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Get There: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Weekend Traffic,Transit Advisories

One of the things I'm learning during this first spring since becoming "Dr. Gridlock" is how rapid and extensive is the start of the construction season on our highways and streets. Here are a few of the big ones that might affect your travel plans this weekend and into next week. Wilson Bridge This is the big one for the weekend: Saturday and Sunday, all lanes on Capital Beltway at the Route 210 interchange in Prince George's County will be closed overnight so work crews can hoist up the steel beams that will support the second half of the new overpass, which is scheduled to open this fall. The shutdown will occur from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday night and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night. If you have to be out in this, watch for these detours: -- I-95 North travelers will be detoured onto the...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 27, 2007; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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Reno Road Reopens

Complaint letters come in about some road work out of all proportion to the route's share of the region's traffic. One such commuter route is the District's Reno Road, which snakes through the western part of the city. But today is different: It's done. Road barriers were about to come down on Wednesday as work ended. (Robert Thomson) The rebuilt roadway between Nebraska Avenue and Military Road is open. "I appreciate the patience of residents and motorists during this full reconstruction," Emeka Moneme, the director of the District Department of Transportation, said in a statement. "Reno Road is open and it looks fantastic." It does look great. (Having cost $3.2 million in federal and local money.) Erik Linden, the department's spokesman, has been providing updates on progress over the months. Earlier this week, drivers who could see that the project was nearly done were getting impatient for removal of the...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 27, 2007; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Bad Experience at Metro Station

For the second time this month, I've gotten complaints about how Metro communicated with customers during the evacuation of a station. I wrote about one in Sunday's Dr. Gridlock. Now, a letter writer tells me about the Monday afternoon incident at Bethesda. I'll probably respond to this letter in an upcoming newspaper column, but would like to share it with you first and hear from anyone who also experienced this situation. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I was on my way home from Metro Center on the Red Line Monday. We arrived at Bethesda at about 4:10 pm, people got off and on and then we sat for a few minutes. Out of the blue we were told that the train was going out of service and we must exit the train but another train was right behind this one. We stood on the platform for less than a minute when an...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 26, 2007; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Traffic Calming Program Begins in District

Some people who care about saving lives on D.C. streets got together at Fort Reno Park this morning to launch a campaign called Pace Car. So far, they've gotten 400 drivers to sign pledges that include the following phrases: -- "I will drive within the posted speed limit on city streets." -- "I will not be pressured by others' impatience to drive above the posted speed limit." Pace Car program window decal. (WABA) If you drive in the city, you know these are bold steps. Traveling to the press conference, I took Military Road, where the speed limit is the District's standard 25 mph for neighborhood streets. It looked like half the drivers were honoring the numerous signs and sticking to the limit. So what do the pledge signers get in exchange? It's a sticker to place on the vehicle's back window, and it says, "DC Neighborhood Pace Car, 25...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 25, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Safety  
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Paving Projects Abound

Dear Dr. Gridlock: Going north on Georgia Avenue, as you go under the Beltway, it is four lanes. Drivers in the right lane were warned after the Beltway that they would have to merge past Forest Glen Road. This past weekend, I noticed that the right lane is now expected to merge before Forest Glen Road. Is this going to be a new change? Or are things just off-kilter because of the repaving project? I have to say that forcing the merge before the Beltway and Forest Glen Road is going to make things a mess trying to get out of the Seminary Road area and north on Georgia. That fourth lane is desperately needed to accommodate the huge amount of cars coming off the Outer Loop, as well as helping to move the traffic trying to turn right on Forest Glen Road and heading to Holy Cross Hospital. Meredith...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 25, 2007; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Sinkhole Forces Inner Loop Lane Closures

Emergency repairs on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway are expected to extend into the afternoon rush hour, according to officials of the Woodrow Wilson bridge project. A two-foot-square sinkhole, located near the Route 1 interchange, forced the closure of two lanes. Crews shut down the far left lane on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The second left lane is also closed near the Virginia shoreline. The inner loop lane closures extend past the Route 1 interchange....

By Kyle Balluck  |  April 24, 2007; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Fixing D.C. Traffic Experiment

Now that the weather has warmed, the District Department of Transportation is fixing an experiment in traffic control that didn't work out on heavily traveled Military Road NW. If you've driven Military Road at rush hour between Oregon and Nebraska avenues, you know what I mean: The narrowing to one travel lane -- an attempt to calm traffic and improve safety in the neighborhood -- was backing up commuters, sending some through neighborhood streets and others onto other routes, worsening the traffic there. The transportation department waited for consistently warm weather to put down new yellow and white lane dividers and making other adjustments. All the work is being done at off peak hours. Until it's done, which should be before 4 p.m. Wednesday, parking is restricted on the south side of Military between 27th Street and Nebraska Avenue. This is what you'll see in the final configuration, DDOT says:...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 24, 2007; 6:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Commuting  
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When to Change Commute Route

To address a reader's concern about the intersection of Route 29 and Spring Street in downtown Silver Spring, I asked Chuck Gischlar at the Maryland State Highway Administration for some traffic stats on Route 29 usage in that area. Here's the history of average daily traffic flow on Route 29 near Spring Street: 2001 - 35,975 2002 - 37,150 2003 - 37,525 2004 - 34,375 2005 - 33,750 2006 - 33,412 Many of you know Route 29 as a busy commuter route between the Maryland suburbs and the District. Why the decline? Gischlar offered several possiblities, but I've got a theory and a question for you all. First, this is what Gischlar suggested: The Route 29 bridge deck at the Beltway was replaced during 2004 and 2005. Some of the traffic may have shifted to another route. Also, he said, some of the traffic counts are called program counts, averages...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 23, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Commuting  
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