Friday, April 5, 2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Against the back drop of free-flowing traffic, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon for the completion of the I-95/I-495 Telegraph Road Interchange. The $265 million project includes 11 new bridges and flyover ramps. "This is an example of Virginia leading the way in improving its highway infrastructure, and ultimately the quality of life for citizens and drivers," said Sean Connaughton, Virginia's secretary of transportation. "This critical link in our Capital Beltway's transportation network provides more efficient travel for the thousands of drivers traveling through the Telegraph Road area each day and also provides new benefits to pedestrians and bicyclists using a new path…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation has sold Hunting Point, formerly named Hunting Towers, to Hunting Point Apartments LLC, which is managed by Chicago-based Laramar Group.
The Virginia Department of Transportation on Friday sold Hunting Point, the two eight-story apartment buildings in Alexandria's south end, to realty firm Laramar Group. VDOT acquired the apartment buildings in 2001 to make room for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The buildings' former owner, Kay Management, had the right to buy the property back from VDOT but at the time, the two parties couldn't come to an agreement, according to Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks. According to Richard Bennett, VDOT's state right of way and utilities director, the contract consideration was $81 million, but VDOT received less than that amount as various adjustments and credits were applied. The net proceeds will be applied to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Seven new locations will show miles and minutes to destinations beginning in April with additional signs expected by summer.
How slow can you go? That and other questions will be answered beginning Tuesday on Interstate 66, when motorists will begin to see travel times displayed on additional overhead message boards spanning the 35 miles from Washington to Haymarket. The Virginia Department of Transportation has posted the number of miles and minutes since August 2011 to key destinations at three locations between the Beltway and Gainsville. Several more locations will be added by summer — two on I-66 and four locations on major roads approaching I-66. Congestion Conundrum: Rail or Roads? We already know traffic in the Washington metro area is the worst in the country, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. How to alleviate congestion in Northern …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Abi Lerner heads to Virginia Department of Transportation.
Abi Lerner, Alexandria's deputy director of transportation, will be departing from the city's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. He is leaving to become the Virginia Department of Transportation's new Tysons Corner coordinator, according to a T&ES spokeswoman. Sandra Marks, division chief for transportation planning, will fill in during the interim, until the position is filled.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Alexandria City Council lets potential buyers of Hunting Towers know it wants to maintain affordable housing in south Old Town.
The Alexandria City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday at City Hall affirming the current zoning of the Hunting Towers apartments and the city’s commitment to preserving the market affordable and workforce housing in the complex in south Old Town. The Virginia Department of Transportation purchased Hunting Towers and the nearby Hunting Terrace in 2001 to make room for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. VDOT is now looking to sell the property—valued at $61 million—and will begin taking sealed bids from potential buyers beginning this summer. “Essentially what we are trying to do with this statement is let potential owners know we want to keep this workforce through whatever way we possibly can,” Councilman Rob Krupicka said. “The second …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Local residents air concerns at meeting about relocation and the loss of affordable housing.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is currently investigating whether market conditions are right for the sale of Hunting Towers and Hunting Terrace in southern Old Town Alexandria. Melissa Corder with VDOT, which purchased the property in 2001 to make room for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, answered local residents’ questions about the potential sale during a meeting Monday evening at The Lyceum. Naturally, VDOT is interested in gaining the highest price possible for the property, she said. “We are seeing whether the property will be supported by the current market,” Corder said. Local residents, concerned about losing their homes, said a flyer placed under their doors indicated the sale could occur in fall or winter 2012. Corder said …
Friday, June 10, 2011
The third part of a continuing series of interviews with key officials.
A transportation “catastrophe” looms for Northern Virginia unless the September move of 6,400 federal workers to Alexandria’s Mark Center is delayed, according to Sean Connaughton, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation. “This is essentially putting a cork in the main artery into Washington,” said Connaughton, who acknowledged that the Mark Center location for the Washington Headquarters Service is an issue of national security. “The Department of Defense has been smart to locate some of their facilities along major interstates – except for this one.” Base Realignment and Closure will bring an “immensely negative impact” to Northern Virginia’s roadways, said Connaughton, who spoke with Patch after a speech at Shenandoah University in …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Light dusting of snow settles over the city
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. While forecasters downgraded the winter storm earlier today, Old Town still saw a bit of snow flurries through the day and more as nighttime fell. Weather forecasts are calling for winds to pick up on Monday. Snowplow drivers idled on side roads waiting for a sign from the Virginia Department of Transportation, many waiting from the early morning hours, when the area was under a winter storm alert. The Office of Personnal Management is stating that federal agencies will be open on time on Monday morning. The National Weather Service has downgraded its initial prediction of up to 10 inches of snow in Alexandria and is now calling for just about two inches. A winter weather advisory is in effect from Sunday morning to early…