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Camera Back at 14th St. Bridge, Out at Chain Bridge

The VDOT camera that covers the 14th Street Bridge northbound span, the one under reconstruction, is back in action this afternoon. It was on the blink for about a day, as was the one at I-395 and Army Navy Drive, which is also back.

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DDOT reports that the potholes on the northbound span that drivers were complaining about on Monday have been repaired.

Unfortunately, the camera covering the Virginia approach to Chain Bridge is now out. That's the one at Chain Bridge Road and North Glebe Road. The one on the D.C. side of the river works.

These particular sets of cameras are very helpful in evaluating the traffic congestion stemming from two major construction projects, so it would be most helpful to maintain them all.

Meanwhile, a commenter on a previous entry is noting that we can blame each other for some share of the congestion at Chain Bridge.

Tenleytowner: The Chain Bridge this morning June 9] was interesting. Canal Road is fine, zipping along, and I assume Marylanders are doing ok. DC outbound (and yes, Virginia, people do GO to Virginia in the morning) was also fine. Glebe Road does get a tad backed up.

But the big slow down on the bridge seemed to be people, once on the bridge, were going VERY SLOWLY, because they were busy *texting*, not driving. So, once the light is green, people are not taking full advantage of the opportunity to cross the bridge, but are going slowly, with huge spaces (multiple car lengths) between cars. So perhaps Virginia drivers can be kinder to one another by making sure they move along once they are on the bridge.

Also, most cars seem to have a just a driver, no passengers. Car pooling might also reduce congestion. (Yes, I car pool.)

By Robert Thomson  |  June 9, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  14th street bridge  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge, Chain Bridge, traffic cameras  
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Oh yes, Tenleytowner, you nailed it! We Virginians are just a bunch of text-messaging idiots who love nothing more than to sit on aging, traffic-laden bridges all day. Oh, and you car pool? BULLY FOR YOU!!! I'm sure if I knew some other poor idiot who just happened to live in my neighborhood and worked in my obscure MD location, I could be as self-righteous as you.

Posted by: amyg8r | June 9, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Self-righteous? It was the Virginians who were insisting that DDOT close outbound Chain Bridge in the morning, under the false assumption that Virginians commuting to DC and Maryland are "more important" than DC and MD residents commuting to VA....

Posted by: thetan | June 9, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure you're absolutely right and that the "insisting" was all about our self-importance and had nothing to do with the normal traffic patterns at that time of day... yes, more traffic actually does flow out of VA in the morning than comes in.

Posted by: amyg8r | June 9, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind that in this country, the majority does not have the right to trample upon the rights of the minority.

On Canal Road, there is an alternative one block to the north. Thus, Canal Road can be set up to accomodate the majority (one-way at rush hour) while still allowing the minority to travel that corridor (on MacArthur Blvd.).

On Chain Bridge, when there is no construction, the bridge is set up to accomodate the majority (2 lanes inbound, 1 lane outbound), while still allowing the minority the right to access the bridge.

On Chain Bridge when there is construction, if you accomodate the majority by making the bridge one-way, you deny the minority the right to access the bridge. There is no nearby alternative. Those who can detour will obviously have to. Those who will be majorly inconvenienced by a detour will be forced to detour anyway. If you keep the bridge 2-way, then the rights of the minority are upheld. Those Virginians who can detour, will detour to alternate routes. Those Virginians who would be majorly inconvenienced by a detour don't have to detour, and in fact will have less traffic to contend with because those who could detour did.

So yes, when it is possible for some Virginians to detour to make life easier for those who cannot detour, but Virginians say that they don't feel like detouring so therefore DC residents should be forced to detour, then yes, that is a sign of self importance of Virginians in my opinion.

Posted by: thetan | June 10, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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