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Get There: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Wilson Bridge Trail Opens

Just hours ago, I was referring to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail as the long-awaited pathway. Now it's so open, it's got rules. The bridge project team passed them along after the 1 p.m. opening. Rules Specific to the New Bridge Trail: * Hours of operation: 5:30 a.m. to midnight. * Speed limit is 10 miles per hour. * The trail is a multi-use facility for cyclists, runners and walkers. Users must be considerate of others traveling at different speeds. Slower traffic should stay to the right. Cyclists must alert other trail users before passing. * Trail users who stop must move to the side of the path to avoid impeding other trail traffic. * A dashed yellow line separates directional traffic. * The bridge drawspan may open periodically. Cyclists and pedestrians need to be pay attention to the lights, bells and signs near the bridge drawspan. The drawspan will...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 6, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Biking , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Washington, Wilson Bridge Trail, cycling, hiking, walking  
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Traffic Alert: Congestion at 14th Street Bridge

Midday traffic is getting heavy approaching the work zone at the 14th Street Bridge northbound. This is the second Saturday I've seen it this way. The congestion has been more noticeable on weekends than during the weekday rush periods -- based, of course, on one week's experience with the resurfacing project. 14th St. Bridge Project      • Work Overview    • Live Bridge Cam    • Project Twitter Feed    • Full Coverage Meanwhile, up river at Chain Bridge, the traffic is flowing pretty well on both sides of the Potomac, despite the closing of one of the bridge's three lanes for an eight-month rehab project. Down at the Wilson Bridge, where I thought drivers might slow to gawk at the newly opened trail on the Beltway's inner loop, the light traffic seems to be moving just fine....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 6, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  14th street bridge , Congestion , Driving  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge, Chain Bridge, Wilson Bridge  
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Riders, Remember: 1 p.m. at Wilson Bridge Trail

Cyclists have been waiting a long time for the pathway to open on the north side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. They have to wait just a few more hours today, till the official opening at 1 p.m. The new Wilson Bridge Trail is a 1.1 mile, 12-foot wide pathway that will allow cyclists and walkers to travel between Alexandria and Prince George's County. The weather should be dry and partly sunny, with a high about 80 degrees, says the Capital Weather Gang. See more details about the trail here. It's likely to be pretty crowded today, with so many people anticipating the opening. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Alexandria, Fairfax County, the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission have organized a community convoy of bicyclists meeting up at various points for a bridge ride after 1 p.m. Look here for a...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 6, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Biking , Events , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Wilson Bridge Trail, cycling, walking  
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Virginia Politics Going Nowhere on Transportation

On Mark Plotkin's politics hour today on WTOP radio, the exchange goes like this. Plotkin asks about transportation policy. Sen. Creigh Deeds, who along with Brian Moran was on the regular Friday show four days before Tuesday's Democratic primary, says, "I'm going to devote my first year as governor to finding that fix. We've got to figure out how to move people and things more efficiently in Virginia." Plotkin points out -- quite rightly -- that every governor has said that, but they can't get the money to pay for it. Where's the money going to come from? "We have to take a comprehensive approach to this," Deeds says, adding that nothing is off the table. Then the show starts taking calls from people stuck in traffic. "I'm sitting on the Beltway," the first caller says. "I've been sitting in traffic on the Beltway for 20 minutes ... what are...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  | Tags: Deeds, McAuliffe, McDonnell, Moran  
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DC Left Commuters In Lurch, VA Congressmen Say

Lane closure at Chain Bridge this week took many drivers by surprise. (Thomson) Three Virginia congressmen sent a letter today to D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on behalf of the Commonwealth's commuters who got caught up in the city's bridge repair projects. 14th St. Bridge Project      • Work Overview    • Live Bridge Cam    • Project Twitter Feed    • Full Coverage "Together, the 14th Street Bridge and the Chain Bridge carry more than a quarter of a million regional commuters a day to and from the nation's capital," says the letter signed by Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, James P. Moran and Frank R. Wolf. "Construction on any one bridge causes substantial slowdowns during rush hour periods and beyond -- and work on two bridges at the same time already is seriously compounding logjams." For such big projects, the congressmen say, the District didn't give people much warning. "Communication between...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  14th street bridge , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Transportation Politics  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge, Chain Bridge, Connolly, Fenty, Moran, Wolf  
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Metro Looking at Better Bus Stop Information

