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Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

From Fairfax County:

The winter storm last Jan. 26, left many residents in the region stuck in traffic and stranded in their vehicles for up to 12 hours. This winter, don’t be caught unprepared!

Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. FEMA recommends including the following items:
• Shovel.
• Water.
• Flashlight.
• Battery (or hand-crank) radio.
• Snack food.
• Matches.
• Extra clothing.
• First-aid kit.
• Blankets.
• Emergency flares.
• Booster cables.

Fairfax Connector Bus Holiday Schedules

Fairfax Connector Bus Holiday Schedules

Make sure you check the Fairfax County Connector bus schedule for any changes during the holidays.

Hunter Mill Road Detour Nov. 12-21

Hunter Mill Road Detour Nov. 12-21

From VDOT:

The Hunter Mill Road bridge over Difficult Run in Fairfax County will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 until Monday, Nov. 21, the Virginia Department of Transportation said today. The closure is necessary while crews replace the corroded bridge with a temporary panel truss bridge.

The bridge is located between Hunter Station Road and Lawyers Road.  A 3.2-mile detour route will be in effect.

Motorists heading north on Hunter Mill Road will take Lawyers Road to Twin Branches Road to Sunrise Valley Drive to Hunter Mill Road.  Motorists heading south on Hunter Mill Road will use Sunrise Valley Drive to Twin Branches Road to Lawyers Road to Hunter Mill Road.

Plans for a permanent bridge are underway although the project is not funded for construction at this time.

VDOT Completing Work On Two More Storm-Damaged Roads

From VDOT:

FAIRFAX— By Monday, Oct. 24, repairs will be complete on two more roads that suffered extensive damage from last month’s Tropical Storm Lee, the Virginia Department of Transportation said today.  

Essex Avenue in Springfield, which has been closed since Sept. 8, will re-open to traffic Monday.  

Construction will also be complete on Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston which remained open to traffic but required extensive repairs.  

A total of seven roads were closed to traffic following the storm.  

Here is the status of those repairs:

Capital Bikeshare Introduces New Price Structure

Capital Bikeshare Introduces New Price Structure

 

Earlier this week, Capital Bikeshare announced several changes to its membership offerings, revised the cost of its 24-hour membership and introduced a new pricing structure for casual members.

Starting November 3, 2011, Capital Bikeshare will offer a 3-day pass for $15. The current 5-day pass will be discontinued. The change better aligns with the average stay of visitors to the metro region.

Free Cab Rides this Halloween through SoberRide

Free Cab Rides this Halloween through SoberRide

There will be free cab rides offered in th Washington-metro area this Halloween in order to thwart drunk-driving. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is the D.C. area charity that is coordinating the SoberRide program. Nearly half (48%) of all Halloween traffic deaths in the United States are caused by drunk drivers, so WRAP aims to deter drunk driving.

Here's how it works from WRAP:

WRAP's 2011 Halloween SoberRide program will be offered from 10:00 pm, Saturday, October 29 until 6:00 am, Sunday, October 30, 2011.  To receive a free cab ride home (up to a $30.00 fare), please call 800-200-8294 (TAXI) or #8294 (TAXI) on your AT&T wireless phone.  Please refer to the SoberRide information listed below for important details concerning this program.  You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service