Parking Restrictions Lifted; Possible Ramp Closures on Jan. 20
Jan. 16, 2009
In the interest of public safety, the Fairfax County Police Department will waive enforcement of parking restrictions in all Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPD) in Fairfax County, beginning at 3 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20 and ending at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
This action is being taken because parking lots and garages at Metro stations are expected to reach capacity before every vehicle can be accommodated. Lifting the parking restrictions is intended to free up parking spaces in neighborhoods near transit stations and accommodate more people who wish to use Metro to get to inaugural events. Police will continue to ticket and have towed any vehicles interfering with the flow of traffic on public streets or blocking private driveways.
The closure of Interstates 66 and 395 associated with the Presidential Inauguration is expected to significantly impact primary and secondary roads in Fairfax County. Traffic volume will be extremely heavy, and gridlock is likely in some areas. This is especially true on the roadways with ramps leading off of Interstate 495.
The Fairfax County Police also will station officers to monitor the flow of traffic from the ramps off the Capital Beltway onto primary roads where gridlock is most likely. These officers will temporarily shut down ramps when gridlock occurs, restricting access to the primary roads until the gridlock is relieved.
Ramp restrictions will be sporadic and temporary. Most ramps from the Capital Beltway are expected to remain open and available to traffic. However, if you encounter a ramp that police have shut down, please remain patient while police work to get you moving again.
Fairfax County Code (Section 82-5A-12 (j)) authorizes the Police Department to waive enforcement of the restrictions to provide parking for special events. An RPPD restricts residents and non-residents from parking vehicles during certain hours on restricted streets without permits. Communities, primarily those close to high schools, colleges, universities, Metrorail stations and apartment complexes, have to petition the county before parking prohibitions can be applied to public streets.
Motorists can stay informed by:
- Calling 511 from a land line or a cell phone for the latest traffic and travel information.
- Tuning into 1620 AM, Virginia’s highway advisory radio, in the Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia regions for information on delays and possible detours due to accidents or congestion.
- Getting the latest traffic conditions and travel times on overhead and roadside message signs on I-95, 495, 66 and 81, and Route 29.
In addition, drivers are reminded to only dial 9-1-1 or #77 on a cellular phone in an emergency situation.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
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