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Get There: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

Holiday Weekend Travel Tips

The Virginia and Maryland highway departments are suspending road work for the holiday weekend. In Virginia, all of those temporary closures that so annoy you at places like the Springfield Interchange and the approaches to the Wilson Bridge will be clear from noon Friday to noon on Tuesday. But watch out for areas throughout the state where the work zones are longterm. Similar deal in Maryland: There won't be any orange barrels temporarily closing lanes on roadways like Route 29 or I-95 or I-270 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, but concrete barriers and rough pavement will still be where you last saw them. (That means traffic may still be slow on the Capital Beltway's inner loop at the Legion Bridge and on the northbound George Washington Parkway, because of the bridge repainting project.) The transportation agencies give the same simple holiday travel advice that you readers give to me when we...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 25, 2007; 5:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Getaway  
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Metro Plans Service Changes

The Metro board this morning took two steps of interest to bus and rail travelers. First, board members agreed to detour some bus routes this summer because of the reconstruction at the Frederick Douglass Bridge, which brings South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River. Commuters on the eastern side of the region are worried about the impact of shutting down the bridge for this work during July and August. Vehicles will be detoured to the 11th Street Bridge, but even though traffic declines by 12 percent during the summer, congestion is likely. The District Department of Transportation is hoping that its public information campaign and its "Bridge Bucks" program to encourage use of transit will ease the impact. Now, Metro will make its own adjustments in its bus routes to accommodate the shutdown. Specifically: Metro will temporarily change the routes and fare for Metrobus routes A9, P17, P19 and W13,...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 24, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Metro  
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Gas Prices Changing Your Plans?

Here's a sampler of what pops up in a search of the phrase "rising gas prices" in The Post's archive: -- "In Washington, Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman acknowledged that rising gas prices have become a crisis. But he suggested that finding short-term fixes to soothe consumers angered by pump prices topping $3 per gallon might be difficult." May 1, 2006 -- "The election is on. How can we tell? Because at the Sept. 20 meeting of the D.C. Council, topic number one was voter anger over rising gas prices." Sept. 29, 2005 -- "In some ways, rising gas prices can be a good thing. They're a wake-up call to all of us to drive more slowly and conserve energy." June 24, 2004 -- "There is no relief just yet for area motorists being driven to distraction by rising gas prices." Feb. 28, 2003 You know we could go on....

By Robert Thomson  |  May 23, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Commuting  
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