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McDonnell signs ‘caboose’ budget bill

On May 25, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) signed the so-called caboose”state budget bill, which closes out fiscal 2012 by allocating surplus funds.

As of the Times print deadline, he had not yet signed the spending plan for fiscal 2013 and 2014; McDonnell has said he plans to do so soon.

Among other actions, the caboose bill allocates $67 million to transportation projects and restores $10 million that had been cut from education.

County seeks input on CSB budget cuts

The Fairfax County Human Services Council, in collaboration with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, is offering several opportunities for public comment on the CSB’s proposed budget management plan.

The CSB is trying to address a potential $9.4 million shortfall in fiscal 2013, which begins July 1, by freezing staff positions and adding waiting lists for certain programs.

The public input sessions will be:

Ÿ7:30 p.m. Monday at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Rooms 9 and 10

Ÿ7 p.m. June 11 (for consumers and families), Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Rooms 206 A and B. For this meeting, video conference participation is available at 8350 Richmond Highway in Alexandria; 6245 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church; and Lake Anne in Reston, 11484 Washington Plaza W..

Ÿ7:30 p.m. June 18 at the Fairfax County Government Center Rooms 9 and 10

Citizens also can submit comments online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/fairfaxfallschurchCSBplan.

Major delays expected near Wilson Bridge

Work on the Wilson Bridge project is expected to cause major traffic backups on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway through the course of this weekend.

Beginning at 8 p.m. today through 5 a.m. Monday, all access to the Inner Loop through lanes from Maryland and from U.S. Route 1 in Virginia will be closed. The Inner Loop local exits to Pershing Avenue and Telegraph Road North also will be closed. Motorists on the local lanes traveling to the Eisenhower Valley should exit at the Eisenhower Connector and return on Eisenhower Avenue East.

Once reopened, the two new Inner Loop through lanes will be complete and in their final configuration, and work will transition to paving the local lanes. Only one Inner Loop local lane will be open in this corridor from Monday until paving is complete July 1, restricting local lane traffic.

New play area to open at Lee District Park

The first section of the new “Chessie’s BIG Backyard” play area at Lee District Park in Franconia will open to the public on June 16. The playground features a tiki village that complements the Our Special Harbor playground and treehouse at the park, both of which are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

The $600,000 project was funded with a combination of private and corporate contributions, as well as park bonds. The next two phases of the play area are also planned to be heavily supported by private contributions.

Lee District Park is located at 6601 Telegraph Road. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Because of limited parking, there will be a shuttle bus from Rose Hill Elementary School, 6301 Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria. Shuttle Service will run from 2 to 5 p.m.