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Week In Great Falls

Repairs To Affect Georgetown Pike

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has recently begun a roadway improvement project in Great Falls. Residents have long been concerned about hazardous traffic conditions at the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Riverbend Road and Nethercliffe Hall Road.

This project consists of adjusting the vertical profile of Georgetown Pike east of the Riverbend intersection in order to improve visual site distance for motorists.A crest in one part of the roadway will be cut down and an inverted dip area will be raised to create a consistent profile.This project is a VDOT safety improvement project and has a fixed completion date of May 15.Contractors are currently on site putting up erosion and sediment control fences and completing other site preparation work. Traffic will be alternately cycled, using certified flaggers, in one direction between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Access to residents of Nethercliffe Hall Road and Riverbend Road will be maintained at all times. To complete this project, however, Georgetown Pike must be completely closed for one weekend. At this time, VDOT anticipates closing the road beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and reopen it to motorists at 5 a.m. Monday, April 16. Motorists will be detoured during this one weekend closure. Roadway message signs will be used to warn motorists of the impending closure beginning April 6. The detour route will be marked to aid motorists unfamiliar with the area.

Access to Great Falls National Park will be provided from Old Dominion Drive and via westbound Route 193 at all times. Eastbound traffic on Route 193 will be required to follow this detour to access the park. Detour warning signs will be posted on Route 7, Walker Road, Towlston Road and at the Beltway exit to Georgetown Pike. For full details on the detour, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dranesville.

Great Falls Women’s Club

To Mark National Poetry Month

The Great Falls Women’s Club will celebrate National Poetry Month will with a luncheon recognizing the winning students on Thursday, April 19. For the past 25 years the Great Falls Women’s Club has encouraged children in grades four through six to explore the world of poetry writing. In honor of this special occasion, Great Falls Women’s Club member and nominee for the 2006 U.S. Ambassador of Poetry, Anna Savini, will read from her poetry collection. Contact Pat at 703-430-9281 for more information and to make reservations.

Tax Relief Workshops

Dranesville District seniors and disabled citizens are invited to sign up for more one-on-one help sessions in applying for real estate tax relief. Staff from the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration will be on hand to aid seniors and disabled citizens in determining if they meet the qualifications for tax relief and aid them in their application. Appointments are available to meet with staff at the Dranesville District office in the McLean Governmental Center on Friday, April 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. To sign up, call 703-356-0551.

Applications Available

For Wheat’s Scholarship

The “Wheat’s 2007 Student Scholarship” scholarship, a $1,000 monetary reward, is being awarded by Wheat’s Landscape to a local high school senior with an outstanding record of community service. In an effort to promote youth volunteerism, Wheat’s Landscape is requesting parents, schools and friends to nominate students with a demonstrated record of volunteerism and encourage them to apply. Visit www.wheats.com/wheats/scholarship.html to download an application or call 703-641-4790 to request a faxed application. Applications should be submitted on or before May 15, 2007. Send completed application to: Wheat’s 2007 Student Scholarship Award, Attn: Mike Wheat, P.O. Box 6152, McLean, VA 22106.