Metro is looking for the million dollars it would take to improve the information signs at its 12,000 bus stops, now that it has finished a study suggesting that it could make the signs easier to understand. Building better signs isn't as sexy as adding express bus routes or stringing out rail lines, but if you take this effort along with the revival of the Next Bus real-time arrival information, you're starting to get a regional bus system that travelers can actually figure out. And that's huge, because bus service is so likely to be a big part of our transportation future, given what it costs to build roads and rail lines. One of Metro's key problems, according to the study, is that when it tries to jam information about all the bus routes onto one of those standard poles you see at stops, then the names and numbers are...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Weekend and Beyond

This is a busy weekend, with better weather in the forecast. Here are some ideas about what's going on and how it will affect your travels. Plus, some things coming up. Race For the Cure on Saturday The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is a big annual event likely to result in morning congestion on downtown Washington streets near the Mall and in some Metro stations. Metrorail is opening two hours early, at 5 a.m. For a full list of the streets in the race route and the street closings, see this entry. See race map. And here's a route map from The Post. Metrorail Delays Pay special attention to this if you are participating in the Race for the Cure and plan to take the Orange or Red lines. Red Line riders should add 20 minutes to the usual trip between New York Avenue and Rhode...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Southbound 16th St. NW Back Up Extends into Silver Spring

Soutbound 16th St. NW is backed up into Silver Spring because of an accident before Rittenhouse St. near Walter Reed. The left lane is blocked. Delays begin in Silver Spring near Spring St. Southbound Colesville Rd. slows from Rt. 410 onto 16th St....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 5, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dead Body Found in Metro Station

Metro Transit Police are investigating a death after the body of a white male, described as in his early 30s, was found in the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station around 3 p.m. today. Foul play is not suspected in the death, according to a preliminary investigation. The station, located in Springfield, serves the Blue Line. Metro service is not affected, according to a Metro press release. -- David P. Marino-Nachison...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 4, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Update: Richmond Hwy. Reopens in Fairfax County

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By Mike McPhate  |  June 4, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Benning Road Paving on Friday

Drivers on Benning Road have endured rough rides during lengthy construction. (Thomson) I was going to make the headline, "Avoid Benning Road tomorrow," but decided drivers who have any experience with Benning would think of that as a permanent condition. There are variable message boards along 295 that basically tell them that already. But for those still stuck on that road, there's this: The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to pave the curb lane on the eastbound side of Benning between 18th and 21st streets on Friday. Eastbound traffic will be restricted to one lane from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work is scheduled to be completed in a single day, weather permitting -- though the weather has not been permitting much lately. Metrobus riders can still use the stops at 19th and 21st streets. Flaggers will be at the bus stops to assist passengers. Mayor Adrian...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Benning Road, Fenty, Klein, paving  
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No Weekend Closure on Canal Road NW

Dear Dr. Gridlock: I'm having one heck of a time finding out information about Saturday's closure of Canal Road NW. There's a massive sign saying the street will be closed, but the sign does not specify how far along the street will be closed, whether or not the Chain Bridge will still be open, and give no specifics on where to get more information. Enrique Fernandez Roberts Washington At first, I thought this might be connected to the just-begun Chain Bridge rehab project, so I asked John Lisle, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation. But he said, No, Canal Road will be open. It had nothing to do with Chain Bridge. The variable message signs were put out there by the park service, which had been planning to do some landscaping work this weekend. That's been postponed, Lisle said, and the message boards should be shut off. Our letter...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving , Events  | Tags: Canal Road, Chain Bridge, scooter rally  
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Unifest to Close Some Anacostia Streets

The annual festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, but the street closings in the area begin earlier and end later: 11 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday Here's the street list: -- Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE from 11th Street Bridge ramp to Howard Road -- Ramp from I-295 to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road SE -- Good Hope Road SE from 13th Street to Martin Luther King Jr Avenue -- U Street SE from 14th Street to Shannon Place -- V Street SE from 14th Street to Shannon Place -- W Street SE from 14th Street to Railroad Avenue SE -- Pleasant Street SE from 13th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue -- Mount View Place SE from Pleasant Street to Talbert Street (Subject to change.) -- Maple View Place SE from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Mount...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  | Tags: Anacostia, Unifest, celebration, street closings  
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Street Closings For Komen Race on Saturday

