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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Many area roads still empty

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

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At 8:30 a.m. on a normal weekday, the roads would be clogged with commuters heading to work. The sidewalks of Washington and its neighboring enclaves would be bustling with people hurrying to catch a bus or train. You would certainly not expect an easy commute if you were going to be on I-95 North at the Springfield Interchange, on the Inner Loop approaching I-66, on the Outer Loop at University Boulevard or on westbound New York Avenue entering the District. Nor would you expect downtown Washington's roads to be so empty.

But in the wake of Wednesday's massive snowstorm, which drenched the region in slush and ice, Thursday morning's commute isn't normal. Federal workers have a two-hour delay and can operate on unscheduled leave or telework. And while many major arteries have already been cleared up, there are still plenty of icy and blocked roads throughout the region.

Crews clearing the major arteries have to move on to the side roads next. So if you can get to a major road, many of them appear to be passable -- but getting out of your neighborhood in the first place could still take a while. If your area is still uncleared, here's the contact information you could use to report your situation.

By Mark Berman  | January 27, 2011; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion  
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Be careful out there and stay alert. I saw a lot of abondoned cars out there this morning on my way in (Randolph Rd. west to Georgia Ave. north to Glenmont metro). Many of the cars I saw didn't even try to make it to the side of the road. Saw a lot sitting in the middle of the lanes and one in the middle of intersection getting stuck while trying to make a left turn.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 27, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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