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Get There: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

14th Street Bridge Timetable Pushed Back

Resurfacing work on the northbound stretch of the 14th Street Bridge will begin "on or about" the night of Tuesday, May 26, instead of May 18, D.C. officials said today. Planners apparently decided motorists would be more amenable to the disruption after the Memorial Day weekend. The speed limit on northbound I-395 approaching the bridge will be reduced to 35 mph from 55 mph. You can see the complete pattern of lane closures on our Commuter page map, along with tips on how to avoid delays. In coming weeks, look to Get There and Dr. Gridlock's Twitter feed for updates on the project and the likely delays....

By Mike McPhate  |  May 15, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tripped Alarm Forces Evacuation at Gallery Place Station

An alarm was tripped in Gallery Place station this afternoon that caused an announcement to be played that there was an emergency and that passengers should evacuation the station shortly before 2 p.m. today. Officials said there was no emergency. Metro personnel were making manual announcements telling people to disregard the message and that there is no emergency at the station.Operations officials are working at the station to determine what tripped the alarm. --Theola Labbe-DeBose...

By Mike McPhate  |  May 15, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some tips for your weekend travels and suggestions about the future. Andrews Air Show The annual event at the air base in Prince George's County is this weekend. You can't park at Andrews. Shuttle buses will run from FedEx Field parking lots and the Branch Avenue Metro station at the southern end of the Green Line. The closest Metro station to FedEx is Morgan Boulevard on the Blue Line. Metrorail Delays The Orange Line is scheduled to be under repair this weekend. If you plan to travel between Vienna and West Falls Church, add at least a half hour to the normal trip time. Workers will be out replacing crossties on the tracks. Trains will share a track around the work zone until midnight Sunday, when the rail system closes. Every other Orange Line train in the direction of Vienna will end its run at West Falls Church...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 15, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Alert: Park Rd. NW Closed by Downed Trees

Park Rd. NW is closed between Pierce Mill Rd. and Beach Dr. because of several downed trees....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 15, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Watch Out for Bicyclists on "National Bike to Work Day"

Commuters all over the D.C. area are hopping on their bicycles Friday for the annual "National Bike to Work Day," so drivers should be careful as they navigate morning and evening commutes. The day celebrates biking, fitness and the environment. The Washington Area Bicylist Association has set up 26 pit stops, so bikers can grab a drink or breakfast. There are also other events scheduled for various locations around the region. Share your plans for commuting on "National Bike to Work Day" below....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 15, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Advisories , Biking , Commuting  
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Traffic Alert: H Street NE Blocked in Capitol Hill

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By Mike McPhate  |  May 14, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Major Delays on Kenilworth Ave., B-W Pkwy.

Kenilworth Ave. southbound is backed up beginning just before Benning Rd. NE because of an accident that is now cleared. The delays extend onto the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy., which is backed up for 16-miles according to WTOP. The incident is also causing significant delays on Rt. 1 in College Park, according to WTOP....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 14, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Delays on E. Capitol Street SE After RFK

Traffic is delayed on inbound E. Capitol St. SE after RFK because of a construction project that is blocking all lanes. Traffic is forced to turn around onto outbound E. Capitol St. and follow a detour around the Armory. Inbound traffic is very slow from the Whitney Young Bridge. C St. is a good alternative....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 14, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Delays on Dulles Toll Rd. E After Hunter Mill Rd.

Drivers are facing significant delays on the Dulles Greenway Eastbound because of an accident after Hunter Mill Rd. There is an accident on the left shoulder. Delays begin at Rt. 28. Eastbound Rt. 7 is also slow after Utterback Store Rd. The delays extend to Towlston Rd. and from Lewinsville Rd. to Tyco Rd....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 14, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Save Before the Caps Game

Kudos to Red Line Good Samaritans at Woodley Park Station at about 6:40 p.m. tonight. You noticed the woman in the black suit who was slumped in Car 1294, her head back, eyes closed and mouth open. Thanks to the young woman who sat down next to her who first wondered aloud whether she was breathing. Thanks to the tall guy in suit who called the operator on the intercom, and the woman who checked and determined she had a faint pulse. After a few minutes, after all passengers got off the train, someone in a dark suit -- presumably a trained medical person was able to get the woman to be respond. She could be seen talking and moving on her own. Hope she makes it home safely. And finally, shout-out to Metro. At the height of rush hour, the platform announcements were clear, and a train on the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 13, 2009; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Traffic Alert: 2 Events to Snarl Verizon Center Area

Motorists should expect heavy traffic tonight around the Verizon Center because of the Washington Capitals playoff game and a police memorial. The hockey game begins at 7 p.m. at the stadium. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial begins at 8 p.m. near Judiciary Square station. F Street NW and E Street NW will be closed to traffic between 3rd Street NW and 5th Street NW for the event....

