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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

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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.

by Karen Goff — March 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Dulles Toll Road/Credit: MWAAThe Dulles Toll Road’s westbound exit at Hunter Mill in Reston will be EZPass only from Friday morning through Monday morning so crew can do upgrades at the toll booth, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said.

The full-service lane will close at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27 and reopen at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30. MWAA says it does not expect additional traffic backups or delays.

The scheduled maintenance will replace and upgrade equipment at the Hunter Mill exit that assists in identifying vehicles using full-service lanes.

If non-EZPass drivers must use the westbound exit ramp for Hunter Mill Road while the work is being performed, they should contact MWAA Customer Service Center at 877-762-7824.

When the project is complete, full-service lanes will continue to be available at the exit ramp for those wishing to pay with cash. MWAA says nearly 80 percent of drivers using the Dulles Toll Road are utilizing EZPass transponder instead of coins.

Graphic courtesy of MWAA

by Karen Goff — November 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm 2 Comments

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAADulles Toll Road users take note: work on the planned conversion of an exact change lane to an E-ZPass only lane at the eastbound main toll plaza begins tonight.

The work will affect the third lane from the left. The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority wants to remind drivers to be patient or find alternate routes this evening as work may impact traffic.

The previous lane conversion to “E-ZPass only” was recently completed along the westbound ramp from the Dulles Toll Road to the Fairfax County Parkway.

The ongoing project to convert 19 toll lanes from exact change to E-ZPass only will continue into 2015, MWAA officials said. Four lanes have been converted so far, with 15 remaining to be converted. Conversions will be done one at a time until the project is complete.

After the main plaza eastbound lane is complete, the next lane scheduled for conversion is the far right lane at Westbound Hunter Mill Road, one of the main Reston exits. To keep up with Toll Road plans, MWAA’s Dulles Toll Road page.

Photo: Main Dulles Toll Road Plaza/Reston Now file photo 

by Karen Goff — August 20, 2014 at 11:00 am 8 Comments

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIn an effort for efficiency, more lanes on the Dulles Toll Road will become E-ZPass only, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said on Wednesday.

Beginning Sept. 2, MWAA will convert 19 exact-change lanes into E-ZPass lanes. First up: Westbound Fairfax County Parkways exit, far right lane.

During the conversion project coin baskets will be removed and replaced by upgraded E-ZPass infrastructure. Conversions are scheduled for unattended “exact change” lanes at the main toll plaza and exit ramps along the roadway, says MWAA. To minimize congestion, lanes will be reconfigured one at a time, with each conversion taking two-to-four weeks. When the project is complete, all toll plazas will still have at least one “full service” lane available.

“This lane conversion continues the long tradition of providing a convenient, consistent travel option for drivers in Northern Virginia,” Dulles Toll Road Manager Cyndi Ward said in a statement. “About 90 percent of drivers currently using these lanes are already paying with E-ZPass rather than coins. Full-service lanes will continue to be available at all toll plazas along the roadway for those wishing to pay with cash, but we encourage drivers to consider the added convenience of E-ZPass in order to bypass the lines associated with cash payments.”

Don’t have an E-ZPass? Sign up for one at ezpassva.com.

MWAA will announce other lane conversions as they are about to occur so drivers can plan accordingly.

Photo: Dulles Toll Road/file photo

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