Welcome to the Potomac District
Maureen S. Caddigan, Supervisor
Potomac Magisterial District
Prince William County, Virginia
Supervisor Caddigan extends thanks Mr. Parsons of Parsons Farm for donating poinsettias to the county; announces the upcoming Dumfries holiday parade; and talks about the removal of a traffic island at the entrance to the 234 commuter lot.
Good news!! The island by the commuter lot located at Route 1 & Route 234 is being removed today. I heard from so many people who wanted it removed making it easier to get into the right-turn lane to Route 234 and helping to alleviate the traffic back-up on Route 1. While VDOT did not have a problem with it being removed, we were told that they didn’t have the funds available to do the job. I was able to use money from my TRIPP Funds to finally get this done.
The Prince William County Service Authority is in the process of replacing 60-year-old water mains next to the Melrose Gardens apartment complex off Graham Park Road with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2015.
The Service Authority embarked on the $2 million Melrose Gardens project this fall due to the large number of water main breaks occurring in one of the oldest sections of Prince William County.
In her remarks from the November 18th BOCS meeting, Supervisor Caddigan reports on her attendance at the Virginia Association of Counties Annual Conference (where she serves on both the Board of Directors and the Education Steering Committee); the ribbon cutting for the Georgia Tech Research Institute at the Town of Quantico; reading at the Dumfries Elementary School as part of National Reading Week; the Interfaith Peace Conference to promote peace, harmony and tolerance; and a plan to maximize the number of recreational fields to be developed at Potomac Shores by sharing parking with St. John the Great High School.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued a reminder of the changing rules that will go into effect when the I-95 Express Lanes open in December. All drivers, including hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes. Trucks with more than two axles will not be permitted to use the lanes.
The I-95/395 HOV lanes are being converted to tolled express lanes for 29 miles between Route 610 in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County. The lanes will use dynamic tolls to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95. Drivers are encouraged to learn how to use the Express Lanes now and obtain an E-ZPass so that they can benefit when the Lanes open.
Here’s what carpoolers, drivers of hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates, truckers and law enforcement need to know about the I-95 Express Lanes:
- Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex
- Carpools with three or more people can travel toll-free on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.
- E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren’t charged a toll.
Drivers of Hybrid Vehicles with Clean Fuel Plates:
When the I-95 Express Lanes open, hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Lanes. The rules affecting hybrids are as follows:
- Hybrid drivers can ride toll-free on the I-95 Express Lanes with three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode; or,
- They can pay the toll with an E-ZPass if traveling with fewer than three people in the vehicle.
- Hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates issued before July 1, 2006 will continue to be allowed to use the HOV lanes without three people in the vehicle on the I-395 HOV lanes.
For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, please visit here.
Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass.
Unlike the existing HOV lanes, the rules of the road for the new I-95 Express Lanes will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends.
Vehicles may not tow trailers on the I-95 Express Lanes. HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, motorcycles and transit will have toll-free access to the Express Lanes at all times; drivers with fewer than three occupants can choose to pay a toll with E-ZPass to use the lanes on occasions when they need to get somewhere on time.