Democracy Drive in Reston Town Center Closed — The street will be closed all week for “ongoing infrastructure updates with repairs and modifications being made to the waste lines in the Southwest Building,” a Reston Town Center spokesperson says. The street remains accessible to pedestrians, and all stores are open. [Potomac River Running/Twitter]
Kennedy Center to Fully Reopen in the Fall — The Kennedy Center will hold a grand reopening in September, launching an extensive lineup of performances and activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary. A limited number of in-person concerts are also being planned for this spring and summer. [Washingtonian]
Task Force Proposes Strategies to Preserve Affordable Housing — Fairfax County Affordable Housing Preservation Task Force presented a report to the Board of Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) with recommendations for maintaining the county’s approximately 9,000 existing market affordable multifamily units. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Startup Raises Millions in Funding — The cybersecurity startup ThreatQuotient Inc. raised $22.5 million in equity and debt funding that it hopes to use to accelerate the growth of its data platform, which gives clients information they can utilize to automatically detect and respond to threats. The company says it saw “record bookings and revenue growth” last year. [Washington Business Journal]
Celebrate National Beer Day at a Local Brewery — National Beer Day comes every year on April 7 to mark the end of the Prohibition-era ban on the sale and consumption of low-alcohol beverages like beer. Local options for celebrating include Herndon’s Aslin Beer Company as well as Bike Lane Brewery and the Lake Anne Brewhouse in Reston. [Patch]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
Multiple lanes are closed on the Dulles Toll Road just after Reston Parkway after a 40-gallon fuel tank leaked earlier this morning.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department expects three or four lanes to remain shut down for roughly an hour, according to a statement released earlier today.
No injuries have been reported and the leak is under control.
⚠️ Traffic Alert (7:45 a.m. Wednesday): Due to an overturned truck, multiple lanes are blocked on the Westbound Dulles Toll Road at Exit 12.
Expect delays and follow police direction.
The ramp to Exit 12 (S.R. 602/Reston Parkway) is also blocked .
— Dulles Toll Road (@Dulles_Toll_Rd) December 23, 2020
Units on scene of a box truck on its side on Route 267 Westbound just after Reston Parkway. 40 gallon fuel tank was leaking. Leak has been stopped. No injuries reported at this time. 3 of 4 lanes are shut-down – potentially for an hour. Seek alternate route. #FCFRD #traffic pic.twitter.com/Y6Jc64x2Oi
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) December 23, 2020
Monroe Street in Herndon has reopened after a downed power line forced the road closure earlier today.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the road was closed between Iron Forge Road and Meadow Hall Drive.
FCPD encouraged drivers to find an alternate route.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Monroe Street is now open. Thanks for your patience. https://t.co/LIZQTn6PHo
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) October 5, 2020
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s project to widen Route 7 is well underway and is on track to finish by summer 2024.
The project planned to “improve almost seven miles of Route 7 between Reston Ave. and Jarrett Valley Drive,” according to Jennifer McCord, the Northern Virginia Communications Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
As of right now, there are several traffic shifts and new traffic patterns along the Route 7 Corridor as crews place temporary asphalt for the road widening as well as intersection reconstruction, according to McCord. She added that noise walls will be added later as most of the work is completed.
At the beginning of the project, VDOT set a $313.9 million budget, and according to McCord, they are still on track to complete within that budget.
As of June 2020, from Reston Avenue to Riva Ridge Drive making up Area 1 West, there has been continued storm sewer installation, relocated communication lines, installation of an underdrain, continued construction of a stormwater management pond and cement stabilization, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation project website.
In Area 1 East from Baron Cameron Ave. to Carpers Farm Way, construction completed cement stabilizations, placed base asphalt, shifted eastbound Route 7 lanes towards the median, began reconstruction of Delta Glen Court pavement and built a retaining wall west of Baron Cameron Ave.
In Area 2, the Baron Cameron Intersection, Stage 2 construction was pending right-of-way acquisition.
In Area 3, Difficult Run Area, there was continued relocation of communication utilities.
In Area 4, Faulkner Drive to Jarrett Valley Drive, there was the construction of a stormwater management pond, asphalt was placed for temporary pavement in the median and they completed shoulder strengthening along the eastbound lanes, according to the website.
