Relocating here? Well, when I started Things You Should Know Before Moving to Northern Virginia (updated in 2019), I had to force myself to stop at fourteen "things". Over the years I have heard myself giving these tips over and over to clients who are relocating here, so, I thought that I should put down my observations for the world to Continue Reading
Driving between McLean and Vienna this weekend?
UPDATE October 15th: Route 123 in Tysons Corner is closed again to demolish a beltway overpass. It is scheduled to last until Monday at 5:00 a.m. New Press Release Original post Just in case you missed the press release, Route 123 between McLean and Vienna VA will be closed June 12 and 13 as they demolish a 495 (The Capital Beltway) Continue Reading
A driving lesson for Northern Virginia home buyers
Image by Jef Nickerson via Flickr An essential part of your housing search in Northern Virginia is a clear strategy for dealing with the traffic that you will encounter on a daily basis. I have to confess; I hear many things from clients but virtually everyone who visits here comments about the volume of cars they see on the roads all day Continue Reading
Vienna Traffic Alert | Halloween Parade 10-27-2021
In case you missed the memo, if you commute through Vienna, Virginia on Route 123, please note that Route 123 or Maple Avenue will be CLOSED from East Street to Lawyers Road from 6:50 to 10. Local Vienna Traffic will be detoured onto Church Street... good luck! Ready for the Vienna Halloween Parade? Everyone is welcome to attend this annual Continue Reading
Closing the Capital Beltway on Friday night?
Dealing with traffic is a fact of life in Northern Virginia and there is one intersection on the Capital Beltway that is the heart of three major projects. It is the Tysons Corner interchange in McLean where I495 meets Route 123... which is the heart or nucleus of the area. The construction of the HOT lanes, Metro Silver Line, and widening of Continue Reading
A Tyson’s Corner driving strategy?
Anyone traveling around Tyson’s Corner has seen the rebuilding of much of the infrastructure first hand. There will be a new Metro-rail line which includes a short tunnel from International Drive to Route 7, the reconfiguration of the beltway to include HOT lanes, and the underground utility realignments. Any change this big generates growing Continue Reading
If you rebuild the I66 and Route 123 overpass, then you will get elected in Virginia
This 1/2 mile stretch of Interstate 66 needs rebuilding right now . There must be existing VDOT designs to make this a "shovel-ready" project qualifying for immediate federal funding. The problem is I66 tapers down in both directions to get under the existing 1960's era overpasses, and when rush hour hits or there is one lane blocked, it causes Continue Reading
In the Northern Virginia, you need a driving strategy.
Talk to anyone who has been in the area for a day or two, and I'm sure the topic of traffic will come up. How long it took to drive to work or the tie up on the beltway for no other reason than heavy volume. It is the smart people who factor that in when looking for a home to buy. And the reality is that paying an extra $250k may just save your Continue Reading