Dr. Lewis Brown, head of the Brown Foundation, has provide the Stafford Parks and Recreation Department with memorabilia to display Keep Reading...
The Rt. 625 Passing Road Bridge has been reopened and it’s 3-ton weight limit lifted, as repairs and updates were Keep Reading...
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has found a new way to send the latest information and updates to Stafford residents, Keep Reading...
Stafford County government volunteers have made a big impact in saving the county funds, volunteering up to $1 million of Keep Reading...
Dr. Lewis Brown, head of the Brown Foundation, has provide the Stafford Parks and Recreation Department with memorabilia to display in honor of Black History Month.
These items displayed will honor several African-Americans that played a role in Stafford’s history. A reception is being held today at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate display.
More information on the reception from a Stafford County release:
A reception will take place tomorrow, Friday, February 28, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Rowser Building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554. A brief ceremony is scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
The Rt. 625 Passing Road Bridge has been reopened and it’s 3-ton weight limit lifted, as repairs and updates were completed on the site.
The bridge was previously a hazard, due to structural deficiency, and required new steel beams and timber deck material to be installed. While in it’s original state, the bridge had a weight limit of 3-tons, the new updates will allow the weight limit to be permanently lifted.
The bridge, which was built in 1958, currently has traffic of about 48 vehicles per day.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has found a new way to send the latest information and updates to Stafford residents, with the release of their new smartphone app.
The app, which is available for Apple and Droid phones, will alert users about job openings and volunteer opportunities in the Sheriff’s Office. There will also be a feature on the app that allows users to provide feedback on the work the Office is going, and information about traffic concerns.
More from a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office release:
[To find the app] simply go to iTunes (Apple) or Play Store (Droid) and search Stafford Sheriff.
In the future the Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional features. There are no costs associated with the smartphone application.
Stafford County government volunteers have made a big impact in saving the county funds, volunteering up to $1 million of time in full-time staff expenses. The volunteer program for the local government has been active for several years, but this is a new milestone for the group.
More from a Stafford County release:
In 2013, volunteers gave more than 40,674 hours of service to the County. Those hours of service equate to $1,057,524 worth of full-time staff costs, including benefits. These figures are determined by taking the volunteer rate ($26.00 with benefits) that is dictated by the state’s Bureau of Labor statistics and multiplying that by the total number of hours that are volunteered.
“Our volunteers are truly one of our best assets,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jack Cavalier, Griffis-Widewater District. “They provide a high level of customer service and their efforts contribute greatly to the daily work of Stafford County. We are grateful for each and every one of them.”
The volunteers operate out of the Citizens Assistance Office in the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center.
Often the first person visitors see, volunteers staff the reception desk, answer phones and provide ombudsman services in the Government Center. They help with data entry support, traffic and transportation services for the Sheriff’s Office, and clerical and reception support at the Circuit and District courts and other offices. Currently, there are 188 volunteers on the roster. Two of the volunteers donated more than 1,000 hours of service last year alone.
The National Weather Service has forecasted for winter weather in the Stafford area for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Snow today is expected to begin before noon, with less than half an inch of accumulation. More snow is expected overnight into Wednesday morning, with less than an inch of accumulation.
More from a National Weather Service release:
DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT
LIGHT SNOW IS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING THROUGH MIDDAY ACROSS THE
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING ACROSS THE OUTLOOK AREA.
A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE TIDAL POTOMAC AND
MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY WEDNESDAY.
As crews repair potholes from the recent string of winter weather, and some area roads are currently under construction, look out for these traffic hotspots, from a VDOT release:
Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; crews will be repairing potholes on I-95 north and south between mile marker 148 in Stafford County and mile marker 160 in Prince William County. One lane will be closed in this mobile work zone.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.; crews will be repairing potholes on I-95 north and south between mile marker 148 in Stafford County and mile marker 160 in Prince William County. Two lanes will be closed in this mobile work zone.
Route 1208 (Furnace Road)
(Update) Sunday – Saturday, 24-hour closure. The road is closed to all traffic for an emergency repair. Crews are replacing two drainage pipes and repairing the road surface. Motorists should use Joshua Road or the most convenient alternate route as a detour.