The District Department of Transportation has been very good about relaying news on street closings associated with big weekend events. DDOT just sent out the police list of Saturday closings for the Susan G. Komen Global Race For the Cure. Combine this entry with the previous one about Metro opening at 5 a.m. and suggesting stations to use, and you should have the makings of a plan. The race in downtown Washington is scheduled to begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., starting on the Mall then following this route: -- North on 4th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW -- West on Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW -- West on Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue, NW -- Northwest on Virginia Avenue to 18th Street, NW -- North on 18th Street to C Street, NW -- West on C Street to 19th Street, NW -- South on 19th...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  | Tags: Komen Race, Metropolitan Police, weekend events  
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What's Your Most Congested Intersection?

This is a hard one to do comprehensively, because drivers tend to stick with a couple of routes within a portion of the Washington region. It's one area where on the pavement experience has its limits. Many people who write to me at drgridlock declare their route to work -- whether by car, bus or train -- to be the worst in the region, and I'm thinking, they can't possibly know that. Click for larger map of intersections. So in this case, I'm asking you to simply declare what's the worst intersection that you experience and name its characteristics. Staff writer Katherine Shaver started us off by writing in today's Post about Montgomery County's Top Ten. You also can read the full highway mobility report here. Also this spring, the regional Council of Governments released a study showing trends in highway congestion. Then there was that sick pride we seemed...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Congestion , Driving  | Tags: intersections, top ten, worst congestion  
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Early Start and Delays This Weekend on Metrorail

There are two things going on this weekend. One is going to add service while the other will take some away. Komen Race For the Cure Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. Saturday to accommodate people participating in the Susan G. Komen Global Race in downtown Washington, raising money to find a cure for breast cancer. But participants who will be taking the Red or Orange lines should look at the next item, too, because travel will be slower on those lines. The race begins at 8 a.m. The nearest stations are the Federal Center SW, Judiciary Square, Archives and L'Enfant Plaza. Metro says Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Archives are likely to be particularly busy. Riders should consider using others that are likely to be less crowded: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, L'Enfant Plaza and Union Station. Track Work Delays Red Line riders should add 20 minutes to the usual...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Metro stations, Susan G. Komen, travel tips  
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Traffic Alert: 2 Lanes Blocked on Outer Loop of Beltway at New Hampshire Ave.

The two right lanes of the outer loop of the Beltway are blocked at New Hampshire Ave. by an accident. Traffic has begun to back up....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 4, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Adjustments Made at Chain Bridge Project

The District Department of Transportation and its partners across the Potomac had made some changes they hope will alleviate the traffic jam stemming from the rehabilitation project on the Chain Bridge. The signal timing has been adjusted at Glebe Road and Route 123, on the Virginia side of the bridge. John Lisle, a spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, said that has helped the rush hour traffic flow. Also, he said, more signs have been positioned to make motorists aware of the bridge reconstruction before they commit to one route over another.There are six more variable message signs out there: four on the DC side, one more in Virginia and one on the Maryland side of the Beltway. "We continue to monitor the situation and will take additional steps if significant delays continue," Lisle said. The basic construction plan is the same: One of the three bridge lanes is...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 3, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: Chain Bridge, District Department of Transportation  
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Va. Transportation Secretary Offers Gloomy Forecast

There's no major transportation project that's just about getting people from Point A to Point B. Usually, there aren't enough travelers to justify the expense. There's almost always some aspect involving commerce, or the shaping of communities. That's true of the Purple Line and the Intercounty Connector and the Dulles Rail project and countless others. When Virginia Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer spoke today to civic, business and political leaders at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, he began by noting that three decades ago, Virginians were streaming across the Wilson Bridge to "all those great jobs in Maryland." Now, he said, the traffic is heavy in the opposite direction because Virginia created a great climate for business. Now, he told the Northern Virginia leaders, that advantage was eroding beneath their feet. The Commonwealth is putting a greater and greater portion of its dwindling money for transportation into maintaining its...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 3, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Homer, Virginia, transportation forecast, transportation secretary  
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The Thing About the Bridges

