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Meeting to discuss I-66 widening

State transportation officials are planning a community information meeting to discuss options for adding capacity to Interstate 66.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation identified 10 concepts to increase capacity within the corridor, as well as options to increase travel mode choices, improve interchanges, address spot safety needs and enhance travel efficiency.

The agencies are working on an environmental impact statement for the corridor. The meeting will provide an update on the process.

More information is available at www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/i66_eis.asp.

VDOT begins patching potholes

The Virginia Department of Transportation says its crews are out in full force patching potholes following recent winter storms.

VDOT prioritizes patching operations by pothole severity and location, with potholes on high-traffic roads filled within 24 hours of being reported. Drivers should watch for crews and lane closures during off-peak hours.

Potholes form when moisture seeps into pavement, freezes, expands and thaws. This cycle weakens the pavement. The weight of traffic loosens the pavement and over time the pavement begins to crumble.

To report a pothole, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp or call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800–FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). TTY users, call 711. Northern Virginia drivers can also e-mail novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov.

VDOT crews in Northern Virginia patch potholes on roads in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. If the pothole is in a city, town or Arlington County, call the public works department in that location.

Construction hotline opened for second phase of rail

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has established a new construction hotline for Phase 2 of the Metrorail Silver Line as part of its continuing effort to maintain communications channel with the community. The toll free number is 1-844-385-RAIL.

Members of the public who have questions or concerns regarding construction activities may call the hotline and speak to a professional operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When a call comes in to the construction hotline, the operator will record the information and immediately transmit the message to designated staff of Capital Rail Constructors, the contractor for Phase 2. The construction communications manager will investigate the issue and respond to the caller as appropriate.

The construction hotline should not be considered an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or require the assistance of the police, fire, or emergency medical services, please dial 911.