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by Dave Emke — April 28, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Reston-Based Software Company Looking to Grow — Oracle is seeking new talent in the effort to outpace the competition in fields such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. [Fairfax County EDA]

Crane Removal to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles International Airport Access Highway will be detoured onto the Toll Road tonight through Monday morning as the tower crane at the future Herndon Metro station is disassembled and removed. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Town of Herndon Adopts $51M Budget — The budget, approved this week by the Herndon Town Council, features no tax rate increases. It also includes resources to support development of a first-class arts facility to act as an economic driver for the downtown. [Town of Herndon]

Civil War Stories at Frying Pan Park — The Meeting House at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 West Ox Road, Herndon) served as a field hospital, encampment and picket post during the Civil War. From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, re-enactors, exhibits and a special guest speaker will share information about the lives of those soldiers. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

by RestonNow.com — April 21, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Work to rehabilitate bridges and close joints on Reston Parkway will affect drivers this weekend and next.

The bridges over the Dulles Toll Road will have the work done Friday night through Monday morning each weekend, causing delays and detours in the area. In total, the closure schedule is:

  • 10 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. Sunday: Southbound two right lanes closed
  • 8 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Monday: Northbound two right lanes closed
  • 10 p.m. Friday, April 28 through 9 a.m. Sunday, April 30: Southbound two left lanes closed
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29 through 3 a.m. Monday, May 1: Northbound two left lanes closed

While the northbound work is being done this weekend (8 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Monday), traffic traveling in that direction will not be able to make the left turn onto the westbound Dulles Toll Road. Those cars will be detoured via Sunset Hills Road and Wiehle Avenue.

The work will include bridge deck resurfacing, repair of deteriorated concrete on abutments and piers, repaving of the roadway leading up to the bridges, and joint closures. In addition, the southbound bridge will receive repairs to the concrete barrier that separates the road from a shared-use path.

All work is weather-permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation says.

According to VDOT, the northbound bridge was built in 1959, and the southbound bridge was constructed in 1976. Both were widened in 1989, with the northbound bridge’s deck also replaced at that time.

As part of the overall project, the Monroe Street/Van Buren Street bridges and the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride ramp bridge are also scheduled to have work done at a later date. All work is expected to be completed by summer, VDOT says.

by Dave Emke — March 27, 2017 at 9:00 am 9 Comments

Fog Advisory in Effect Through Morning — A dense fog advisory that has been in effect for the area since early this morning has been extended until noon. Visibility of a quarter-mile or less remains possible in spots. [National Weather Service]

County Conducting Homelessness Survey — Fairfax County’s Office of Public Affairs and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness are collaborating with George Mason University communications students to collect data about the perception of homelessness in the county. Citizen feedback is requested by April 8. [Fairfax County/Survey Monkey]

Local Artist Featured in DC ShowJ’han, an artist from Herndon, will be featured in the “Pancakes and Booze” art show at Penn Station (801 E St. NW) on April 6. J’han is an expressionist, surrealist and abstract artist. [Facebook]

More Taking the Toll Road So Far in 2017 — The Dulles Toll Road collected $23 million in tolls in January and February. That number is up from the collected totals in 2015 and 2016. The number of trips on the road in January and February was about 3.6 percent more than predicted. [WTOP]

Coffee Shop Hopes to Be Up and Running Soon — Roasting operations at Weird Brothers Coffee (321 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) are underway, and they hope to be serving espresso, nitro cold brew, blended chillers, fruit smoothies and more soon. [Weird Brothers Coffee]

HHS Grad Has Sights Set on World Championships Run — Hiruni Wijayaratne, a 2009 Herndon High School graduate, is training hard in the attempt to qualify to represent her native Sri Lanka as a marathon runner in the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. [Sunday Times in Sri Lanka]

by Dave Emke — March 17, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

Early Education Teachers Sought — Bright Horizons will host an on-site interviewing session Tuesday at its Vienna location as it looks for early childhood teachers and associate teachers for its centers throughout Fairfax County. Dinner will be provided for event attendees. [Bright Horizons/Eventbrite]

