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Get There: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007

Road and Transit Advisories

Here are some things you should know about traveling this weekend and beyond. Douglass Bridge The inbound lanes will close from 9 o'clock tonight till as late as 4 a.m. Monday for work on the bridge's swing span. Inbound drivers will be detoured north to the 11th Street Bridge. You know the drill on that by now, but this isn't anything like the work that occurred over the summer to rehabilitate the bridge and lower the northern portion. Periodically, there will be bridge work and work along South Capitol Street on the north side, but lane closings like this will occur at off-peak hours and on weekends. Route 210/Oxon Hill Road In preparation for the early-October opening of a new interchange that is part of the Wilson Bridge Project, workers will close some lanes and shift lanes on Oxon Hill Road this weekend and next. Watch for that from 9...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2007; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Highlights of Summer Road Work

Among the many changes our transportation departments made this summer, I picked out three that I'd like to highlight on an upcoming edition of The Post's commuter page and discuss with you here. Each affects many drivers and illustrates a different facet of road work: Beltway Ramp: The redesigned exit from the inner loop onto southbound Georgia Avenue improved the turn onto the avenue. Drivers no longer have to turn onto Georgia and then quickly merge left into heavy traffic before the lane disappears. Now, they have a clear shot heading southbound whether they're going for 16th Street or continuing on Georgia. Traffic lines up at Georgia ramp. (Robert Thomson) I'm one of those drivers who likes to minimize anxiety. I don't mind waiting for a light if it eliminates a merge I hated. Of course, not all drivers feel that way: Some of you say the traffic backs up...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 27, 2007; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Best Changes in Commuting

The big study published last week by the Texas Transportation Institute with its top 10 lists of sorriest commuters in the nation is fine for focusing attention on problems that must be solved. But it's not as good at gauging how you should feel about your own commute. Statistics big enough to cover urban areas nationwide can mask the breakthrough at a bottleneck or the flop in a construction plan that made the biggest difference to you. I asked some of our transportation agencies to name some of the changes they made over the summer. Many of you are getting your first real feel for those changes now that we've returned to the high season for commuting. I need your help in evaluating the changes, now that they've become part of your commute. Here's a list of some changes nominated by the agencies, by some of you and by me....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 25, 2007; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Heavy Traffic in Rosslyn and Georgetown

In this interconnected region, a problem at one intersection can create a traffic jam that sprawls across the states and the District. That was the case early this summer when the work staging area on the Legion Bridge slowed traffic on the George Washington Parkway, Chain Bridge Road, the Beltway, the Dulles Toll Road and I-66. So I was wondering if another work zone was at the heart of new traffic problems on the parkway, on the streets in Rosslyn, on the Key Bridge and along Canal Road in Georgetown. Morning traffic heads onto Key Bridge. (Robert Thomson) That's what I'm getting the most complaints about now from drivers, and they're right. I walked around Rosslyn and Georgetown on Thursday and Friday mornings, writing about that in my Sunday column. Traffic was really bad from late in the rush hour through what should have been the start of the post-rush...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 24, 2007; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Congestion  
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