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$25M Secured for Old Bridge Widening Project, Colby to Minnieville

May 28 @ 4:30 pm

Another critical Old Bridge Road congestion reduction project has received funding: The PWC Department of Transportation secured $25M in NVTA funding to address the chokepoint between Colby Drive and Minnieville Road; a project I’d flagged as a priority when reviewing grant opportunities for the Occoquan District. This road widening will add:

  • Capacity — bringing this road segment from four lanes to six
  • Intersection improvements and signal modification to further improve operations
  • Pedestrian facilities on the north side of Old Bridge, addressing existing gaps and providing a first/last mile connection to the Lake Ridge Commuter Lot

Anybody who has sat on this stretch of road during peak traffic times knows that the added capacity is much-needed. The project will bring significant congestion reduction benefits to Occoquan District residents, and increase pedestrian connectivity between homes and nearby amenities. Ultimately, it will mean less time spent sitting in traffic and more time for the people and activities that bring us joy.


Visit PWC DOT online to learn about other road and sidewalk projects that are in progress or in the pipeline: https://www.pwcva.gov/department/transportation/current-road-projects

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May 28, 2023
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Progress continues on the Occoquan Greenway, a 9-mile trail network that will connect neighborhoods to nature from the County Complex on Prince William Parkway all the way into the Town Town of Occoquan. A mix of paved and natural surface trails, sidewalk connections, and pedestrian bridges will take users across varied terrain that includes scenic views of the Occoquan Reservoir. ( Download map.)

The Greenway is a labor of love, with local residents serving as advocates and keepers of the project. Early trail segments were built by volunteers. Groups such as Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association Trails Committee and the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition continue to host Greenway hikes, cleanups, and trail maintenance and improvements. While this trail system remains a work in progress, much of it is ready for you to explore right now:

Segments Open to Public:

  • Segment 1 County Complex to Lake Ridge Marina
  • Segment 2 Lake Ridge Marina to Hedges Run Dr: In FY24, Parks will bid on design to reroute trail from private property onto LRPRA-owned land, improving views.
  • Segment 3 Hedges Run Dr to Mohican Rd: New 110-ft bridge and 1,000 linear feet of connecting trail opening June 2023.
  • Segment 4 Mohican Rd to Cotton Mill Rd: There are early talks of replacing the aging timber bridge and new alignments that would lessen the trail’s slope.
  • Segment 5 Antietam Rd to Cotton Mill Dr to Deepford Power Station: Useable but not yet in trail system; primarily sidewalk.
  • Segment 8 Clipper Dr to River Mill Park: From Clipper to Tanyard Hill is complete but may switch to a more wooded alignment over time. Supervisor Boddye worked with both Parks & Rec and the Department of Transportation to secure federal funding to create the connection from Tanyard Hill by way of   Ellicott St. The project, which is in the pre-design phase, will feature a retaining wall and an on-road trail elevated from the road. It will be engineered to alleviate the existing drainage issues on both sides of Tanyard Hill within the project area.

Segments Not Open and/or Not Yet in System:

  • Segment 6 Deepford Dr to Woodfern Ct; Oakwood Dr to Captains Ct: 130-ft Hooes Run bridge crossing is at 50% design.
  • Segment 7 Captains Ct to Clipper Dr: Uses existing sidewalk; must coordinate with affected HOAS.

Do you want to help foster and protect the Occoquan Greenway or other local trail projects? Consider becoming involved in the Prince William County Trails & Streams Coalition; visit their website to learn more.

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May 28, 2023
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Anybody who has woven through four lanes of traffic to turn left from Route 123 onto Old Bridge Road, or waited indefinitely to make a right turn there, knows that traffic safety and flow improvements are sorely needed at this intersection. Achieving these will be a massive undertaking. We will just get one shot at it and it must be done right. I support the PWC Department of Transportation (DOT) taking a step back from the flyover option as it is currently conceived.

When weighing in on the concepts produced by Virginia Department of Transportation, I’ve emphasized the need to minimize impacts to nearby residents and businesses, and have appreciated the sensitivity our DOT has shown to these concerns as they gathered and responded to constituent feedback. I look forward to continuing discussions with staff and community members as to next steps that can be a net positive for residents of the Occoquan District. Keep an eye out for details on a Mobility Town Hall next month, focused on this and other transportation initiatives in our district.