Signs tell the tale on slow approach to Chain Bridge from Route 123 in Virginia. (Thomson) Drivers are asking me if this is Inauguration Day II, with DC once again sealing off the Potomac bridges. I think that's a stretch, but the reason they're asking is that the District Department of Transportation chose to begin major rehab projects on two commuter bridges in a short stretch of time. Compared to some other big jobs, such as the Wilson Bridge project, or the District's own rehabilitation of the Frederick Douglass Bridge, these two new ones didn't get too much of a drum roll of publicity leading up to them. Also, there wasn't much coordination with the other big player on these commuter routes, the Virginia Department of Transportation. People at DDOT told me they thought they'd have time to adjust to traffic problems on the 14th Street Bridge project, and...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 3, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge, Chain Bridge, commuter  
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Traffic Alert: Chain Bridge Construction Delays Possible

The Chain Bridge will only have one lane getting by in each direction again today as crews continue a rehabilitation project. The project, which launched Tuesday, caused some major delays during the morning commute yesterday. The lane closures will continue until January 2010....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 3, 2009; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Traffic Alert: Major Delays For Chain Bridge Project

Workers have blocked off the right-most of two inbound lanes at Chain Bridge. (Thomson) The closing this morning of an inbound lane on Chain Bridge created more of a slowdown in traffic than we've seen so far at the 14th Street Bridge project. It just took me 25 minutes to get from the George Washington Parkway ramps on Route 123 to the far side of the Chain Bridge. Many drivers saw what was ahead and bailed for the George Washington Parkway southbound. I think they would have been better off sticking with the Chain Bridge. The southbound parkway was backed up solidly from Rosslyn to Route 123. So if their target was the Key Bridge, or the Roosevelt or the 14th Street to reach DC, I think I beat them. The closing of the lane on Chain Bridge, which occurred a day before I thought it would, will continue...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 2, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Chain Bridge, George Washington Parkway  
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Traffic Alert: Major Beltway Delays Begin at I-66

There are major delays on the outer loop of the Beltway because of an earlier accident between I-66 and U.S. 50. The accident was blocking the left lane. The delays begin at the American Legion Bridge. The inner loop of the Beltway slows from I-95/Springfield as drivers look at the accident....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 2, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Commuter Alert: Metro Blue and Yellow Line Delays Cleared

Earlier delays on Metro Blue and Yellow Lines in both directions at Pentagon City have been cleared....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 2, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orange Line Problems Explained

Major delays on the Orange and Blue lines this morning were caused by a combination of problems: an Orange line train had a brake problem outside the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station, the operator of the Blue line train that was supposed to push the disabled train wasn't able to communicate with the disabled train's operator, and a switch problem at the Arlington Cemetery station made everything worse. As a result, at least 12,000 riders had to get off 10 trains that were turned back at various locations to deal with the backups that built up along the Blue and Orange lines between 8 and 9 a.m., officials said. The problem began at 7:56 a.m. when a six-car Orange Line train, No. 912, had a brake problem outside the Foggy Bottom station as it was headed to New Carrollton, via downtown. A Blue Line train behind it, No. 415, was supposed...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Drivers Find Habits Hard to Break

Exhibit A was the scene at the Telegraph Road/Beltway interchange today, where new ramps have opened that should make travel through the junction a lot easier. But ... Click for larger image of new Telegraph Road ramps. (Wilson Bridge Project) "As with most new traffic patterns, there is a bit of confusion," said Johanna Jones, a spokeswoman for the Wilson Bridge Project, which is in charge of the reconstruction at the interchange. Drivers couldn't deal with a good thing. They were trying to make left turns where they no longer have to make left turns. That's the point of these new ramps. This is how veteran Get There commenter 1995hoo described the scene: "At one point while waiting to turn onto Telegraph I saw about seven cars in a row all make the now-illegal left turn. All told while I waited through two light cycles I'm sure I saw close...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Beltway, Telegraph Road, Wilson Bridge  
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Not So Slippery When Wet: Metro Finds New Tiles

If you ride the Red Line through the Takoma Station, you may have noticed the different look of the terra cotta tiles on the north end of the platform. The color seems somewhat lighter than the tiles covering the rest of the platform. But the difference really shows up when it rains. The tiles look dry when everything else looks wet. This was a test area, away from where most passengers would stand while waiting for a train. Metro announced today that the test worked, and it's going to start using this new style of precast concrete paver to replace the original tile. Make that tiles. The transit authority has been using the terra cotta, hexagonal style for so long that it's had to go through a bunch of manufacturers. The department of Plant Maintenance says that when its crews go out to replace crumbling tiles, the first thing they...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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High School Graduations Can Cause Congestion

