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Get There: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Traffic Alert: Delays on NB I-295 at Penn. Ave.

Watch for backups on northbound I-295 at Pennsylvania Avenue SE because of a disabled tractor trailer blocking a lane. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 28, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beltway Lane to Close Overnight Tuesday

As part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, weather the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway will be reduced to one lane overnight between the Eisenhower Connector and east of Telegraph Road on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning for bridge work....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Flash Floods Possible This Evening

Driving conditions could become treacherous during the afternoon and evening commute in areas just north of Washington. A flash flood warning has been issued for Montgomery, Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties until 4:45 p.m....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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12th Street Tunnel Ramp Closes For Weekend

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily close the eastbound ramp to the 12th Street Tunnel this weekend as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the 11th Street Bridge in Southwest. The ramp will be closed from 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Aug. 28 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic coming across the Francis Case Memorial (14th Street) Bridge from Virginia will be required to take an alternate route. Motorists can go north on 14th Street to get downtown, or take the L'Enfant Plaza exit to D Street, SW. From there, detour signs will direct them to 7th Street. The closing of the ramp is to allow for the movement of barriers and shifting of traffic lanes on the bridge....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ramps Closed for Hotlane Work

Steel beams will be lifted into place for a new bridge on I-495 south over Chain Bridge Road (Route 123). For the next two weeks, exit ramps will be closed at I-495 from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Route 123 south will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The I-495 south exit ramp (Exit 46B) to Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) north is closed for another 38 days. The ramp closure is necessary for the HOT Lanes crews to build bridge piers for the new HOT Lanes access from Westpark Drive to the Beltway. Crews will reconfigure the ramp and build two drainage facilities for the HOT Lanes Project and Tysons Corner Center. Concrete beam placement and bridge deck construction at Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) continues for the new I-495 north and south exit ramp bridges. Expect the temporary closure of both directions of Route...

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Alert: Bay Bridge Delays

Forecasts of rough weather in the hours ahead may cause operators of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to cancel normal two-way traffic modifications intended to ease the flow of weekend traffic to and from the Eastern Shore and beach destinations. If traffic conditions on Friday and Saturday necessitate two-way operations, officials say they will implement this traffic pattern once weather conditions improve....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: U.S. 301 Over The Potomac

One lane of the bridge that carries U.S. 301 over the Potomac will be closed from Monday, Aug. 31 until Thursday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. as work crews set a guardrail, pour concrete and perform line striping. The project involves realigning the northbound and southbound approaches to the toll plaza, replacing and upgrading toll booths and safety features and improving signing. This phase, scheduled to be complete in September, consists of work on the northbound right shoulder. The next phase will involve work in the center of the toll plaza. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2010....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red Line Delays Continue

Get ready for the weekend. Metro warns that trains continue to move at reduced speeds between Fort Totten and Takoma stations due to track circuit repairs on the Red Line. Expect delays in both directions....

By Michael Bolden  |  August 28, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Weekend and Beyond

As the summer winds down (yes, kids, we know it's already over for some of you!), this weekend and the week that follow will provide a few traffic and transit wrinkles. The Redskins are playing Friday night at Fed-Ex stadium, which means congestion on the Beltway, Largo-Landover Road, Central Avenue and the roads immediately around the stadium. Saturday afternoon the body of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be flown into Andrews Air force Base and taken by motorcade for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. The motorcade is scheduled to depart Andrews at 4 p.m., head over to the east plaza of the U.S. Capitol for a brief prayer and then proceed to Arlington down Constitution Avenue for the 5:30 p.m. burial service. Expect traffic delays in the vicinity of Andrews, on the Beltway, in Capitol Hill and on all streets that cross the National Mall. Elsewhere, Red, Orange and...

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 28, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Road Closed on Beach Drive

The spill of a gallon of hydrochloric acid has resulted in road closures in the vicinity of Yorktown Road and Beach drive in Northwest Washington....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 27, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Expect Delays on Wisconsin Avenue

A Medivac helicopter has been called in to 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue Northwest to fly out a person with a serious hand injury....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 27, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Metro Maintenance Will Cause Delays This Weekend

Another weekend of planned summer maintenance work is prompting Metro to advise Red, Orange and Green Line passengers that they should allow an additional 30 minutes of travel time this weekend. From Friday at 10 p.m. until the stations close Sunday, Red Line trains going both directions will share a single track between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights. Crews are repairing a tunnel, replacing rail, and laying new rail fasteners, the agency said. The work will mean that Red Line trains will only run once every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Medical Center. During the same time period, Orange Line trains going both ways will share a track between East Falls Church and Ballston-MU. Crews plan to replace crossties. On the Green Line, Friday from 8 p.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m., trains will share a single track between Georgia Ave-Petworth and Fort Totten. As a result, all Yellow Line...

