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I-66 Outside the Beltway Project: Lane closures and traffic changes Week of August 11, 2019

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Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project construction continues throughout the corridor during daytime and overnight hours as weather conditions allow. Current activities include:

• Constructing bridge foundations at I-495, Route 28, and Route 234 Business interchanges, and Bull Run Drive overpass
• Constructing retaining walls along I-66 and Route 28

• Demolishing structures
• Small charge dynamite operations along I-66 in Prince William County
• Clearing trees and brush, grading, and installing drainage throughout the corridor
• Demolishing closed ramps at Route 123 Interchange
• Bridge work at new Bull Run Drive overpass
• Installing bridge beams over Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) for new I-66 West collector-distributor road
• Continued work at the future park and ride lots at University Boulevard (Gainesville) and Balls Ford Road (Manassas)
• Continued work on the new E.C. Lawrence Park Access Road
• Relocating underground and overhead utilities along I-66 and Route 28
• Corridor-wide roadway maintenance as needed

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will add express lanes stretching 22.5 miles from the Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville, rebuild major interchanges along the I-66 corridor, create thousands of new park and ride spaces, and expand trail options for cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more at Transform66.org.

Upcoming Lane Closures and Traffic Changes
The following planned lane closures are expected to have significant traffic impacts. All work is subject to change based on weather and schedule. Find the latest information on travel conditions and work zones by visiting 511virginia.org or downloading the Virginia511 app.

ROUTE 29 / GAINESVILLE
I-66 East and West from Route 29 Gainesville to Route 234 Business (Sudley Road)
Monday, August 12: 11 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, August 14: 11 a.m. to noon
Temporary 15-minute stoppages of traffic for blasting operations on I-66 East and West between University Boulevard and Route 234 (Prince William Parkway). Stoppages will also occur on the ramps from Route 234 (Prince William Parkway) to I-66 West, and from Route 29 in Gainesville to I-66 East during the same time. Northbound and southbound University Boulevard and northbound Prince William Parkway near I-66 may be blocked as well.

ROUTE 234 BUSINESS (SUDLEY ROAD) / MANASSAS
I-66 East from Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) to Bull Run Drive
Tuesday, August 13: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Three right lanes will be closed on I-66 East for crews to demobilize a crane. Drivers should expect up to 30-minute stoppages and slowdowns.

Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) North and South at I-66
Wednesday, August 14: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Full closure of Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) in both directions at I-66 for a crane installation and to lift bridge beams into place for new the collector-distributor road along I-66 West. The ramp from I-66 West to southbound Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) will also be closed.

Northbound Sudley Road traffic will be detoured to I-66 East to Route 29 South in Centreville. Make a left at the traffic signal and stay to the right for I-66 West, then follow signs to Route 234 North.

Southbound Sudley Road traffic will be detoured to I-66 West to the exit for Route 29 North in Gainesville. Make a left at the traffic signal onto Route 29 South, stay to the right for I-66 East, then follow signs to Route 234 Business South.

I-66 West traffic heading to southbound Sudley Road will be detoured farther west to the exit for Route 29 North in Gainesville, make a left at the traffic signal onto Route 29 South, stay to the right for I-66 East, then follow signs to Route 234 Business South.

Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) South from Battleview Parkway to I-66
Beginning Tuesday, August 13, through August 20
The left lane will be closed on southbound Route 234 Business (Sudley Road) from Battleview Parkway to I-66 to install a crane and bridge beams.

ROUTE 28 (SULLY ROAD) / CENTREVILLE
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 286 (FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY)
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 50 / FAIRFAX
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

ROUTE 123 (CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD) / OAKTON – CITY OF FAIRFAX
Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North from Eaton Place to White Granite Drive
Tuesday, August 13: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Two left lanes will be closed for traffic signal adjustment prior to the opening of the temporary ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns along northbound Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road).

Route 123 South from White Granite Drive to I-66
Tuesday, August 13: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
One left lane will be closed for traffic signal adjustment prior to the opening of the temporary ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North. Drivers should expect occasional 20-minute stoppages and slowdowns along southbound Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road).

Ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road)
Tuesday, August 13: Midnight to 4 a.m.
Nighttime ramp closures to implement the opening of the temporary ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North. Traffic will be detoured farther west to Route 50 East. Stay to the left and follow signs to I-66 East, then follow signs to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North.

After midnight, the current ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North will be closed. Upon reopening, drivers will access Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North by turning right at a temporary traffic signal using two new right-turn-only lanes and new roadway to join northbound traffic.

ROUTE 243 (NUTLEY STREET) / VIENNA
No significant traffic impacts scheduled.

I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)
I-66 West from I-495 to Gallows Road
Ramp from I-495 North Express Lanes to I-66 West
Sunday, August 11, through Saturday, August 17: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Two left lanes will be closed on I-66 West for new Gallows Road bridge construction in the center median. The ramp from the northbound I-495 Express Lanes to I-66 West will be closed nightly. Northbound I-495 Express Lane traffic will be detoured to I-66 East to Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) West, make a left at the traffic signal, then stay to the right to follow signs to I-66 West.