Route 17 is being widened from four to six lanes between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway, a distance of nearly 2 miles. The speed limit is reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph on northbound and southbound Route 17 between Cardinal Forest Drive and International Parkway. Motorists should be alert for periodic overnight lane closures. Project completion date is December 2016.
Route 1 Bridge over Aquia Creek
Crews are replacing the Route 1 bridge at Aquia Creek, located just south of Telegraph Road. Motorists should be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone and periodic lane closures. Estimated completion date is August 2015.
Falmouth Intersection (Route 1/Route 17/Route 218)
Utility relocation work is underway. Motorists should be prepared for brief delays and periodic lane closures on Route 1 just north and south of the Falmouth intersection. Construction work will begin in March 2014.
The Virginia State Police are continuing to investigate a multi-vehicle crash that occurred in Stafford on Sunday, February 23 at 4:01 p.m. in the Northbound lanes at the 137-mile marker. The crash resulted in five injuries.
More information from a Virginia State Police release:
A tractor-trailer is traveling in the northbound lanes of I-95, when it brakes suddenly and swerves to the left to avoid slowed and stopped traffic ahead of it in the northbound lanes. As the driver tries to avoid striking vehicles, it ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. The tractor-trailer then came back into the roadway and struck several vehicles causing a chain reaction that ultimately involved a total of seven vehicles being involved.
A total of five individuals in seven vehicles were injured. Two were treated at the scene by medical personnel and 3three were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Dwight Deon Smith, 53, of Elizabethtown, NC, was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving by Trooper H. Jamie who investigated the crash..
Northbound lanes of I-95 were re-opened by 5:21 p.m.
VDOT will be hosting a meeting, being called “Pardon Our Dust”, on Monday, March 3, to speak about the upcoming improvements to the Falmouth intersection in Stafford.
The improvements will cost $4.9 million in construction costs.
The meeting, which will be hosted at the VDOT Fredericksburg District Auditorium in Fredericksburg, from 5-7 p.m., will give residents and opportunity to meet with the construction team, view plans for the intersection improvements and address any questions or concerns they may have.
A presentation giving details on the project will take place during the event at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
More information from a VDOT release:
Construction will begin in March on a nearly $25 million improvement project at the intersection of Route 1, Route 17 Business, and Route 218 (Butler Road) in Stafford County.
The project will reduce the average wait time for drivers at the intersection. The intersection is being widened to make room for construction of new turn lanes and through lanes.
With more space for vehicles to pass through the intersection on each traffic signal cycle, the delay for motorists will be reduced.
The project will be completed in September 2015.
For anyone unable to attend the “Pardon Our Dust” meeting, all materials will be posted to the project website on Monday, March 3: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/fredericksburg/route_1,_route_17_business,_and_route_218_butler_road.asp
The 11-vehicle crash that happened on I-95 North yesterday morning is still being investigated by the Virginia State Police. The crash took place at 11:03 a.m. at the 144-mile marker in Stafford.
The accident happened when a tractor-trailor braked suddenly and swerved to avoid traffic congestion ahead. The driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to avoid hitting vehicles, and when driving between the center and left lanes, he sideswiped 10 vehicles before stopping.
More from a Virginia State Police release:
A total of five individuals in four of the 10 vehicles are transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Antolin Francia, 61, of Miami, Fla., was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving.
Northbound lanes of I-95 were re-opened by 1:44 p.m.
Update: 2 p.m.
All lanes of northbound Interstate 95 have re-opened at mile marker 144, just north of Exit 143/Aquia and Garrisonville in Stafford County.
All lanes of the interstate had closed earlier today for a multi-vehicle crash.
Congestion begins approximately 8 miles before the incident scene.
A tractor trailer crash has closed a portion of Interstate 95 north in Stafford County.
The crash was reported about 11:15 a.m. and it occurred just after Va. 610 near Quanitco.
We don’t know the severity of injuries at this time. We’ll bring you more information as we get it.
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