Public Art Reston logoPublic Art Organization Has New Image — As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, The Initiative for Public Art Reston has been re-branded. Now known simply as Public Art Reston, the nonprofit has unveiled its new website and logo. The organization seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. [Public Art Reston]

Construction on Metro to Detour Some Traffic — Again this weekend, work in the median of the Dulles Airport Access Road will result in eastbound traffic being detoured onto the Dulles Toll Road. The work will be done from about 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, as crews set several large precast concrete elements at the Silver Line’s future Herndon and Reston Town Center stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Community Matters Reston logo‘Community Matters Reston’ Plans First Meeting — A new volunteer organization promoting community-building initiatives and outreach has scheduled its first public meeting. Community Matters Reston will meet Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Sunset Hills Montessori School (11180 Ridge Heights Road). The organization is also selling decals featuring its logo, designed by Dana Scheurer, with all proceeds going to Cornerstones. The group’s goal is to “promote two of the founding principles of Bob Simon’s neighborhood: fostering and celebrating diversity, and offering a helping hand to those who need it.” [Community Matters Reston/Facebook]

by Dave Emke — March 8, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes

Possibly Rabid Fox Bites Woman, Cat — Animal Protection Police officers responded Tuesday to two different scenes in Great Falls where a fox had gone on the attack. A 71-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being bitten “multiple times” around 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road; about an hour later and about three miles away, a 54-year-old woman fought off a fox that had bitten her cat. The fox believed to have been involved in both incidents was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Metro Station Work to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be diverted onto the Toll Road on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The detours will be to allow workers to set large precast concrete elements for the future Herndon and Reston Town Center Metro stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Reston-Based Soccer Academy Gets Leader — Tom Torres has been named the head of the Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which is scheduled to start play in Reston this fall. Torres has been a coach with the D.C. United’s academy for the past 10 years. [Black and Red United]

With Spring Showers Comes Flooding — With the start of spring less than two weeks away, county officials are reminding residents of tips to keep themselves and their homes safe from potential flooding. [Fairfax County]

by Dave Emke — January 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

DTR Work - Jan. 23, 2017

Concrete is expected to be poured overnight for the foundation of the Herndon Metro Station pedestrian bridge.

The work is planned to be done between 10 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. The two right lanes of the westbound Dulles Toll Road will be closed between the Fairfax County Parkway overpass and the Monroe/Van Buren Street overpass for the duration of the work.

The pedestrian bridge, when complete, will provide access to the Silver Line’s Herndon Station, near the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride. Ground was broken in late November for a new, second parking garage at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride.

A large amount of other work along the Dulles Toll Road related to the Metro’s expansion continues as well.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project recently reported that work on the Silver Line expansion is progressing steadily.

by Karen Goff — August 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

America's 911 Foundation Memorial Ride/Credit: 9/11 Foundation via Facebook

If you are traveling on the Dulles Toll Road near Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday, be advised of some potential backups and closures due to America’s 9/11 Ride.

There will be lane closures between 2 and 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 to accommodate the large procession of motorcycles through the region, says the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.

The America’s 9/11 Ride is expecting about 1,500 motorcyclists to participate in a ride from Shanksville, Pa., to the Pentagon then to New York City.

On Friday, the group plans to travel eastbound from Leesburg along the Dulles Greenway, the Dulles Toll Road, the Dulles Airport Access Highway and Interstate 66 at the beginning of the afternoon commute.

Traffic procedures during the motorcycle procession will include:

Eastbound traffic leaving Dulles International Airport will have unimpeded access to the eastbound Dulles Airport Access Highway (all the way to I-495 and I-66) and Route 28 north and south, but not to the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. Access Highway traffic will share the road with the motorcycle procession east of Hunter Mill Road.

NOTE: local exits prior to Route 7 in Tysons will not be available from the Access Highway. Route 28 or Route 7 are the recommended alternates.

Traffic on Route 28 will not be able to exit to the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. Ramps to Dulles Airport and the Dulles Greenway will remain open.

