News of transportation and transit across Fairfax County:
DMV OFFICE IN TYSONS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS: The Tysons customer-service center of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed through mid-December for renovation.
The facility, located at 1968 Gallows Road, closed on Dec. 1 for installation of additional service windows, bringing the facility’s total to 22. In addition, additional cameras will be added so driver’s-license transactions can move more quickly.
The facility is expected to reopen on Dec. 19.
COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON KIRBY ROAD SIDEWALK DESIGN: Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold a community meeting Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Chesterbrook Elementary School, 1753 Kirby Road in McLean, to discuss the planned Kirby Road sidewalk project from Chesterbrook Road to Mori Street.
Officials will present a preliminary design and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input. Transportation officials also will accept public comments through the close of business on Jan. 2.
This project aims to construct about 1,300 linear feet of 5- to 6-foot-wide sidewalk with curb and gutter along the southeast side of Kirby Road between Chesterbrook Road and Mori Street.
Officials also have proposed to build a pedestrian crossing and median refuge at Mori Street to connect the new sidewalk to the existing shared-use trail on the west side of Kirby Road. Construction of the proposed pedestrian facility will require right of way acquisition, utility relocation and tree removal, county officials said.
The project is separate from the Kirby Road sidewalk projects from Chesterbrook Elementary School to Franklin Avenue.
MEMORIAL BRIDGE TO EXPERIENCE ANOTHER WEEKEND CLOSURE: The National Park Service will close Memorial Bridge, weather-permitting, to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians from Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. to Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 a.m.
The closure will allow work crews to install a temporary support structure under the bridge and begin to remove steel from the center span of the bridge as part of a $227 million restoration project.
The work will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather. For updates, see the Web site at https://go.nps.gov/memorialbridge.
ITALIAN CARRIER AIMS TO SERVE DULLES NEXT YEAR: It may be in a financially strapped condition, but Italian air carrier Alitalia has announced plans to begin five nonstop flights per week from Washington Dulles International Airport to Rome starting next spring.
The air carrier will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft, capable of carrying 249 passengers in three-class configuration. Service is slated to start on May 2.
Alitalia Flight 618 will depart Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport on Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays at 9:30 a.m., arriving at Dulles at 1:30 p.m. The return Flight 619 will depart Dulles at 4:15 p.m., arriving in Rome at 7 a.m. the subsequent day.
The proposed service “further enhances the connectivity and choice available for business travelers and tourists on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Jack Potter, CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Alitalia can trace its roots to 1946; its most recent incarnation dates to 2015. Last year, the carrier entered the bankruptcy process in Italy after employees rejected a proposal to cut jobs.
Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, which also includes Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.