Since fewer people have been traveling since the pandemic, the number of allowable work hours extended because of the decrease in traffic volume.
“Due to the 40-60% decrease in traffic volumes in parts of March and April, VDOT was able to grant select contractor requests for extended allowable work hours,” said McCord.
Improvements at Towlston Road were completed in October 2019, and a new triple left turn at Baron Cameron Ave. was completed early and has been open for about a year, said McCord.
The website continues to post lane closure updates for the following week every Friday.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer McCord
A two-car crash along Springvale Road has sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries and caused the road to close.
Fairfax County sent out an alert about the crash and road closure near the intersection of Parkerhouse Drive at 9:46 a.m. today (Friday).
Sgt. James Curry, a police spokesperson, told Reston Now that one person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The road is currently closed in both directions, Curry said that it is expected to reopen soon.
Image via Google Maps
A felony hit and run incident closed Reston Parkway at Stevenage round today (Wednesday) shortly after midnight.
Police believe a man driving a black 2016 Honda Fit was traveling northbound on Reston Parkway when he crossed over into opposing traffic on the other side of the road and hit a black 2003 Toyota Corolla.
The man attempted to flee the scene by foot, but was caught after a helicopter-assisted pursuit. The suspect, whose name has not been publicly released, was taken to a local hospital after he was bitten by a police K9.
Police said the man was “combative” when officers attempted to arrest him. Charges are pending.
No other information about the incident was released publicly.
This story has been updated.
Fox Mill Road Closed This Week — The road will be closed between Loveless Lane and Throughbred from today at 8 a.m. until Thursday (May 23) at 4 p.m. The closure was rescheduled from last week. [Virginia Department of Transportation]
What Lurks in Reston’s Lakes — Check out what experts found out about the creatures that live in each of Reston’s lakes. A recent survey revealed information about the different types of fish in the area and their general health. [Reston Today]
Conquering Home Improvement Season — In honor of Building Safety Month, county officials offer some tips on how to tackle home improvement projects, including swimming pools, new decks, gas appliances, play houses, and hiring a contractor. [Fairfax County Government]
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill
Fox Mill Road Closure Rescheduled – The closure, which was originally planned for this week, has been pushed to next week from Monday, May 20 to Thursday, May 23. After that weekend, the road will close against from Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30. Closures are in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. [Virginia Department of Transportation]
Walking through Selling Your Home in Reston — Shellie Calloway, a Reston Association staff member who works on covenants, walks members through the process dictated by the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act. Requirements include RA’s disclosure packet. [Reston Today]
Big Capital Bikeshare Growth Planned — “A recently completed study of the potential for bikeshare in an area largely along Virginia Route 123 from Tysons through Vienna, the City of Fairfax and the George Mason University area recommends expanding Capital Bikeshare into most of that corridor, with future consideration of dockless options particularly in lower density areas.” [WTOP]
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill
A construction company is installing sanitary sewers lines for the temporary station off of Cameron Glen Drive.
As a result, one lane of Town Center Parkway will be closed periodically starting on Thursday (May 16) for roughly two weeks.
Bus stop #3597 for the Fairfax Connector will be temporarily closed as well.
Riders should use bus stop #3596, which is south of Cameron Glen Drive behind the Reston District Police Station.
Plans for the new Reston Fire and Station 25 are in motion.
Two roads in the Reston area are closed due to flooding, according to tweets from the Fairfax County Police Department.
Hunter Mill Road between Hunting Crest Lane and Mount Sunapee Road closed shortly before 4 p.m. today.
Fox Mill Road between Folkstone Drive and Thoroughbred Road in Herndon closed around 2 p.m.
Police advise locals to avoid the area and use alternate routes.
A Flood Watch is in effect for Fairfax County and surrounding areas until midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
More from NWS:
* Until midnight EDT tonight
* A widespread soaking rain around 2 inches is expected. Isolated amounts of around 3 inches are possible. The steadiest rain is expected through 6 pm this evening, with residual runoff possibly persisting through late this evening.
