Additional Safety Measures Announced for Gainesville RR Crossing

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VDOT has announced additional mesaures to enhance driver safety at the Gainesville Rt. 29 RR Crossing:
– Adding a dynamic rectangle around the rail road track across Route 29 and John Marshall HWY. This is a sign with angled stripes that should help make the crossing more visible.
– Installing a new and bigger sign about 800-1000 ft of crossing to warn drivers about to upcoming track crossing and advise not to block the RR track.
– Installing lighting to make the crossing more visible at night.
– Coordination with Prince William County Police to enhance patrolling and enforce traffic laws for drivers that do not obey the warning signs and block the tracks.

“Alicia’s Compass” passes first hurdle today.

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HB1075 now goes to Health, Welfare and Institutions full committee.
Thank you Greg Lannes for coming to speak on behalf of the bill.

GAINESVILLE Rt. 29 SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

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Jan. 26, 2012

VDOT ADDS CAUTION SIGN AT GAINESVILLE RR CROSSING

Gainesville- In light of two recent crashes involving vehicles and Norfolk Southern trains on southbound Route 29 in Gainesville, the Virginia Department of Transportation has placed a portable message sign reminding motorists not to block the railroad crossing while waiting at a red light or when traffic is backed up.

“We are also looking into other options to enhance safety at this crossing,” said VDOT district construction engineer Helen Cuervo.

The accidents occurred Dec. 9 and Jan. 20. Both took place during the evening rush hour on southbound Route 29.
The at-grade railroad crossings in Gainesville will be eliminated once two new overpasses are constructed. Earlier this month, Route 29 and Linton Road traffic was shifted onto new detour roads to allow crews to begin construction of the overpasses. A video of the future interchange is available on VDOTħ website at www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/gain…s.asp.

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Thank you to Steve Stuban and Elizabeth Schultz for speaking this morning on behalf of my parental notification bill, HB 1080

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Pat Herrity in Richmond serving as the Chairman for Governor McDonnell’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review.

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It was an honor celebrating Korean American Day at NOVA with the Korean American Foundation of Greater Washington

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$5,000 for At-Risk Youth

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December 14th, 2011 (Clifton, VA) Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs started Youth For Tomorrow twenty five years ago. I recently had the honor to tour the nearby facility in Bristow, VA. While there, Youth For Tomorrow received a $5,000 contribution from AT&T-Virginia, suggested on my behalf, to help at-risk adolescents in the area become responsible members of society.

I would like to thank Youth For Tomorrow for the tremendous help they bestow on keeping our community a safe, healthy and intellectually-stimulating environment; and also extend my thanks to AT&T for their generous support for this worthwhile program.

It’s vitally important that Virginians work together to help our children, especially those who face challenging circumstances, stay on a positive path. This contribution from AT&T is one example of how members of our community can come together to help kids in need.