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Get There: May 28, 2006 - June 3, 2006

Watch Out, Weekend Travelers

If you're going to be driving the Capital Beltway at night this weekend -- or any weekend in June -- you'll want to read Steve Ginsberg's story in today's Post about the construction plans involving the Wilson Bridge and the Springfield Mixing Bowl. And Metro riders also should be alert this weekend. This is how the transit authority describes the work and its impact in a statement: Metro personnel will conduct a complete maintenance overhaul outside the Stadium Armory Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines from 10 p.m., Friday, June 2 to 5 a.m., Monday, June 5. This will include the replacement of 900 feet of running rail, cross ties, tie plates, stone ballast, and traction power cables on both tracks. As a result of this work, trains will not be able to operate between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road, and Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Avenue. To perform this work,...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 2, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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The ICC Wins

Thirty-nine people -- a new Get There record! -- wrote in yesterday to vote on whether they would drive on the ICC. The results of this completely scientific, totally definitive, irrefutable poll show that 19 people said they would at least occasionally drive the highway and nine said never, not a chance, fugettaboutit, go fly a kite. So I think we can definitively declare that two-thirds of people love the ICC more than their own mothers. Some of the other responses were too difficult to put in one column or the other, such as "20850" who said no to using the highway but hoped other people would. As usual, any discussion of the ICC brings out a lot of strong feelings -- and strongly expressed misconceptions. Let me address a few of my favorites here. Tola wrote: "Wow, I've been keeping up with this debate since I lived near it's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2006; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  intercounty connector  
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Will You Drive on the ICC?

So it sure looks like Maryland is going to build the intercounty connector. After 50-some years of discussion the state is just a couple months away from turning dirt and a couple years away from opening for drivers. Read today's story on it here. Which brings us to this question: Who's going to use it? Will you? There is no shortage of opponents for this project and it makes one wonder if any of them will actually use the road when it opens in 2010. It's kind of like the Wal-Mart opponents. They often oppose a store, but when it opens in their neighborhood many of them find that they just can't stay away. The cheap prices and variety of goods are too much to resist. (Or maybe they have to shop there because every other store has gone out of business.) Will the time savings and convenience of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 31, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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ICC Gets Federal Approval

Steve was right in his entry below. It was a big announcement on the intercounty connector. And it was hot. Steve wrote a story about it that's on the site right now....

By Robert Thomson  |  May 30, 2006; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Major ICC Announcement

That's what this morning's press release says. What the announcement is, state officials won't say. But given that Gov. Bob Ehrlich and Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan will be there, you can be sure it has something to do with taking a major step toward building the highway. The political dynamics should be interesting, what with Duncan one of two Democrats trying to unseat Ehrlich and both of them major ICC supporters. It'll also be interesting to see whether opponents have enough time over the next hour to get there and make their opinions heard. And what's with major ICC announcements always being on blistering hot days?? Last year's announcement designating a route was on a scorcher and today's is too. Can't they arrange for a nice southerly breeze for $2.4 billion?? On another note, I'm looking to tag along with a commuter or two to experience some of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 30, 2006; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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