As reported in INSIDENOVA: Prince William County’s Department of Transportation is hitting the pause button on a major proposal for the Route 123 and Old Bridge Road intersection in Woodbridge, saying concern from businesses and residents is prompting a rethink on the plan for a massive new flyover ramp.

In a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors, Transportation Director Rick Canizales said his office needed to “take a step back” before moving forward with the project’s 30% design phase. (The 30% design phase essentially means defining and refining the project’s scope, schedule and budget.)

“We are actually going back and negotiating a task order [with the consultant]. We’re splitting the task order into two and taking a step back,” Canizales said in the April 4 presentation. “We’re gonna take a look at some potential other concepts before we start working on a 30% design that we can take to public hearing.” Read the full article at INSIDENOVA. 

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May 28, 2023
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In June 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new lifetime health advisories for four PFAS, and in September 2022, issued a proposed rule change that would lower the allowable level of two of these chemicals in drinking water from 70 parts per trillion (ppt) to just 4 ppt. Localities across the country are now focusing on how to bring their levels to safe limits. In a meeting with Prince William County Service Authority CEO Calvin Farr, it became clear that it was critical to keep these chemicals out of our waterways in the first place, and that a regional approach was needed.

I then sponsored a Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) resolution to formalize regional collaboration on the matter. The language below was approved unanimously at the April NVRC Commissioners Meeting. 


NVRC RESOLUTION Resolution No. P23-28 PATRON: Kenny Boddye DATE: April 27, 2023

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NVRC TO PARTICIPATE IN PFAS EDUCATION EFFORTS

WHEREAS, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final regulatory determination to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as contaminants under Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); and

WHEREAS, EPA is also proposing a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) and health-based Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and their mixtures, as well as for PFOA and PFOS. EPA is proposing individual MCLs of 4.0 nanograms per liter (ng/L) or parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and PFOS; and

WHEREAS, the Occoquan Reservoir is an integral part of the drinking water supply system for northern Virginia, supplying nearly 40% of the raw water treated by Fairfax Water for distribution to nearly one in four residents of northern Virginia who obtain their water from public utilities; and

WHEREAS, voluntary water quality monitoring undertaken by Fairfax Water and the Prince William Service Authority has indicated that raw and treated water may experience slight excursions of the proposed MCL; and

WHEREAS, currently, the most cost-effective solutions to prevent PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment is by minimizing the use of PFAS containing products and through source control of everyday products such as grease resistant food packaging, waterproof, water-resistant, or stain-resistant clothing, shoes, furniture, waterproofing sprays, makeup, deodorant, sunscreens, and many other common consumer products containing PFAS;

WHEREAS, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) coordinates the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners (NVCWP) in cooperation with Northern Virginia jurisdictions, water and sanitation authorities, businesses, and public schools to pool funding together towards a public outreach and education campaigns; and

WHEREAS, the NVRC coordinates the Northern Virginia Waste Management Board (NVWMB) which is composed of solid waste managers and public works directors from each of NVRC’s member jurisdictions, with the primary objective to promote regional approaches, technical recommendations and solutions to recycling and waste management issues in Northern Virginia;

WHEREAS, the NVRC coordinates the Occoquan Nonpoint Source Pollution Program (ONSPP) which is composed of NVRC’s member jurisdictions watershed managers and the regions drinking water Authorities and who’s primary function is to enhance and preserve water quality within the water supply watershed for nonpoint source pollution in order to provide safe drinking water for the present and future residents of northern Virginia;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NVRC authorizes the Executive Director to coordinate with the NVCWP, the NVWMB and the ONSPP to create and implement new social media, outreach and educational strategies that will provide resources for homeowners and businessowners about the risks of PFAS exposure, how to reduce their PFAS exposure, and how they can prevent the release of PFAS to the environment.

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May 28, 2023
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In November of 2020, I won the support of my colleagues on the Board of County Supervisors in establishing Prince William’s first-ever climate mitigation and resiliency goals. Based on regional goals set by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), this resolution created the framework for the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Commission, which together are working on the County’s first Community Energy and Sustainability Master Plan.
Your input plays a vital role in the next steps to creating a more sustainable future for our community! Please…
We look forward to hearing your feedback, and will share more opportunities for engagement in this process as they become available.

