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Get There: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Problems Persist on Rock Creek Parkway

Many commuters have written in to ask what's going on with the National Park Service construction project along busy Rock Creek Parkway between P Street and Virginia Avenue in Washington. The parkway's right lane is blocked off on the southbound side and part of the P Street ramp is closed. Work is scheduled to continue into next spring. (Robert Thomson) Here's a typical letter. Dear Dr. Gridlock: As a regular Rock Creek commuter, can you give me an update on when the heck they will finish the side they are working on and begin on the other? They closed the lane in April and I don't see any progress at all. With construction on the only other reasonable alternative (Foxhall Road), we are more or less stranded up here. Paul Rosenzweig The park service says the southbound parkway exit to P Street has reopened and that work has switched to...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 7, 2007; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Construction  
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P Street Ramp Opening Delayed

As many of you probably discovered already, the work on the P Street ramp from the southbound Rock Creek Parkway has not been finished on schedule. The National Park Service, which is in charge of the reconstruction project along the parkway, had announced last week that the next phase of the P Street work would begin Tuesday and the closed ramp would reopen. The park service just announced that the work isn't done and that it now expects the ramp to reopen by 10 a.m. Thursday. At that time, the park service said in a statement, access from P Street down to the southbound parkway will be blocked off and the new construction will begin. The park service had estimated that this new phase would be done by Sept. 25, but the new estimate released today is that the work will last through Oct. 1....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 5, 2007; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Was Tuesday So Terrible?

The day after Labor Day is to commuters what the day after Thanksgiving is to shoppers: chaos, confusion and congestion. Or at least that's the legend. Is it true? Share your experiences with us. This beautiful weather, likely to continue for the rest of the week, certainly softens the blow of the commute. But was that enough to soften the blow of increased congestion as thousands of workers and students returned to the streets, sidewalks and trains? When I asked you to measure the beneficial effects of summer on commuting, you were divided. Many did say they experienced significant time savings getting to and from work during August. But others thought their trips on roads or rails were just as annoying as ever. Some of those folks talked about congestion generally. But for many, it was a specific issue: a longstanding bottleneck, a highway construction project or recurring problems on...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 5, 2007; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Travel Advisories for the September Return

The two biggest items that could have appeared among back to work travel advisories for the first week of September disappeared in late August, but there still are some things to watch for. Douglass Bridge reopened That's the top of the might-have-been category. The planned two-month closure of the South Capitol Street bridge ended last Thursday, a week ahead of schedule. The four Metrobus routes that had been adjusted because of the construction return today to the schedules and fares they had before construction began in July. Those routes are the A9, P17, P19 and W13. Legion Bridge ramp reopened Here's the second big might-have-been. The summer drought may have hurt your lawn, but it should be helping your commute today if you travel across the Potomac River bridge. While the bridge painting project continues, the work was far enough ahead of schedule to allow removal of the merge lane...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 4, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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