By James Hohmann  |  August 27, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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I-95 Lane Closes This Fall in Virginia

Drivers will face multiple overnight lane closures on Interstate 95 this fall while the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) adds a fourth lane in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. VDOT is widening I-95 for six-miles from the Fairfax County Parkway to Route 123. On Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, there will be multiple lane closures south of Lorton Road from 9:30 p.m to 5 a.m. Delays of 30-minutes are anticipated. On Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, southbound traffic will shift for bridge widening from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, until late October one or more northbound lanes will be closed from Route 1 to Lorton Road, Sundays through Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. On Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22, replacement of overhead signs between Route 1 and Lorton Road will close two of three lanes at...

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 27, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Commuter Alert: Blue and Orange Line Delays at Rosslyn

Updated, 8:44 a.m.: The Orange and Blue Line problems have been resolved and service is returning to normal. Original Post: Metro's Orange and Blue Lines are experiencing delays at Rosslyn because of a train with mechanical difficulties. Expect delays in both directions. Trains are sharing a single track along the line. Metro Resources: Riding the System | Trip Planner | Map | Post Coverage...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 27, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Commuter Alert: L 'Enfant Plaza Station Has Reopened

Updated 10:01 p.m. ET L 'Enfant Plaza station has reopened, but expect delays in both directions. The station was temporarily closed due to a report of a suspicious package inside the station, according to the WMATA Web site....

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  August 26, 2009; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Telegraph Road Beltway Ramp to Close Overnight Thursday

The access ramp from northbound Telegraph Road to the Outer Loop of the Beltway will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday and drivers can expect delays. The closure is part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. The detour suggested by the bridge project folks is to take the next on-ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Beltway Inner Loop, then cloverleaf onto Telegraph Road South to the on-ramp to the Outer Loop....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quickly Contained Gas Leak on S. St. Averts Delays

A gas main break outside a building in the 1400 block of S. St. was quickly contained by emergency responders, officials said. There were no fires, injuries or evacuations when the incident happened after 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to D.C. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite. "It's really nothing," he said. "It's really mitigated." Gas was capped off, and Washington Gas crews came to the scene. D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle said he knew of no delays from the gas main break....

By James Hohmann  |  August 26, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Delays on Red Line

Metro says trains are sharing a single track between Cleveland Park and Bethesda because a train was having "mechanical difficulties" at the Van Ness-UDC Station. Riders should expect delays on both sides of the track in that area of the Red Line....

By James Hohmann  |  August 26, 2009; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Thursday Night Ramp Closure on Beltway

The access ramp from northbound Telegraph Road onto the Outer Loop of the Beltway is scheduled to close from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, officials from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project announced this afternoon. The closure will allow bridge construction in the Telegraph Road Interchange area. Drivers trying to get to the Outer Loop are advised to get off at the next on-ramp from Telegraph Road North to the Beltway Inner Loop, according to a news release, "then cloverleaf onto Telegraph Road South to the on-ramp to the Outer Loop." Lower speed limits will be posted in the work area....

By James Hohmann  |  August 26, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police Investigation Closes 14th Street NW at Newton and Irving

D.C. police have shut down traffic in the 3300 block of 14th St NW in Columbia Heights as they investigate a nearby shooting that wounded a man around 3:30 p.m. Police said a man was shot in the back this afternoon at 16th Street NW and Spring Road NW. "He is conscious and breathing." said police spokeswoman Gwen Crump. The victim's name and other identifying details were not immediately available. Access to 14th Street NW is closed at Newton and Irving streets NW and traffic is being diverted, said District Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle. "It's best right now for people to avoid that area," he said. The gunman was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, and rode away on a bicycle, according to a police text alert on the incident. - Theola Labbé-DeBose...

