Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Share Stories  |  Traffic  |  Columns  |  Q&A     |  Get Gridlock:    Twitter |    Facebook  |     RSS   |  phone Alerts

Get There: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

Metro GM Apologizes For Delays

Metro issued an apology to its riders today for yesterday afternoon's extensive delays on the Blue and Orange lines downtown. (Metro GM John Catoe Jr. talked about it during an online chat at noon today on Metro's Web site.) Here's part of what he said: "Let me say that I am sorry that so many of you were inconvenienced last night traveling on the Blue and Orange Lines. I have received comments from so many of you, and when you're delayed on Metro, I understand how you feel. I travel on Metrorail myself, and I understand that you want to know why. Although, I can't give you back the time spent on your commute last night, I would like to explain to you what happened. "At 5:26 last night, the brakes of a Blue Line train locked as it was traveling between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn. There was an Orange...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 3, 2007; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

MD Bridge Closing for Rehab

Another one of the region's bridges is scheduled to undergo a rehabilitation project this summer. The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to shut down the Central Avenue bridge over the Patuxent River on Monday for a $3 million project scheduled to last until late fall. The 72-year-old, two-lane steel truss bridge on the Prince George's-Anne Arundel line carries nearly 11,000 vehicles daily. Though it lacks the scale of the Douglass and Legion bridges, the rehab project caused some of the same concerns among the commuters who use it on their way toward Washington and now will have to use detours. Some in the Davidsonville area would have prefered that the state find a way to work only at night or keep the bridge partly open to traffic during rush periods. But the state figured it was best to get in, get it done and get out of a project that...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 3, 2007; 5:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Progress on Douglass Bridge

While some of you are sitting in traffic on I-295 and Pennsylvania Avenue because of the Douglass Bridge shutdown, construction crews are working two 10-hour shifts each day to get the rehabilitation job done on schedule. Bridge workers maneuver concrete form near new intersection. (Robert Thomson) Ardeshir Nafici, the acting associate director of the District Department of Transportation, and project manager Chase Cox led a tour Wednesday morning across the top of the bridge. If you do a 360-degree turn up there, the Anacostia waterfront area looks like one continuous work zone, and that's been one of the challenges on the bridge project: Coordinating with the utility companies and developers who also are working along the South Capitol Street corridor on projects like the new Nationals stadium. Ardeshir Nafici, left, and Chase Cox discuss the project. (Robert Thomson) Nafici says that's been going remarkably well, and the bridge reconstruction is...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 2, 2007; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Construction  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Your August Commute

We have begun the month in which we're supposed to have the easiest time getting to and from work. It's August, that pleasant period before vacationing families return and school resumes. Your commute is less unpleasant than normal. I hope that's true. Or is it just different? The Douglass Bridge shutdown was planned for the time when commuting plunges by about 12 percent, thanks to vacationers. That made sense, unless, perhaps, you're stuck on I-295 heading for the 11th Street Bridge detour. Metrorail's ridership also drops off in August, so you may be waiting on a less-crowded platform, but one that's much too hot for office attire. Help us understand these variables, as part of a feature we're planning for The Post's commuter page, on page 2 of Sunday's Metro section. I'll bet many of you keep track, and have some long-term perspective on what happens to the commute as...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 1, 2007; 5:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Beltway Alert in Bethesda

After I did some traffic advisories for this week, a reader commented: "Dr. Gridlock, you've missed the new road construction on the inner loop after Old Georgetown Rd. Could you tell us what MD SHA is doing this time around?" Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, says workers had inspected the trees and brush along the Beltway between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike, and they realized they needed to do some trimming for safety's sake. The left lane on the inner loop is blocked for this work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.. This portion of the job should be completed by tomorrow. But then the work zone will shift to the left lane of the outer loop in the same area, as well as to the ramp lanes in the Rockville Pike and I-270 interchanges with the Beltway, Gischlar said. This maintenance work will continue...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The Baffling Beltway

Lately, we've discussed plenty of important and controversial transportation issues here on the blog and in the Dr. Gridlock columns, including the traffic problems created by the rehab of the Douglass Bridge and the Legion Bridge, and the new transportation taxes and fees in Northern Virginia. So it came as a surprise that the topic generating the most responses in the past month was this: How do you figure out which way you're going on the Capital Beltway? It must be a credit to the role this central artery plays in our traveling lives. It's a valuable resource and the bane of our existence. I'll run some more of the letters in an upcoming newspaper column, but here's one that illustrates the themes and suggestions among the writers. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I could really relate to the inner/outer loop confusion discussed in the Sunday column. I was born and raised...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2007; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Driving  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Traffic Advisories for the Week

Here are some things that could affect your local travels this week: -- Tennis Tournament: The annual tournament at the FitzGerald Tennis Center is underway through Sunday. Watch for the traffic in the blocks north of 16th Street NW and Colorado Avenue. You can find a full list of the District's parking restrictions here. There's a free shuttle from the Van Ness Metrorail station or you can take the S 2 and S 4 Metrobuses on 16th Street. -- Paving project on I-270: Northbound and southbound I-270 between Route 189 (Falls Road) and Muddy Branch Road, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Crews are completing working on the local lanes. Northbound ramp closures to begin on or about Aug. 3 for grinding and resurfacing. -- Paving project on I-95: The other big one in Maryland. It's between Route 32 and Route 100 in Howard County. Expect double-lane closures...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 30, 2007; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company