After months of delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Falls Church is starting to get back to work on implementing traffic calming measures across the city to reduce speeds.
The report included plans for new curb extensions and sidewalks along Great Falls Road, at the intersections with Little Falls Street and Maple Street — a busy set of intersections that run parallel to W. Broad Street.
Several new speed limit signs, and flashing warnings, would be installed in neighborhood streets around Falls Church.
An update listed eight traffic calming projects that had been underway in Falls Church, three of which have been completed. Completed projects include:
- Annandale Road and Gundry Drive — heavy traffic calming measures at this intersection were completed in May
- W.Jefferson Street — light traffic calming was completed in late September
- Lincoln, Phase I — a restriping project completed in late September
Four other projects throughout the city are underway, with Falls Church staff saying work is starting to resume on moving projects through the bureaucracy. According to a report:
Response to COVID-19 pandemic did result in a March/April slow down as we converted to remote work sites, reduced crews to emergency and priority field work, cancelled in-person community meetings pending legal authority to conduct under the emergency declaration and adapted to virtual formats. Staff adapted quickly to the virtual environment and continued to work through the queued projects in order of petitions. With Zak Bradley’s promotion to Interim Public Works Director, we have made staff reassignments to ensure that the program moves forward.
The report also included a recommendation that $350,000 dedicated to the traffic calming that had been put on hold earlier in the pandemic be released.
Image via City of Falls Church
With a public hearing next month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a pair of meetings to discuss a plan to extend the I-495 Express Lanes.
The change would extend the existing express lanes from the interchange of I-495 and the Dulles Toll Road up to the American Legion Bridge, already a notorious regional bottleneck for traffic.
The express lanes have tolls that range from 20 cents per mile to $1.25 per mile during rush hour with no official cap. Cars with three or more people do not have to pay the toll.
The goal of the project is to add capacity to the roads and reduce congestion on the Virginia side of the bridge, as well as reducing cut-through traffic
VDOT is hosting meetings from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, and on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Each meeting is designed as a Q&A with staff following a presentation about the upcoming plans.
The meetings precede a presentation of findings from the environmental assessment and preliminary design plans in a virtual public hearing on Monday, Oct. 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. and an in-person (by appointment) hearing at the McLean Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 4-8 p.m.
Realigning Old Meadow Road at Dolley Madison Blvd (Route 123) in Tysons is taking a little bit longer than anticipated.
Work to shift the travel lane started in the spring and was slated to be finished by mid-August. Now, drivers and pedestrians likely won’t see the change until the end of the month, according to an update from the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
“Adjusting to the COVID-19 outbreak and differing site conditions delayed the completion of the first phase of the work, which included sidewalk and pavement demolition,” according to the update.
The realignment aims to improve access between the Capital One campus and Old Meadow Road. The work is a part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Silver Line project.
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project noted that crews from subcontractor W.M. Schlosser have finished drainage infrastructure and are working on signal equipment and landscaping along the south side of Old Meadow Road and the east side of Dolley Madison Blvd.
Once the lane shifts are completed, the crews will then start constructing a new median on Old Meadow Road at the intersection.
Work on the median, which is expected to start at the end of August, will require a southward lane shift of eastbound Old Meadow Road, according to the update.
Photo courtesy Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
Updated 3:40 p.m. — The Fairfax County Police Department said around 3:30 p.m. that all of the road closures have been resolved.
Earlier: Several roads are closed in the Tysons area due to the storm.
The Fairfax County Police Department shared an updated list of weather-related road closures around the county this morning.
Currently, the Tysons area is under a Flash Flood Watch and Flood Warning today as Tropical Storm Isaias moves through the D.C. region.
- Old Courthouse and Besley roads: high water
- Old Dominion Drive and Swinks Mill Road: tree blocking the roadway
- Idylwood Court and Idylwood Road: tree on power line over the roadway
- Friden and Hillside drives: tree blocking the roadway
Browns Mill and Beulah roads: high water
Use the map below to find the Tysons-area road closures. Tysons Reporter will update this article and map as more information becomes available or if the road closures change.
— Fairfax County Government 😷🎃🗳️ (@fairfaxcounty) August 4, 2020
Several roads are closed in the McLean area following a storm.
The Fairfax County Police Department shared a list of weather-related road closures around the county.
As of 6 p.m., the closures in the McLean District Station area include:
- 1000 block of Balls Hill Road (traffic hazard, tree and wires blocking roadway)
- 1200 block of Providence Terrace (traffic hazard, tree blocking roadway)
- 8000 block of Georgetown Pike (traffic hazard, tree blocking roadway-right lane)
- Leesburg Pike/Towlston Road (traffic signal, lights on flash)
Currently, a Flood Warning is in effect until 9 p.m.
