Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The right northbound lane is currently blocked.
A water main break around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route 1 and Boswell Avenue has caused road closures in the right northbound lane. The right lane of the road between Fordson Road and Boswell Avenue is not accessible at this time, according to a Fairfax County Traffic Alert. Delays are expected at the beginning of evening rush hour. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes to their destinations.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Capital Improvement Plan proposes two new elementary schools in Route 1 corridor.
Elementary schools serving the northern portion of Route 1 and Fort Belvoir are expected to see significant overcrowding in the next five years. A potential solution, according to the recently released draft of the Fairfax County Capital Improvement Plan: two new elementary schools for the Route 1 corridor. The five-year CIP budget will total $871.2 million or roughly $174.2 million per year. Funds approved in the 2011 School Bond Referendum and previous referenda will address approximately $190.8 million of the five-year requirement, leaving a balance of $680.3 million unfunded. Officials expect another referendum in fall 2013. Along with two possible elementary schools in the Richmond Highway Corridor and the eastern area of Fairfax …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Many hotels in D.C. are booked for the inauguration. Hotels along Richmond Highway have been fielding calls since July.
Hotels along Richmond Highway are preparing for a possible "trickle down effect" for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Many hotels already are completely booked in D.C., so customers are setting their sights on hotels in the greater Alexandria area for the Jan. 21 event. Carmen Fierro, general manager of The Quality Inn-Mount Vernon, said calls about room availability started back in July. "We started receiving calls, I would say around July of this year, with inquiries for the time frame," Fierro said. "Then I think they just sat back until the president-elect was in office and once that was done, that's when it really started." Fierro said The Quality Inn doesn't usually see a full house in January unless the weather is bad, but …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Route 1 corridor experienced some traffic light outages, business closures during Hurricane Sandy.
The Route 1 corridor experienced a few broken tree limbs and some traffic light outages after heavy winds and rains from Hurricane Sandy. The Huntington community didn't experience flooding and Fairfax County has lifted the flood warning from Huntington as of Tuesday morning. However, the Belle View and New Alexandria areas are still being monitored for possible flooding Tuesday afternoon or evening. Residents will be called and public safety will go door-to-door if flooding is imminent. Steven Larsen of Larsen Design/Build Associates, LLC said they are keeping in contact with the county engineers at the flood gate and pumping station although the gates are currently closed. "The pumping station is pumping interior drainage for the folks …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Traffic will be impacted through evening rush hour.
Authorities have reported a water main break at the intersection of Route 1 and Groveton Street. Southbound Route 1 traffic will be impacted through the evening rush hour, according to a Fairfax County emergency alert.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Baywood Hotels, Belle Haven Towers will deliver presentations on zoning plans.
Representatives from Belle Haven Towers and Baywood Hotels will deliever presentations at the MVCCA Planning and Zoning Committee meeting Monday night. Belle Haven Towers The owner of Belle Haven Towers, located at 6043 Richmond Highway, is seeking the committee’s comments and concerns on a preliminary plan to construct a fourth building where a parking lot currently stands. The project proposes a five-story building containing 145 multi-family units that will be located southeast of the buildings on the property. Baywood Hotel Keith Martin will give a presentation on the proposed rezoning from C-6 to C-8 with a special exception to build a hotel at 8668 Richmond Highway. The 92-room, four-story hotel will be LEED Silver certified and …
Friday, June 22, 2012
What would you like to see on the Route 1 corridor?
Route 1 development has made headway over the last decade. The majority of local residents believe that the Route 1 corridor is improving, according to a SFDC survey conducted earlier this year. A slew of new businesses have opened on Route 1 this year so far, including Jersey Mike’s Subs and Candlewood Suites. The Beacon of Groveton apartment complex will open this summer and reflects a new trend of green development: energy efficiency, walkability and on-site stormwater facilities. The Kings Crossing shopping center will also open later this year. New businesses slated for Kings Crossing include Panda Express, Sarku Japan, and Jimmy John’s. Patch wants to know: what type of development would you like to see on Route 1? Would you like to…
Friday, June 8, 2012
How would you alleviate traffic on Route 1?
Route 1 handles about 60,000 vehicles daily, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, and that number is expected increase as more traffic comes to the area due to BRAC. The Pentagon has provided $180 million towards Route 1 improvements near Fort Belvoir to accommodate the wave of traffic caused by BRAC. Current road widening plans call for six lanes on Route 1 near Fort Belvoir. These plans are being met with opposition by community members because the proposed plans would cut through historic land and jeopardize the future of Woodlawn Stables. Road improvements will soon begin at the intersection of Ladson Lane and Route 1, where the new Costco will be located. Costco is paying for these road improvements, which are …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The company is paying for the new features, according to county.
Costco Wholesale, set to open in 2013, will make a number of transportation and transit improvements at its new location on Richmond Highway. Since the new business was announced, some local residents have feared more congestion will surround the Richmond Highway/Ladson Lane intersection to the southeast of the Costco property. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay said while some drivers may remain frustrated, Costco’s improvements are better than the alternative. “I’m glad we’re getting some improvements to this, in that, without Costco, we probably never would have gotten,” he said. McKay added: “Obviously, there’s going to be more traffic in the area, but one of the things I think people often forget was, it was not a Costco or nothing. …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Costco Wholesale will take the place of the old movie theater on Richmond Highway.
The demolition of Mount Vernon Multiplex Cinema is nearly complete, paving the way for a new Costco Wholesale. Preliminary work on the future Richmond Highway home of Costco began in April. The store is slated to open sometime in 2013. It will cover more than 143,000 square feet. Costco closed on the 12-acre site on Jan. 9. In its traffic-impact analysis submitted to the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Costco analysts predicted that 737 new peak-hour trips on Saturday and 4,496 new daily trips on weekdays would occur after completion of the store. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, Richmond Highway handles about 60,000 vehicles per day.