Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Base realignment has resulted in increased traffic, and local transportation dollars are non-existent.
The Department of Defense released $180 million on Monday to fund the widening of Route 1 in Mount Vernon through Fort Belvoir. These funds will go to the Federal Highway Administration to start construction on the widening of Route 1, which will accommodate increased traffic at Fort Belvoir due to the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. The funds were awarded in November, are part of a $300 million appropriation secured by the Maryland and Virginia delegations for BRAC-related transportation improvements across the country. BRAC and the recent opening of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are expected to bring more than 11,000 new DoD employees and 574,000 annual hospital patients onto Route 1, according to a statement issued by U.S. …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Plans call for widening highway to six lanes
Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series examining transportation, development and business along the Route 1 corridor. Part two focuses on upcoming mixed-use developments. Part three focuses on the growing area hotel industry. The Route 1 corridor in southeastern Fairfax County sees more than 60,000 vehicles per day—and it doesn't seem like any of those drivers are happy with the status quo on the 7.5-mile stretch of congested highway. Neither are the cyclists who commute through or live near the corridor, nor pedestrians who patronize the highway’s incoherent patchwork of shops and restaurants set amid sprawling, unseemly parking lots. New apartments, stores and hotels planned for Route 1, as well as expansion at Fort …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Department of Defense will provide $180 million for Route 1 widening.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) announced today that the Pentagon will provide $180 million for traffic improvements to Route 1 in the Fort Belvoir area to accommodate thousands of new employees related to the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC). The funding will allow for Route 1 at Belvoir to be widened from four to six lanes, and according to a release from Moran's office, Fairfax County is already conducting an environmental study in anticipation of the funding. The money is part of a $300 million appropriation secured last year by Moran and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) for BRAC-related transportation improvements. “This is a big win for Northern Virginia as a region, the commuters along Rt. 1 and DoD employees at Ft. Belvoir,” …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Overnight construction project briefly closed Route 1
Last night Route 1 was closed briefly while construction crews placed the first three of nine steel girders that will help complete the Gunston Road Bridge on Fort Belvoir. The girders, which are 110 feet in length, were delivered from a manufacturer in North Carolina. They will be installed again tonight and tomorrow, in increments of three, weather permitting. As it was last evening, traffic will need to be held up for approximately 20 minutes in each direction, while the girder is hoisted from a truck and then steered into place. Nine more 67-foot girders will be placed next week, but their installation will not require any traffic in Route 1 to be delayed.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Pols say they will help but don't go far enough
Three key projects related to the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) process at Fort Belvoir were approved when Congress passed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 on Thursday. The projects are: The Route 1 widening is tied specifically to the opening of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The start date of the projects is expected to be announced shortly. Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly as well as Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb were hopeful that the projects will reduce the impact of BRAC. The contingent has been vocal about the traffic problems that will arise as a result of the estimated 20,000 employees that will be relocated. Though happy with confirmation of the projects, Moran …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dad, 54, was driving home for dinner when a car hit his car, sending him into oncoming traffic
Paul Krause, a retired army colonel who was killed in a Route 1 car accident on Monday, was a father of three, on his way home for dinner when he lost his life. He had celebrated his 54th birthday on March 5th. Police say a drunk driver, in the country illegally and driving on a suspended license, crashed into Krause's car, sending it into oncoming traffic on Route 1. Krause left behind a family who is mourning the loss of a husband and father: Widow Kwon Suk Krouse, aka "Suki," and three daughters: Christina, 24, Cheryl, 20, and Shaina, 18 as well as family dog, Coco, a miniature pinscher. Christina is a graduate of George Mason University and Shaina and Cheryl are currently students there. All three girls are world-class athletes who …
Monday, February 14, 2011
One of the vehicles involved was being pursued by Fairfax County police
UPDATED at 2:05 p.m. Fairfax County police have charged Wilbur Reed, 30, of Woodbridge with felony hit and run, speeding to elude, driving while intoxicated, refusal to test and reckless driving. ---------------------------------------- The individuals involved in a violent car crash last night at approximately 9:15 on Richmond Highway near Fairfax County Parkway, miraculously escaped serious injury despite a collision that scattered debris hundreds of yards across Route 1. According to witnesses, Fairfax County police began pursuit of a late model Cadillac near the intersection of Gunston Cove and Richmond Highway in Lorton. Police continued high-speed pursuit northbound on Richmond Highway. Just north of the entrance to Fairfax County …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Was walking on southbound, fled in Woodbridge
Fairfax County Police reported that a 20-year-old woman was abducted yesterday afternoon around 3:20 p.m. while walking southbound along Route 1 in Lorton. According to a police report, a man in a passing vehicle shouted at the woman near Woodside Lane. The woman approached the passenger side of the vehicle and the man pulled her inside after opening the door. He then drove toward Woodbridge, fondling her in the process. Near East Longview Drive in Woodbridge the woman managed to escape. She was assisted by another woman, who called for help. The suspect then drove away. The suspect is described as a black male and between 30-39 years of age. He is tall and has a medium build. The vehicle is a dark, four-door sedan. Police are also trying …