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Posted at 7:51 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Ferry stranded on the Potomac

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

It turns out this week's big rainstorms didn't just slow people traveling on land. A ferry carrying cars across the Potomac River became stuck and stranded for several hours yesterday. The storms that caused so many problems earlier this week for commuters also had an impact on the water: debris from the storms floated down the river and accumulated on the cables that guide the ferry between Leesburg and Poolesville. Read more from the Associated Press.

By Mark Berman  | December 3, 2010; 7:51 AM ET
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That this ferry still operates and with this situation could have been a major accident, opens up the ongoing need for the construction of a major bridge connecting I 270 and the VA corridor through to I 95 or I 66. It has always been the wealthy landowners of this area who have fought against the bridge's construction but the time is now to begin to alleviate the heavy traffic on the beltway by providing a bypass link to either of the above interstates.

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | December 3, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

@david: but..but..but..we have to keep roads in that area exactly the same as they were 100 years ago, or the sun won't rise in the morning. LOL

Posted by: gilmoredaniel | December 3, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Good luck with the second crossing. You can put a major highway through poor or middle class areas, but not through wealthy ones.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 3, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

You guys got that right! You think you're being funny, but stay out of my neighborhood!! We don't need or want anymore traffic than there already is. We don't want Loudoun County built up like all the other traffic congested areas everywhere else in Northern Virginia. It's called "the country" for a reason. Leave it be!!!

Posted by: aktotlykrzy | December 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

May the NIMBYs burn in hell, preferably one that looks like one of the bridges over the Potomac at rush hour.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A second road crossing is a waste of tax payer dollars. YAY teaparty! Oh wait a multi million dollar plan to build another bridge for the rich in western Montgomery county and loudon is okay, but when it comes to public transportation or feeding the unemployed its not. now I remember.

Posted by: Baltimore137 | December 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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