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May 28, 2023
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OmniRide has planned a number of opportunities for the public to engage in discussions about a proposed overhaul of local routes in the eastern Prince William County area, including the addition of service to new destinations. The purpose is to create more streamlined, efficient, and direct service that reflects current ridership patterns and requests, as well as staffing levels. Flex routing that permits off-route trips would be discontinued and replaced with fixed-route service, which is a more direct and reliable point-to-point service. Plans also call for OmniRide Access paratransit service for people with disabilities that would operate within ¾ mile of the OmniRide Local bus routes.

To gather public input, OmniRide will hold public hearings and listening events.  Residents can also email comments to publichearing@omniride.com or complete the online public hearing form.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:00 pm
OmniRide Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 10:00 am
Dumfries Town Council Chambers
17739 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026

Resident Meeting

Monday, May 1, 2023, at 1:00 pm
Potomac Woods Senior Apartments
2001 Southampton St, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Customer Meet & Greet

Friday, May 12, 2023, Noon – 4 pm (same time for both locations)
Todos Markets
13905 Richmond Hwy., Marumsco Plaza Shopping Ctr.
Woodbridge, VA 22191

16593 River Ridge Blvd. Woodbridge, VA 22191

Listening Sessions

Thursday, May, 11, 2023, at 2:30 pm
Potomac Library
2201 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 11:00 am
Chinn Park Library
13065 Chinn Park Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Table Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, All Day
OmniRide Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA  22192

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, All Day
OmniRide Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA  22192

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 9:00 am
A. J. Ferlazzo Building
15941 Donald Curtis Dr, Woodbridge, VA

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 1:00 pm
Montclair Library
5049 Waterway Dr, Dumfries, VA 22025

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at All Day
OmniRide Transit Center
14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA  22192

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 11 am – 3 pm
Potomac Mills Mall Bus Stop (near Buy Buy Baby)
2700 Potomac Mills Cir, Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Even before taking his seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Kenny Boddye (D-Occoquan) was open about his personal connection to removing stigmas surrounding mental health and increasing access to care. He lost his mother in 2016, after a decades-long battle with substance abuse as she self-medicated for mental illness that wasn’t diagnosed into late in her life. She was in his thoughts as he put forth a motion to authorize County staff to bid on a permanent home for its new Crisis Receiving Center.

The County had already entered into an 11-year lease to house the CRC, set to open in 2024, at the former Gander Mountain site at when it learned that the property was to be sold at live auction, providing the opportunity to instead own the building outright. The county’s $15.2M bid prevailed, securing the location for the CRC, which will also be complemented by wrap-around mental health services when the county relocates its Department of Community Services to the 155,309 square-foot facility, situated on 12.51 acres.

“This Board secured $18M in combined federal, state, and local funds to deliver on our promise of bringing crisis-based mental health services to the people of Prince William,” said Supervisor Boddye. “With the Gander Mountain purchase, we can protect that investment while expanding available services and demonstrating our long-term commitment to increasing access to mental health services in our community.” 

The center will have 23 beds — 16 for adults and 8 for youth — people experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis and 24 recliners where people can receive assessment and treatment for up to 23 hours. It will also serve as a safe place for police officers to bring individuals placed under emergency protective orders, diverting them from emergency hospitalization or jail. In co-locating Community Services in the building, the county will be able to provide a continuum of care at the facility. 

“A place like this could have very well saved my mother, and it will absolutely save lives here in Prince William County,” said Supervisor Boddye. “It is groundbreaking for our community, and the comprehensive, wrap-around approach it will offer is groundbreaking for the Commonwealth.”

Supervisor Boddye noted that bring a CRC to the County has been a collaborative, community effort: “Thank you to all of the residents and advocates who often shared very personal stories to advocate for the Crisis Receiving Center, to my colleague Supervisor Bailey for championing this cause, and to all of the county staff working behind the scenes to make this possible.”

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May 28, 2023
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Congratulations to the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department (OWL) on its 85th Anniversary. It was an honor to participate in the celebration and installation of officers this past weekend, and to have a chance to personally thank the firefighters and their support team for all that they do to make our community safer.

At its inception, OWL was the only fire department between Alexandria and Fredericksburg. An article in Prince William Living notes that the department was spearheaded by concerned citizens, “Many of them put up personal property and their own money to secure loans to build a building to house the apparatus and start the department. Sometimes they had to pass the hat to pay electric and other bills.”

Today, OWL operates three stations in eastern PWC and is one of the busiest departments in the nation. Its members staffed nearly 4,000 hours last month, with #Firefighter Michael Muldoon logging the most time on-duty: 119.5 hours. Learn more about this community-centered organization, including how you can join, at https://owlvfd.org/.

