Tysons Corner, VA

(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Work may start on a new underground power line running through Tysons before the end of the year.

The existing load on power lines from the Tysons and McLean areas is expected to exceed 300 megawatts by 2022, according to Dominion Energy. The new power line will keep Dominion under the limits.

To make sure there’s enough power, Dominion is building an additional power source to avoid violating mandatory standards.

At a meeting last night (Tuesday) at Kilmer Middle School, Dominion officials said that construction is set to kick off in November or December — depending on the weather and when permits get approved — for the Idylwood-Tysons 230 kilovolt (kV) Project.

The project will add a new 4-mile-long transmission line underground, running under the W&OD Trail by I-66 and I-495 before heading up Gallows Road to International Drive in Tysons .

Commuters and pedestrians can expect lane closures along Gallows Road and International Drive in Tysons when construction starts.

Specific dates for the construction schedule and closures have not been determined yet, an engineer for the project told Tysons Reporter. People can expect an interactive online map, which will show what’s been completed and what’s under construction.

“People who live and work in the area will most likely be impacted by the construction,” Peggy Fox, a Dominion spokesperson, said. “We do not expect to interrupt service to our electric customers.”

Currently, the bidding process is underway for the project’s contractor. The final cost will be determined once the contractor is selected — the estimated cost right now is roughly $120 million.

The State Corporation Commission approved the project last fall.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2022, with rehabilitation work going into 2023.

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Autonomous vehicles connecting the Mosaic District to the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro may arrive as soon as next spring.

Earlier this year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided to start a pilot program for self-driving vehicles as a shuttle service. Dominion Energy and the county decided to partner up on the program.

Deputy County Executive Rachel Flynn said at a Bisnow event today (Thursday) that the autonomous vehicles are expected to arrive in the spring or summer.

The vehicles will come from EasyMile, which is based in France, she said.

Flynn also said that the county has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, but did not disclose the amount.

Photo via Facebook/EasyMile

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More than 160 Dominion Energy customers are without power near the Mosby neighborhood this morning (Thursday).

Dominion reports that an “equipment upgrade” caused the power outage, which is affecting 162 customers. The outage spans from Cherry to South streets between Hillwood Avenue and Route 50.

Crews are currently working to restore power, which Dominion expects to be back on between 2-5 p.m., according to the Dominion Energy power outage map.

Map via Dominion Energy

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Updated at 1:30 p.m. — The power outages were resolved around noon, a spokesperson for Dominion Energy told Tysons Reporter. 

More than 2,000 Dominion customers in the McLean area are without power this morning (Tuesday).

The Dominion Energy map shows two overlapping power outages east of Pimmit Run Stream Valley Park and Kent Gardens Park, stretching from Route 123 down to Powhatan Street.

Crews have been dispatched to the larger of the two outages, which was caused by an “equipment problem” and left 1,232 customers without power, according to Dominion. Power is expected to be restored there between 2-7 p.m., according to map.

Meanwhile, the outage south of Old Dominion Road is affecting 1,058 customers. Crews are currently assessing the damage, and the power is expected to be restored between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today. The cause of the outage has not been determined yet.

Map via Dominion Energy

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Updated at 5 p.m. on 9/4/19 — Power was restored at 1:27 a.m. this morning (Wednesday). “The outage was caused when a third-party, non-Dominion contractor cut into one of our energized cables,” a Dominion Energy spokesperson said. 

Updated at 5:15 p.m. — Battalion Chief Steve McFarland told Tysons Reporter that said that the three workers were injured while installing a conduit box and that the power outage resulted because of the incident.

Updated at 4 p.m. — Three people were injured in an electrical incident at a job site in the 8200 block of Greensboro Drive, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted. 

One person was transported by the Fairfax County Police Department’s helicopter to a local burn center, while the other two people were driven to a local hospital. 

The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted that the three people had non-life threatening injuries. 

Sgt. Greg Bedor, a police spokesperson, told Tysons Reporter that the police department received the call about the incident at 3:30 p.m. 

Earlier: More than a thousand people are without power along Greensboro Drive in Tysons this afternoon (Tuesday).

The outage spans east of the Greensboro to the Spring Hill Metro stations along Greensboro Drive and is affecting 1,555 customers, according to the Dominion Energy power outage map.

An employee at United Bank told Tysons Reporter that she heard what sounded like an explosion before the power went out around 3:30 p.m. — it is unclear if the loud sound is connected to the outage.

Dominion Energy expects power to be restored between 5-10 p.m. today (Sept. 3).

