Friday, February 15, 2013
Project to widen bridge over Dulles Toll Road and add pedestrian facilities begins Friday, creating a single-lane traffic pattern through May 31.
A $3.4 million project to improve the Beulah Road bridge begins Friday, reducing the crossing over the Dulles Toll Road to a single lane for the next three months. On Friday, crews will install two temporary traffic signals on either end of the bridge on Beulah Road, which will direct traffic until the project is completed. Michael Gleasman, a Virginia Department of Transportation engineer, said the bridge is being widened to improve shoulder width and add pedestrian facilities. The bridge, which opened in September 1963, has never seen such a major overhaul; crews did routine maintenance repair, like deck patching, overlay and replacing elastometric joints, in 1996, Gleasman said. As it stands, the bridge has no pedestrian facilities. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Forecasters say flakes may fall between 2 and 6 p.m.
Northern Virginia woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday and began preparing for the Round 2 forecasted for Friday. Weather forecasters say to expect more snow to start falling between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. 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 throughout 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, delaying schools. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Joan Morris said crews were out as early as 4 a.m. on Friday to pretreat roads in advance of this latest …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Left lanes near Wiehle closed overnight.
The two left lanes of the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) near Wiehle Avenue (between mile markers 6.4 and 5.7) will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday and Friday nights, says the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Also, the left lane of the westbound Airport Access Roard near the Wiehle-Reston East Station will be closed from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25 to allow overhead work on the station's pedestrian bridge.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Department says new technology will allow officials to track plows, redirect them to emergencies this winter.
When its snows in Northern Virginia this winter, the Virginia Department of Transportation says it's ready to meet it head-on, with a $55 million budget and new resources, including technology that allows for more efficient plowing and an increased road-salt supply. 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 …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Beulah Bridge repairs may affect your drive.
Dulles Toll Road drivers should expect alternating lane closures and a total closure of up to 20 minutes eastbound on the Dulles Toll Road Route near Beulah Road as crews remove a beam from the bridge Thursday night, VDOT announced. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. The complete road closure will take place after midnight and all closures should be lifted by 5 a.m. The closures are part of VDOT’s project to rehabilitate the Beulah Road bridge.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Roads reduced to one lane through December.
The Virginia Department of Transportation begins work Wednesday to rehabilitate the structurally deficient Beulah Road bridge over Wolftrap Run in Fairfax County. Crews will fill voids under bridge footings, repair existing abutments and footings, repair bearings, and mill and overlay the bridge deck and approaches. Beginning Sept. 5, Beulah Road will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by a temporary signal, at the intersection of Browns Mill Road in Fairfax County. This traffic pattern will remain in place through the project’s completion in December. During peak hours, drivers should consider using alternate routes. Message signs are in place to notify drivers of the upcoming work
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Work will take place in 2013, VDOT says.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will replace the Beach Mill Road bridge over Nichols Branch next summer rather than this summer so that school buses do not have to travel a six-mile detour for several months. Last, week signs were posted at the bridge alerting motorists that the bridge would close Aug. 13. “We have removed those signs and postponed the project after re-thinking the impacts the detour would have on school buses,” said VDOT Bridge Engineer Nicholas Roper. If we wait until next summer we can begin the work as soon as school lets out and re-open the bridge by Labor Day.” In addition, VDOT will sequence construction on the Route 7 widening project, scheduled to begin next spring, so that crews are not working …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Giant oak that killed driver in Great Falls was on VDOT property, arborist says.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Three local parkways, including Fairfax County Parkway, move from secondary to primary roads.
Drivers may have noticed new signs along the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston. Formerly known as Route 7100, the Fairfax County Parkway was transferred from secondary to primary road status in February. The new signs indicate the change. A primary road is eligible for additional federal funding. This funding covers 80 percent of the road's maintenance costs and pays for improvements and other projects, VDOT said. "The Parkway is one of our main streets, and for years it has been neglected and overlooked," said Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, who spearheaded the change. Herrity's research found that federal stimulus monies can only be spent on primary roads, and Virginia spends more time and money on primary roads. "For those…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Motorists: Give your opinion to the agency by June 12.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Virginia E-ZPass, the Department of Transportation program that gives automatic transponders to motorists to speed up travel at toll booths, is considering a $1 monthly fee to cover administrative and operations costs. In an e-mail to E-ZPass customers, program administrators said the number of users is expected to double over the next several years as new toll roads open. The fee will help cover administrative and operations costs. "VDOT has the utmost understanding that E-ZPass operations brings convenience and efficiency to toll operations. E-ZPass allows for electronic toll collection at Virginia toll facilities and lessens the need for manual collection," the email said. "However, there is a cost to providing the service to the …