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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Alerts From Virginia Department Of Transportation


Dear Friends,


I wanted to make sure you were aware of VDOT alerts regarding projects that will affect traffic patterns in the 34th District.  I encourage everyone to drive safe and be patient as you are passing through any work zones during the busy summer months and especially this holiday weekend.


New Signal Installed At Redberry Court In Great Falls


VDOT installed a new traffic signal at the Intersection of Route 7 andRedberry Court on Thursday, May 8, 2014 to improve safety and access for motorists at that particular intersection.  Please be aware of this new traffic pattern. 


Towlston Road To Be Closed During Bridge Reconstruction


Notice: Closure for utility work is from May 19-21, 2014

Summer-long closure starts June 25, 2014


The Virginia Department of Transportation will close a portion of Towlston Road this summer to rebuild the bridge over Rocky Run while Fairfax County schools are on summer break. Crews will close the road to through traffic June 25 and open the new bridge in late August.


Plans were underway to replace the original 1949 bridge when it was washed out by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. Under an emergency contract, crews built five steel pipe culverts as a temporary structure to re-open the road to traffic as soon as possible. The current crossing is sound but does not have the hydraulic capacity to handle high water during storms.


The project also features:

  • Additional two feet of shoulder on each side
  • Aesthetic treatments on railings and abutments
  • Stream restoration to stabilize Rocky Run and guide the creek through the restored opening
  • Overhead and underground utility coordination
Traffic Impacts  

Utility work May 19-21 - In preparation for the bridge project, the road will be closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19-21 for Virginia Dominion Power to complete utility work. Through traffic will be detoured via Old Dominion Drive and Georgetown Pike (see detour map). 


Summer-long detour starts June 25 - During the summer construction, through traffic will use the same detour.


The $1 million project is being completed by Shirley Contracting Company. See more project details online athttp://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/towlston_road.asp.    


Memorial Day Traffic Updates


Construction and maintenance work on most Virginia interstates and highways will pause during the Memorial Day holiday weekend to keep travel lanes open and traffic flowing. If you plan to use Virginia's interstates during Memorial Day weekend this year, travel patterns for the holiday for the past three years are available online to help motorists plan their departure and arrival times. VDOT has postedtravel-trend maps, with a version designed specifically for mobile devices, showing peak congestion periods from the 2011-2013 Memorial Day weekends. 


For real-time traffic information during the Memorial Day weekend or any time, motorists should use 511 Virginia


Again, please drive carefully this summer, and keep the safety of VDOT workers in mind. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 703-772-7168 or at[email protected].



Barbara Comstock


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