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Operation Fast Forward Set For Tomorrow After Fireworks

Tomorrow, the District Department of Transportation -- along with regional transportation and public safety partners -- will have the fifth year of Operation Fast Forward, which allows participating agencies to test their emergency evacuation plans while they are expediting and managing the flow of traffic after the fireworks.

When the fireworks end, the District Department of Transportation will extend traffic signal cycle lengths on five of the city's 19 marked evacuation routes to 240 seconds, with the goal being to substantially clear traffic in the downtown are in 60 to 75 minutes.

As with previous years, they will also collect vehicular and pedestrian traffic data at select intersections. They will also evaluate Operation Fast Forward to ensure traffic signal timing patterns, traffic control measures and communications protocols are effective should an actual emergency impact the District.

The Operation Fast Forward test emergency routes are: Georgia Ave (from 7th and F St, NW to Georgia Ave. and Beltway), Pennsylvania Ave. eastbound, Connecticut Ave to Beltway, 14th Street southbound and K Street westbound/Whitehurst Freeway/Canal Road.

Among the agencies working on Operation Fast Forward along with the District Department of Transportation are the District Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the District Fire and Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Virgina and Maryland Departments of Transportation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police and the counties of Prince Georges and Arlington. (Whew. Try saying that five times fast, eh?)

By Mark Berman  |  July 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Safety  
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