Travelers will find Friday and the weekend's weather semi-arid compared to the Thursday deluge, and mild temperatures will encourage spring-like activity. The start of the Cherry Blossom Festival is still two weeks away, but you could shake off the winter blues at the District's St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning, but it's still winter at the Verizon Center, where the Capitals play hockey with the Hurricanes on Friday night and the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon. Here are some of the obstacles that could come between you and your destinations this weekend and next week.
| March 11, 2011; 11:03 AM ET |
Categories: Highways, Metro, Northern Virginia, Orange Line, Silver Line, Tysons Corner | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail, Dulles Rail, Intercounty Connector, Tysons Corner, wmata
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What rush hour? There were fleeting moments during drives on the Intercounty Connector this morning when I couldn't see another vehicle. And I saw no bottlenecks at the entrances and exits that appeared to be related to the new highway as tolling began today.
An accident on Interstate 95 at mile marker 151 in Prince William County has three lanes closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Would you pay $1.45 to wait in this stop-and-go traffic? That's what would have been deducted from my E-ZPass as I drove under the toll gantry on the eastbound Intercounty Connector during the Thursday afternoon rush period, just before I reached the line of waiting vehicles you see in the photo above. They were all waiting to make turns onto Norbeck Road, at what is currently the eastern end of the connector.
Crime is up on Metro, station work seems to never end and the Intercounty Connector finally opens. These are some of the items making headlines.
Travelers who read my driver's manual for the Intercounty Connector on Sunday noted that I recommended using an E-ZPass if they planned to regularly use the toll highway, and they asked how to get one.