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Dr. Gridlock: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Construction causes I-66 E delays

Two of the three lanes of eastbound I-66 will be closed this weekend as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges that carry the highway over the Capital Beltway. The work is part of the high-occupancy toll...

By Michael Bolden  | August 28, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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Tanker crash closes Little River Tpke

A fuel tanker crash has closed the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Pickett Road in Fairfax City, according to a Fairfax County alert. Fire and rescue crews are on the scene cleaning up a fuel spill from the overturned...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 28, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Delays on 50 in Md. this weekend

Motorists traveling on U.S. 50 eastbound should expect major delays this weekend as road crews finish repairs along a nine-mile stretch of the highway.

By Michael Bolden  | August 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Metro: Delays, crowding on all lines

Delays are being reported due to crowding at the following Metro stops: Glenmont and Shady Grove on the Red Line; New Carrollton and Vienna-Fairfax/GMU on the Orange Line; Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center on the Blue Line; Branch Avenue and Greenbelt on the Green Line and Huntington on the Yellow Line.

By Derek Kravitz  | August 28, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Police ID car crash victims

Police have identified the three people who died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Stafford County Friday morning. Those killed were in the Caravan, police said: Melvin L. Miller, 73, of Stafford; his wife, Marilyn H. Miller, 70; and their daughter-in-law, Tina M. Miller, 47, of Stafford. The driver of the Impala was not injured, police said, adding that all of the people were wearing safety belts.

By Mark Berman  | August 27, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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New Montgomery speed camera sites

Montgomery County police Thursday announced 24 new locations for mobile and portable speed cameras.

By Michael Bolden  | August 27, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. computer problems affect DMV

All of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles offices are still unable to issue new or replacement driver's licenses, a day after a computer outage caused the state's largest digital malfunction since 2007.

By Michael Bolden  | August 27, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NYC to honor Arlington Fire Dept.

New York City officials are scheduled to present the Arlington County Fire Department with a section of steel from the World Trade Center on Sunday to honor the department's service on 9/11. The presentation will take place at 11 a.m....

By Michael Bolden  | August 27, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Circulator route debuts

Several changes begin Sunday for D.C.'s popular Circulator bus service. The biggest is the introduction of service along a route from Dupont Circle to Georgetown to Rosslyn. It operates Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

By Michael Bolden  | August 27, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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MARC delays lengthen

Delays due to the freight congestion are now running up to 40 minutes. Are you stuck on a train? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to transportation@washpost.com.

By Mark Berman  | August 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro delays cleared

Blue and Orange Line delays.

By Mark Berman  | August 27, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-95 North closed in Baltimore

If you plan on traveling north of Baltimore on Interstate 95 today, an accident in Charm City may delay your trip. State transportation officials say the northbound lanes of the interstate are closed just past Exit 57 (Boston/O'Donnell Street) due...

By Michael Bolden  | August 26, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLK Hwy reopens at US 50

A fatal accident on Route 704/Martin Luther King Jr. Highway at U.S. 50 is slowing down traffic on the roadway.

By Mark Berman  | August 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue and Yellow line delays cleared

Delays on the Blue and Yellow Lines due to a switch malfunction outside Van Dorn Street.

By Mark Berman  | August 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NHTSA: 1 in 5 admit drinking & driving

Federal officials Wednesday punctuated their annual summer's-end announcement of a crackdown on drunk driving with the release of a survey which revealed that one in five Americans admit to climbing behind the wheel after drinking.

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Metro peak a.m. fares start Monday

Metro plans to implement the morning phase of its new "peak-of-the-peak" fare beginning Monday.

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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C. Bridge Rd. work to affect rush hour

The water main work on Chain Bridge Road at North Glebe Road will continue into the evening rush hour, according to Arlington officials. Drivers should use alternate routes, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Person falls on Orange Line tracks

A Metro customer fell onto the trackbed at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at Virginia Square Station on the Orange Line and was helped back onto the platform by other customers, according to the transit agency. The customer is receiving medical...

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video contest fights distracted driving

The Department of Transportation, Seventeen magazine and AAA have teamed to fight distracted driving. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the groups are co-sponsoring a video challenge intended "to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of talking and texting while driving."

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preliminary report on Alaska crash

Impact from the Alaska plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others, including a Germantown man, earlier this month dislodged an emergency locator beacon from its mounting bracket, federal investigators said.

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meet the MARC managers

Maryland commuter rail riders will get a chance to meet some of the people who operate the MARC train service on Thursday. The Maryland Transit Administration is holding its regular Meet the MARC Managers event, this time at the Germantown...

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rte. 355 northbound reopens

With S. Frederick Road/MD 355 blocked in both directions in Gaithersburg, it'd be a good idea to avoid the area entirely if possible. Drivers needing to get through this stretch could brave the I-270 traffic. You could also head further west and take Great Seneca Highway/MD 119, or head east and try Muncaster Mill Road/MD 115 (that depends on how far east or west you need to go). But expect massive backups in Gaithersburg due to this closure.

