Virginia state police conduct Operation Diss-rupt

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

This weekend, the Virginia State Police Culpeper Divisions, will be conducting Operation DISS-rupt on all 76 miles of I-66.

This traffic enforcement and educational program will focus on distracted driving, impaired driving, the use of seat belts, and proper speed.

Superbowl weekend is the perfect time to tackle these bad habits.

Preliminary data shows that 839 persons died in Virginia traffic accidents for 2023.

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Fauquier principal Kraig Kelican succumbs to injuries from car accident

Kraig Kelican, principal of Fauquier High School and son of former James Wood High School football coach and athletic director Jerry Kelican, passed away Thursday.

He succumbed to injuries suffered in a car crash the morning of September 6th on I-66 in Fauquier County.

Kelican’s entire 34 year career was spent in Fauquier County as at teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Superintendent Major Warner issued a statement which included, “(Kraig) was a wonderful leader and champion of kids, and the Falcon community was better because of Kraig’s impact and leadership.”

The school has made support staff available for students and staff to guide them during their time of grief.

Superintendent Warner also asked the community to keep the Kelican Family and Falcon Nation in your thoughts and prayers.

To view the statement from Fauquier County Public Schools, click here.

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VDOT schedules lane closure for I-81 in Warren County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduled to pour concrete for the widening of Route 840 (Water Plant Road) over I-81 southbound in Warren County on Tuesday, September 19.

The work requires the overnight lane closure of the left lane from 8 pm to 7 am from mile marker 298 to 300, near the I-81 and I 66 junction.

This is a regularly congested area so motorists should use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Drivers using Route 840 should be alert for flagger controlled traffic at the overpass bridge during the time of the scheduled work.

The bridge widening is part of the larger project to extend the on-ramp from I-66 to ease congestion and enhance safety.

The contract was originally awarded to Triton Construction for $7.1 million in May of 2022 with completion scheduled for November of 2024.

For up to date travel information, head to 511virginia.org.

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I-81 bridge replacement begins in Warren County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin bridge replacement on I-81 north and southbound between mile marker 298-300.

The construction will require overnight, single-lane closures in both directions from 8 pm to 7 am Monday through Wednesday nights, July 24-26.

The schedule will allow contractors to position cranes and install concrete beams for the new southbound bridge over Route 840, Water Plant Road.

Monday night will see both directions left lanes closed, Tuesday night, just the southbound left lane will close, and Wednesday night, both directions left lanes will be closed again.

The area is just south of the I-81 junction with I-66 so please travel with additional caution through the work zones and be alert for flagger traffic control.

Funding for the improvements to the I-81 and I-66 exchange are provided by Virginia’s SMART SCALE program which is dedicated to reducing congestion and enhancing safety.

The entire project is expected to be completed by November of 2024.

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VSP update Thursday’s RV crash

The Virginia State Police provided updates on their investigation of the accident involving an RV that collided with a tractor trailer that shutdown I-66 for 8 hours Sept. 8 to Sept. 9.

An email from Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms 2 deaths in the accident.

The driver of the RV, Ifreke Inyang, 25, of Houston Texas, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Two passengers, Lenisha T. Simon, 39, and Brenda M. Oyervides, 24, also from Houston, died at the scene.

Another passenger was flown to INNOVA Fairfax for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Four other passengers and the driver of the tractor trailer suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

None of the passengers in the RV were wearing a seat belt.

Inyang was charged with reckless driving and driving without a valid license.

The crash remains under investigation.

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VDOT plans hearing for I-81 improvements

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing on their plans to widen I-81 near Strasburg.

The hearing is on April 20th from 4:30 to 7 pm at Strasburg High School.

Written comments can be submitted up to 10 days later to Project Manager, Pamela Bowman.

This project is part of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program and plans to build an additional southbound lane from mile marker 295 to 299.

This will connect with the acceleration merging traffic from 66 west to 81 south.

Other improvements planned for that area include multiple bridge renovations or replacements.

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VDOT reported refreezing producing slick spots

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Virginia Department of Transportation reported clear conditions on interstates and primary roads early this morning.

Refreezing did produced some slick spots particularly on secondary roads and bridges caution is advised.

Stay alert and drive for the conditions giving each other plenty of room.

Road crews are continuously to monitoring and treating the roads as needed.

Up to date information is available here.

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