Tysons, VA

(Updated at 12:15 p.m.) Fairfax County police say Georgetown Pike is closed in McLean due to downed wires.

Georgetown Pike is closed between Bellview and Kimberwicke roads, police tweeted shortly before noon today (Tuesday).

“Officers are on scene to assist with traffic control,” the tweet said. “Please use an alternate route.”

A vehicle crash caused the utility pole to fall down, according to an alert from Fairfax County. Repairs on the pole are expected to take about four to six hours, the county said.

First photo via FCPD/Twitter, map via Google Maps

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A crash early this morning led to a power outage and closure of Kirby Road that is still affecting people in McLean.

“A crash took out the pole” near the intersection of Kirby Road and Freedom Lane shortly after 11 p.m. last night (Monday), Sgt. Erica Webb, a Fairfax County police spokesperson, told Tysons Reporter.

The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted about the road closure at that intersection shortly this morning (Tuesday), adding that people can expect the closure to last “for an extended period due to downed wires.”

Police urged people to avoid the area and find another route.

As of 9 a.m., a police spokesperson told Tysons Reporter that the intersection is still closed.

Dominion Energy’s power outage map shows two outages in the area – one affecting 247 customers at the intersection of Kirby Road and Powhatan Street and another one affecting 214 customers spanning from Birch Road to Old Dominion Drive.

Both outages are expected to be resolved before 5 p.m., Peggy Fox, a spokesperson for Dominion Energy, told Tysons Reporter.

Fox said that repairs will include replacing the pole and wires.

Map via Dominion Energy 

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Drivers should plan to avoid Scotts Crossing Road in Tysons this week due to a series of closures at night.

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that the road will be closed between Jones Branch Drive and the I-495 Express Lanes starting tonight (Nov. 18) until Friday, Nov. 22, from 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.

The closures are related to paving as part of the Jones Branch Connector project, according to VDOT. Several detours will be in place for drivers.

The Jones Branch Connector project expects to have two lanes in each direction open by the end of the year and final completion in early 2020, according to VDOT.

Map via VDOT

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Drivers heading on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) could face significant delays in the Vienna area due to a crash.

Chain Bridge Road by Flint Hill Road just outside of the Town of Vienna is currently closed.

Fairfax County police tweeted about the closure at 4:43 p.m. “Crews will be on scene repairing a utility pole for an extended period,” the tweet said. “Please avoid the area and use an alternate route.”

“The north left lane, center lane, and right lane are closed,” according to Virginia 511. “The south left lane, center lane, and right lane are closed.”

Google Maps shows traffic severely backed up along Chain Bridge Road and surrounding roads.

Map via Google Maps 

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Absentee Ballots Rushed to Voters — “Roughly 1,300 new ballots were sent out Oct. 16 and 17 to accommodate the new Republican candidate, Eric Anthony Jones, on the ballot, Fairfax County’s general registrar Gary Scott told the News-Press.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Advisory Firm Moves to Tysons — Capstone Strategic, Inc. announced Friday that it has moved to 8521 Leesburg Pike, Suite 230. [Benzinga]

Facebook Considered Tysons For New Spot — “Social media giant Facebook Inc. has reached a deal to take a large block of office space in Reston Town Center after weighing other potential locations, including Tysons.” [Washington Business Journal]

Calling All Volunteers — “The City Council is looking for seven volunteers to join the newly-created Stormwater Task Force, which will update the list of stormwater improvement projects in the City’s Watershed Management Plan.” [City of Falls Church]

New Glass Recycling Container in Vienna — “We worked with Fairfax County to get our very own exclusively glass purple recycling container that is hungry and waiting at its location on Mill Street NE in the gravel shoulder next to Capitol Building Supply.” [Town of Vienna]

Car Crash Closed McLean Road — The 1800 block of Great Falls Street in McLean was closed due to a car crash on Sunday. The road has now reopened. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Work is underway to get flood-damaged Kirby Road in McLean reopened before the end of the year.

At a meeting hosted last night (Thursday) by Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation told attendees about the process behind reopening Swinks Mill Road and about the work done on Kirby Road.

The 1300 block of Kirby Road and Swinks Mill Road by Scott’s Runclosed due to severe storm damage from July 8 flash flooding. Swinks Mill Road reopened last week.

Kirby Road was damaged in two places from the storm — the roadway and the bridge. For about 12 hours after the storm, 21 homes were landlocked.

VDOT was able to restore access to the homes by 2 a.m. on July 9, VDOT official Denise Cantwell said.

After some delays with the bidding process, Martins Construction Corporation was awarded the $2.1 million emergency contract for repairs, Cantwell said.

The roadway work is expected to done by mid-November and then the crews will switch over to the bridge to get that done by mid-December. The date to get everything back open is Dec. 15.

To get the work done as soon as possible, VDOT has incentivized the contractor by offering up to $2,000 for every day completed early — capped at $120,000. And if the contractor goes past the Dec. 15 deadline, they will then have to pay $2,000 for every day the project is late.

Cantwell said that work cannot be done simultaneously on the bridge and roadway because then access would be cut off to the 21 homes again.

Work to add surface asphalt and striping is expected to be completed by May 2020. The work is dependent on the weather, Cantwell said.

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Drivers have one week left to use the Vaden Drive Bridge over I-66 before it closes and gets replaced by a new bridge.

The bridge, which is near the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station, will be closed for about 10 months starting at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The closure is apart of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s multi-year Transform 66 project.

“The previously announced bridge closure is expected to cut in half — from 24 months to 12 months — the time needed to demolish the existing bridge and construct a new one,” according to an update yesterday from VDOT. “This shortened schedule will help reduce construction impacts on adjacent communities and roadway users.”

A new bridge is getting built to accommodate more cars and the I-66 widening. People can keep a lookout for the construction to start on the new bridge in November, with an anticipated opening next September.

While the bridge is closed, drivers will be detoured to Nutley Street to get to I-66. Pedestrians will be detoured to the pedestrian bridge at the Metro station.

Demolition of the bridge is expected to be finished by early December, according to VDOT.

Crews will also work on the intersection of Saintsbury Drive and Nutley Street while the detour is in place.

The parking garages at the Metro station will remain open.

Image via Google Maps

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An upcoming meeting at the end of October will provide an update to locals about work to repair two flood-damaged roads in McLean.

The 1300 block of Kirby Road and Swinks Mill Road by Scott’s Run closed due to severe storm damage from flash flooding in July.

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust will host the meeting with county staff and representatives from the Virginia Department of Transporation (VDOT) on Thursday, Oct. 24.

“This meeting will still provide residents with the opportunity to learn more and speak directly with VDOT and county staff regarding specific questions,” Foust said in an email to constituents.

VDOT expects Kirby Road to reopen in mid-December. While VDOT has said it planned to have work on Swinks Mill Road done by the end of September, Foust said in an email to constituents that it is now slated to finish in early October.

The meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. at Chesterbrook Elementary School (1753 Kirby Road).

Attendees will have the chance to ask officials questions about the progress of the repairs.

Photo courtesy VDOT

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Updated at 10:30 a.m. — Police tweeted at 10:20 a.m. that all lanes on Old Dominion Drive are open. A police spokesperson told Tysons Reporter that no injuries were reported.  

Earlier: A fallen tree that struck a truck has caused a partial closure of Old Dominion Drive in McLean this morning (Thursday).

Fairfax County police tweeted about the closure around 9:30 a.m. Old Dominion Drive is down to one lane between Kirby and Birch roads, according to the tweet.

Police are on scene directing traffic.

Map via Google Maps

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