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Get There: September 30, 2007 - October 6, 2007

Weekend Travel Advisories

Here's what I've found for you to worry about as you travel around this holiday weekend. Foxhall Road NW It's closed for a second Saturday. No through traffic between Reservoir Road and Nebraska Avenue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Limited local access is permitted. Watch for detour signs: Northbound traffic on Foxhall toward Nebraska Avenue will be sent to Reservoir Road, MacArthur Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. Southbound traffic toward Reservoir Road will be sent to Arizona Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard. Wilson Bridge Project Watch for lane closures along Oxon Hill Road around Route 210 in Prince George's County from 9 p.m. Friday till as late as 5 a.m. Monday. After that, you should find you've got a new interchange open there. Here's a link to a pdf file explaining that work. Metrobus Detours There are some weekend Metrobus detours listed on this page. Metrorail Weekend Work There will be...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 5, 2007; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Progress Today on Route 28

Good news out on Route 28 near Dulles Airport: The new partial interchange at Innovation Avenue is scheduled to open today. You commuters who use Route 28 to get north and south everyday know the much-hated traffic light at the avenue was taken down over the summer while work proceeded to convert that junction from an intersection to an interchange, or at least half an interchange on the eastern side. The two new ramps, which cost a total of $5.9 million, took three months to build. The one that will carry traffic from Innovation to northbound Route 28 will open in the late morning and the one from northbound Route 28 to Innovation will open later in the day. The construction-related detour to Route 606 will be done. Someday, when the money and the demand are there, a full interchange will be built. This is all part of the Route...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 4, 2007; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Construction  
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Another Race This Weekend

This Sunday is the date for the annual Army 10-Miler. Metrorail is going to open early and provide extra service on the Blue Line, something the race sponsors pay for, as does the sponsor of any activity that requests extra service. The race starts at 8 a.m. Sponsors want the runners at the start line no later than 7:45 a.m. The rail system will open at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than normal. Meanwhile, Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to Pentagon City until Arlington County reopens the roadways affected by the race. Metro figures the buses will be back at the Pentagon at about 1 p.m. (The Pentagon Metrorail station remains open through all this.) Here's a link to a map of the route through Arlington and the mall area in the District. The map may take a minute to load. The race, which begins...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 3, 2007; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Saturday Not Kind to Travelers

Many people were livid about the difficulties of getting around on Saturday, with events in the District that blocked roads and with troubles on Metrorail. As Lena Sun reported in Sunday's Post, most of the road closures were prompted by the Nation's Triathlon. Motorists could not enter Rock Creek Parkway and other roadways, including the Whitehurst Freeway and Independence and Constitution avenues. Here's how one driver described it. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I just spent an extra 30 minutes "driving" from Tysons to my Southwest Washington home. My slow drive was shared by hundreds of other drivers at the river crossings into the District. I knew that the National Triathlon was gumming things up, and knew in advance that there was only one route into and out of Southwest -- I-395 to Maine Avenue or South Capitol Street. Nonetheless, the traffic jams started on the inbound George Washington Parkway before the...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2007; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Congestion  
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New Meaning for HOT Lanes

The slugs who cram into cars each day so they can travel up and down I-95/395 in the HOV lanes have been wondering about -- well, more like aggressively questioning -- the idea that there's some way technology can preserve their commuting system once those lanes are converted to HOT lanes. HOT lanes are for high-occupancy or toll commuters. So instead of three types of users to regulate (carpoolers and cheaters), there will be three: carpoolers, cheaters and toll payers. Because the whole idea is to keep those lanes moving at speed, the regulating will have to be done electronically. Ken Daley, vice president of the company that is part of the public-private partnership planning the HOT lanes project on I-95/395 and on the Beltway, says he's sure it can be done. He describes how in a story in today's Post by Michael Laris. Cars will be scanned with infrared...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 1, 2007; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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