A multi-vehicle crash along eastbound I-66 right before I-495 is causing major traffic for several miles.
“The East left lane, center lane and right lane are closed,” according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Drivers can expect delays for two miles, according to a Fairfax County alert sent out at 4 p.m.
Update: Crash: EB on I-66 at MM64.1 (0.3mi west of I-495S Exit64A) in Fairfax Co. All EB travel lanes closed. 3:52PM
— 511 Northern VA (@511northernva) July 20, 2020
Image via VDOT, map via Google Maps
Kirby Road in McLean will be closed for much of next week for a culvert replacement.
That the road closure of Kirby Road at Claiborne Drive is expected to last from Tuesday (April 21) to Friday (April 24), according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
In a letter to constituents, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said that work to repair flooding damage to Kirby Road last summer led to the discovery of a failed pipe.
More from Foust’s letter:
The work will be done during the week as daily traffic levels are significantly reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home order. In addition to electronic notices, variable message boards will be installed at the intersections of Route 123 and Kirby Road and Old Dominion Drive and Kirby Road this week to inform drivers of the upcoming closure.
Following the massive July 8 storm event that occurred last year, an extensive emergency repair project was completed to reopen Kirby Road, which had been significantly impacted. While that work was underway, the failure of the pipe that will be replaced during this effort was discovered.
It was determined that additional survey, utilities research, easement acquisition, plan design, and construction would be needed and that the work would take until early 2020 to complete, which was well after Kirby Road was planned to reopen to traffic.
Thus, VDOT decided to substantially complete the Kirby Road emergency project and was able to reopen the road in December 2019. Since then, necessary survey and utilities investigation was completed, access rights were acquired, design plans for the culvert were developed, and materials were acquired to prepare for work to begin next week.
People will still be able to access properties along Kirby Road. “However, traffic will not be able to go beyond the point of pipe replacement in either direction,” according to VDOT.
Photo via VDOT/Twitter
Work has recently started to realign Old Meadow Road at Dolley Madison Blvd (Route 123) in Tysons.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Silver Line project is doing the work to realign the road with the main entrance to the Capital One complex, according to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
The work started on Sunday (March 29) and will continue until Friday (April 3).
More from the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project:
Nighttime closures are planned this weekend to permit the installation of Jersey barriers. The right turn lane of northbound Route 123 will be closed at Old Meadow Road as well as the right eastbound lane of Old Meadow Road to facilitate construction. At least one lane of Old Meadow Road will remain open at all times in each direction.
The first phase of the project will take approximately eight weeks to complete and includes demolition of existing sidewalk and curb and gutter. Follow-on work includes installation of new storm drainage; installation of a new traffic lane, new sidewalk and new curb and gutter; and installation of new signaling equipment. Please drive carefully and safely in the area and remain aware of pedestrians and construction workers.
People can expect the left turn lane to Old Meadow Road from southbound Route 123 and the right turn lane to Old Meadow Road from northbound Route 123 to be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday.
Meanwhile, the right lane of eastbound Old Meadow Road will be closed from Route 123 to Colshire Meadow Road during the same days and times.
Image via Google Maps
Commuters can expect delays today at the I-495 and I-66 interchange following a tractor-trailer crash early this morning.
The tractor-trailer overturned on I-66, spilling metal debris onto the ramp from northbound I-495 to I-66, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The debris punctured another truck, causing a hazmat situation and closures around 4 a.m., VDOT said.
While the ramp from northbound I-495 to I-66 has reopened, VDOT said that commuters this morning will be impacted.
As of 9:10 a.m., drivers can expect delays eastbound on I-66 and two-mile-long backups near I-495, according to VDOT.
“The ramp from I-66 East to I-495 North is partially blocked,” VDOT said. “The ramp from I-495 North to I-66 West is partially blocked.”
Meanwhile, drivers heading north on I-495 can expect traffic congestion and backups stretching about two miles.
Update: 66EB ramp to 495NB is now partially opened. https://t.co/LEe1Ev7XI9
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) March 11, 2020
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) March 11, 2020
Map via Google Maps
Commuters can expect delays today on I-495 south of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) while truck fire clean-up is underway.
As of 9:43 a.m., the south right outside lane and right shoulder are closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT said that drivers can expect delays. As of 10 a.m., traffic is heavy on I-495 between Leesburg Pike and I-66.
— Lauren DeMarco FOX 5 (@ldemarcofox5) March 10, 2020
Lauren DeMarco, a Fox 5 reporter, tweeted a video of the traffic back-up and firefighters and medics on the scene around 10:30 p.m. on Monday.
The video captured firefighters working to extinguish the truck fire.
WTOP reported this morning that clean-up is underway.
Map via Google Maps