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Fairfax Connector Implements Changes on Ten Routes

From Fairfax County Department of Transportation:

Effective Saturday, January 14, 2012, Fairfax Connector will modify 10 routes to better serve passenger needs and improve the on-time performance of existing routes. The affected routes include: 101, 171, 304, 305, 306, 333, 334, 335, 623 and 652.

Following is a summary of the changes:

Routes 101 and 171

•               Minor adjustment of departure times to improve on-time performance.

Route 304

•               Schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance.

Route 305

Troopers Protect You All Year, Keep Them Safe

From the Virginia State Police:

FAIRFAX CO., Va. – As more motorists take to the highways for the holidays, Virginia State Police will maximize its efforts during the Christmas and New Year’s weekends with increased enforcement to ensure those individuals make it to their destinations safely. In turn, Virginia State Police reminds all drivers to keep troopers safe by obeying the posted speed limits, paying attention to the road and complying with Virginia’s “Move Over” law.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

From Fairfax County:

The winter storm last Jan. 26, left many residents in the region stuck in traffic and stranded in their vehicles for up to 12 hours. This winter, don’t be caught unprepared!

Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. FEMA recommends including the following items:
• Shovel.
• Water.
• Flashlight.
• Battery (or hand-crank) radio.
• Snack food.
• Matches.
• Extra clothing.
• First-aid kit.
• Blankets.
• Emergency flares.
• Booster cables.

Fairfax Connector Bus Holiday Schedules

Fairfax Connector Bus Holiday Schedules

Make sure you check the Fairfax County Connector bus schedule for any changes during the holidays.

Traffic Signals Ready for Holiday Shoppers in Northern Virginia

Traffic Signals Ready for Holiday Shoppers in Northern Virginia

From VDOT News:

FREDERICKSBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will activate its annual holiday traffic signal timing pattern to help motorists travel around 16 major shopping centers in Northern Virginia from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Holiday signal timing in Northern Virginia has been in place for more than a decade to accommodate a seasonal influx of vehicles near shopping areas. The temporary pattern is created using time- and intersection-specific traffic data from previous years.

VDOT adjusts the signal timing at more than 200 intersections in Northern Virginia. Engineers will also use traffic cameras to monitor conditions around especially congested areas such as Tysons Corner and make adjustments to help keep traffic moving.

Hunter Mill Road Detour Nov. 12-21

Hunter Mill Road Detour Nov. 12-21

From VDOT:

The Hunter Mill Road bridge over Difficult Run in Fairfax County will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 until Monday, Nov. 21, the Virginia Department of Transportation said today. The closure is necessary while crews replace the corroded bridge with a temporary panel truss bridge.

The bridge is located between Hunter Station Road and Lawyers Road.  A 3.2-mile detour route will be in effect.

Motorists heading north on Hunter Mill Road will take Lawyers Road to Twin Branches Road to Sunrise Valley Drive to Hunter Mill Road.  Motorists heading south on Hunter Mill Road will use Sunrise Valley Drive to Twin Branches Road to Lawyers Road to Hunter Mill Road.

Plans for a permanent bridge are underway although the project is not funded for construction at this time.