Bruce A. Gates joins the MWAA board
There was a new face at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's Wednesday board meeting. Turns out that face is Virginia's newest representative to the board that oversees Reagan National and Dulles International airports, the Dulles Toll Road and the Silver Line rail project. Bruce A. Gates of Alexandria is replacing Todd Stottlemyer, a Virginia executive.
Gates declined to be interviewed, so The Post wasn't able to get his impressions of his first full board meeting, which included updates about the Silver Line rail project, taxi cab service at Dulles Airport and the controversial Bi-County Parkway, a proposed new road on the western border of Dulles Airport that would link Prince William and Loudoun counties.
A biography provided by MWAA says he is a senior vice president of external affairs for Altria Client Services. (Altria is the parent company of Philip Morris, which is based in Henrico County, Virginia).
Gates is one of five Virginia representatives on the 17-member board. He was appointed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his term will expire in November 2014.
Fatal crash closes busy intersection in Montgomery County
Update, 10:07 p.m.:
The driver killed in the crash on Veirs Mill Road has been identified as Roy V. Tjongarero, 29, of the 15500 block of Baileys Lane in Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said.
Update, 8:02 a.m.:
The left lane of eastbound Veirs Mill Road has reopened between Parkland Drive and Randolph Road.
Original post, 6:14 a.m.:
A driver was killed in a car accident that has closed a busy Montgomery County roadway early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Eastbound Veirs Mill Road is blocked between Turkey Branch Parkway and Randolph Road.
Authorities said the driver who was killed was traveling east on Veirs Mill about 3 a.m. when the car left the roadway, struck a utility pole on an embankment, and continued onto a secondary roadway.
Utilities were not affected, but the intersection will remain closed for the investigation. Police have not identified the driver and do not yet know what caused the crash.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area this morning.
Sinkhole opens up near M Street and New York Avenue NW
A sinkhole has opened up in a parking lot near the intersection of M Street and New York Avenue in Northwest D.C., said Tim Wilson, a D.C. fire department spokesman.
There is a Honda partially in the hole, but it has not completely fallen in, as Erika Gonzalez of NBC Washington shows in these photos:
- Erika Gonzalez (@erika_news) June 18, 2013
- Erika Gonzalez (@erika_news) June 18, 2013
No injuries have been reported, Wilson said. There are also no reports yet of any street closures, but drivers should expect that emergency vehicles responding to the sinkhole could snarl traffic around that intersection and on the surrounding streets.
Crikey! There's a sinkhole three blocks from my house that has eaten a car.
— Sam Farmer (@sam_farmer) June 18, 2013
A sinkhole just ate a car down the street from my apartment. Please advise.
— Andrew Panda Blake (@apblake) June 18, 2013
Expect Delays 100 blk of M St NW. due to a vehicle inside a sinkhole. MPD & DCFEMS are en route. Use caution./7066
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) June 18, 2013
Silver Line, Bi-County Parkway on MWAA board agenda
When the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority's board of directors meets on Wednesday, members are expected to get a briefing on construction of the Silver Line rail extension as well as a report on the latest air traffic statistics.
Though a staff report indicates that 'substantial completion' of the first phase of the rail project is expected in September, it's possible that date may be changing. Last week, The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reported that a top federal transportation official has raised concerns about what he says were unauthorized changes made to safety systems for Metro's new Silver Line. Expect questions about those concerns during the board meeting.
The board's Strategic Planning and Development Committee is also expected to be briefed on the Bi-County Parkway and other transportation projects that may affect operations at Dulles Airport. The Bi-County Parkway, which would offer a North-South connection between Prince William and Loudoun counties, has become a hot issue. While many business leaders in the two counties support the roadway, which would be located on the western side of Dulles Airport, some residents and prominent legislators, including Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) have voiced concerns about whether the new road is necessary.
Supporters of the parkway say that it could help boost cargo and passenger traffic at Dulles Airport by offering easy access on the airport's western boundary. Opponents say officials should focus on easing congestion on already existing roads before building new ones.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to take up the matter during its meeting, also scheduled for Wednesday.
Measles alert for Dulles travelers
The Loudoun County Health Department is warning people who were at Dulles International Airport on June 7 that they may have been exposed to measles.
People may be at risk of exposure if they were in Concourse A or B, in the International Arrivals building or in the baggage claim level of the main terminal between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. that day. Loudoun County health officials said the affected individual was traveling abroad when infected, but could offer no additional information.
Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of a person who is already infected. The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after a person with measles has occupied an area.
Symptoms generally occur in two stages. In the initial stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. Around the third to seventh day of the infection, a rash appears on the face and spreads over the entire body. Loudoun County health officials said based on the date of exposure, symptoms may develop as late as June 28.
Individuals who suspect they may be infected should contact their physician, but are urged to call ahead and say they may have been infected with measles prior to going to a doctor's office or an emergency room for treatment.
A MMR vaccine is available that will prevent measles. Two doses are recommended for most individuals with the first dose given at age 12-15 months and the second prior to kindergarten entry, around ages 4 and 6.
While there are few measles cases reported in the United States, the disease is still common in many parts of the world. Health officials urge individuals to be vaccinated, particularly if they are traveling internationally. More information on measles is available here.
For additional questions, please call the Loudoun County Health Department at 571-233-7317.