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July 8, 2016 9:55 pm

Dear Prince William Friends, Families, and Neighbors,

NORTHERN VIRGINIA VETERANS CARE CENTER: In my last email update to you on “New Laws Go Into Effect Tomorrow,” I left off my number one goal over the last two years in my role as chair of the General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus…namely, House Bill 477, which authorizes construction of a Northern Virginia Veterans Care Center. This bill authorizes a facility to provide skilled nursing care, dementia services, and rehab support for area veterans. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I also supported funding for this project in the two-year Virginia state budget that took effect on July 1st. We plan to open the Center in Fauquier County in late 2019. It will serve 120 veterans, employ a staff of 150 people, and stimulate the NoVA economy at the rate of $25M per year. 

I-66 CLOSURES: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will conduct overnight lane closures on I-66 Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11 between Route 15 and Route 29 in Gainesville, weather permitting, for crews to remove beams from the old Catharpin Road overpass.

On eastbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Intermittent total closures up to 20 minutes will begin around midnight each night. One lane will be reopened after each total closure, with all lanes reopened by 5 a.m.

On westbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Intermittent total closures up to 20 minutes will begin around midnight each night. One lane will be reopened after each total closure, with all lanes reopened by 5 a.m.

VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION (VBOE) PUBLIC HEARING: The Virginia Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 14th, in the auditorium at Osbourn High School, 9005 Tudor Lane, Manassas, VA. The goal is to gather feedback from families and educators on student expectations, how schools are accredited, and school resources. Public comment will be accepted.

REMINDER TO PLAN YOUR COMMUTE DURING SAFETRACK: VDOT reminds commuters to be aware of impacts to roads in Northern Virginia and to consider alternate commute options, such as rideshare, telework, alternate work schedules, and other options. For those who must drive, allow additional time for trips, plan for extended rush hours, and remain alert to increased congestion. VDOT will monitor and adjust signal timing during extended peak hours and changes in traffic patterns. VDOT will also evaluate lane closures during construction and maintenance throughout the day. These on-line resources are available:

• Details on METRO stations, links to transit options, and local commute alternatives: www.wmata.com/safetrack
• Info on commuter lots: www.virginiadot.org/parkandride
Commuting, carpooling, and HOV rules in NoVA: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/nova-main.asp
• Current traffic conditions, cameras, incidents, and alerts: www.511virginia.org
• Follow VDOT NoVA on Twitter: @vadotnova

DOWNLOAD THE FREE 495 AND 95 EXPRESS LANES APP: Plan your travel from your mobile device using the Express Lanes app that you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can use the app for real-time toll prices, view live traffic cams, pay toll invoices and missed tolls on the go, sign up for toll price alerts, find HOV entries and exits, see travel updates, and other helpful stuff.

PAVING SEASON IS UNDERWAY: During the current season and over the next year, VDOT plans to resurface 1,300 lane miles of road in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties. You can also monitor a map on the status of paving projects (in progress, completed, and postponed) at www.virginiadot.org/novapaving. VDOT will update the map weekly.

WE’RE HERE, SO CALL US! If we can assist in any way, please connect with us in these ways:
• Call your 51st House District legislative office at 571-264-9983
• Email Legislative Aide Tommy Herbert at tommy.delegateanderson@gmail.com
• Email Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Kristina Kotlus at kristina.delegateanderson@gmail.com
• Email me at DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov
• Call my Woodbridge home (703-730-1380) if your need is urgent and can’t wait until the next business day
We’re as close as your phone or keyboard, 24/7/365…and we look forward to seeing you soon and often!

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Delegate, 51st House District
Virginia General Assembly