Transportation/Traffic

What’s all the digging?

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Dec. 18
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Projects underway in Rappahannock County will bring about single-container recycling next month, and possible higher-speed mobile broadband at some future date.
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522 reopens after early morning tanker crash

After a tanker crashed on U.S. 522, steam rises from a spilled asphalt compound in the Boston area of Rappahannock Monday morning.

Authorities reopened U.S. 522 in the Boston area of Rappahannock County at about noon today, after a tanker overturned early this morning, causing a spill of emulsified asphalt and closing the two-lane highway between Sperryville and Culpeper for close to six hours.
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News briefs for Oct. 23

Rain delays Resettlement Road bridge project; Park closes Skyline Drive at night during hunting season.
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VDOT Traffic Update

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VDOT's summary of highway work scheduled in Rappahannock County during the upcoming week.
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Upcoming lane, road closures

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VDOT plans overnight work Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on a failed drainage pipe that runs under U.S. 522 near Fletcher’s Mill Road (Route 620), just south of the village of Sperryville.
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Photo: Bridge open

Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Photos: Out with the old

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Aug. 14
Photo by Matt Wingfield

Bus route changes in Tiger Valley

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The estimated six-week closing of Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) by the Virginia Department of Transportation while it replaces a bridge over the Rush River is affecting the road’s residents and two of the school system’s bus routes.
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VDOT: Rt. 626/Tiger Valley closed for 6 weeks

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VDOT says Tiger Valley Road/Route 626, which 600 vehicles use daily, will be closed for six weeks for a bridge replacement.
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Put out by bridge out?

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A two-lane bridge scheduled for replacement by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) starting next week will likely cause some school bus route complications.
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Photo: Gid Brown Hollow closed

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July 10
Photo by Matt Wingfield

F.T. Valley Road closed at Madison line

A single-vehicle crash has closed Route 231 (South F.T. Valley Road) in Madison County near the Rappahannock County line, according to VDOT.
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Washington column for June 5

Accessories for your garden and statuary creations by local artists are now for sale behind the Rappahannock News.

“Artifacts on Main” opens behind the News’ office, the Panther football players hold a fundraising car wash, the Inn opens its doors for tea and a tour, the Bloodmobile stops by the fire hall, the Class of 1964 holds its 50th reunion and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Closed by tanker accident, westbound I-66 likely reopening at 2 p.m.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Warren County will likely remain closed until 12:30 p.m. or later, following an early-morning accident involving a gasoline tanker at mile marker 11.
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Big changes in Little Washington

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Many changes are coming to the town of Washington in the months and years ahead. To the town council after its Election Day next Tuesday (May 6), it’s business as usual, as the second town election in a row has just a single name next to every open position.
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County wants less salt

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April 10
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County roads took center stage at the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors Monday meeting (April 7), as the board amended its six-year road plan and considered the impact of road salt on the local watershed.
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Snow vs. spring

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March 20
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Spring officially arrives today. Not a moment too soon.
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Low-salt diet asked of VDOT

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March 13
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At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ snow-delayed monthly meeting last Wednesday afternoon (March 5), David Konick spoke to the board about exploring other chemical compounds to help melt the snow that was still adorning parts of the county roads.
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The Rapp for March 6

Part of the "Monochrome" exhibit at Middle Street Gallery.

Guitar and balalaika music return to the Theatre, “Memoirs of a Geisha” author Arthur Golden explores the writing process with RAAC, “Monochrome” opens at Middle Street Gallery, the Community Clean-Up rings in spring and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Roads still snow-covered in Central Virginia

A male goldfinch adds color to a Monday breakfast. Photo by Betsy Brooker.

A good day to stay home, if possible. VDOT says I-64, I-66 and primary highways in its nine-county Culpeper District are still snow-covered, and secondary roads are mostly in what VDOT calls "severe" condition, with deep snow accumulated and in some cases packed down on the road surface.
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Central Virginia roads are snow-covered as storm continues

Monday morning (March 25) along Hope Hill Road in Castleton. Photo by Gary Anthes.

Travel is expected to be difficult overnight Wednesday and Thursday as a significant winter storm drop heavy snow across Central Virginia.
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Hearing on Flint Hill bridge project

The proposed rehabilitation of a bridge on U.S. 522 (over Wilson Branch) near Flint Hill is the subject of an upcoming public hearing from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 11) at the library.
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VDOT prepares for possible freeze

VDOT operator Charles W. Jenkins Jr. at the Rappahannock yard. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Rain and freezing rain is forecast to move into Central Virginia early this evening. With surface temperatures predicted to be at or near freezing many roads may be slick Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
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Travel will be hazardous overnight

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Although the snow is expected to end within the next several hours motorists will still face winter driving challenges on most roads in Central Virginia.
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Waterloo Road bridge closing

Cutting up the U.S. 522 bridge deck for removal. Contractor expects to remove the bridge on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

