Should Holiday Rules Change?
After Veterans Day, I got several letters suggesting that on certain holidays, local governments maintain their regular weekday traffic patterns. Normally, governments ease the rules on lane use and parking, and they keep traffic signals set at off-peak timings.
Is that out of date? Please share your experiences. See if they match what the letter writer here had to say.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Can anything be done to maintain normal rush hour traffic patterns on some federal holidays? Many businesses in the District work on some federal holidays, and having traffic flow stay on weekend patterns creates havoc with already difficult commutes.
For instance, the Clara Barton Parkway and Canal Road go one way in and out during morning and afternoon rush. On holidays they remain on two way traffic. Monday was Veteran's Day, but many businesses were open as normal. Traffic backed up on the Clara Barton from the light at both Arizona Avenue and at Chain Bridge almost all the way back to the Glen Echo turn off at around 7:30 a.m. Evening rush was even worse, with M Street allowing the curb lanes to have parking and on lane of traffic on Canal Road.
The situation is the same on Presidents Day and Columbus Day, two other days the feds have off that many in the private sector have to work. Metro has started modifying its schedule for these days, how about NOT changing the traffic flow.
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