(Updated 11:30 a.m.) The busy intersection of Idylwood Road and Cedar Lane is about to get a little less scary.
A new traffic light is under construction at the intersection. A manager at the construction site said the concrete base was poured yesterday (Wednesday) and will be putting up the pole once the concrete sets. The manager said he expects construction to be finished sometime within the month.
In the meantime, the sidewalk on the southeast side of Cedar Lane is closed and there are periodic lane closures, reducing traffic along the busy street to one lane.
Neighbors stood at the street corner and watched the construction. One woman who lived nearby said the street is often backed up during rush hour.
“It’s a difficult intersection,” she said. “It’s a bad angle. It can be hard to see around.”
The woman said that construction crews had been in the area in late 2018 installing equipment in the area for the new light. She said while most of the neighbors were happy and excited for the new light, some were concerned that, when combined with the other light north, it could make traffic in the area even worse.
A vehicle was fully engulfed by flames on the Beltway near Tysons Monday morning.
The fire was reported around 10:45 a.m., on the Outer Loop near I-66 and Tysons, according to WTOP Traffic.
Traffic camera images show two left-hand lanes of the Beltway blocked by first responders, as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. Thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the air prior to the fire being extinguished.
— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) February 4, 2019
(Updated at 4:50 p.m.) The westbound lanes of W. Broad Street in the City of Falls Church were closed Wednesday afternoon due to a crash.
Both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of W. Broad Street were closed between Oak and Spring streets, according to the city. The lanes reopened prior to 3:30 p.m.
The crash involved two vehicles, one of which flipped on its side. One female vehicle occupant was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, we’re told.
UPDATE: Both westbound lanes are closed as well as one eastbound lane. https://t.co/PKmnbcmCGV
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) January 30, 2019
The I-495 Express Lanes are pushing north to the American Legion Bridge.
As part of a suite of new agreements signed between Virginia officials and Transurban, the private company that operates the express lanes. According to an announcement today from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office:
Four general purpose (GP) lanes and two new Express Lanes will run in each direction of the Capital Beltway starting from the current terminus near the Dulles Access Road and ending at the American Legion Bridge. With no public funding by the Commonwealth, the Express Lanes network will be extended to the Maryland border, helping address one of the worst bottlenecks in the region and reduce cut-through traffic in local McLean neighborhoods.
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 announcement follows Maryland’s $9 billion investment announced in 2017 that included toll lanes on the northern side of the bridge.
The area of McLean on the Virginia side of the American Legion Bridge has long been an infamous congestion hotspot. An average of 239,000 people use the bridge every workday, and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust warned that the bridge is “grossly over capacity” and in dire need of expansion.
“I am delighted that Governor Northam and his team have found a way to expand capacity on I-495, heading up to the American Legion Bridge,” State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st District) said in a press release. “This improvement demonstrates Virginia’s commitment to easing traffic throughout the region and provides further incentives for Maryland to help address congestion on the Bridge.”
As part of the deal, Transurban agreed to construct a new southbound lane on I-95 near the Occoquan Bridge in the Woodbridge area, another infamous bottleneck for regional traffic.
Those traveling on I-66 should be forewarned: removal of the overhead gantry signs will mean three lanes in each direction will be closed from 9 p.m.-9 a.m.
The closures will take place between Route 123 and Gallows Road tonight (Friday). On Saturday, the closures will occur between Blake Lane and I-495.
The closures mean only one lane of traffic in each direction will be open.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the closures will include periodic traffic stoppages of up to 20 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m. in both directions on I-66.
Michelle Holland, a spokesperson for VDOT, said the closures are necessary for the sign removal, as the crews are unable to work on parts of the gantry while traffic is continuing on the street below.
Daytime lane closures are expected on Sunday (Jan. 27) for lane striping work on I-66 between Gainesville and I-495. Two lanes will be closed on eastbound and westbound I-66 as crews refresh pavement markings between 12-4 p.m.
Photos via Google Maps
If you’re one of the commuters who likes to rush along the twists and turns of Bellview Road, your joyriding days may be numbered.
Bellview Road is a two-lane street running through a neighborhood north of Wolf Trap littered with mansions, but it also has the distinction of being a favored route of various map applications connecting Old Dominion Drive to Leesburg Pike.
