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Get There: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Traffic Alert: Branch Ave. SE Blocked by Tree

Branch Avenue SE is closed between S Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE in both directions because of a tree in the street. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 21, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  
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Traffic Alert: Delays on New York Ave. After Crash

An accident reportedly caused during a police chase on westbound New York Avenue is blocking the ramp to southbound Kenilworth Avenue, according to our traffic incident map. Traffic is slow from Columbia Park Road. We'll add details here as we learn more. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 21, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  
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Traffic Alert: New Braddock Rd. East Reopened

Updated, 10:12 a.m.: New Braddock Rd. has reopened. Original Post: New Braddock Rd. East is closed between Rt. 28 and Singletons Way in Centreville as police investigate a reportedly fatal accident involving a pedestrian. The closure is slowing Northbound Rt. 28 from Yorkshire Lane. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes Metro Resources: Riding the System | Trip Planner | Map | Post Coverage...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 21, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Weekend and Beyond

Though it's mid-August, the weekend and the week ahead are busy with transportation developments. Here are some highlights that could affect your travels. Sports Congestion Saturday The Redskins, Nationals and D.C. United are all playing games on Saturday night. The Redskins pre-season game at FedEx Field starts at 7:30 p.m. That means congestion on the Beltway, Largo-Landover Road, Central Avenue and the roads immediately around the stadium. Here's a map of the roads and the parking areas. Fans also can take Metrorail to the Morgan Boulevard Station on the Blue Line and walk up about a mile on a sidewalk to the stadium. D.C. United's game against LA Galaxy starts at 7:30 at RFK Stadium. That will mean congestion along 295 and on the nearby streets in the Kingman Park neighborhood. Here's a guide to transportation and parking. Stadium-Armory, on the Blue and Orange lines, is the closest Metrorail station....

By Robert Thomson  |  August 21, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Beltway, D.C. United, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Nationals, Redskins, weekend delays  
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Traffic Alert: Chain Bridge Delays After Truck Halts

Updated at 5:37 p.m. A disabled furniture truck has been removed from Chain Bridge, but motorists should still expect delays through the rush hour. Drivers can seek alternate routes such as Key, Theodore Roosevelt or Memorial bridges. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 20, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Alert: Major Delays on I-270 South After Accident

Updated, 9:45 a.m.: An earlier accident on the American Legion Bridge has been cleared, but it has caused a major backup on I-270 South onto the Outer Loop. Slow traffic extends from Montgomery Village Ave. to the American Legion Bridge. The accident is also backing up traffic on the Outer Loop from Connecticut Ave. to the American Legion Bridge. The two left lanes are blocked on the Outer Loop of the Beltway at the American Legion Bridge by large steel beams that have spilled off a truck. Traffic is backed up to the River Rd. exit....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 20, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Part of Eisenhower Connector to Reopen Early

What Beltway drivers see now approaching Eisenhower Avenue Connector. (Thomson) The Eisenhower Connector is coming back, or at least the part of it that connects with the Beltway's outer loop. The closure in early July, for deck replacement work that's part of the Wilson Bridge project, broke an important commuter link into Alexandria and disrupted traffic on the Beltway. At the time of the closing, project managers predicted it would remain shut through September. Instead, the reopening will occur over this weekend. It was a combination of quick construction and cooperative weather, said Jenny Rios, spokeswoman for the Wilson Bridge project. By noon Saturday, if the schedule holds, all three lanes of the outer loop will be restored. No more split. (This is the part of the outer loop just after the squeeze down from four to three lanes, which was one of the things that made the temporary...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 20, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Eisenhower Connector  
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Traffic Alert: Wilson Blvd. Shut in Arlington

Updated at 3:44 p.m. A two-block stretch of Wilson Boulevard in Arlington will remain closed until 6 p.m. after a car accident Wednesday that knocked over an electric pole, police and power company officials said. The accident, at 10:14 a.m., shut down Wilson between Greenbrier and Emerson streets and knocked out power to almost 3,400 residents of the surrounding area of North Arlington, said Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman for Dominion Virginia Power. She said that section of the busy interchange will be closed until 6 p.m., when a least one lane will reopen. Each of the two lanes in both directions are expected to reopen by 7:30 p.m., she said. The two-car accident sent one person to a hospital with minor injuries. One of the cars knocked over the pole, which was broken in two places. "Wires were pulled from it,'' Anderson said. "Everything that was on the pole was...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 19, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Commuter Alert: Blue and Orange Delays Cleared

Updated, 9:32 a.m.: The mechanical failure on the Orange and Blue lines has been cleared up and trains are running normally. Metro's Blue and Orange lines are delayed in both directions at Farragut West because trains are using a single track. A train is having mechanical problems at the Farragut West station....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 19, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Traffic Alert: All Accidents Cleared on I-66 at Route 28

Updated, 8:34 a.m.:All lanes are open on I-66 in both directions. Updated, 8:12 a.m.:The accident on I-66 East has been cleared, but traffic remains slow. Rescue crews block two lanes on I-66 West in the same area as they clear a separate accident. Two lanes are blocked on I-66 eastbound at Rt. 28. Traffic is backing up, but gets by to the right and left of the accident. Westbound I-66 also slows because of an accident that is blocking the left lane in the same area....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 19, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro Alert: Red Line Delays After Rail Damage

