, Beach Areas The current northern Virginia area average is $3.45 for a gallon of regular unleaded, down from an …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Virginia Railway Express preparing to seek public input about a possible smoking ban on train platforms.
The VRE Operations Board approved a request to solicit public comment through email, letter, and phone on a proposed amendment to the VRE smoking policy. Comments may be submitted through July 20 by: VRE's current policy prohibits smoking on VRE trains and at indoor VRE facilities, and limits smoking to the first 100 feet at the north end of station platforms. If approved, the amendment would modify the existing policy to prohibit smoking of pipes, cigarettes, cigars or any other object at outdoor VRE stations and platforms at all times, according to a VRE news release. VRE staff will report back to the operations board in August, with a summary of comments and recommendation for action. At a May 18 meeting, VRE board member and Manassas…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Crack down began on Monday and will continue through the end of the month.
Virginia State Troopers will be patrolling the Horner Road commuter parking lot until the end of the month looking for illegally parked vehicles. "The campaign is in response to continuing complaints about vehicles being illegally parked and the dangerous hazards those vehicles pose to pedestrians and other motorists moving through the Horner Road lot on Route 3000 (Prince William Parkway)," said a release on the VSP's Facebook page. The Horner Road commuter lot has been a target of illegal parking campaigns by state and local police before. The campaign is a two-phase project that will first alert drivers to their illegally parked vehicles and then the ticketing will begin. The first phase begins Monday, June 18, 2012, and runs through …
Monday, June 18, 2012
High occupancy vehicle lanes from Route 234 to exit 169 will be closed starting Monday.
Interstate 95 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will be closed overnight this week starting at 8 p.m. tonight. The lanes will reopen at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. This overnight closure will continue until Thursday. On Friday, from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., lanes will be closed again for test borings, survey work, and utility marking. Monday night through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the I-95 HOV lanes will be closed from Exit 152, Dumfries Road (Route 234) to Exit 169, Franconia Road/Keene Mill Road (Route 644). On Friday night, this closure will be in place from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. During night work hours the HOV lanes will be open heading north from the slip ramp on I-95 near Exit 169, Franconia Road/Keene Mill Road to the Washington, D.C. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
New stop will aid people in getting employment.
A new bus stop in Woodbridge will give people direct access to the SkillSource Virginia Employment Commission Office. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) and Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins celebrated the opening of a new Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission bus stop Tuesday. PRTC executive director Al Harf was also present at the ceremonial ribbon cutting. With the bus system's annual spring line adjustment, the OmniLink Woodbridge/Lake Ridge local PRTC bus will now stop at the VEC building, located at 13370 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge.