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Get There: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

Traffic Weekend in Washington

Three events are likely to make this a difficult weekend for travel in Washington: The National Marathon on Saturday, the opening of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday and two baseball games at the new Nationals Stadium. National Marathon Many people enjoyed this event last spring, but D.C. residents and visitors were howling about the extensive street closures that trapped them in their cars or in their neighborhoods. The marathon's Web site has a very good guide to the Saturday plan, along with a map of the marathon and half marathon routes and a list of the temporary street closings. You'll find them all on this page. Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday is opening day for the festival, which will continue for two weeks. This should be the peak weekend for viewing the blossoms around the Tidal Basin. The National Park Service closed the Tidal Basin parking lot at 1501...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 28, 2008; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Congestion  
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GW Parkway Rehab Planned

The National Park Service tonight will host the first of two public information meetings to discuss proposed improvements in the northern part of the George Washington Parkway, between the Capital Beltway and Spout Run. The proposal calls for repaving, construction of curbs and gutters to improve drainage, improvements in the guard walls and reconfiguration of the interchange with Route 123. As with much of the parkway system in the Washington region, the original design didn't envision today's traffic volume and speeds, or their evolution from scenic roadways to major commuter routes. But as with other rehabilitation projects on the Rock Creek Parkway and the Humpback Bridge, this latest effort will attempt to balance the modern demands with the original purpose of the parkways. The first meeting, from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight, is the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The second session will be held from 4 to...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 27, 2008; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Construction  
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Arlington Safety Enforcement Today

Fair warning from the Arlington Police Department: From 3 to 7 p.m. today, according to police, they will target four busy intersections for enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. This is part of the region-wide Street Smart campaign. These are the intersections: North Veitch Street and Key Boulevard, George Mason Drive and South 13th Street, Columbia Pike and South Scott Street and Columbia Pike and South Frederick Street. (The first two were picked because they're near elementary schools. The other two are very heavy areas for vehicle and pedestrian traffic along the Columbia Pike corridor.) What you'll see: Officers will ticket drivers who speed or fail to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks. But they'll also be watching for pedestrians and bicyclists who fail to obey traffic laws....

By Robert Thomson  |  March 26, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Safety  
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Walking or Biking to Baseball

To complete our blogging way through the travel options for Nationals Park, here are some walking and biking options. Street by Metro station. (Thomson) Walking If you're heading from downtown, the Mall or Capitol Hill, it's downhill toward the Anacostia riverfront. You'd be doing the pre-game walk in daylight for most games. Here are some possible routes: -- From L'Enfant Plaza, walk south on 7th Street, go left on I Street and continue south on 6th Street to M Street SW. Turn left and walk to South Capitol Street. -- From Federal Center SW, come down 3rd Street, turn right on E Street, left down 4th Street, left on I Street to a right on 3rd Street, then a left on M Street SW. -- From the Capitol area, you can come straight down South Capitol Street, but I prefer New Jersey Avenue, even though it's less direct. It's a...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 26, 2008; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Stadium  
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Navigating Roads to Nats Park

What if you decide not to chant the Take Metro mantra and instead drive to the new baseball stadium opening this weekend? South Capitol Street traffic on a recent weeknight. (Thomson) If you hold season tickets and paid the substantial extra charge for parking, you've got directions to your parking area from the Nationals. The team continues to develop its Way to Go page, showing various options for getting to the games. This is the directions page with directions for those with reserved parking spaces. The presentation includes an interactive map that, like the Way to Go page, continues to add useful information. Now, you can identify your parking area, then pick your starting point, and the map will display a best-bet route for you. Not displayed -- and I wish they would do it -- are routes to Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, where the plebians will park for...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 25, 2008; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Stadium  
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Overturned Truck Snarls Traffic on Outer Loop

An afternoon accident on the Capital Beltway's outer loop between Connecticut and Georgia avenues closed the two left lanes, causing disruptions, according to MapTuit traffic reports. The two left lanes are now reopened....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 24, 2008; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Getting to Games by Transit

The addition of a 41,000-seat baseball stadium to a D.C. neighborhood just getting used to traffic has not created a new transportation system. No new highways or roads or train lines were built to accommodate the crowds. Navy Yard Station. (Thomson) The main new thing is the rebuilt exit for the Navy Yard Metro station. That's scheduled to be open by this weekend, when major league games start at Nationals Park on South Capitol Street. Walk a block south from the station and you'll see how much is riding on the success of this transit solution: You'll be facing the two tiny-looking garages built to accommodate some of the season ticket holders. Making this work is more a management challenge than a construction program. The D.C. government, the Nationals and Metro can do all their publicity advising fans to "Take Metro, Take Metro, Take Metro" to the games, but it's...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 24, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some things you might need to know for your travels this weekend and afterward. Break on Track Work Metrorail has curtailed its weekend track work program through April 12-13. The break should be especially pleasing to Red Line riders, who have endured several months of extensive delays. But it's also well-timed for the many events and the heavy travel period coming up in early spring. Parking Tight at National If you're hoping to park at Reagan National Airport this Easter weekend, check the airport Web site for up to date information on space availablity. You can also call 703-417-7275 for an update. Metro is a good choice for National. Here's a link to Metro's Trip Planner, so you can see how long the ride will take. Rock Creek Parkway Lane Closed The right southbound lane on the Rock Creek Parkway will remain closed for about two more weeks...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 23, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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