Archive: Construction Updates

Railway Station Parking Garage Opens

From yesterday's Metro section: A new 1,292-spot parking garage opened yesterday at the Virginia Railway Express station in Burke. Construction will continue on two nearby parking lots with an additional 300 spaces. New sidewalks are still being installed, and the kiss-and-ride drop-off area is still under construction. Parking is free in the $28 million garage. -- Amy Gardner...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 4, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Weekend Beltway Delays Ahead at Wilson Bridge

Weekend travellers may want to avoid the Beltway's outer loop in Virginia between Springfield and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Work on the bridge will force lane closures and is expected to snarl traffic. Find out more in this Metro section article....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Updated 5/5: Belvoir Blasting on Tap for This Week

Updated 5/5 From Saturday's Metro section: Army officials said yesterday that subterranean blasting will be conducted Tuesday at the Engineer Proving Ground at Fort Belvoir. Previously scheduled blasting operations were canceled because of rain. The blasting is planned between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to dislodge rocks so construction crews can excavate the site. The excavation is connected with the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the Engineer Proving Ground. Originally posted 4/28 Neighbors of Fort Belvoir should prepare for some possible noise this week as early stages of construction get started for an expansion of the army base. Blasting is scheduled for tomorrow and Friday. Read this story for more information....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Courthouse Building Opens Monday

The expansion of the Fairfax County courthouse opens on Monday and several of the court's offices and services will move to the new building. Check out this article in today's Fairfax Extra for the details....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 21, 2008; 11:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lorton Arts Center Progress

The much anticipated arts center at the former Lorton prison is finally beginning to take shape as construction crews get down to the serious work of remaking the institution. Read about the progress in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 23, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Questions About Revitalization in Seven Corners

Critics are questioning the commitment of county officials who say they want to revitalize commercial districts like Seven Corners, pointing to the piecemeal approach in that neighborhood and the lack of planning as examples of that the efforts are half-hearted. The story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 6, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Old Town Fairfax Shops On Schedule to Open Jan. 1

This article, courtesy of the Fairfax Extra, reveals some of the tenants that will be open for business when construction of the shops at Fairfax City's Old Town Village is complete next year....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 19, 2007; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

Want to know what the heck it is that they are getting set to build down the street? Check out the Fairfax Extra's monthly look at the coming attractions of construction projects....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 7, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tysons Traffic Unfunded for Upcoming Construction

According to this article from today's Metro section, despite two major construction projects set to begin within a year, state transportation officials have yet to set aside any cash for the management of traffic through Tysons Corner during that time....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 10, 2007; 08:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Route 1 Detours Set For This Weekend

Woodrow Wilson Bridge project officials say drivers should try to steer clear of the Route 1 interchange this weekend, particularly on Richmond Highway itself as crew finish work on a Beltway-spanning bridge. Details are in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 1, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City's New Police Headquarters, City Hall

Scheduled to open in December, the new police department headquarters and the addition to City Hall are the next projects headed for completion as the city continues with its 21st century makeover. The Fairfax Extra has all of the details and reporter Tom Jackman's audio/visual report is online here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 6, 2006; 03:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/1: Why Is That Section of Faifax Parkway Unfinished?

Updated 9/1 In this article from today's Metro section a top U.S. Army official is quoted as saying that the parkway will be completed by 2011. Originally posted 8/28 So just when will the final piece of the Fairfax County Parkway, the section that runs through Fort Belvoir, be finished? Not until the U.S. Army and the Commonwealth of Virginia can decide who will pay for it. Read the news story here....

 

By | September 1, 2006; 07:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fifth Worker Killed at Springfield Interchange Site

Julio Alvarez Rodriguez, 43, owner of an Alexandria trucking company, became the fifth person to die in a construction-related accident at the Springfield interchange since construction began there in 1999. The story is here....

 

By | August 31, 2006; 09:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Wrathful Commuters: Want to Destroy Wilson Bridge?

Updated 8/30 With remains of the old bridge now being dismantled work on the second span in getting started. The story is here. Originally posted 8/10 Unlike Col. Nicholson (Alec Guinness) in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" the winner of the the Wilson Bridge project's contest to demolish the Wilson Bridge won't have to take any shrapnel in the effort. (Photo Copyright 1957 Columbia Pictures Corporation) Ever wanted to blow up the Woodrow Wilson Bridge? You now have a chance to make your dream reality. Wilson Bridge project officials have announced a contest in which the winner will get to trigger the explosive charge that will destroy a half mile section of the old bridge at midnight Aug. 24. All you have to do is come up with the most compelling story of misery and woe caused by the bridge. The Post's article is here....

 

By | August 30, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Traffic Changes for Downtown Fairfax

Will converting two busy one way streets in the city's core to two way traffic.turn out well or contribute to congestion and confusion? City leaders and business owners disagree. While city planners say the change is an integral part of the ongoing downtown revitalization project, some merchants say they fear that changes will discourage customers who will be facing new traffic patterns and changing parking locations. Like it or not, changes are coming on or about Aug. 5. Read about what the two sides are saying and what the changes entail in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | July 20, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Unfinished Amenities: A Developing Story

As a follow up to Sunday's story about developers in Fairfax leaving more than 120 projects unfinished, yesterday the Fairfax County Board called for closer oversight of development projects. Today's Metro section reports that the county has spent $1.1 million over the past five years to complete work developers have left incomplete. Projects have included unfinished roads, inadequate storm-water retention ponds, missing walking and biking trails and incomplete landscaping at condos, residential neighborhoods and office projects....

 

By | June 26, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Wilson Bridge Span = Traffic Backups

Today's Fairfax Extra, reports motorists find the new Wilson Bridge span causes more traffic tie-ups than the old one. Is that possible? To those traveling to and from Virginia and Maryland over the Potomac River, the new bridge is in stark contrast to the old one. But looks aren't everythign. Traffic may get worse beforeit gets better. The next "stay away" weekend is from 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 17, when I-95 south traffic is scheduled to be switched to the new bridge....

 

By | June 22, 2006; 12:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Courthouse Expansion Completion Set for Spring

Two months behind schedule, the $115.7 million dollar expansion of the county's main courthouse is schedule to be completed in the spring of next year. A Fairfax Extra story on the project is here....

 

By | June 8, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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