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Traffic delays for officer funeral

[This post has been updated]

A funeral procession for a D.C. police officer who died after a car crash Oct. 30 is expected to disrupt traffic in Virginia and the District Thursday afternoon.

Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, was responding to a call when the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole, according to police. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Dittamo joined the force in June 2009.

The funeral procession for Dittamo, the first D.C. police officer to die in the line of duty since 2007, will depart St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lake Ridge, Va., at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday for the District, police said. The procession will travel pass the 7th District police station where Dittamo was assigned and then return to Virginia to the burial site in Manassas. Expect street closures along the route, and police warn that drivers should expect heavy traffic.

Here is the route:

Continue onto Oakwood Drive
Left Right onto Old Bridge Road
Left Right onto Route 123 (Gordon Blvd)
Exit onto Interstate 95 Northbound (Main lanes)
Exit onto Interstate 395 Northbound
Continue over the 14th Street Bridge (Main Span)
Enter the District of Columbia
Continue on Interstate 395
Merge right to the 11th Street Bridge
Merge onto Interstate 295 Southbound
Exit right onto outbound Suitland Parkway SE
Exit right onto Alabama Avenue SE
Turn right onto Alabama Avenue SE
Pass the 7th District Station
Continue to 25th Street SE
Left onto Good Hope Road SE
Right onto 13th Street SE
Merge onto 11th Street Bridge
Continue Interstate 395 toward Virginia
Exit the District of Columbia
Continue Interstate 395 Southbound (HOV Lanes)
Exit onto Interstate 95 Southbound (Main lanes)
Exit onto Dale Blvd
Continue on Dale Blvd to Sacred Heart Cemetery at on Purcell Road

Arlington County estimates that the motorcade will necessitate a closure of 395 northbound between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Driving, Metro  
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Posted by: thornwalker1 | November 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

This is a tremendous disruption. Why cannot we go back to keeping private things private instead of making a circus out of such personal events as funerals? I have been impressed with most of the Arlington County Police that I have encountered. However, this is extremely special attention for someone who died in a car accident. It would be more tasteful and appropriate if the event was kept to family and friends--isn't that what the funeral ritual is for--or is it a political statement that police personnel are somehow to be treated better by far than the rest of us?

Posted by: SaintJoseph | November 4, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a tremendous disruption. Why cannot we go back to keeping private things private instead of making a circus out of such personal events as funerals? I have been impressed with most of the Arlington County Police that I have encountered. However, this is extremely special attention for someone who died in a car accident. It would be more tasteful and appropriate if the event was kept to family and friends--isn't that what the funeral ritual is for--or is it a political statement that police personnel are somehow to be treated better by far than the rest of us?

Posted by: SaintJoseph | November 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I understand closing streets for The President or visiting dignitaries, but what is the danger to a hearse?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow...ever the classy Washington Post commenters. An officer dies in the line of duty and you're mad because you were inconvenienced for a few minutes. Perhaps you should take that time to reflect on the men and women that put their life on the lines everyday for our protection.

RIP, Officer Dittamo.

Posted by: johnson_transpo | November 4, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, they should be treated "better by far than the rest of us". I met him and his family, went to the funeral, was in that procession line, and rode with my husband past the 7th district precinct where he worked with Dittamo on their 11PM-7AM shift. His "car accident" was while he was in-route rushing to back-up fellow officers. How do you think those officers feel? Except for the mayor walking in late during the eulogy, he deserved all that was done in his honor yesterday-including the inconveniencing of drivers. Loved seeing people that intentionally pulled over and got out to put their hands over their hearts or salute while we all drove by - even in Southeast! What a comparison...

Posted by: cibacon | November 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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