“It’s a windy, narrow road and one that deals with a significant amount of cut-through traffic,” said Supervisor John Foust.
A series of traffic calming measures approved at yesterday’s (Tuesday) Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting will add seven new speed humps along Bellview Road and one on Ingleside Avenue, closer to downtown McLean.
As VDOT was planning its restrictions of cut-throughs in McLean, Ingleside Avenue was considered but was ruled ineligible for some of the larger restrictions but was considered qualified for other traffic calming.
In November, the Dranesville District Supervisor confirmed that the local community was in support of the traffic calming measures. Foust said there’s no specific date determined for when the speed humps will be installed, but said they would be installed “as soon as possible.”
Photo via Google Maps
Three lanes of northbound traffic are closed on I-495 are closed near the American Legion Bridge due to a jackknifed tractor trailer.
The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the Beltway near Georgetown Pike, just before the bridge. As of 3 p.m., VDOT cameras showed traffic backing up past Tysons to around the Route 7 interchange.
Three lefthand lanes of the Beltway are currently closed. Virginia State Police, firefighters, an ambulance and a heavy duty tow truck are currently on the scene.
Firefighters contained a small fuel spill from the crashed truck, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
In addition to the northbound delays, traffic heading southbound is also backed up prior to the crash scene, with delays extending to the top side of the Beltway in Maryland.
Units on scene of jack-knifed tractor trailer I-495 NB at Georgetown Pike in McLean. No injuries. Small fuel leak quickly contained by firefighters. Left three lanes of I-495 NB are blocked due to crash. @VSPPIO also are on scene. #FCFRD #traffic #vatraffic pic.twitter.com/3dV60xVXCF
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) January 18, 2019
Photo via VDOT
Anyone traveling along I-66 in late evenings or early mornings should expect substantial lane closures over the weekend.
Until New Year’s Eve (Monday), I-66 from Pimmit Hills all the way to stretches of the road near Gainesville is expected to see two lanes closed in each direction between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., as well as shoulder closures, to allow for maintenance work on the road.
The same stretch of road will have two of the four lanes closed in each direction from 12-3:30 p.m. for maintenance. One express lane will also be closed: an eastbound lane from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and a westbound lane from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Work on express lane expansions and other construction projects has slowed down over the holiday, but is scheduled to resume on Jan. 2
Closest to I-495, lane shifts and clearing are scheduled on I-66 in preparation for major construction work. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, no significant traffic impacts are expected as a result of the lane shifts.
At the interchange with Nutley Street in Vienna, paving is being placed along the median to temporarily allow traffic to be shifted to the left.
Photo via Google Maps
A vehicle caught on fire and stopped two lanes of traffic on the Beltway near Tysons this afternoon.
The burning car was stuck in the left lane of the southbound side of the Beltway near the Dulles Toll Road.
The fire occurred around 1 p.m. and was the scene was cleared by 2 p.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
— Jerry Booth (@TrafficBooth) December 21, 2018
— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) December 21, 2018
Photo via Twitter
Vienna is purchasing new electronic signs that won’t just tell drivers if they’re going over the speed limit — it can send thank you messages to drivers who are going under the limit.
At the Vienna Town Council meeting on Monday, the council approved the purchase of eight new “SpeedAlert” display signs and new traffic management equipment from Herndon-based All Traffic Solutions.
Michael Gallagher, Director of Public Works for Vienna, said new GPS and feedback options make SpeedAlert signs an improvement to the existing speed indicator signs.
“Besides just giving you speed feedback, they collect speed and volume data as well,” said Gallagher. “That allows them to make instantaneous reports. They’re much more powerful than the equipment we currently have.”
Gallagher says the machines can be programed to flash strobe-lights or red and blue lights as a warning to speeding drivers.
“Three of the signs are a little larger and can be used for message boarding,” said Gallagher. “They could have a message if you’re speeding to show down or thank drivers for going the speed limit.”
The new signs cost a total of $59,477 and will supplement the existing supply of speed indicator signs.
“On a per dollar basis, this might be one of the best expenditures we have in terms of responding to citizen concerns and getting them what they want,” said Councilmember Pasha Majdi.
The new signs, which can also display non-speeding-related messages such as safety warnings, were unanimously approved by the council.
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