Botched Bolts Behind Metro Mishap — “A Metro train pulled apart on the tracks last year because the agency was using the wrong parts, installing parts that were used incorrectly, and not checking to ensure things were done right… The 51-page report approved Thursday by the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission details a litany of failures that led up to an eight-car Silver Line train bound for D.C. coming apart outside the McLean Station on Aug. 25.” [WTOP]
New School Rules — “The new Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, which was approved by the board on Thursday, includes more than two dozen changes meant to standardize the way discipline is handed down in the school system.” The changes go into effect this fall. [WTOP]
County Seeking Tysons Traffic Solutions — “A number of options to relieve traffic congestion around McLean and Tysons were presented at a previous community meeting. Fairfax County’s transportation department is seeking feedback on those options, and the deadline for comments has been extended to July 31.” [Patch]
Large Music Library in Falls Church Home — “A long-time local resident who is once again kicking off the Creative Cauldron’s summer cabaret series also happens to curate one of the most interesting home collections of the Tin Pan Alley era of music.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Virginia Nabs Top Spot on CNBC List — CNBC ranked Virginia #1 on its recently released “America’s Top States for Business” list. [CNBC]
Firework Sparklers Behind McLean House Fire — “The garage of a McLean home caught fire on [July 3] due to firework sparklers that were improperly disposed of.” [ABC7]
Egyptian Art Coming to Falls Church — “Falls Church Arts (FCA) is excited to be the first gallery to exhibit this unique collection of Egyptian Contemporary art by these wonderful artists from the Luxor, Alexandria, and Cairo regions of Egypt. These artworks were created over the last several weeks on papyrus especially for this exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S.” [Falls Church News-Press]
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) is pushing sluglines as one solution.
Earlier this month, the NVTC unveiled that a campaign to encourage slugging along I-66 is one of its approved projects for the fiscal year 2020. One of the four commuter lots that NVTC wants to highlight in its campaign is the Park and Ride at the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro
Sluglines — also known as “casual carpooling” — allow a driver to pick up non-paying passengers at designated spots in order to use an HOV lane or get a toll reduction.
Let us know if slugging is something you would do.
Updated at 2:30 p.m. — The crash was cleared at 2:26 p.m., 511 Northern Virginia tweeted.
Earlier: A crash on I-495 in McLean is causing travel delays for drivers headed toward the American Legion Bridge.
The crash is located just south of the Georgetown Pike. Around 2:05 p.m., a nearby traffic camera showed a car on a tow truck.
The north left lane is currently closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Drivers can expect delays, according to VDOT. As of 2:10 p.m., northbound traffic is slowly moving from Route 738 to the bridge.
Cleared: Accident: NB on I-495 at MM44 in Fairfax Co.2:26PM
— 511 Northern VA (@511northernva) June 26, 2019
Accident: NB on I-495 at MM44 in Fairfax Co. 1 NB travel lane closed.1:42PM
— 511 Northern VA (@511northernva) June 26, 2019
Image via Google Maps
(Updated 1:50 p.m.) A crash on I-66 is causing substantial delays near Vienna with one lane closed in each direction.
The crash was reported around 1:35 p.m., with one eastbound lane closed, then a westbound lane closed a few minutes later at the same mile marker.
Emergency crews are on-site assisting a vehicle in the median. Traffic is still moving in either direction, but with residual slowdowns in either direction.
Update: Accident: WB on I-66 at MM61 in Fairfax Co. 1 WB travel lane closed.1:40PM
— 511 Virginia (@511statewideva) April 15, 2019
Update at 8:20 p.m. — Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday.
Falling temperatures are expected to create hazardous travel conditions overnight and tomorrow, especially on secondary roads in various parts of the county. As a result, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 (Cond. 1).
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) January 30, 2019
Snow accumulation is expected to lessen overnight and the temperature is going to drop. Ice will form on the roadways making driving conditions dangerous. Avoid driving if possible. If you do drive, reduce speeds and stay alert! Ice is difficult to spot. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/PZV6cOTkA8
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 30, 2019
Rain, sleet and snow fell, with the latter whitening the ground and untreated roads. Nearly 1.5 inches of snow had fallen on Vienna as of 4:45 p.m., the National Weather Service reported, and 2.3 inches had fallen by the time the flakes tapered off.
The early dismissal for the federal government and others led to an early evening rush hour. As of 5:30 p.m. traffic on the outer loop of the Beltway in the Tysons area was still heavy.
The snow also led to some slippery spots on local roads, and a few reported crashes, though serious weather-related traffic jams were largely avoided. With the snow ending, the concern now turns to falling temperatures and potentially icy conditions overnight.
More snowy images from around the area, and advisories from local governments, below.
Snowy afternoon in Vienna, Va. pic.twitter.com/dDQr1Vu2OG
— Patrick Seitz (@PatrickSeitz) January 29, 2019
Heavy snow and wet roads on 123 in McLean. pic.twitter.com/rkweC92pIB
— Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) January 29, 2019
Our officers are responding to a number of weather related crashes. If you must drive, please complete a pre-trip inspection including removing all snow and ice from your car, accelerate and decelerate slowly, and increase following distance. Stay alert and use caution. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/vqc1tbxYDb
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 29, 2019
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) January 29, 2019
— Town of Vienna, VA (@TownofViennaVA) January 29, 2019
SNOW UPDATES AT 4:30PM ON 1/29 :: Rec&Parks activities cancelled. Library closes 5pm, Community Center at 5:30pm. Announcement made by 6am Wednesday about Gov Operating Status, and hopefully we've heard by then about Trash/Recycling/Compost Collection. pic.twitter.com/XAB754l94z
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) January 29, 2019