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Get There: June 11, 2006 - June 17, 2006

Stay Away from the Wilson Bridge -- Again

Today is the beginning of another weekend to stay away from the Wilson Bridge. The workers over there are closing both sides of the Beltway on the Maryland shore so they can lift giant, steel beams over the highway. The beams will form the supports of a new interchange for Maryland Route 210. The work begins at 9 tonight and runs until 8 Saturday morning and again Saturday night until 8 Sunday morning, so if you're off to the beach make sure to get through the area before 9. Be careful, though. The first time they did this, they ran long, so I'd give them a little extra time on either end. If you do have to go through the area, you'll be taken on a detour that could delay you as much as a half hour. You can check camera views of the area on our traffic page. Speaking...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 16, 2006; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Rating the Commute

You guys are awesome. Day 1 of Rate Your Commute rated 84 comments and a behind-the-wheel look at all sorts of commutes, including one from New England. I'm surprised and a little impressed with how many people do combo commutes. I've always figured that once you get in the car it's hard to get out of it, especially if it means taking a bus or a train for another hour. It was also fun to see how many people can make it to work in almost a mile-a-minute times before a certain hour, but if they leave .01 seconds later, as Lun a Tic noted, then their commute turns into something really awful. My favorite post was this one, from driver guy: "wheaton to tyson's corner; ratings: morning is 45 cars out of a possible 55 cars afternoon is 27 cars out of a possible 55 cars the rating system...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2006; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rate Your Commute

We're going to try something new today called Rate Your Commute. What I'm hoping is that all you Get There fans will write in about what your commute was like today and everyday. Witty remarks are welcome and anything that makes me laugh out loud at my desk is worthy of a prize. (I don't actually have any prizes to award, but it'll still be worthy of one.) All other manner of commute descriptions are also welcome. Also, all rating systems are welcome, so long as you make clear which one you're using. I'm not entirely sure where we'll go with this. Maybe we'll crown someone the champion of the worst commute in Washington or something. But that's what's cool about this forum -- we don't need to know where it's headed. You and I can take it anywhere we want. I'll start off with my commute, which will probably...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 14, 2006; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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A New Kind of Traffic Report

The folks in Maryland announced that they are testing a new kind of traffic monitoring system that is supposed to tell drivers how long they'll be sitting on the highway. The $310,000 pilot program is on Interstate 70 in Howard and Baltimore counties and if it works, it'll be coming to a road near you sometime soon. The Maryland State Highway Administration and the University of Maryland at College Park have teamed up to put 10 roadside sensors on a 20-mile segment of eastbound I-70 between Route 27 and I-695. The sensors detect traffic speeds and volumes. As conditions change on I-70, estimated travel times to I-695 are automatically updated on five portable message signs. But wait, there's more. Not only does each sign tell drivers the estimated travel time between the sign and I-695, it also says what time the sign was last updated. State officials say that "this...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 13, 2006; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  highways  
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Hope for Traffic?

This comes from my online chat earlier today. I'll add a couple of my thoughts to it and then open it up for y'all. "Northern Virginia: Is there any hope for a solution to the traffic problems in our region? "When I bought my home 8 years ago, my commute was an acceptable 10 miles. Now, two jobs later, my commute is a miserable 25 miles each way. With the cost of housing, I can't afford to move closer to my job and I haven't had luck finding jobs closer to my home. "It seems to me that as long as companies in the DC metro area continue to recruit and hire new employees, developers will continue building more homes which leads to more traffic. For some strange reason, it seems that a developer can build 10,000 new homes in a few years but it can take the local, state,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 12, 2006; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Woodrow Wilson Bridge: Three New Lanes Open

Here's an announcement from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project: At 7:45 a.m. Sunday, all three lanes of northbound I-95/Capital Beltway Outer Loop were restored across the first new Woodrow Wilson Bridge, replacing the one-lane situation that was implemented at 9:30 p.m., Friday. The lane re-opening occurred ahead of the project's schedule, which had a worst-case scenario of reopening at 5 a.m., Monday. At 9:41 p.m. Saturday, project officials said, the first public vehicles rolled across the new Wilson Bridge in the single lane. A Toyota Corolla carrying Ted Shin of Elkridge, Md., was the first to cross the bridge. During the brief total closure to implement the switchover, the project presented the first six crossers with coins specially minted commemorate the opening of the bridge. Construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge began in October 2000. Separately, to the east of the new bridge, an overnight closure of the entire...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 11, 2006; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wilson Bridge  
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