* These rainfall amounts may cause small streams and creeks to go out of their banks, as well as cause flooding of low-lying, urban and poor drainage areas.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Hunter Mill Rd is closed between Hunting Crest Ln and Mount Sunapee Rd in Reston due to water in the roadway. Please avoid the area and use an alternate route. #FCPD #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/7rjes9vCMT
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) March 21, 2019
TRAFFIC ALERT: Fox Mill Rd is closed between Folkstone Dr and Thoroughbred Rd in Herndon due to water in the roadway. Please avoid the area and use an alternate route. #FCPD #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/043T2TkLSZ
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) March 21, 2019
Images via Google Maps
Updated at 9:45 — Police say the road opened back up around 9:42 a.m. Crews are on their way to treat the icy conditions on the road.
Earlier: Frying Pan Road is closed near Sunrise Valley Drive shortly after 9 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
“A traffic crash with icy conditions” caused the closure, an FCPD tweet says.
Police ask locals to avoid the area and find an alternate route.
UPDATE: Frying Pan Rd is open but please use caution due to icy road conditions. Crews are in route to treat the road.
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) March 6, 2019
Great Falls road now open — A fallen tree closed Walker Road for most of yesterday. The road opened back up sometime before 10 p.m., according to a list tracking the status of road closures. [Fairfax County Police Department]
News for theatre fans — The Reston Community Players recently announced their 2019-2020 season, which includes “Mamma Mia” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love to Murder.” [Reston Community Players]
PJ party — Wear your pajamas and listen to bedtime stories while making crafts at the Herndon Fortnightly Library from 6:15-7:30 p.m. [Fairfax County]
Updated at 8:45 a.m. — The road opened back up sometime before 10 p.m., according to FCPD.
Earlier: A fallen tree at 715 Walker Road currently has the Great Falls road closed as strong winds threaten to create hazards across Fairfax County.
The road in Great Falls is the only one reported for the Reston area in a released list of road closures from the Fairfax County Police Department. FCPD will update the list throughout the day.
The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning that is set to last until 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 25).
More from NWS:
HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING… The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect until 6 PM EST
this evening. The Wind Advisory is no longer in effect.
* TIMING…Strong winds will continue through this afternoon.
* WINDS…West 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph. The strongest winds are expected this morning.
* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Fairfax Fire and Rescue has tips for locals who face issues caused by the sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per high, with possible gusts up to 60 mph. The fire department wants residents to be mindful of any downed power lines or trees and to use battery powered lighting instead of candles if a power outage occurs.
“It is especially important to understand that downed lines can energize other objects, including fences, cars, trucks, buildings, bushes, trees and telephone and cable TV cables,” according to the post, adding that people should assume that any downed power lines are “live and dangerous.”
Photos via Google Maps
Updated at 8:45 a.m. — Fox Mill Road is now open, FCPD tweeted at 8:45 a.m.
Earlier: A car crash today (Feb. 14) has shut down Fox Mill Road at Lawyers Road.
Fairfax County Police tweeted that the closure is “due to a crash and pole down.”
A traffic alert from Fairfax County indicates that the crash happened shortly before 2:47 p.m.
There is no word yet on whether anyone has reported injuries.
Police advise people to avoid the area and find an alternative route.
UPDATE: Fox Mill Road is open.https://t.co/0BFJR3wK9h
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) February 15, 2019
Image via Google Map
Free health expo — WUSA9 will offer information and free screenings with the Reston Hospital Center and the YMCA Fairfax County Reston today. Head to the YMCA Fairfax County Reston at 12196 Sunset Hills Road from 7 a.m. to noon and 2-7 p.m. [WUSA9]
The Hungry Hungry Games — Kids ages 12 to 18 can eat snacks and play life-sized Hungry Hungry Hippos from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Library. [Fairfax County]
Dabke choreography — Dabke, which is based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, is a line dance often performed at celebrations. The dance performance — in partnership with Dance Place — will take place starting at 8 p.m. tonight at CenterStage. Tickets cost $20 for Reston residents. [Reston Community Center]
Temporary Reston road closure this morning — Southbound on Fairfax County Parkway at Walnut Branch Road shut down due to an accident shortly before 5 a.m. The parkway opened back up around 5:11 a.m. [Fairfax County Police on Twitter]
Silver Line test trains hit track problems — “The first test train on Metro’s Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport made it only 1,000 feet out of the Wiehle-Reston East station before running into trouble, sources told News4 … But the two-car train, pushed by an older locomotive, made it about 1,000 feet along an 11-mile journey before it ran into issues with the new tracks, sources said.” [NBC4]