The 136-year-old bridge on Route 613 (Waterloo Road) that carries traffic over the Rappahannock River between Culpeper and Fauquier counties will be closed to traffic Jan. 15 due to its condition.
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The year ahead: old bridges, new jail, emergency-response costs

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Dec. 26, 2013

Among the issues county officials expect to tackle in 2014 is taking a closer look at the long-term viability and funding of Rappahannock County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies, as well replacing three county bridges and closing the jail.
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Letter: Business vs. citizens

It is a sad day in Rappahannock when its citizens are overpowered by the government that is supposed to protect them. Concerning last Wednesday night’s decision by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to expand a B&B permit, it is hard for me to understand the logic of the BZA members who voted yes...
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BZA approves Clark Lane B&B expansion

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Oct. 24, 2013
Harmony Manor’s proposed expansion from two rooms to five was approved Oct 23 over the neighbors' objections.

After a four-hour meeting Wednesday night (Oct. 23), and over the objections of the neighbors, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved Randall and Kimberly Fort’s request to expand Harmony Manor Bed and Breakfast from two rooms to five.
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Rudasill Mill bridge closed

VDOT engineers closed the Rudisill Mill Road (Route 621) bridge over Walnut Run yesterday (between U.S. 522 in Woodville and Fletcher’s Mill Road/Five Forks Road) after discovering “significant deterioration of the steel beams that support the deck.”
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Letter: Webert: An honest, ethical person

I am writing to respectfully ask my fellow voters in the 18th District to vote to reelect Michael Webert. First and foremost, Mike is an honest, ethical person. Now more than ever, we need people who run for office because they are motivated by public service, not feathering their own nests or carrying the...
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Supervisors OK rescue fees, RRCS borrowing

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Sept. 12, 2013

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved two proposed borrowing resolutions by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB) and adopted the rates for the county’s new paid EMS transports at its holiday-delayed monthly meeting last Thursday afternoon (Sept. 5).
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Audio: Robert Hurt interview, Aug. 27, 2013

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Audio excerpts of our interview with Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) at the Rappahannock News world headquarters on Main Street in Washington, Va.
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The (mostly in shape) bridges of Rappahannock County

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Aug. 22, 2013
A perfect 9 rating: the recently rebuilt bridge on Richmond Road over Battle Run. Photo by Dennis Brack.

There are nearly 100 bridges in Rappahannock County — 98, to be exact, according to Virginia Department of Transportation records. And while the majority of them are in good shape, 16 have received VDOT ratings of a 4 (out of 9) or below, indicating some part of them is in poor condition.
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Photo: Stay away from Gainesville this weekend

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Aug. 22, 2013
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Motorists can expect major delays in Gainesville this weekend (Aug. 24-25) as VDOT shifts U.S. 29 traffic onto the new bridge and eliminates the at-grade railroad crossing.
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The 1870s: Proposed but never built — Rappahannock’s railroads

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Aug. 1, 2013
The projected route of 1872′s proposed narrow gauge Washington, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad, shown passing through Warrenton, Washington and Luray on its way westward. From “American Narrow Gauge Railroads” by George Hilton (1990). Courtesy of Google Books.

In the 1870s, as the commonwealth tried to catch up with the rest of the then-burgeoning U.S. economy, railroads proved to be a popular route to prosperity. But not, alas, for Rappahannock County.
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Letter: Big Belter is watching

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May 30, 2013

Am I the only one bothered by the scattered little signs which read: “Seat Belt Enforcement Area?” It isn’t just that there is far too much of this kind of unsightly litter about already. And it isn’t that a lot of us hate unnecessary warnings from Big Brother. Besides being a waste of taxpayer’s...
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Legislative issues fueled partisan ill will

Governor Bob McDonnell signing the budget bill. Photo courtesy Gov. McDonnell’s office.

An ominous “MLK Day plot.” A proposed overhaul of the Electoral College system. Voter ID legislation. Those are issues that fueled partisanship at the Virginia Capitol this year and turned the bad blood between Republicans and Democrats into one of the most talked-about topics of the General Assembly’s session.
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Transportation creates rift among lawmakers

Traffic backup on I-95 north in Richmond. VDOT photo.

No General Assembly session is without its ups and downs, quarrels and disputes. However, the 2013 session may have taken the trophy for the most sparring between Democrats and Republicans – especially when it came to transportation.
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Covered: Cats, costs of roads and rescue

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May 9, 2013

Three things that will be covered, or recovered, in Rappahannock County soon: stray cats, secondary roads and the cost of emergency medical transportation, as the board of supervisors approved all three at its evening meeting Monday night.
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Letter: The buses are safe, period.

Ignorance: noun; the lack of knowledge, education or information I have been the Rappahannock County Public Schools Transportation Supervisor for the past five years and the technician for the previous two years. I am replying to Ron Frazier’s letter last week with regard to the transportation department just in case there are any readers who...
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