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Crane falls on Dulles Connector Road

A construction vehicle working to install electrical equipment on the new Silver Line tipped over Tuesday afternoon, snarling traffic on the Dulles Connecter Road and Dulles Toll Road for hours.

The boom truck blocked both lanes of eastbound Route 267, just past the exits for the Capital Beltway, after it fell over around 3 p.m. No one was injured, but it took more than two hours to dismantle the boom and move it out of the traffic lanes, said Leslie Pereira, a spokeswoman for rail contractor Dulles Transit Partners.

Only a fence was damaged; the tracks or other rail equipment were not affected, Pereira said. The cause of the accident is under investigation, she added.

Wednesday morning Dulles Transit Partners did a safety stand-down with all of the crane operators working on the project to review safety procedures, Pereira said. Overall, the project has a stellar safety record, with accident and injury rates “significantly below the national averages,” she added.

Virginia attracts higher number of corporate facilities

The number of new corporate facilities and expansions landed in Virginia in 2011 increased 44 percent over 2010, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s office announced this week. The increase moved Virginia from 10th to fifth place in “top states by number of projects” in Site Selection Magazine’s annual ranking. In 2011, Virginia had 273 new projects and expansions, up from 190 in 2010.

Assessment appeals due April 6

Fairfax County is reminding homeowners that, if they want to appeal their 2012 real estate assessment value, they must do so by April 6.

Those interested in getting more information about the appeals process should visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/ or call 703-222-8234. It can take as many as five business days for county tax officials to respond to messages.

Master plan revision for Bren Mar Park begins

The Fairfax County Park Authority will have a public information meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 to begin the master plan revision process for Bren Mar Park in Alexandria. This will be the first opportunity for members of the public to discuss potential changes to the 26.3-acre park site. The meeting take place in the cafeteria at Bren Mar Park Elementary School, 6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria.

Bren Mar Park is located at 6324 Edsall Road, and was acquired by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1959. It was transferred to the Park Authority in 1999. This master plan revision will update the 1977 master plan, considering new park parcels, the potential for an off-leash dog park, and will evaluate any other needed facility and use changes.

More information about the planning process can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/brenmar.htm.

Public input will be used to help shape the draft master plan. Once a draft plan is completed, it will be published for public review and comment on the project website.

Comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be mailed to Project Manager Patricia Rosend at Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Email comments to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.