Ellen Kamilakis 703-259-2220
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Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
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March 3, 2018
All I-95 Southbound Lanes Remain Closed
Potomac Mills sign leaning; closure for safety of public
DALE CITY – All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 will remain closed at the Prince William Parkway until the 180-foot privately-owned Potomac Mills sign can be taken down. The sign was damaged from yesterday’s winds and the decision was made to remove it.
While the sign is not owned or maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT, along with NOVEC, Virginia State Police, and the Prince William County Police Department are partnering to support operations in order to maintain the public’s safety and protect its infrastructure assets.
In order to remove the sign safely, crane crews need winds to be less than 13 miles per hour. Once winds decrease to that speed, it is estimated that crane assembly may take three hours, and sign removal 8 hours. However, VDOT cautions that unforeseen circumstances may add to that time. VDOT is focused on restoring traffic back to its normal conditions as soon as possible.
The following road closures exist:
- All lanes of southbound I-95 at Prince William Parkway
- The ramp from southbound Route 123 to southbound I-95
- Telegraph Road between Prince William Parkway and Opitz Boulevard
Southbound I-95 drivers are being diverted into the 95 Express Lanes, where tolls remain suspended.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including Route 1 through Woodbridge and US 301 in Maryland. Once the sign is safely removed, VDOT will lift all lane and ramp closures.