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Get There: December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006

Partial Building Collapse Closes North Lynn Street

A partial building collapse at a construction site at the intersection of North Lynn Street and 19th Street closes North Lynn Street between Wilson Boulevard and Lee Highway in Arlington....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 8, 2006; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Rock Creek Parkway Reopens Following Fatal Accident

Rock Creek Parkway was closed this morning between Calvert Street and Massachusetts Avenue due to an accident investigation. Shortly after midnight, a car traveling north on Rock Creek Parkway left the road and hit a tree near Massachusetts Avenue. Two individuals were killed in the accident, according to reports from the Associated Press. Traffic on inbound Beach Drive coming out of the zoo tunnel can now continue on to Rock Creek Parkway, according to Maptuit reports....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 8, 2006; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Congestion  
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New Traffic Law for Buses

There's a new law in the District that bars drivers from passing a stopped bus on the left and then making a right turn in front of it. This applies when the bus is loading or unloading passengers and is intended as a pedestrian safety measure. This month, the D.C. police will be issuing warnings if they spot a driver looping around a bus. Starting in January, you can get a $100 ticket. The District is supposed to provide stickers that can be placed on the backs of buses operating in the city that will warn drivers about the new rule. You should start seeing them on all sorts of buses, including Metro, the Circulator, Georgetown Blue Buses, Maryland and Virginia commuter charters and Tourmobiles. The new law, called the Pedestrian Protection Bus Safety Amendment Act of 2006, was introduced in the D.C. Council by David Catania. D.C. police say...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 7, 2006; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transit  
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Downtown Traffic For Tree Lighting

Here's what you need to know from D.C. police about the downtown traffic situation for this afternoon's lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse: There is no parking until 7 p.m. at these locations: -- 15th Street NW from Constitution Avenue to E Street NW -- 17th Street NW from Constitution Avenue, to E Street NW -- Constitution Avenue NW from 15th to 17th streets NW -- E Street, NW from 15th to 17th streets NW These streets will be closed to traffic from about 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.: -- Constitution Avenue between 14th Street and 18th Street NW -- 17th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue NW -- 15th Street between New York Avenue and Constitution Avenue NW -- Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th Street and 15th Street NW -- E Street between 17th and 18th streets NW -- E Street between 14th and 15th streets...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 7, 2006; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  holiday travel  
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What About the Roads and Rails?

Okay, so now we see local governments in Virginia and Maryland acting to slow the growth of their counties in response to traffic congestion brought on by development. We've seen that pendulum swing before. But the developers do their thing for a living, and they pay attention all the time. Voters get mad every once in a while, then walk away from the table before the underlying problems are solved. So the governments may hit the brakes on development for a while, but you'll still be hitting the brakes on your way to work for years to come. That is, unless people now put pressure on their governments to act on all the fine transportation improvement plans that are resting comfortably on the shelves. Development moratoriums are passive things, compared to the long, hard work involved in creating a better transportation system to support liveable communities. And it's fine to...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 6, 2006; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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VDOT Postpones Ramp Opening

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that it has to postpone the opening of the new ramp at the Springfield interchange until next week. VDOT had hoped for a Wednesday opening, as you'll see in the posting below this one. The cold weather is preventing the contractor from painting lane markings on the new ramp, which will carry traffic from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to Interstate 95 southbound. The temperature has to be at least 45 degrees for the markings to adhere to the pavement. Let's hope for some sun to warm that pavement....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2006; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Improvement at Springfield on Wednesday

Some of our bigger projects are so complex and long lasting that we're stunned when told we can actually drive on them. I feel that way about the plan to open an important new ramp at the Springfield Interchange on Wednesday morning. While it's a fragment of the total project -- which is one of the largest public works under construction in the nation -- it has my attention because the new ramp is designed to ease what I always saw as one of the interchange's main hazards: the need to merge left across several lanes to head south on I-95. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open Exit 57A from the Capital Beltway's outer loop to I-95 South by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. The ramp has two lanes, but only one would be opened at that hour, to allow space for the final work on lane markings....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Gridlock-Fighting Shopping Tips

Some anti-gridlock shopping tips for local travelers, collected from readers and other sources: -- Keep the total number of shopping trips to a minimum. Once you've written out what you want to buy for each person, do a list by shopping zone, so you can make the most of one trip and avoid having to revisit a crowded area. -- Check your gas gauge. It's easy to forget when you're running on holiday Adrenalin. -- After dinner time on the weeknights is a good time to shop. "I do it every year and I've never dealt with crowds, even the week right before Christmas," said one reader. -- Another said: "At Springfield Mall, and at several other malls, every other garage level lines up with a mall entrance. Those levels from which you have to walk up or down steps to get to the entrance are usually empty." -- And:...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 4, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  holiday travel  
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