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Reminder: Detours Set for Thursday and Friday Nights

From the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project:

Interstate I-66 westbound at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will be closed overnights Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. because of Dulles Metrorail construction.

When I-66 westbound lanes close, thru traffic will be detoured on to the Dulles Connector Road west bound, to Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn to the ramp to the Capital Beltway south toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway. For local traffic, drivers have options to exit I?66 prior to the closing.

Fairfax County Parkway Ground Clearing Activity

From VA Department of Transportation:

Starting Monday, Nov. 8, crews will begin clearing trees and brush along the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield for utility relocations and upcoming work on phase III of the Fairfax County Parkway extension. Phase III includes the realignment of Rolling and Hooes Roads and reconfiguration of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway interchange.

This clearing will occur Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and continue until late fall or early winter. Areas that will be affected include:

Distracted Driving Awareness & Summonses on the Rise

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

            In an effort to increase public awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, police launched an intensive enforcement and education effort September 10; and they’re getting results.

            There was a 66 percent increase in citations written for failure to pay full time and attention (and texting while driving) in 2010 compared to the same time period in 2008. Police have issued 7,165 summonses for these offenses this year compared to 4,305 in 2008.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Annual Emergency Drill

The following was sent to us by Virginia Railway Express:

It’s that time of year again.  Fall?  No.  Halloween?  No.  It’s time for our annual emergency drill.  Each year in the fall we simulate some sort of train disaster.  During the simulated disaster, local first responders test their skills in responding to a situation on a train.  This year’s drill will take place in Springfield, VA.  As we do every year, we are looking for volunteers to be victims of this simulated train disaster.  The more, the merrier.  The drill will be held on Saturday, November 13.  Volunteer victims need to arrive by 6:30am and should be done by noon. 

Last Section of Fairfax Co. Parkway Set to Open in Hopes of Easing Morning and Afternoon Traffic

The final extension of one of the D.C. Metropolitan area’s busiest commuter route is almost complete; and it has the potential to improve before and after work travel for everyone.

The last 1.9 miles of the Fairfax County Parkway will allow for a quicker and easier trip from Fort Belvoir and Interstate 95 to Herndon.

The northbound lanes will open after Friday night's rush hour. Southbound lanes will open next Tuesday.

Part of the road was dedicated as the "Trooper Charles Mark Cosslett Memorial Highway;” named after state trooper Charles Mark Cosslett who died in 2002 when a tow-truck struck his motorcycle on Interstate 95 southbound near Springfield.