Eastbound Traffic from the Dulles Greenway will merge to one lane to join the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. The motorcycle procession will occupy the closed lane.

The eastbound Dulles Toll Road will be divided in the center by cones. The two left lanes will be reserved for the motorcycle procession, while the two right lanes will be for local traffic.

All westbound lanes and ramps of the Dulles Access Highway and Dulles Toll Road will operate normally.

The motorcycle procession will come from the Dulles Greenway and travel the left side of the eastbound Dulles Toll Road for several miles. It will then cross to the right lane of the Dulles Access Highway and continue inside the beltway to I-66. The Virginia State Police will facilitate the movement of the procession from there.

The airport authority says all eastbound traffic in the Dulles corridor should plan extra travel time and expect delays.

Meanwhile, this is the last year of the ride after a clash between the event’s organizer and state governments, ARLnow.com reports.

by Karen Goff — July 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

I-66 traffic/ARLnowAs Metro’s Safety Surge No. 5 gets underway Wednesday, it may not just be the Metro riders suffering delays and frustration.

Commuters who opt to drive to work — bypassing the latest Orange, Blue and Silver Line track work — will be impacted too, says a new traffic report.

The report by the regional Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments looked at the first four Safety Surges. The first surge, which affected Silver/Blue/Orange riders and the traffic on the west side of DC (including the Tysons-to-Reston Silver Line stretch) had the greatest effect on traffic so far, it said.

Since June, Metro has been making changes to various stretches of tracks stages in order to do major maintenance and repair work to the system. This 10-month project will enable Metro to complete three years of work in less than a year.

The report says that during the first surge (June 4 to June 16), congestion and travel delays increased, particularly on eastbound Interstate 66 in the mornings inside the Capital Beltway and along Route 50 and the Dulles Toll Road.

Drivers also complained about traffic on the Key Bridge, M Street NW, the Roosevelt Bridge, Constitution Avenue NW and other major commuter routes in Northern Virginia.

Travel times on highways were about 10 percent longer on average during the morning commute than in 2015, and about 15 percent longer during the afternoon commute, the report says. During Surges 2, 3 and 4, the traffic effects were much smaller. The major commuter routes saw an average increase of less than 3 percent.

In the traffic data analyzed in the report, portions of I-66, the Dulles Toll Road and the George Washington Memorial Parkway experienced travel-time increases that were double — sometimes more — than the typical morning commute.

But now we are in mid-summer, and transportation officials are hopeful that less traffic in general will mean an easier commute. This latest safety surge will run through July 31.

“TPB has consistently found that travel delay drops about 15-20 percent during summer months when schools and Congress are out and more people have greater flexibility in their travel schedules,” the report says.

See the full report on MWCOG’s website.

by Karen Goff — June 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm 3 Comments

Work on Dulles Airport Road June 17-19/Credit: Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

A second tower crane is coming to the site of the Reston Town Center Metro station, and it may disrupt traffic in the next few days.

From Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will assemble a second tower crane in the median of the Dulles Airport Access Road between the Fairfax County Parkway overpass and the Reston Parkway overpass.

Work will take place during day and night hours. All work is weather dependent and subject to change, project officials said.

Here is the work schedule:

Friday, June 17, 10 p.m. to Sunday, June 19, 10 p.m.
Left lane of eastbound access road between mile markers 4.2 and 5.2 will be closed.

Saturday, June 18, 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Left lane of westbound access road between mile markers 5.2 and 4.2 will be closed.

Sunday, June 19, 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Left lane of westbound between mile markers 5.2 and 4.2 will be closed.

Drivers are asked to use caution and remain attentive to all signage, barricades, adjusted speed limits. Large, slow-moving vehicles may be exiting and entering the highway at various times.

by Karen Goff — April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

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Another giant crane will set up in Reston later this week as construction on the Reston Town Center Metro station continues.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project says crews will be assembling a tower crane in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway (DIAAH) between the Fairfax County Parkway overpass and the Reston Parkway overpass. That will affect lanes on both the access highway and the Dulles Toll Road.