Drivers, watch out for some unexpected midday congestion today and for several weeks -- not because of road work, but because of students, parents and teachers swarming toward high school graduations across the region. Constitution Hall in downtown Washington, the Patriot Center in Fairfax, the Comcast Center in College Park, Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro and the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda are among the popular sites. Just as an example, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is speaking this morning at the Quince Orchard High School graduation in Constitution Hall, so security may be tight around there. You can see a sampler of some of the more popular spots: This link will show you the full listing for Montgomery County high schools. Here's a link to the list of Fairfax County graduation dates and locations coming up in a couple of weeks. Here's one for Prince George's County...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Join Us at Noon For Online Discussion

You've got Lena H. Sun and me today, for all your traffic, transit, cycling and walking issues. Lena, as many of you know, covers Metro and other transit issues for The Post. Last week, she covered the Metro board's decision to cut out the proposal that would have allowed food vendors in some stations. Lena also had a terrific story on the front page about efforts to get people to give up the priority seats on Metrorail that are supposed to go to people who are disabled or elderly. With Lena on board for transit questions, I'll focus on your questions and comments about other ways of getting around. Maybe some of you will be able to share your experiences with the new traffic pattern on the 14th Street Bridge. Maybe we should revive our longtime discussions about proper ways to merge, given all the construction projects underway across the...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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14th Street Bridge Project: First Commute Smooth

Commuters did pretty well in handling the start of the bridge rehab project today. (Thomson) If every commute during the 14th Street Bridge rehabilitation project matched this morning's, drivers would come out of this pretty well. 14th St. Bridge Project      • Work Overview    • Live Bridge Cam    • Project Twitter Feed    • Full Coverage I got onto I-395 northbound at 7:40 a.m. and got across the bridge into Washington at 8:10 a.m. There were the usual slowdowns along the way, including the ones where traffic just gets real sluggish for no apparent reason, and there was a slowdown at the bridge. But it was nothing that would cause a driver to pick an alternative route. I was in the regular travel lanes, but the HOV lanes off to the left looked really good all the way in. I stayed in the right-most of the three lanes approaching the...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Commuter Alert: Metro Orange and Blue Line Delays Cleared

Earlier Metro Orange and Blue Lines delays toward Largo Town Center and New Carrollton have been cleared. The problems were caused by a train experiencing mechanical difficulties outside the Foggy Bottom-GWU station....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Alert: Major Delays on I-66 E Near Manassas

I-66 eastbound is backed up after U.S. 29 because of an accident, which is on the right shoulder. Delays are on and off from before Gainesville through Manassas. There are also delays from Rt. 28/Centreville to the Vienna Metro and for the last mile to the Beltway....

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2009; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Week Ahead For Highways and Transit

New ramps are open in Telegraph Road Interchange work zone. (Wilson Bridge Project) Drivers, transit users, cyclists and walkers are in for a few new encounters this week at bridges, interchanges and parking garages across the Washington region. Most of them start today. 2 New Ramps at Telegraph Rd. Interchange Many drivers using the Beltway interchange this morning will encounter new traffic patterns, so go slowly and make sure you benefit from the changes. There are new elevated ramps taking vehicles over Telegraph Road to Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway, or directly to Telegraph Road south. Also, a ramp wil open from southbound Telegraph Road and tie into the elevated ramp to Huntington Avenue, allowing motorists to make a right onto the ramp and eliminating the need to pass through a traffic signal to make a left onto Huntington Avenue. Kiss & Ride at Wheaton Station The two-level...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays Likely Today at 14th Street Bridge

Today is the first day commuters are likely to feel the full effect of the year-long resurfacing of the 14th Street Bridge's northbound span and a repainting project on the Chain Bridge. 14th St. Bridge Project      • Work Overview    • Live Bridge Cam    • Project Twitter Feed    • Full Coverage Over the weekend, crews restriped the white lines on the 14th Street Bridge, shifting the four lanes to the left so that the right lane could be blocked off. It's now blocked off. What you see today will be the traffic pattern for about three months. And it sounds simple enough. You've dealt with worse than a lane shift. But this isn't any old spot along the highway. This is one of the most notorious bottlenecks in the region. Even under good conditions, it will be congested in the morning and the afternoon. Now add to it the lane...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2009; 5:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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