Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Ellen Kamilakis 703-259-2220
June 13, 2016
REMINDER TO CONTINUE COMMUTE PLANNING DURING SAFETRACK
Continue efforts to telework, rideshare, adjust schedules; plan for extended rush hours
FAIRFAX – Heading into the second week of Metro’s SafeTrack plan, the Virginia Department of Transportation reminds all commuters to be aware of evolving impacts to roads in northern Virginia, and to continue efforts to use alternate commute options.
While day-to-day analysis of traffic patterns continues, VDOT’s traffic operations center has observed an increase in congestion and delays on some major routes when compared with the same weekdays in recent weeks. Drivers are reminded that impacts may fluctuate based on accidents and other events, and that the month of June can also generally include an uptick in traffic volume on northern Virginia roads, with early vacation traffic, an increase in regional visitors, and schools in session for most of the month.
During surges that impact their route, commuters are strongly urged to rideshare, telework, adjust work schedules and use other alternate options. For those who must drive, allow additional time for trips and plan for extended rush hours, and remain alert to increased congestion as commuters adjust routes and travel methods during each surge.
Commuters are reminded to visit www.wmata.com/safetrack for details on station-specific impacts, links to transit options and local commute alternatives.
VDOT’s traffic operations center will monitor and adjust signal-timing to help support extended peak hours and changes in traffic patterns.
VDOT will also continue to evaluate lane closures for maintenance, construction and permitted work on impacted roads during the day.
The current maintenance surge through June 16, with single-tracking of the Orange and Silver lines, is expected to impact surrounding routes such as:
Lee-Jackson Highway (Route 50)
Chain Bridge Road/Dolley Madison Boulevard
- Visit www.wmata.com/safetrack for information on maintenance work and impact-specific alternatives for bus, rail, biking, and other travel
- Many park-and-ride lots in the region have available spaces and a transit option. Find details on your nearest lot at www.virginiadot.org/parkandride.
- Get information on commuting resources, carpooling and HOV rules in northern Virginia
- Monitor current traffic conditions, cameras, incidents and alerts on www.511virginia.org or the mobile app
- Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova