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Midday jam at Key Bridge/M Street

By Robert Thomson

3 p.m. update:
The District Department of Transportation is aware of the backups, caused by a D.C. Water project, and is sending another team of traffic control officers to the area to help get drivers through the clogged up intersections, says department spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc.

Original post:
Midday work in the roadway has shut the westbound lanes of M Street NW, where the Whitehurst Freeway joins it in Georgetown.There are several traffic control officers on the scene, which is good. Even better would be adding a couple at Key Bridge and M Street, where traffic inbound from Virginia meets both directions of M Street traffic.

There's much honking, but not much movement. The problem is that the westbound detour required at the freeway/M Street junction has traffic backed up through the nearby Key Bridge/M Street intersection. The light for the inbound bridge traffic is green for 20 seconds, but the M Street traffic is still backed up through the intersection. That in turn backs up the eastbound traffic on M Street.

Nobody's happy. Much as the D.C. Department of Transportation's officers are needed at M and the freeway, they could also do some good untangling the related snarl in the Key Bridge/M Street intersection. Meanwhile, westbound traffic on M Street and the freeway is congested back to Rock Creek Park.

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By Robert Thomson  | November 10, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, District  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Stop with the horns. It never changes anything and is just unneeded noise. Why was the work being done at midday?

Posted by: jckdoors | November 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Work at midday doesn't require paying DCPW employees overtime.

And honking horns is a basic form of ritualized communication for cabbies. Since none speak the same dialect anymore.

Posted by: TonyManero | November 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't suppose anyone knows when or if this cleared up?

Posted by: EtoilePB | November 10, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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