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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 hills on a beautiful spring day and have to start out staring at the back end of some guy's Grand Am.

On the way back yesterday afternoon, we got stuck in Manassas again, and then I bailed onto Lee Highway in Fairfax when I saw four lanes of brake lights in my future. Lee Highway turned out to be disappointingly congested and probably a bad call. It took me about 45 minutes to get to Arlington. I'd love to know what I-66 would have been like. Was anyone on I-66 Saturday around 2:30 p.m.?

Don't forget I have a web chat today at 11 a.m. I'll be online for an hour to talk about this week's dedication of a new Wilson Bridge and anything else you guys want to discuss.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 15, 2006; 9:54 AM ET
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