Construction will take place Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2.

The crane will be used for construction of the Silver Line’s future Reston Town Center Station, which is scheduled to bring Silver Line service to the spot in 2020. (more…)

by Karen Goff — April 22, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

Wiehle-Reston East and Toll Road from aboveIt will be EZPass only entering the Dulles Toll Road Eastbound at Wiehle Avenue this weekend.

The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority is making concrete repairs at the exit, so the full service/cash lane of the entrance ramp from Wiehle Avenue to the eastbound Dulles Toll Road is temporarily closed.

The cash lane closure began Thursday morning and will remain closed until 5:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25.

Cash customers may enter eastbound from Reston Parkway or Hunter Mill Road, MWAA says.

by Karen Goff — December 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm 8 Comments

Alan Cruickshank/Courtesy Loudoun Funeral ChapelThe Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has identified the person struck and killed on the Wiehle Avenue eastbound exit ramp of the Dulles Toll Road on Wednesday as Alan Douglas Cruickshank, 50.

MWAA says the police investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed so far against the driver of the striking vehicle.

Witnesses said Cruickshank was attempting to cross the lanes on the exit ramp heading towards the bus stop on the south side when he was hit shortly after 6 a.m.

He was taken to Reston Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Photo: Alan Cruickshank/Courtesy Loudoun Funeral Chapel

by Karen Goff — December 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm 20 Comments

Traffic Light

 

Update, 2:45 p.m. Wednesday: The pedestrian hit on the Dulles Toll Road Wednesday morning was pronounced dead at the hospital, where he was taken, an MWAA spokesman said.

Investigators are still determining why the pedestrian was walking on the toll road.

Original story, 8 a.m. Wednesday: A pedestrian was struck in Reston on the Dulles Toll Road eastbound early this morning, and traffic remains backed up to the Loudoun County line as authorities investigate the incident.

The incident occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m. near the exit ramp at Wiehle Avenue, Metropolitan Washinton Airport Authority Police said.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, officials said. The exit ramp was still blocked as of 8 a.m. as investigators are on the scene.

The accident investigation is also affecting Fairfax Connector buses:

Wiehle Metro South: Rts 585, 924, 926, 929, 980, 985 — Buses will board and drop-off passengers on the north side of station near Reston Station Blvd.

by Karen Goff — December 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments

Toll calculator/MWAAHow much will my Dulles Toll Road ride cost?

A new feature on DullesTollRoad.com can tell you in advance. The tool allows drivers to plan and calculate their toll on their computer, tablet and mobile devices.

Tolls are calculated after selecting an entry and exit point from drop-down menus or by clicking directly on the map, says the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the toll road.

Depending on the entry and exit points, one-way rates for two-axle vehicles range from $1.00 to $3.50. Tolls are the same whether paid by cash or E-ZPass.

The resulting route is highlighted on the map and the total toll for the trip is displayed. Tolls displayed are for the Dulles Toll Road only, and do not include other adjacent toll highways.

“This new online feature makes access to toll information more convenient for the traveling public,” Cyndi Ward, Dulles Toll Road manager, said in a release. “The toll calculator is an intuitive planning tool that elevates customer service by giving travelers a predictable experience before they drive on the Dulles Toll Road.”

by Karen Goff — October 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm 14 Comments

Crews have been busy clearing trees and brush along Sunset Hills Road near Town Center Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road.

The work is in preparation for Phase 2 of Metro’s Silver Line, says the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

The area will be the site of two facilities that will support the Silver Line.

The work is the start of the future Traction Power Substation (TPSS) No. 12 adjacent to Sunset Hills Road, near the Town Center Parkway, says the DCMP.

TPSS No. 12 will provide power and communications to the Silver Line. When that area has been cleared, crews will move south across the Dulles International Airport Access Highway and Dulles Toll Road to begin clearing at the site of Stormwater Management facility.

Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will have stations at Reston Parkway, Herndon, Route 28, Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, is slated to open in early 2019.

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