Midday jam at Key Bridge/M Street
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.
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.
See a map of the area.
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