 

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May 28, 2023
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Prince William County officials joined KCG Companies at the groundbreaking for Park Landing, a rental community near employment and transit centers. It will provide an affordable housing option for area seniors who earn no more than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), currently $68,340 for a two-person household in Prince William County.

Located at 3301 Noble Pond Way in Woodbridge, Park Landing will feature 250 well-appointed apartment homes for adults over age 55, with 151 two-bedroom and 99 one-bedroom apartments. Each home will include upgraded features not typically found in affordable communities, such as granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and high efficiency in-unit washers and dryers. The new community will also feature a suite of complimentary amenities, including an outdoor pool, sensory garden, fitness center, wellness room, art studio, gaming room and a community room for social activities.

Responding to a critical housing need, Park Landing will increase Prince William County’s supply of affordable senior housing by nearly 40%. The project received widespread support from local stakeholders and elected officials. KCG noted that this support was essential in advancing the project from vision to reality.

According to Rent.com, the average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment in Woodbridge, VA is $1,824. In contrast, projected for a 1-bedroom at Park Landing is $1,500, with the cost of 2-bedroom units also projected to list at approximately $300 less than market rate units. The application process includes verification that residents fall within the 60% AMI guidelines. KCG utilized the federal LITCH (Low-Income Tax Credit Housing) program in this development, which ensures that the both the income and rental caps will remain in place for years to come.

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye championed the project since its earliest days, when it was still within the boundaries of the Occoquan Magisterial District (redistricting placed it within the Neabsco District). When interest rates hikes threatened the project’s viability, he supported the use of the County’s Industrial Development Authority funds to provide gap financing.

“I can’t overemphasize how important this project is to our community,” said Supervisor Boddye at the Feb. 16 groundbreaking. “Park Landing will give people who may be ready to downsize or simply can’t keep up with rising rents an affordable option that keeps them within our community and close to employment centers, bus transit, and a host of shopping, dining and entertainment options. All with top-tier amenities.”

“KCG is thrilled to invest in Prince William County and is especially grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with community partners, including the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and Planning Office, and LOCCA-PELT,”  said KCG Vice President of Development Erica Meissner. “These organizations share in our commitment to improving lives through better communities.”

Construction is expected to conclude in mid-2024. As the community starts accepting applications, prospective residents interested in receiving more information are encouraged to send their names and contact information to info.parklanding@kcgresidential.com.

Core members of the project team include HDJ Architects, KCG Construction, christopher consultants (now IMEG), Compton & Duling, Winthrop and Weinstine, and Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley and Walsh, P.C. Financial partners include tax credit issuer – Virginia Housing, bond issuer – Prince William County Industrial Development Authority, equity partner – Alliant Capital, and debt partner – Align Finance Partners.

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May 28, 2023
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Just in time for spring cleaning, Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye and the Prince William County Department of Public Works invite area residents to skip the landfill trip during Dumpster Day, April 1, from 10 am to 1 pm at Bethel United Methodist Church, 13506 Minnieville Road.

Through Dumpster Day program, the County makes it easier to dispose of trash and unwanted household items such as furniture and old appliances by bringing dumpsters to each magisterial district for one day. For help planning a neighborhood cleanup in conjunction with the event contact Keep Prince William Beautiful at 571-285-3772. This nonprofit can provide supplies and guidance and post a call for volunteers

Public Works is unable to accept hazardous waste during the event, to include fuel tanks or drums, motor oil, paint thinners, antifreeze and pool chemicals. Electronics and construction materials must also be brought to the landfill, as they cannot be accepted during Dumpster Day. Appliances must be cleaned and emptied, including removing any trays and racks, and taped shut.

“We hope that Occoquan District residents take advantage of this opportunity to conveniently dispose of items that might have been cluttering their home or yard, or even to organize a neighborhood cleanup knowing they won’t have to travel to the landfill afterwards,” said Supervisor Boddye. “For items that are ‘too good to toss,’ consider making your next stop 2nd Avenue Thrift Store, which is located directly across Smoketown from Dumpster Day and donates part of its proceeds to charities such as the American Red Cross and Purple Heart Foundation.”

For more information on how to properly recycle and dispose of items in Prince William, call 703-792-5750 or visit pwcva.gov/department/solid-waste-management.

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May 28, 2023
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