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Get There: March 4, 2007 - March 10, 2007

Weekend Work at Douglass Bridge

The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street traffic over the Anacostia River, will be under repair again this weekend. The inbound lanes will remain closed from 10 a.m. Friday to as late as 4 a.m. Monday, but will be back in business for the Monday morning rush period. Driver heading toward downtown Washington will be directed to follow detours on Interstate 295 North to the 11th Street Bridge. This is the third in a series of weekend closings of all lanes in one direction. The main event in the rehabilitation program won't come until July and August, when the bridge will be completely shut down. That's when the northernmost portion of the bridge will be lowered to become an at-grade roadway with a new intersection at Potomac Avenue. The plan is to open up the neighborhood, where the new Nationals stadium is being built, and create a better...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 7, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Construction  
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Snow Advisories for Commuters

The District is deploying 150 trucks and 450 people to work clearing the roads. The top priorities will be major roadways, bridges and overpasses. The next set of targets will be secondary roads and neighborhood streets. Maryland keeps track of traffic alerts on this page. Virginia posts a road conditions map. You can see a map showing how well the District plows are doing during the storm or get an update on traffic conditions throughout the region on our Web site. "We will do our part in treating roadways -- and motorists need to do their part in driving carefully or taking public transportation instead of driving," Emeka Moneme, the District transportation director, said in a statement. He urged city residents and businesses to clean the sidewalks and clear catch basin openings near their property to keep pedestrians safe and also to prevent flooding once the snow melts. District residents...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 6, 2007; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weather  
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Who's More Patient?

Are drivers more patient during travel delays than train riders? I was speaking with Metro Transit Police Chief Polly Hanson and some of her officers last week to answer some reader letters. In an aside, she said she thought drivers stuck in traffic tended to be more tolerant of the delays than Metrorail riders. We talked a little about why that might be. (She wasn't endorsing delays of any sort.) I'll offer some thoughts, and I'd like to hear yours about whether there is a difference and if so, why. Information is key. In the car, you're in your own space, with a source of information and entertainment. Sometimes, I hear from drivers who are frustrated not only by the delays but also by the lack of information about them on the radio. They don't like sitting in slow traffic, but it's somehow more tolerable if they know what's going...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 5, 2007; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Commuting  
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