U.S. SENATE VOTES TO GRANT EXTREME POLITICIANS THE POWER TO DEFUND WOMENS' HEALTHCARE ON PARTISAN BELIEFS
The U.S. Senate has voted to give politicians the power to take away women's health care choices! This is the same point of view underlying the General Assembly's Budget Amendment deleting funds for long-acting contraception for women who live on less than $2 a day! I am proud that I voted "Nay" to that budget, and I strongly disagree with the Senate's action as well.
NOVA 2017 PAVING PROGRAM
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has created a site detailing the plans to resurface roads in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Arlington counties. This site provides an interactive map detailing the progress of these plans and is updated every Monday.
OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR RESPONSIBILITY
Please support me as I oppose President Trump's irresponsible executive order dismantling the Clean Power Plan and fight to protect our environment, our health and our economy despite the Trump administration's reckless actions. President Trump's executive order produces the following actions:
• Directs the EPA to review - and revise or rescind - the Clean Power Plan, a rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, as well as a companion rule to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants;
• Reverses requirements that agencies consider the risks posed by climate change to their missions, programs and facilities, which will undermine the ability of the federal government to prepare for future impacts;
• Directs the Council on Environmental Quality to rescind its guidance on incorporating consideration of climate change into environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act;
• Directs the EPA to review - and revise or rescind - its rule on reducing methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry;
• Rescinds the federal government's "social cost of carbon" metric; and,
• Lifts all moratoria on federal land coal leasing activities.
Follow this link to read statements from governors, attorneys general, and various other senior state officials representing over 19 states across the country, including our very own Commonwealth.
ROUTE 50/GALLOWS ROAD BRIDGE REHABILITATION
See below a reminder from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that the Route 50/Gallows Road overpass will be "rehabilitated," i.e. under construction, for the next year. Be prepared for periodic traffic inconvenience in that area.
- RT 50/GALLOWS RD BRIDGE REHABILITATION STARTS MONDAY MARCH 27
- Completion in Summer 2018
Construction will begin Monday, March 27 on the second phase of rehabilitation of the Gallows Road bridge over Route 50, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The project will include concrete and steel beam repairs, bearing replacement, joint closures, and deck resurfacing for the bridge built in 1985.
Construction will initially consist of minor preliminary work, with major impact work beginning in mid-to-late spring 2017. From then until the project’s completion in summer 2018, motorists can expect intermittent daytime single-lane closures during off-peak hours on Route 50 and Gallows Road. In addition, there will be nighttime multiple-lane closures during off-peak hours on Route 50 and Gallows Road. At times, these nighttime closures will include the closure of two or more of the interchange ramps. When these ramps are closed, detour signage will be in place.
At least one lane of traffic will be open at all times on both Route 50 and Gallows Road. Access will be provided at all times to properties within the project limits.
Martins Construction Corporation is the contractor for the $4.6 million second phase of the Route 50 over Gallows Road project. The project’s first phase, which involved repairs to the bridge piers, was completed in July 2016.
Gallows Road averages 39,000 vehicles a day in the area of the interchange and Route 50 averages 41,000 vehicles a day.