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Get There: May 14, 2006 - May 20, 2006

The new Wilson Bridge opens! Sorta.

Get There offers its sincere apologies for not getting here before now. I've been out most of the day at the celebration for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Before you get too excited, this is only the first of two bridges and is not expected to dramatically improve commutes. It's six lanes just like the old one, though it does have shoulders to clear accidents. It's also taller, so the drawbridge won't have to open very much. The real changes are expected in two years when a second six lane bridge opens. That'll double capacity across the bridge and conceivably erase the daily jams that plague bridge traffic. Still, that didn't stop project officials from holding a big celebration today that seemed to include every local, state and federal official you can imagine. Some even brought their families. The crowd of about 1,000 transportation officials and construction workers got tired...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 18, 2006; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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What Would You Drive?

A report came out last night that tells us everything we ever wanted to know about who drives what in the Washington region. Much of the report is what you'd expect: people in the inner suburbs have less and smaller cars than people in the outer suburbs, for instance. But it's still kind of fascinating to get a rundown of what we drive. First, the big numbers: There are 3.3 million cars in the Washington region, 1.6 million in Maryland, 1.5 million in Virginia and 250,000 in the District. Of those, 2 million are passenger cars and station wagons, 1.2 million are SUVs and 160,000 or so are commercial trucks. Think Virginia, and especially HOV, is overrun with hybrids? Well, you're right. There are 11,843 hybrids in the D.C. area and 8,280 of them are in Virginia. And these aren't a bunch of crunchy liberals in Arlington. These are primarily...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 17, 2006; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Most Congested Intersections in MoCo

Montgomery County has released its 2006 Highway Mobility Report--I know, I know, settle down--and it includes a list of the county's 10 most congested intersections. Here they are, ranked in order of congestion: 1. Georgia Avenue (MD 97) at Forest Glen Road 2. Rockville Pike (MD 355) at Cedar Lane 3. Great Seneca Highway (MD 119) at Muddy Branch Road 4. Rockville Pike (MD 355) at South Drive/Wood Road 5. Columbia Pike (US 29) at Southwood Avenue 6. Frederick Road (MD 355) at Ridge Road (MD 27) 7. Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) at Jones Bridge Road 8. Connecticut Avenue (MD 195) at University Boulevard (MD 193) 9. Frederick Road (MD 355) at King Farm Boulevard 10. Rockville Pike (MD 355) at Pooks Hill Road Seven of the 10 intersections have been on the list for at least two years, which means things aren't exactly getting better. The biggest losers this...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 16, 2006; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Funky Traffic

It happened again. The highways were all jammed up during the day Friday, but free and clear at 5 p.m. My wife had to get from downtown D.C. to Falls Church by 6:30 p.m. I told her to leave around 5 p.m. to be sure to make it. She left at 5 p.m. and got there at about 5:25 p.m. What is going on here? I'm really starting to think the best time to head out of town is at 5 p.m. on a Friday. I can't believe I just wrote that. As for me, I headed west on Interstate 66 at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and hit traffic no less than three times, once in Fairfax, again by the construction in Manassas and finally in Gainesville. I don't know about you guys, but I still haven't made my peace with weekend traffic. It's particularly insidious to head off to the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 15, 2006; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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