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Photo Flashback: Beltway Breezin' Edition

The next time you're stuck in a backup on the Beltway--which will probably be this afternoon--think back to Aug. 13, 1964. That's when this photo of a blissfully traffic-free Beltway was taken:

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The photo was taken by a Post staffer named McNamee. The caption info on the back reads: Neil Moyer, 17, and Jimmie Hoffsinger, 17, pedal along the Capital beltway near a railroad overpass west of the Wash-Balt parkway. Official cars, construction workers and many bicycle riders are the only vehicles allowed on the road prior to its official opening.

The Beltway was officially opened four days later. There was a traffic jam.

By John Kelly  |  November 9, 2009; 7:21 AM ET
Categories:  Photos of Washington  
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I'd love to know if Neil and Jimmy eventually went on to suffer in Beltway traffic jams over the course of their working careers.

Posted by: mfromalexva1 | November 9, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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