New Way to Monitor D.C. Snow Clearing
Check out a new way of monitoring the progress of snow clearing equipment in the District.
The District Department of Transportation has launched a pilot project on its Web site so people can see what the city's snow crews are doing on the streets. DDOT says the goal is to create a stream of information for the public to see how and when road surfaces are treated during a winter storm, and the department wants your feedback.
The site can be found at www.ddot.dc.gov. Click on "Snow Plan," then click on "Snow Automatic Vehicle Locator." Or click on this link to take you there.
One thing you'll notice is that this system doesn't do primary roads, like Connecticut or Wisconsin avenues, that are maintained by contractors rather than DDOT crews. You can tell the city what you think of this new information and accountability system by using this e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's not one thing about getting around today that's easy. The snow and ice are very heavy. It's like shoveling sand. Our Continuous News Desk is trying to update the traffic and transit situation. Look on the Home Page for the latest. There's no transit system that's working real well today. Metrorail seems to be doing the best. VRE and MARC have struggled, and the buses are in the worst shape.
Another advisory for homeward bound drivers: All lanes on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are open but there are wind restrictions. You can get the very latest by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN.
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