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Posted at 1:44 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Mass. Ave. NW reopens

By Washington Post Editors

3:15 p.m. Update: Cato employees were sent home early after authorities discovered a gas leak in the basement of the think tank's building, according to D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer.

Piringer said crews traced the leak to a basement utility room. Emergency officials, Pepco and Washington Gas all responded to the situation, which was resolved about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Piringer said. The incident began about 1 p.m.

"After a while it was determined that the best course of action was just to let people go home," Piringer said.

Massachusetts Avenue NW was blocked from Ninth to 11th streets while crews responded to the emergency.

Original post: D.C. emergency officials are investigating a gas leak at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, which is the home of the Cato Institute. Massachusetts Avenue is closed between Ninth and 11th streets NW.

According to authorities, the building has been evacuated as a precaution. Expect traffic issues in the area, which is already congested due to an ongoing expansion at the think tank and the nearby construction of a hotel across Ninth Street from the Washington Convention Center.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2011; 1:44 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  
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Comments

Speaking of Mass Ave, I usually turn from Mass left onto Goldsboro Rd in Bethesda when heading home. At least four times since late fall I reached Goldsboro to find it blocked to left turn from Mass Ave and through traffic on Goldsboro Rd. My gripe isn't the road work -- I realize when a water main breaks or some other emergency occurs, the work needs to be done. My issue is that there is no warning before arriving at the attempted turn, not even something as simple as a sign "Road Blocked to Left Turn Ahead" on Mass Ave. A driver arrives at Goldsboro in the left turn lane and now has to negotiate into the right turn lane onto Goldsboro with all the traffic speeding by. A more dangerous option is attempting a U-Turn. How about a little help in the way of a warning sign from the road repair crew or whoever they are? They've been at this at least four times, so I think the odds are pretty good that they'll be back.

Posted by: stacycentral1977 | January 19, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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