The cause of the outage is “pending investigation,” according to Dominion Energy.

The traffic signal is out at the intersection of International and Westpark drives, according to Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted that traffic lights are out at Greensboro and Westpark drives.

Map via Dominion Energy

Jay Westcott contributed to this story

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After severe thunderstorms hit the area last night, around 100 people are left without electricity in Vienna.

Over by Maple Avenue and Lawyers Road NW, 56 customers are without power, while 57 people are left in the dark east of Wildwood Park. Both outages are due to power line damage, according to Dominion Energy.

Dominion Energy expects power to be restored between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Aug. 20) for both spots.

Maps via Dominion Energy

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Roughly 4,000 people in McLean have lost power this evening (Wednesday) right after a storm hit the area.

A Dominion Energy map shows five major power outages. One is west of I-495 above Odricks Corner that is affecting 1,076 customers.

The other four are around Old Dominion Road in the Chesterbrook area — the largest of which was caused by a circuit outage and is impacting 1,237 people, according to the map.

Investigations are pending for the three others ones, which, in total, have left a little more than 2,000 people in the dark.

Dominion Energy does not yet have estimated times for when the power will be restored for the outages.

Several smaller outages affecting 14 people or less are scattered throughout McLean, Vienna, Tysons, Falls Church and Merrifield.

The outages popped up on the map shortly after the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, followed by a storm that quickly passed through the Tysons area shortly after 5 p.m.

Map via Dominion Energy 

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Dominion Energy is making repairs and installing equipment in the Town of Vienna to prevent a power surge like the one that affected several neighborhoods shortly after midnight last Tuesday (July 2).

“According to our information from Dominion, the surge was caused when, shortly after midnight on July 2, an old cross-arm broke causing a high voltage line to dip into a low voltage line,” Lynne Coan, a spokeswoman for the Town of Vienna, told Tysons Reporter.

When the cross-arm broke, the high voltage line dipped into a low voltage line.

Dominion Energy crews repaired the cross-arm and have plans to install “overvoltage arresters” to prevent similar events in the future, she said.

In a Facebook post on Friday (July 5), the Town of Vienna wrote that the southwest area of town experienced “overvoltage or an extreme electrical surge similar to a lightning strike.”

Coan said that the surge affected more than 100 homes, including the King Crest, Vienna Woods and Willow Estates neighborhoods.

Several people claiming to be victims of the power surge wrote under the town’s Facebook post about how the surge impacted them.

“We lost one of our A/C units, our refrigerator/freezer, humidifier, a TV, about four outlets and our washer,” one person wrote. “We were out on vacation last week and came back to this mess.”

Another wrote that the surge “blew a breaker fuse and my $100 Keurig wouldn’t work.”

Tysons Reporter has not heard back from Dominion Energy about questions including how strong the surge was.

Residents who wish to file a claim for damaged electrical appliances can call 1-866-366-4357.

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Updated at 2:00 p.m. — The power outages above Wolf Trap and east of Langley Fork Park are now resolved. A new power outage popped up by Great Falls Street and Swinks Mill Road affecting 26 people. Power is expected to be restored between 4-9 p.m. today, according to Dominion.

Earlier: After a morning of violent rain and flooding, around 150 people are left without electricity in the McLean area. 

Over by Langley Fork Park, 31 customers are without power because of the storm. Dominion Energy expects power to be restored between 1-6 p.m. today (July 8).

West of Pimmit Park, there are still around 48 people without power. The Dominion Energy map said the outage was caused by a “broken pole.” Crews arrived around 11 a.m. to begin work and people can expect their power to be back between 3-8 p.m.

North of Wolf Trap and just south of Old Dominion Drive, 78 customers don’t have power. The cause is to be determined by the investigation. Dominion expects power to be restored there between 2-7 p.m.

Several other outages affecting nine or fewer people are scattered throughout McLean and Falls Church.

Earlier today, media relations for Dominion Energy said that around 12:30 p.m. the site of a larger power outage was inaccessible to crews because of road washout. That outage was cleared up before 1 p.m.

Anyone without power can report new outages to Dominion Energy at 866-366-4357 or on their website

Maps via Dominion Energy

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More than 600 residents in McLean are without power after a tree fell on the power lines.

The Dominion Energy map shows about a power outage in the western portion of McLean encompassing the area around and including Lewinsville Park as of 8:45 a.m. today (July 3). The outage is affecting 638 customers.

Dominion has crews dispatched to the area and expects that power will be restored later today between 2-9 p.m.

Map via Dominion Energy 

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