Red Line Riders should expect delays in the Bethesda area after a cracked rail was discovered this afternoon between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda stations. Trains will share a single track between the Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stations while temporary repairs are made, Metro officials said. Trains will move through the area at reduced speeds. Permanent repairs will be made overnight, officials said. Metro Resources:  Riding the System  |  Trip Planner   |   Map  |  Post Coverage...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 18, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Metro Expects Better Cell Service by Mid-October

Been waiting for some good news from Metrorail this month? The transit authority says that work is underway to upgrade the wireless service underground. Riders who use services other than Verizon should be able to make calls and access the Internet from 20 of the busiest underground stations by mid-October. (Of course, not every rider is going to see this as good news.) Metro had announced the upgrade program earlier this year, but the timetable is more specific. "This is the first phase of Metro's effort to bring expanded cell phone carrier service to the entire Metrorail system by 2012," Suzanne Peck, Metro's chief information officer, said in a statement today. "After we complete the first 20 stations this fall, the carriers will install service at the remaining 27 underground stations by the fall of 2010. Customers will be able to use these carrier-provided wireless services in tunnels between stations...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 18, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, wireless service  
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What's Next For Virginia's HOT Lanes

A week ago, the HOT lanes project was the best best for easing traffic congestion in one of the Washington region's most troubled travel corridors. Today, it's just one more idea we can debate endlessly, the same way we talk about getting hybrids out of the carpool lanes or getting better enforcement of the HOV rules. Virginia's decision to delay the I-95/395 HOT lanes project almost certainly pushes the program into the next governor's administration, when we can have all the debates all over again. (The Beltway HOT lanes are not affected.) Meanwhile, all the reasons for needing a congestion relief project on our main north-south highway will continue their advance. Even on Monday, as Gov. Tim Kaine's office was announcing a stand-down on the project, Transportation Secretary Pierce R. Homer said to The Post what he's said all along about a key reason for advancing it: "It is essential...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 18, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Homer, Kaine  
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Traffic Alert: New Hampshire Ave. Reopened in Ashton, Md.

Updated 7:11 a.m.: The barricade situation is over and police have reopened New Hampshire Ave. Police activity has shut down New Hampshire Ave. at Hwy. 108 in Ashton, Md. near the Montgomery County-Howard County line. News Channel 8 is reporting that a man has barricaded himself inside his house and is issuing threats....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 18, 2009; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I-95 to Face Disruptions for ICC Work

Some Montgomery County traffic lanes on Interstate 95 will be closed or shifted at night beginning this week to allow for construction work on the Intercounty Connector. The closures will occur in both northbound and southbound directions from the Route 198 interchange to the Route 212 interchange. Northbound single-lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. and double-lane closures will begin at 11 p.m. Southbound single-lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. and double-lane closures will begin at 11 p.m. The altered traffic patterns are scheduled to continue until Sept. 29. Portable message signs will be in place to inform motorists of the lane shifts. -- Ashley Halsey III...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 17, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , intercounty connector  
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Route 123 Northbound Ramp Closed in Tysons

HOT lanes project blocked off the outer loop ramp to northbound Route 123. (Thomson) Just got back from circumnavigating the Beltway, mainly to see the impact of the new closure of the ramp the leads to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) northbound on the first morning rush hour since it took effect. The traffic wasn't too bad in the Tysons area between 8 and 9 a.m. After all, it's August. I think my main issue is with the marking of the detour route to get outer loop drivers onto Route 123. Sign doesn't tell whole story. (Thomson) There are a couple of variable message boards reading "STAY ALERT ... 495 SB EXIT 46B CLOSED" and an orange detour sign, but drivers really have to be paying attention to figure this one out. They may not have heard about the ramp closing, and aren't looking for signs. They may be...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 17, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Route 123, Tysons  
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The Week Ahead in Traffic, Transit

This should be a relatively quiet week for the Washington region's drivers and transit users -- because so many of their commuting colleagues are on vacation. But there are a couple of hot spots. Watch for Tysons Detour This is the first morning that many commuters will find the ramp from the Beltway to Route 123 northbound (toward McLean) closed for the HOT lane construction project. The closing is scheduled to last through September. The detour route posted by the Virginia Department of Transportation will get southbound drivers off the Beltway before they get to the Route 123 junction. They will use exit 45B for the Dulles Access Road, stay to the left and get onto the access road very briefly before taking exit 19B to Route 123 north toward McLean or exit 19A to go south toward Tysons. Drivers already on the access road would use those same exits...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 17, 2009; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Metrorail delays, Red Line crash, Tysons  
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The Weekend and Beyond

The disruptions on Metrorail this weekend are quite significant, but notice also that we've got a major change in the Tysons traffic pattern coming up. Weekend Metrorail Delays The track circuit repairs will cause severe disruptions on the Red Line this weekend, and there also will be major delays for track maintenance on the Orange Line. Red Line: There will be no train service between Takoma and Brookland from 10 o'clock Friday through the system's close at midnight Sunday. Free shuttle buses will connect the Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma stations. That will be a slow ride along back streets. One option is to take the Green Line to Fort Totten and pick up the shuttle bus north or south from there. (Green Line service at Fort Totten is not affected. It's only the Red Line.) With the Red Line broken up into two sections this weekend, expect service to...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 16, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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