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Get There: March 25, 2007 - March 31, 2007

Neighbors Worry About New Stadium Traffic

Just days before the Nationals begin their final season at RFK Stadium, the baseball team's soon-to-be neighbors in Southwest Washington met last night with the officials and consultants who are trying to make this new relationship work. Stadium design sketch released by District. The neighbors are worried about the baseball fans, and many find no solace in the District's experience in arranging the flow of the baseball traffic to and from RFK. They talk about differences in geography and fear that on game days they will become prisoners in their homes as traffic moves toward the new stadium. They worry about the safety of their children. Concern extends up into the southern portion of Capitol Hill. Those folks are worried that some baseball-bound drivers might choose to park north of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and walk down to the stadium on South Capitol Street. The government officials and consultants did a...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 30, 2007; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Stadium  
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South Capitol Bridge Weekend Work

From 10 a.m. Friday until about 4 a.m. on Monday, the Frederick Douglass Bridge will be undergoing repairs. All inbound lanes of South Capitol Street across the Anacostia River will be closed, but the District says they will be reopened in time for Monday morning's rush period. Inbound drivers will be directed to follow detours on Interstate 295 North to the 11th Street Bridge so they can continue westbound trips. Traffic heads across Frederick Douglass Bridge. (Mark Gail -- The Washington Post) This is the fourth in a series of weekend bridge closures of all lanes in one direction. The District Department of Transportation says the work is in preparation for the really big project this summer, in which the bridge will be completely shut down for July and August. The transportation department says that the first three closures, on the weekends of Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and March 9,...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 29, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Builder Picked for Intercounty Connector

Maryland has picked a contractor to build the western part of the intercounty connector, even though an environmenal lawsuit seeking to block the project is unresolved. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that the state has chosen a joint venture called Intercounty Constructors of Annapolis Junction to design and build the first phase of the much-debated highway under a $478.7 million contract. That will cover seven miles of the connector, between Interstate 370 and Georgia Avenue. That portion is scheduled to be complete in late 2010, according to the State Highway Administration. The segments east of Georgia Avenue would open in late 2011 or 2012. The state has broken up the highway job into five contracts in a project that wil eventually create an 18.8 mile highway connecting the I-270 corridor in the west to the I-95/Route1 corridor in the east. Intercounty Constructors combines Granite Construction Company, Corman Construction Inc. and...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 28, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Accident Blocks Southbound I-95 Lanes in Va.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 are closed due to an accident involving a jackknifed tractor-trailer near the Route 123 exit in Woodbridge. According to Maptuit, delays begin at Newington. Southbound traffic is being forced to exit onto Route 1. All northbound express and main lanes are open. UPDATE: All southbound lanes were reported reopened at 9:24 a.m....

By Kyle Balluck  |  March 27, 2007; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Kaine Proposes Changes to Transportation Bill

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine (D) today threw the transportation plan back at the General Assembly with major changes, but he said the Republican House speaker will back them as a compromise. Kaine said in a statement: "I am offering substantial amendments to the transportation legislation that will address three critical issues: ensuring that the regional plans in our two largest metropolitan areas are workable and acceptable to local elected officials; ensuring that rural areas get a fair share of transportation dollars; and ensuring that core services are protected and that the debt contained in the package is supported in a fiscally responsible manner. House Bill 3202, sponsored by Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and passed by the General Assembly, can be seen here. These are some highlights from Kaine about how he wants to amend it when the legislature reconvenes on April 4: -- Statewide Funding. Authorize $3 billion in...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 26, 2007; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Drivers: How Much Information Is Enough?

A letter I received this morning raising a continuing concern of mine about how much information people need to successfully navigate this region. This one had to do with a Dr. Gridlock column item from Sunday about the new D.C. law barring motorists from passing stopped buses to make a right turn. (Third item: "Passing Buses.") But I could give you a second one from the weekend as well: Was there enough information about the National Marathon's potential impact on Saturday's traffic to help people make travel decisions? Many angry people said on Saturday that they had no idea it was coming. Sign on back of Metrobus warns of new law, among other things. (Robert Thomson) But here's what the letter-writer said in response to my column: Dear Dr. Gridlock: I don't feel you fully addressed Michael McConihe's question regarding the ticket he received in D.C. after he turned right...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 26, 2007; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving  
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