Express Lanes Milestone: On-Road Testing Begins

If you've traveled on I-95 lately, you may have noticed marked "test vehicles" traveling on the HOV lanes – soon to be 95 Express Lanes. The vehicles will travel the lanes throughout the day to test the on-road traffic sensors, E-ZPass readers and roadway cameras – essential components of the all-electronic 95 Express Lanes.

This on-road testing is a critical step in ensuring that the 95 Express Lanes deliver faster, more predictable travel options when they open.

Testing will continue through the fall.

Learn more about using the express lanes.

Financial Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Be ready make a planIf you had to leave your home in an emergency, you would only have minutes to choose what stays and what goes.

  • Will you know what information to take with you?
  • Will you be able to find it?

This financial emergency preparedness event is presented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00-noon
McCoart Building
1 County Complex
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(Potomac Room)

To register email: smartmoney@pwcgov.org or call 703-792-6287

Download the Flyer

Safe Handling and Disposal of Hazardous Household Materials

Prince William, VA, September 10, 2014 – Many ubiquitous products used in your home, yard, and garage contain hazardous ingredients that if improperly disposed of could pose a harm to humans, animals, or the environment. The proper identification and safe handling of household hazardous waste for disposal is as important as the proper use of these products. So, Prince William County Landfill Superintendent Hafez Al-Haj urges citizens, “Don’t get too comfortable, show respect for the potential harm these products can cause if not disposed of properly.” “Household chemicals when used, stored and then disposed of properly are harmless, it is when we don’t follow the guidelines on labels that they can become a problem, said Matt Adkins, Prince William County Hazardous Materials Coordinator, always use them as directed on the labels paying careful attention to signal words such as “danger” and “warning”.

Improper disposal of hazardous materials, such as throwing them away with your household trash, dumping them in storm drains or sewer or septic systems, is dangerous and can:

  • Injure garbage collectors and landfill workers by exploding aerosol cans, splashing chemicals, or poisonous fumes created by mixed chemicals
  • Cause fires and/or explosions from chemical reactions in garbage collection trucks
  • Pollute the ground and ground water from leachate leaks
  • Endanger your health, the health of others and the environment

Read this press release.

Changes Coming to Montclair OmniRide Route

OmniRide LogoThe Montclair OmniRide commuter bus service will be split into two separate routes in November in order to accommodate growing demand and provide faster and more reliable service to passengers. The route is one of 14 commuter bus routes and 7 local bus routes operated by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) in the Prince William County area.

Currently, Montclair OmniRide buses serve the Pentagon and multiple destinations in downtown Washington, D.C., including the 14th Street corridor, Pennsylvania Avenue and L’Enfant Plaza.

As of November 17, 2014, the route will be split into two: a Montclair-Pentagon route and a Montclair-D.C. route.

Read this press release.

Groundbreaking for Potomac Shores VRE Station to Spur New Development

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On Thursday, July 31, 2014, members of the Board of County Supervisors participated in the groundbreaking for the new Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station, which is being built by SunCal as a public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide necessary transportation infrastructure and a key amenity to SunCal’s Potomac Shores community. The VRE station will provide 550 commuter parking spaces and is scheduled to open in 2017.

Prince William Supervisors Maureen S. Caddigan, Martin E. Nohe, John D. Jenkins and W.S. “Wally” Covington III, along with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, broke ground at the site for the future Potomac Shores Town Center, which is located on the Cherry Hill Peninsula off of Route 1.

Caddigan noted that the project is critical to the future of the community. “The station will help establish the town center, position the development as a transit-oriented hub and take thousands of commuters off the road.”

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PWC Senor Center August Newsletter

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The August newsletter is packed with activities, resources and other information such as:

  • Tropical Breeze Party, August 11th
  • Daryl Davis Boogie Woogie Man, August 18th
  • Happy Hoofers Performance, August 26th
  • Legal Services
  • Game Night
  • Digital Services
  • Movie Time, Photography Class, Birthday Celebration, Nutritional Program, B.P./Glucose Screening...really too many items to list here

Download the August Newsletter

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th

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The Prince William County Police Department will observe the 31st National Night Out celebration this year by encouraging County residents to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights and spend the evening of Tuesday, August 5, outside with their neighbors as a symbol that they care about their neighborhoods.

National Night Out – coordinated by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department in partnership with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council – is designed to help create healthy neighborhoods block by block, to help neighbors know one another, to celebrate community, and to take steps to make neighborhoods safer for all residents.

Additionally, National Night Out helps form good relationships between the community and the Police Department. Neighborhood Watch programs, and National Night Out, help to create a neighborhood network to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in the County.

For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.

Charity Soccer Teams Up with Public Safety Officials for a Free Car Seat Check

On Sunday, July 27th, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue and Police Departments will hold a free Safety Car Seat Check at Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. The car seat check will be held in conjunction with the First Annual Prince William County Cup Charity Soccer game. The soccer team consists of public safety personnel from Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Department of Fire & Rescue is one of the largest providers of this free service in the Commonwealth. ALL of Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue stations have nationally certified car seat inspectors/educators that you can call or come by to assist you in checking your child safety seat. In 2013, we checked over 1,400 car seats at events and public safety stations across the region. Sadly, of the numbers of seats we checked, most of them were incorrectly installed. Last year, we found over 90% of the car seats checked by our members were incorrectly installed or used.

Sunday’s Car Seat Check is a part of this year’s aggressive campaign to provide this free monthly service in Prince William County. In addition to our ongoing efforts to check car seats at our stations, the Department of Fire & Rescue will join with community partners and businesses to provide educational car seat and checkup events at least once a month throughout 2014. These free events will be located across the county;

  • August 2 - Chesterbrook Academy | School #819 Woodbridge, VA – 10 am to Noon
  • September 20 – Dulles International Airport Plane Pull – National Seat Check Saturday
    – Regional Fire Safety & Car Seat Display and Home Escape Obstacle Course
  • October – To be announced
  • November 5 – Location To be announced
  • December 19 – Super Target Rt. 28 Manassas VA – 1 pm to 3 pm (Santa on Site)
  • January 2, 2015 - Super Target Rt. 28 Manassas VA – 1 pm to 3 pm

VDOT Call Center

VDOT has set up a call center for residents to call / email the need for maintenance or repair services on needs such as:
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  • Potholes
  • Drainage
  • Clogged pipes
  • Vegetation trimming
  • Missing stop signs
  • Signal malfunctions
  • Damaged guardrail
  • Debris on the road

The VDOT call center (1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)) or http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp can be used to communicate concerns to us. The issue will be taken and entered into our statewide database which is tracked 24/7. Typically this will route issues to the appropriate area within hours . A tracking number will be provided which can be used for reference or can be used to check the event’s status.

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