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Storm Recovery Update

January 26, 2016

As our area continues to dig out from the storm, I want to share with you the latest information I’ve received from VDOT and area transportation officials (Please see information below.)

Also, if you are traveling about the area this week, I urge you to use caution and allow for extra travel time. As you may know, many roads have portions of lanes, especially turn lanes, still inaccessible due to the immense snow banks. This can cause new traffic patterns and reduced visibility when turning or merging, so extra caution and reduced speed is needed.

Additionally, I understand the roads in the Bull Run Mountain district require considerable attention to be fully drivable again. However I have received recent updates that the contractor is now making significant process, and I will continue to monitor the progress. I greatly appreciate the early efforts by private citizens to help clear the roads that weren’t able to be accessed.

Thank you for your patience and neighborly courtesy during this storm and snow removal process. I have already heard about a few impressive acts of service being provided in the community, and look forward to hearing many more. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information and assistance.

Sincerely,

Pete Candland, Supervisor
Gainesville Magisterial District

VDOT News- 1.26.15- 5 A.M.
TRAVEL UPDATE: NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Significant progress but limit travel to give equipment room;
Icy conditions possible on cleared roads

As of 5 a.m., interstates and primaries in Northern Virginia are mostly in passable condition, and crews are making significant progress on secondary roads and subdivision streets. Motorists should continue to limit travel to give crews room for snow removal efforts. If travel is a must, use extreme caution as even clear pavement is likely to be slick due to snow melting during the day and refreezing overnight.

Crews continue to work 12-hour shifts, around the clock, to plow and treat all roads.
In addition to the overnight refreeze, drivers should be alert to varying conditions and sudden changes on all roads.
What drivers should know:

  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions are being lifted today due to the federal government closure.
  • Traffic is beginning to increase. Limit travel, as traffic slows down the movement of heavy equipment and redeployment of smaller vehicles.
  • If travel is a must, be alert to crews stationed with heavy equipment to move the massive volumes of snow. Reduce speeds and keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles, do not pass snowplows or other equipment.
  • Expect limited visibility from high snow mounds encroaching on merges, intersections, and ramps.
  • Due to the massive snowfall, passable secondary and some primary roads may have only one lane, narrow access points, and will not be cleared curb-to-curb.

Other VDOT resources:

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties

Northern Virginia District
January 25, 2016 Update
Overview

  • We appreciate the patience and understanding that we’ve received from the general public. This is not a typical Virginia snowstorm. This is the biggest blizzard that we have responded to in almost 30 years. Every part of our district has been affected, albeit differently. We will continue to work 24/7 until our work is complete. Recovery from a blizzard this large will take days, not hours, with cleanup likely to last into the weekend. We will continue to experience the melting and refreezing cycle for the rest of the week.
  • We are working to plow 13,000 road miles, including 16,000 subdivision streets. We have made considerable progress, but the phase of response that we are now in requires a lot of time.

Resources

  • We are using equipment from VDOT, as well as private contractors. We continue to reach out to anyone who may have heavy equipment, including quarries and contractors. VDOT resources have been deployed to us from the following districts: Lynchburg, Salem, Bristol, Richmond, and Hampton Roads. Equipment has been brought in from as far as Connecticut. We invite those with loaders or motor graders to contact our procurement section at 703-259-3240.
  • 4,000 pieces of equipment are in service. We are at the highest mobilization level and currently looking to maintain that for the next 48 hours. Equipment will continue to be redeployed to other areas of the district as they complete their current task.
  • However, if any piece of equipment is needed for emergency services, it will be redeployed immediately, even if it is mid-task elsewhere. Drivers may also leave to refuel, address a mechanical issue, to eat, or for rest. Driver fatigue is a very real and dangerous condition, and some of our drivers have been working daily since Wednesday.