By Mark Berman  | August 25, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. chat on storm preparedness

The District's Department of Public Works plans to hold an online discussion on Wednesday to answer questions about trash and debris collection and sandbag distribution.

By Michael Bolden  | August 25, 2010; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC tickets and elevators

A pair of quirks for MARC riders to know about today:

By Mark Berman  | August 25, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Audit: Va. should track transp. recs.

An independent review of the Virginia Transportation Research Council has found that more needs to be done to determine if its findings are being implemented.

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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18th Street NW closed

Eighteenth Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and G Street in Northwest Washington is shut down due to police activity, according to District authorities. Westbound G Street is also closed between 17th and 18th streets....

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Minnesota Ave. reopens after crash

6:45 p.m. Update: The street has reopened. Original post: Minnesota Avenue is closed in both directions between 17th and 19th streets SE due to a car accident, according to the District Department of Transportation....

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amtrak: Service back to normal

A power failure has suspended service on MARC's Penn Line and on Amtrak through much of the Northeastern Corridor.

By Mark Berman  | August 24, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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New speed cameras in Silver Spring

Montgomery County officials say two new speed cameras have been installed near White Oak Middle School to help combat "persistent speed on New Hampshire Avenue near the school."

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Va. police step up wknd. patrols

If you received a ticket on Interstate 66 this past weekend, you were caught in a traffic safety initiative by the Virginia State Police. The effort increased the presence of troopers on both I-66 and Interstate 64. On I-66, troopers...

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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I-66 W to close for rail work

According to Dulles Rail Project officials, Interstate 66 westbound s going to be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday because of construction on the Silver Line extension of Metrorail. According to officials, the construction will allow crews to build support structures to carry the new rail line where it will merge into the Orange Line.

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Canal Road reopens

A roundup of the morning's traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  | August 24, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Red Line delays cleared

12:15 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been resolved. Original post: Metro says a a switch malfunction at Silver Spring is causing delays in both directions on the Red Line. Are you on the Red Line experiencing the problem....

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspicious package cleared

11 A.M. UPDATE: Authorities say the entrance has reopened and the package has been cleared. . 10:50 A.M. UPDATE Expect street closures in the vicinity, too, as police investigate the package. D.C. emergency personnel are on the scene assisting the...

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Chinese traffic jam hits 10-day mark

And you thought the Beltway was bad. Gridlock spanning 60 miles has been stuck in place for 10 days in China, with traffic stemming from construction in Beijing moving only about a half-mile per day, and vendors setting up shop to profit off the captive audience.

By Luke Rosiak  | August 24, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Orange Line delays cleared

5:45 p.m. Update: Metro is not reporting any delays at this hour. Original post: A train malfunction at East Falls Church is causing delays on the Orange Line. Trains in both directions between West Falls Church and Ballston stations are...

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax HOV ramps to open for all

U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) took credit for the openings, with a press release noting he "convinced the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that the change would help reduce traffic congestion." Connolly wrote a May letter to federal transportation authorities, arguing the opening of the HOV ramps was a "common sense approach to improving traffic flow in the I-66 corridor."

By Derek Kravitz  | August 23, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Driving, Northern Virginia, Transportation Politics, Virginia  | Tags:  HOT lanes  
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More police officers on Metrorail

As the school year kicks off this week in the District of Columbia more transit officers will be riding Metrorail to keep an eye on students.

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Major delays on I-66 this weekend

Two of the three lanes of eastbound I-66 will be closed this weekend as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges that carry the highway over the Capital Beltway. The work is part of the high-occupancy toll...

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Traffic cameras installed on buses

Frederick County Public Schools have installed cameras on school buses to catch drivers speeding past them.

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Canal Rd. closes for tree removal

According to the District Department of Transportation, the National Park Service will close Canal Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Foxhall and Reservoir roads due to emergency tree removal....

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'All-You-Can-Jet' auction

If you missed a chance to buy one of JetBlue's "All-You-Can-Jet" passes before they sold out last week, here's another chance.

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New pattern on 14th St. Bridge

On Monday, if the plan goes according to schedule, commuters will find the left-center lane blocked as they head for either 14th Street or the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. That means the work zone will have moved one lane to the left. After a year-long phase in which the far-right lane was the only one blocked off, the bridge rehabilitation project has moved out fairly rapidly across the span. The current work zone was set up in July.d

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Your morning comute roundup

Good morning all, Welcome back to work. Here is a look at the Monday morning commute so far: 8:30 AM UPDATE --The disabled vehicle has cleared from I-270 S. 8:15 AM --Little River Turnpike eastbound at Wakefield Chapel Road in...

By Kafia Hosh  | August 23, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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