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Beulah Road bridge work complete

The Virginia Department of Transportation has completed a $3.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on Beulah Road over the Dulles Toll Road.

VDOT closed the bridge to traffic for several days in November 2010 when an oversized truck traveling on the Dulles Toll Road struck and badly damaged the structural steel under the bridge. The bridge’s low vertical clearance over the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Road had been a recurring problem for many years.

Replacing the bridge was estimated to cost $40 million. To lower the cost, VDOT opted to repair the bridge by replacing the span over the eastbound lanes to increase the vertical clearance. The bridge also was widened to provide shoulders and a pedestrian sidewalk.

The repairs and widening began in May 2012.

MWAA files 10 trademark lawsuits

On June 5, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority filed 10 federal lawsuits aimed at stopping taxis and other for-hire vehicles from using its “Washington Flyer” trademark without permission. The lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Only authorized taxis may use the trademark, and only Washington Flyer taxis are allowed to service Washington Dulles International Airport.

This arrangement is to ensure that taxi operators adhere to certain minimum standards, such as fare guidelines and vehicle maintenance, according to a release from the authority.

“Unfortunately, some ground transportation operators have tried to pass themselves off as Washington Flyer taxis, using names similar to Washington Flyer and running websites that serve to confuse travelers,” said Philip Sunderland, vice president and general counsel for the Airports Authority in a released statement. “These unauthorized operators are subject to none of the dependability standards that must be met by Washington Flyer taxis. As a result, their service can be unreliable and excessively expensive.”

Mortgage settlement checks in the mail

More than 22,500 Virginia mortgage borrowers who were foreclosed upon will receive checks this week for about $1,480 each as part of a national settlement, according to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) office.

“These payments are part of the National Mortgage Settlement we negotiated and are meant to help compensate borrowers for abuses by the banks, such as not offering the borrower ways to avoid foreclosure, losing documents submitted in support of a loan modification, overcharging consumer fees that contributed to delinquency in payments, and robo-signing,” Cuccinelli said.

The payment does not limit a borrower from filing a separate lawsuit or making other claims against the lenders, Cuccinelli said.

The settlement is limited to those who had their mortgages serviced by one of the settlement’s five participating mortgage servicers; lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2011; and already submitted valid claim forms. The participating servicers are Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.