Subdivisions

  • Subdivisions are divided into sections that we call snow maps. Each snow map is about 8-10 miles, depending upon terrain, schools, or additional challenges. The Northern Virginia District contains more than 600 snow maps. When a plow driver is assigned a snow map, all of the streets on the map are listed “in progress.” When the driver returns to the area headquarters after the entire map is complete, then and only then is the map (and all of the streets contained within) listed as complete.
  • Within subdivisions, the first priority addressed is the major arteries. From there, we will address cul-de-sacs. You may see us treat a major artery several times before we address a cul-de-sac. The arteries must remain passable for the rest of our operations to be successful.
  • Smaller plow trucks are effective in conditions up to around 10”. Some parts of our district received upwards of 40”. We are using smaller trucks where they remain effective.
  • We have four times the amount of equipment as we did a few years ago, but the type of equipment that we need for this phase of the response is much larger scale.
  • To be the most efficient, we are not hauling snow, but simply moving it out of the roadway. Work in subdivisions now requires heavy equipment that must be put on trailers and driven to subdivisions. Work that would take a plow one hour to do takes between 8-10 hours for a heavy equipment to complete.

Current Status

  • We have seen an increase in the amount of traffic. Even if your subdivision is passable, please stay off of the roads. It slows down the movement of heavy equipment and the redeployment of smaller vehicles. As well, vehicles parked on the road can hinder the arrival of large equipment. Please use extreme caution around heavy equipment.
  • We are prioritizing streets that have not yet been plowed.
  • We are making real progress on the interstates. They are passable, but not all lanes are open. As is the case with major arterials, they have required additional treatment to address melting and refreezing issues. For your own safety, use extreme caution when entering and exiting the interstates.
  • The primary roads are progressing, but expect merging difficulties and limited visibility as turn lanes and ramps remain hazardous.
  • The demand on our customer service center has caused server problems. They are being addressed, but we implore residents to not call the customer service center. We are aware of which streets have been completed and which are still outstanding. We have not forgotten about anyone.

 

Winter Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow Fall to Area

January 21, 2016

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are in full deployment mode for a statewide winter storm that is expected to bring heavy snow fall, including freezing rain, with the height of the storm to hit  Friday.

“Crews are in 24-hour operations with a significant force of crew members, equipment and materials and we are continuing to treat roads with anti-icing materials in advance of the next storm,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “With a storm of this magnitude, driving conditions will be extremely hazardous.  I urge motorists to plan ahead, monitor weather conditions and stay off the roads during the storm.”

VDOT is preparing for total accumulations of one to three feet of snow across the state, with sleet and freezing rain in some areas. Two to three inches of snow per hour is expected during the worst of the storm Friday evening through Saturday morning. Motorists should not travel during the storm.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and go to 511virginia.org to get the latest road conditions. You can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-ROAD (7623) to report debris, downed trees or other hazards on the roadway.”

If snow reaches two inches or more, VDOT activates an online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in the Northern Virginia district.

What Citizens Should Do:

  • Stay off the roads during the storm unless travel is absolutely necessary. If travel is necessary, drive with caution and allow extra space around other vehicles.
  • Use extreme caution around slow-moving equipment being used to treat roads, such as snow plows.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter and is in safe driving condition. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Include items such as jumper cables, blankets, first aid kit, water, non-perishable food, cat litter or sand, shovel, flash light and batteries, ice scraper and cell phone charger.
  • Check on elderly or homebound neighbors, family, and friends to ensure they are ready for this storm and any possible inconveniences or interruptions that may result.
  • Bring pets inside from the cold.
  • Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
  • Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and extra batteries for emergency information. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
  • If you need help, information or resources during the storm, call 211. Those with hearing impairments can call 711 for the Virginia Relay Center and then call 1-800-230-6977. Out of state or videophone users may also dial 1-800-230-6977 for assistance.
  • Download the free Ready Virginia app at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/additional-resources/mobileapp.
  • Download the free VDOT 511 app for updates on road conditions at: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp.
  • View Prince William County’s Snow Removal and Winter Safety Tips at: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/FR/Pages/Snow-Removal-and-Winter-Safety-Tips.aspx.
  • For non-life threatening emergencies, citizens may call the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-6500.

Reporting Outages

For utility outages, please contact:

Dominion Virginia Power – (866) 366-4357, their outage map can be viewed here.