Commuter Alternatives
VDOT and the project team have invested in a broad range of programs to help commuters and others stay mobile and safe during construction. Learn more about carpool, vanpool, telework, and commuter bus alternatives.

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Arrest made for Monday evening arson fire

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Warren County, VA – On Monday, October 21, 2019, at approximately 3:00 pm, Warren County Fire and Rescue Services responded to 8561 Winchester Road for a reported residential structure fire.

Units arrived on the scene and found a single story, single family dwelling with significant fire conditions throughout the first floor and attic system of the home. A second alarm was requested, bringing two additional engines from in the county and two additional mutual-aid engines from Middletown and Stephens City. As a result of the incident, crews were assisted by Warren County Sheriff Deputies and the Virginia Department of Transportation with the closure of northbound 522/340, Winchester Road. The road remained closed for approximately 1 hour throughout the incident. It took firefighters approximately 50 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no reported injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages and contents loss and displaced the occupants from the home. The occupants have received assistance from the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an act of arson. Fire Investigators were joined by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division in a joint investigation. The investigation received assistance from the Town of Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Canine Division.

As a result of the investigation, Ms. Shenisa Mohammed, (21 years of age) who was identified as an occupant of the home, has been charged in connection with the fire incident. Ms. Mohammed has been charged with a single felony count of § 18.2-77; Burning or destroying dwelling house and is being held without bond at the Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren Regional Jail.

Shenisa Mohammed. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Sergeant Daniel Maxfield with the Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.

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Vehicle theft and arson investigation

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Warren County, VA – On Saturday, October 19, 2019, at approximately 6:30 am, Warren County Fire and Rescue units, along with Middletown Fire and Rescue units, were dispatched to the 800 block of Long Meadow Road for a reported motor vehicle crash with the vehicle on fire.

Units arrived on the scene and determined that the vehicle was completely burned and appeared abandoned along the side of the roadway.

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an act of arson. Fire Investigators were joined by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division in a joint investigation.

The vehicle, identified as a 2006 Chevrolet Van, white in color with ladder racks on the roof, was determined to be stolen from the area of Poe’s Campground on Riverside Drive in Front Royal, between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:30 am Saturday morning. A large amount of Milwaukee power tools and tools related to the electrical trade were found to be removed from the vehicle before the fire.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Investigator Scott Baker with the Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.

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Skyline High School Homecoming Parade

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Skyline HS Homecoming Parade on October 17, 2019. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

The Royal Examiner’s camera was there to capture the Skyline High School Homecoming Parade on October 17, 2019.

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Warren County School Board Meeting October 16, 2019

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Here is latest Warren County School Board meeting of October 16, 2019.  Here is the link to view their agenda and supporting documents.

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Related stories from the meeting:

Additional funds approved to cover empty superintendent position

School Board approves new head lice policy

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Elks adds to Skyline High School Band fund

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Skyline High School Marching Band members surround Elks Dennis Henline, black shirt, and Band Director Daniel Holland for check presentation after a recent practice.

Elks Exalted Ruler Dennis Henline and Lodge Secretary Jane Wine recently visited Skyline High School in Front Royal to watch a school band practice, and the Lodge wound up donating $1,500 for much needed band equipment.

While the Elks have consistently funded school athletic teams in Warren County, Henline said after the Skyline practice that he didn’t want their supportive school bands to be left out, so he handed a check to Band Director Daniel Holland.

For Holland, this was the second time in just a few months that community funds have come to him. The Rotary Club of Front Royal recently made a donation toward uniforms. One of many forms of payback for these generous donations has been Holland’s brass ensemble appearances at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Town Gazebo the last Monday in May.

Henline took the opportunity to encourage Skyline seniors “to make sure they applied for college scholarships offered by the Front Royal Elks Lodge and the Elks National Foundation.”

Dennis Henline presenting a check to the SHS Band Director, Daniel Holland.

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Sunday evening house fire caused by improper heating of home

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Photos courtesy of Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, just after 3:00 pm, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was dispatched to the 8000 block of Winchester Road for a reported residential structure fire.

Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and reported a working fire in a two-story single family dwelling. Firefighters were able to verify that the sole occupant of the home had self-evacuated and removed 5 dogs from within the residence. The occupant, who was asleep at the time the fire occurred, was awoken by her dogs and discovered the fire. It took firefighters approximately 10 minutes to contain the fire. Crews were assisted on the scene by Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies and Animal Control Officers.

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators determined the fire resulted due to an upholstered sectional couch being placed too close to electric baseboard heater. The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damages. The occupants, who were displaced from the home as a result of the fire, received assistance from the American Red Cross.

Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie stated “Heating of the home is the second leading cause of home fires nationwide. As the weather turns cold, we remind our community to utilize these safety tips to prevent the unthinkable”:

  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from baseboard heaters, space heaters, wood-stoves or a fireplace.
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Have your furnace and chimney professionally inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Chimney tar buildup is a common cause of chimney fires.
  • Dispose of hot ashes in covered metal containers placed away from the house.

This is also the perfect time to check your smoke alarm. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. If you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home, contact us at 540-636-3830 to learn how to have them installed at free of charge.

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