Tysons, VA

With sunnier and warmer days ahead, a portion of Tysons Blvd is poised to become a space for cyclists and pedestrians looking for more room to social distance.

Robin Geiger, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Transportation Department (FCDOT), mentioned the plans during a town hall with county officials yesterday.

“We’re going to close a portion of Tysons Blvd to allow for safer biking and pedestrian access for exercise, to increase social distancing, so people can get around Tysons,” Geiger said.

The upcoming closure is part of a pilot project with Tysons Partnership, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, Geiger said. While Geiger did not say when the partial road closure is expected or which portion will be closed, she said that FCDOT will announce more information soon.

Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik praised the project, saying that “it does take quite a bit of coordination” for the county and VDOT to work on road projects.

“I’m just thrilled,” Palchik said.

Closing roads to give cyclists and pedestrians more space during the pandemic has been gaining traction around the U.S., WAMU reported.

“I know bikes are being sold quite a bit these days,” Palchik said, adding that “we take this opportunity to improve our bikeability and walkability.”

Image via Google Maps

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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

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Cedar Lane in Dunn Loring is closed after a tree fell into power lines, according to Fairfax County police.

People can expect an extended road closure in both directions “due to several downed utility poles,” according to a tweet from FCPD shortly after 2 p.m.

Roughly 500 Dominion Energy customers are without power just west of Dunn Loring Park, according to Dominion’s power outage map.

Dominion estimates that power will be restored by 7 p.m.

Maps via Google Maps and Dominion Energy

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Church Street is currently closed in Vienna for emergency tree work, the town announced on social media.

The town announced this morning that Church Street between Glyndon Street and Beulah Road will be closed today (Tuesday) for up to three hours starting at 9 a.m.

The town also said that “several other tree and maintenance projects will impact travel this week,” including:

  • Removal and replanting of trees in the Nutley Street median tomorrow will temporarily close the southbound lane closest to the median
  • Mulch spreading in flower beds will close a lane on Maple Avenue from 6-10 p.m. tomorrow
  • Tree removal will close westbound lanes on Maple Avenue between Follin Lane NE and East Street NE from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday

Town Arborist Gary Lawrence said that the work on Nutley Street tomorrow will include the removal of 11 “dead or severely decayed” trees between Marshall Road and Maple Avenue.

The work is expected to take three days ahead of replanting on March 9, which will take approximately four business days.

“The trees being removed are lindens and one Bradford pear,” the arborist said. “The species being replanted include willow oaks, lacebark elm, and pistache. These trees have proven to be highly tolerant of environmental conditions similar to those along Nutley Street.”

As for the work tree removal on Maple Avenue on Friday, the town plans to take out a black locust tree that has “an extensive crack at its base, which has compromised its structural integrity,” according to the Facebook post.

Map via Google Maps 

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Update at 10:30 p.m. — The fire is under control, the fire department says.

Update at 7:55 p.m. — The fire has gone through the roof of the house, the fire department tweeted. Route 123 is still closed. All of the occupants are safe, a second tweet said. 

Earlier: Firefighters are working to extinguish a house fire in McLean that has caused the closure of Route 123.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the fire in the 800 block of Dolley Madison Blvd shortly before 7 p.m.

The fire department tweeted that the fire is located in the basement.

The Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) Program tweeted around 6:30 p.m. that all of Route 123’s lanes in both directions near the GW Parkway are blocked due to the fire.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter and map via Google Maps

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Monday (Jan. 20)  is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here’s where and when to expect closures or reduced schedules for government buildings and public transit options in the Tysons area.

Around Fairfax County, all governmental offices will be closed along with recycling centers,  the Department of Motor Vehicles and general district courts, according to the county website.

Fairfax County Public Schools will also be closed on Monday, giving kids a break from classes.

The Fairfax Connector will run on a holiday weekend schedule. Several routes will not run at all and route 980 will come every 12 to 15 minutes.

The Metro will start its service at 5 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m., according to a press release, which added that off-peak fare will be in effect all day. Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule.

In Vienna, the Vienna Community Center (120 SE Cherry Street) will be open but running on a reduced schedule from 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Town offices will be closed but waste collection will run on a regular schedule, according to Vienna’s website. 

In the City of Falls Church, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library will be closed and will reopen on Tuesday with normal hours from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m, according to the city’s website. The community center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., but all other government offices will be closed.

The planning commission meeting for Falls Church that was originally scheduled for Jan. 20 will be rescheduled to Tuesday (Jan. 21) at 7:30 p.m.

From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be road closures in the city due to a remembrance ceremony, according to a press release.

The press release said that this will include the temporary closures of several interactions including:

  • S. Washington Street and Tinner Hill Road
  • S. Washington Street and Hillwood Ave
  • S. Washington Street and Annandale Road
  • S. Washington Street and E Fairfax Street

Tysons Reporter will also be on a break Monday.

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Updated 12/20/19 — Six occupants were displaced because of the fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in an update today (Friday).

Red Cross services were offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $1,059,612, the fire department said.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. — Maple Avenue has reopened, the Town of Vienna tweeted.

Firefighters extinguished a fire in a house in the Vienna area, which closed Maple Avenue for a few hours.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the fire in the 8700 block of Westwood Forest Lane around 1:45 p.m. today (Thursday). “All occupants are accounted for,” the tweet said.

“Due to an active house fire in Fairfax County, Maple Avenue is closed to traffic in both directions from Niblick Drive to St. Andrews Drive,” the Town of Vienna’s tweeted around 2 p.m. Westbound lanes reopened about 30 minutes later.

Around 3 p.m., the fire department said that the fire was out. “Fire investigators on scene to determine cause. One firefighter transported to area hospital with minor injury,” the tweet said.

Image via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter; map via Google Maps

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Kirby Road reopened yesterday in McLean, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced.

The 1300 block of Kirby Road closed in July due to severe storm damage from flash flooding, along with Swinks Mill Road, which reopened in October.

Martins Construction Corporation was awarded the $2.1 million emergency contract. The work included relocating Little Pimmit Run, rebuilding the washed-out section of Kirby Road and reconstructing the bridge over Pimmit Run.

The work was completed ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline — a date VDOT set to incentivize the contractor to get the work done as quickly as possible. VDOT officials said in October that they were offering up to $2,000 for every day completed early — capped at $120,000.

One of the reasons the work took several months to complete was because work could not be done simultaneously on the bridge and roadway since it would cut off access to 21 homes, VDOT official Denise Cantwell said in October.

Work to add surface asphalt and striping is expected to be completed by May 2020.

“Landscaping and other detail work will be completed over the next few weeks during normal work zone hours, weather permitting,” according to VDOT.

Photo via VDOT

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(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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