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Fairfax has new ‘sister’ jurisdiction

Fairfax County now has a third “sister” jurisdiction, the city of Kecioren, Turkey. Kecioren, in Ankara Province, has much in common with Fairfax, according to Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova (D-At large).

Kecioren has a thriving business district, is working to extend rail to its urban areas, and makes education a top priority.

Fairfax County’s other sister jurisdictions are Harbin, China, and the Songpa-gu district of Seoul, South Korea.

McLean bridge undergoing replacement

The Virginia Department of Transportation began work this week on the Old Chesterbrook Road bridge in McLean.

Motorists can expect some short-term closures and delays during the next few weeks, culminating in the complete closure of the bridge on June 16. The summer closure is expected to end Sept. 4.

The existing bridge was built in 1978 and has been identified as structurally deficient for years, leading to a reduced load limit of 20 tons.

In addition to refurbishing damaged components, the $1 million repair project will add a sidewalk on either side of the two-lane bridge and improve the bridge’s aligment with the roadway.

Landscaping plan for 495 Express Lanes open to comment

The project team for the Interstate 495 Express Lanes, the toll and high occupancy vehicle lanes that will open to the public later this year, has released a draft landscaping plan to restore trees and other greenery along the path of the major construction project.

The draft plans are available online, and open to public comment through June 22. The plantings are expected to occur in spring 2013.

View the plans online at /

Farmers Market allowing use of federal food benefits

Families who receive federal benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program now can use them to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the Frying Pan Farmers Market, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Frying Pan Park in Herndon.

Frying Pan is the only one of the 11 county-run markets that is able to accept SNAP benefits. A lack of funding for needed infrastructure at other market sites has prohibited expansion, according to park officials.

Traffic information system offers mobile app

Virginia’s 511 traffic information system now has its own mobile app for Android and iPhone. It features real-time traffic cameras, travel times and traffic maps.

Other updates to the 511 system include additional features on, improved voice recognition software on the phone system and the Reach the Beach information that shows the fastest travel times to Virginia Beach.