NOVEC – (703) 335-0500, their outage map can be viewed here.

Washington Gas – (703) 750-1000, their winter resources can be viewed here.

Source: VDOT

Reopening of Old Carolina Bridge in Haymarket

December 22, 2015

VDOT has announced that the Old Carolina/Jefferson Street bridge in Haymarket over I-66 will reopen December 23, 2015, nearly five months ahead of schedule. The bridge’s new shared use path for pedestrians and bicycles remains under construction and is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2016.

The bridge has been closed since September 2014, with the primary work being done on the bridge support structures as part of a project to widen I-66 from four lanes to eight lanes. The complete widening project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.

Supervisor Candland’s FY 2017 Budget Guidance

December 15, 2015

Supervisor Candland’s FY17 Budget Guidance is available for review here- Supervisor Candland’s FY 2017 Budget Guidance

Supervisor Candland’s Winter Wonderland – December 18, 2015

December 14, 2015

Please join Supervisor Candland and Santa for a Winter Wonderland Holiday Celebration on December 18, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the QBE Business Park (14606 Washington Street, Haymarket, VA 20169). There will be holiday games, s’mores, a hayride, and a visit from Santa Claus (parents bring your cameras).

Sign up to register your kids to meet Santa by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/meetsanta. If you sign up, your children will receive a personal letter from Santa right before Christmas.

Families are asked to bring a wrapped toy to share with a needy family in our community. Please tape a label on the bottom to identify the gender and age range for the toy.

Winter Wonderland 2015

Re-naming Ceremony for the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond – December 17, 2015

December 7, 2015

A few months ago, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to endorse the re-naming of the Ben Lomond Community Center to the “Pat White Center at Ben Lomond.” On Thursday, December 17 at 10 AM, Supervisor Candland will join Pat White’s family and Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins to celebrate the re-naming and the legacy of Pat White. We hope you can join us.

pat white invitation

Friends of the Gainesville Library Holiday Book Sale

November 20, 2015

The Friends of the Gainesville Library are holding their 1st Annual Holiday Book Sale and Craft Event the weekend of December 4, 2015.

Where: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA

Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 12 PM to 4 PM

For additional information contact friends.gainesville.lib@gmail.com

holiday book sale 2015

NOVEC Planning 0.8 Mile 115 kV Transmission Line Extension on Balls Ford Road

November 18, 2015

Williams Gas Transmission is planning an expansion of its facility located at 10201 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. To support this expansion, NOVEC will need to construct a 115 kV supplied substation at the site.

NOVEC is proposing an 0.8 mile extension of the existing 115 kV power line along Balls Ford Road to supply the new substation. The wooden poles along the extension will be replaced with new metal structures, all within the existing Right of Way and Easements, that will support both the existing distribution circuits and the new 115 kV line.

novec_ballsford

PWC Transportation Meeting for Logmill Road – November 18, 2015

November 17, 2015

Please join the Prince William County Transportation staff for a community meeting to discuss the ongoing Logmill Road Project on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 7 PM at the Evergreen Country Club (15900 Berkeley Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169). This meeting will provide an opportunity for community members to provide feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the ongoing Logmill Project.

What: Logmill Road Community Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Where: Evergreen Country Club, 15900 Berkeley Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169

Vint Hill Road Closed This Weekend

November 17, 2015

Vint Hill Road (Route 215) between Schaeffer Lane and Determination Drive will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 to 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23 so that VDOT crews can perform water main and storm sewer line work.

Traffic will be detoured via Sudley Manor Drive, Linton Hall Road and Route 28 back to Vint Hill Road (map).

The work is part of the Route 28 widening project. Phase One, which involves relocating Vint Hill Road to Route 28’s intersection with Infantry Lane and widening Route 28 to six lanes between Linton Hall Road and the relocated Vint Hill Road, is scheduled for completion in July 2016. Construction of Phase Two, which involves widening Route 28 to four lanes between the relocated Vint Hill Road and Fitzwater Drive, is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016 and has an estimated completion date of Dec. 2017.

Source: VDOT