Covering Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners in Fairfax County, Virginia

At Lake Accotink, mud is a hazard

If Lake Accotink is not dredged and begins to fill in with sediment, some people have speculated that it will become an unhealthy, bug-infested swamp. Vanessa Robertson warns of another danger – quicksand. When Robertson, a military veteran who has undergone survival training, learned about Fairfax County’s plan to not dredge Lake Accotink, “I immediately … Continued

Police target aggressive drivers

The Fairfax County Police Department rolled out its 2023 Road Shark campaign on March 13 targeting aggressive driving. Road Shark is a high-visibility coordinated enforcement and education effort aimed at reducing crashes, changing driving behavior, and, ultimately, saving lives. The police department will station officers in high-visibility areas all over the county. They will look … Continued

Church parking lot will handle overflow during construction at Justice High School

While Fairfax County Public School officials assured the Justice High School community that there will be enough parking spaces during construction and beyond, members of the community do not agree. Members of the Justice High School staff expressed strong concerns about the lack of parking during the construction of a new addition and beyond. Construction … Continued

Sleepy Hollow Road gets a speed camera

Fairfax County plans to install speed cameras at eight school zones – including Sleepy Hollow Road at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School – by Feb. 10 The goals of the photo monitoring program are to encourage drivers to slow down and protect pedestrians. Studies have shown that speed camera enforcement reduces crashes and traffic-related injuries and … Continued

2022 has been deadly for pedestrians

In a year when pedestrian fatalities spiked, let’s remember the victims. In 2022, 23 pedestrians were killed by drivers in Fairfax County, a big jump from the 13 pedestrian deaths in 2021. Nine of this year’s fatalities occurred in the Annandale/Mason District area, where heavy traffic, speeding, and insufficient crosswalks and sidewalks created deadly conditions. … Continued

Petition seeks traffic light where teen was killed crossing Columbia Pike

Following the horrific crash on Columbia Pike Nov. 16 that killed Justice High School student Lesly Diaz Bonilla, local residents are stepping up their advocacy for safer streets.   The Project-Based Initiative for Bailey’s Crossroads and Culmore is publicizing a petition on behalf of the Barcroft View Apartments and the greater Culmore community urging the … Continued

Transportation officials talk safety

Improving safety on the region’s busiest roadways requires retrofitting an infrastructure built decades ago, cooperation among jurisdictions, and changing drivers’ mindsets. Those were the key points from a discussion among regional transportation leaders at a recent webinar hosted by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Annual traffic fatalities in Virginia … Continued

Supervisors to consider speed cameras

Fairfax County is considering a pilot program to install mobile speed cameras at school zones and construction sites. The pilot program would start in the first quarter of 2023 and last six months. It would assess the effectiveness of speed cameras to prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths. Capt. Alan Hanson, commander of the Fairfax County … Continued

Annandale neighbors promote safety at community event

Annandale residents of all ages learned about crime prevention and community resources at Neighborhood Safety Day Sept. 10 at Ossian Hall Park. The event was organized by the Safety Working Group, a component of Opportunity Neighborhoods-Annandale.ON-Annandale, a Fairfax County program run by FACETS, helps residents of high-need neighborhoods plan programs and activities based on their … Continued

VDOT pursues safety improvements for Route 7 in Culmore

Several projects are underway or planned to improve pedestrian safety along a section of Leesburg Pike in the Culmore area of Bailey’s Crossroads. More than 120 community members showed up at a meeting Aug. 4 to hear officials from the Virginia and Fairfax County transportation department describe their plans at Bailey’s Elementary School. Before the … Continued

Fireworks safety tips for the 4th of July

Planning to shoot off your own fireworks on the Fourth of July? Here are some tips to keep you, your children, pets, and neighbors safe. • Keep all bystanders at least 25 feet away from fireworks. • Light one fireworks device at a time, then go back to a safe distance immediately. • Never have … Continued