By Mike McPhate  |  May 13, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Paving on Benning Road NE

Greetings from California. I see that the District Department of Transportation has sent out an alert for the long-suffering drivers who bounce along Benning Road NE during the lengthy repair project. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced last month that the resurfacing would be speeded up, and here's what happens next. DDOT plans to pave the center lane on the eastbound side between 16th and 21st streets starting Thursday. Eastbound traffic on Benning will be down to one lane from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday, as long as the weather cooperates. The eastbound curb lane will be open all the time, and and the Metrobus stops there will not be affected. On the westbound side, you'll have two lanes. Following the mayor's announcement, crews have been working double shifts to complete the paving of two lanes in each direction by mid-August....

By Robert Thomson  |  May 13, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Commuter Alert: Delays on I-395 N and I-95 Ease

Delays that extended on-and-off from I-395 North to I-95 N because of an earlier accident at Landmark have eased....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 13, 2009; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Commuter Alert: Metro Orange Line Delays Cleared

Metro Orange Line delays have been cleared at Deanwood....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 13, 2009; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Programming Note: Gridlock on Vacation

The blog will be a bit thin over the next 10 days while Dr. Gridlock takes some time off. He'll be back May 20....

By Mike McPhate  |  May 12, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Commuter Alert: Metro Red Line Delays Cleared

Earlier delays on Metro's Red Line have been cleared....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 12, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro Is Watching

Metro has installed 20 exterior surveillance cameras at 12 Metrorail stations in the District and Fairfax County. The costs were paid for by the individual jurisdictions. In the District, which provided Metro $200,000 for the cameras, they were installed at the following stations: Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood, Congress Heights, Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Fort Totten, Takoma, Brookland-CUA, Columbia Heights, Georgia Avenue-Petworth, and Tenleytown-AU. In Fairfax County, which provided $75,000, the cameras are at the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Franconia-Springfield stations. Metro transit police identified stations where external cameras could help deter and prevent crime. But individual jurisdictions had to provide the funding. -- Lena H. Sun...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 11, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mayor Fenty Releases New DC Pedestrian Plan

Enhanced crossing on Brentwood Road NE was designed to improve visibility. (Thomson) D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty this morning released the final version of the city's plan to improve pedestrian safety. The primary goals: 1) Reduce the number of people hit by cars. 2) Make walking a way of life again by making it easier and safer to do. [See map of District's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.] The master plan challenges a century of car culture. It infuses city planning with the concept that pedestrians have as much right to the streets as motorists. The plan, under development for two years, includes recommendations that raise consciousness on safety issues. But it also sets guidelines for engineers to follow as they design street and sidewalk projects. These are among the many safety recommendations to D.C. agencies and organizations: * Ensure all transportation and real estate development projects include safe...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Join Me at Noon for Traffic, Transit Discussion

How was your morning commute? Many of you are driving by -- or through -- projects that will improve commutes, if you can stick around long enough. If you rode Metro, you might have gotten aboard an eight-car train and found a seat or taken a new express bus that got you to work faster. Others see the same old problems and wonder when, if ever, they'll be fixed. We can talk over what's going on, and what should be going on, during our weekly chat at noon. Use this link to reach the discussion. And if you'd like to submit a question or comment in advance, use this link. If you spot a travel concern during the week -- whether you were biking, walking, driving or transit riding -- you can reach me in these ways: by e-mail at drgridlock@washpost.com; Twitter; or comment here on the blog....

By Robert Thomson  |  May 11, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Commuter Alert: Delays on Metro Green, Blue and Yellow Lines Resolved

Earlier delays on Metro's Blue, Yellow and Green lines have been resolved....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 11, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Commuter Alert: I-66 East Delayed at U.S. 50 By Major Accident

All lanes have reopened on I-66 Eastbound near U.S. 50 after a major accident. Major delays extend through slow through Manassas and Centreville. Rescue crews are on the scene and the accident has been moved to the side of the road....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 11, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Week Ahead for Highways and Transit

Here are some advisories that may help your travels this week. Wilson Bridge Project All that work that got delayed during the storms of the past several weeks is cranking back up again. That means you'll want to avoid the Capital Beltway in the Telegraph Road area overnights this week. Lane reductions, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday, are very likely to cause traffic congestion. Crews are erecting steel girders for a new bridge over the Beltway. There's also overnight paving through Thursday on the inner loop's Thru Lanes from Route 5 in Maryland to the Wilson Bridge HOT Lanes It was raining on the other side of the Beltway, too, and that slowed progress on some parts of the High Occupancy Toll Lanes construction project. But drivers through Tysons now will see that the left lanes of Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) are closed in both directions...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 11, 2009; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Warming Up For 14th Street Bridge Project

This coming week, drivers on the 14th Street Bridges will begin to see variable message boards warning about the bridge repair project that will probably affect their northbound commutes for the rest of the year. We want to do all we can to help you get through this. Here's more about what to expect. The resurfacing work is scheduled to start the week of May 18, says Johanna Jones, a spokeswoman for the project. If you're driving across the northbound span on the evening of May 18, you'll probably see signs preparing you for the lane shifts, but no barriers will be in place yet. In fact, the concrete barriers won't be set up until after the Memorial Day weekend. However, the work of eradicating the old lane makers and putting down new ones is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 20. This will shift the four lanes to the...

By Mike McPhate  |  May 10, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge  
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