Transportation/Traffic

Photo: Gid Brown Hollow closed

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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

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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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Letter: Litter, disturbing; road, adopted

I admit it: Looking at that jumbo-sized “Big Gulp” cup lying on the shoulder of Tiger Valley Road for countless weeks was driving me nuts, so I decided to do something about it. Several weeks ago, I grabbed several garbage bags and went out to pick up that particular item as well as other...
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Law against texting will save lives, group says

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April 26, 2013

A new state law to stiffen penalties for Virginians caught texting while driving will save countless lives, the head of a nonprofit driving safety organization says.
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Poor pay more to fund roads, report says 

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April 23, 2013

Virginia’s multibillion-dollar transportation funding package will put a heavier burden on lower-income households than on more affluent families, according to a Richmond-based think tank.
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County would have to approve median crossover

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March 28, 2013

If Family Dollar – or any other potential buyer of commercially zoned property on Bank Road – wants a median crossover where the road meets U.S. 211, Rappahannock County would have to approve such a request, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials said this week.
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Planners approve Miller barn permit

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March 28, 2013
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission voted at its monthly meeting last Wednesday (March 20) to approve an adaptive-use permit for Cliff Miller that allows him to rent his family’s old dairy barn as an event venue for 15 events a year.
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Letter: Zoning allows it, but does VDOT?

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March 28, 2013

The barrage of letters opposing a Family Dollar Store amazes me. I don’t want it either, but it is not up to us to determine what entity buys a piece of private real estate that is already zoned commercial. Family Dollar doesn’t need any special-use permits, rezoning or special exceptions to put in a...
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‘Siri, how will the texting law work?’

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March 26, 2013

Virginia drivers should get used to hitting “send” on their phones before they get behind the wheel. Beginning July 1, a new state law cracks down on texting while driving. Gov. Bob McDonnell approved the law Monday but recommended the proposed fines be reduced.
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Update: More spring snow

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March 25, 2013
Horses on a farm along U.S. 522 in Sperryville as snowfall began Sunday (March 24). Photo by Gary Anthes.

The early-spring snowstorm passing through central Virginia and the Piedmont has left 4 to 6 inches of wet snow so far. In Rappahannock County at 1 p.m. Monday, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was reporting about 460 customers without power. Most roads in the county were reported clear.
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VDOT mobilizes for another winter storm

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March 17, 2013
VDOT operator Charles W. Jenkins Jr. at the Rappahannock yard. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work at 8 p.m. in the Culpeper District to prepare for the winter precipitation that is forecast to fall across Piedmont Virginia on Sunday night and early Monday morning.
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Late-season snow takes out power

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March 6, 2013
Late-season snow takes out power

It was a heavy, wet snow and it took down trees, limbs and power lines. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6), more than 1,700 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) customers in Rappahannock County were still without power.
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