By Michael Bolden  |  August 26, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expect Delays on Branch Avenue

An accident on Branch Avenue near Crain Highway may cause commuter headaches this afternoon....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Train Malfunction Creates More Red Line Delays

Metro reports that riders can expect delays to Glenmont due to an earlier train malfunction at Cleveland Park Station. Red Line riders are already experiencing delays due to track circuit repairs in between Fort Totten and Takoma stations, the area of the Red Line crash June 22. ....

By Michael Bolden  |  August 26, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slow Going North on 16th

Drivers who head home on the early side tonight may encounter traffic back ups on 16th Street Northwest, where police have set up a crime scene at Spring Road....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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14th Street Watermain Break Reported

Call a plumber and expect delays in the area of 14th and Madison Streets Northwest, where an 8-inch water main reportedly has burst this afternoon....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I-66 Ramp Closure Saturday Night

The I-66 east exit ramps to I-495 north in Virginia will close Saturday from 9 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday to replace pavement and move barriers. Both the general purpose and HOV exits will be closed. Detours will be in place....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expect Delays in Southeast this morning

A water main break has been reported at 10th and G streets in Southeast Washington. Repairs are underway, but traffic will be problematic until they're complete....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 26, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Delays Expected on the Blue Line

Metro reports a disruption on the Orange and Blue lines at Federal Center SW Station. The agency says riders should expect delays to Franconia-Springfield due to an earlier train malfunction at the station that has been resolved....

By Michael Bolden  |  August 26, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expect Delays: Fire near Bethesda Metro Station

A small insulator fire on a track near the Bethesda Metro Station Tuesday is forcing Red Line trains to share a single track between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor-Strathmore during the height of the evening rush hour, prompting ricocheting and residual delays for frustrated riders. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the fire, which began at 6:08 p.m., was put out with a portable extinguisher. Montgomery County fire crews responded, and trains will share a single track for most of what remains of rush hour while crews examine and clean the side of the track where trains head toward Shady Grove....

By James Hohmann  |  August 25, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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7,432 Tickets for Illegal Cell Phone Use

Two weeks ago we told you about rising concerns that cell phone use and text messaging by drivers were contributing to too many accidents. New York has a hands-free requirement and last week the city's finest staged a 24-hour crackdown on people violating the ban. The issued 7,432 tickets, each with a $130 fine, for a total of almost $1 million. On an average day the NYPD issues 580 of the tickets....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 25, 2009; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Construction begins Highway Interchange near Bowie

A year-long $2.1 million bridge rehabilitation project gets underway Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Route 214 in Prince George's county. Drivers headed east on 214 will discover that access to 301 has been closed. Construction crews will maintain two through lanes along southbound US 301 by utilizing an existing lane and one shoulder. The centerpiece of the project is replacement of the bridge deck on southbound 301. The bridge was built in 1959 and carries an average of 51,000 vehicles per day....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 25, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bay Bridge Alert

All lanes on the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge have reopened following an oil spill from a disabled tractor trailer. The normal two-way operations have been suspended as a result....

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 25, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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H Street Intersection Closures

Two intersections on H Street NE will be closed during the day this week to allow installation of streetcar tracks, the District's Department of Transportation said Tuesday. On Wednesday, the intersection of Fourth and H streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eastbound curb lane of H Street also will be closed between Third and Fifth streets. On Friday, the intersection of Seventh and H streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as the eastbound curb lane on H Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. The streetcar track work is part of the reconstruction of the H Street Corridor. For more information about the project, please visit www.9ddot.dc.gov and click on "Major Construction Initiatives" and "Reconstruction of H Street, NE." -- Ashley Halsey III...

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 25, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Expect to See Brake Lights in NOVA

There will be enough overnight road closures in Northern Virginia this week to give drivers a migraine and illuminate the highways with brake lights. The closures, all connected to the Dulles Metrorail project, are to allow utility work, waterline installation, excavation and delivery of materials. The left westbound lane on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) will be closed west of Spring Hill Road from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Wednesday. The right lanes of northbound Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) will be closed Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Leesburg Pike and International Drive. The right lane of northbound Dolley Madison Boulevard (also Route 123) will be closed through Friday night from Anderson Road to the Dulles Toll Road. hours vary The right-turn and center through lane of Spring Hill Road will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. at Leesburg Pike through Friday. The...

By Ashley Halsey  |  August 25, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: SB BW Pkwy. Reopens After Serious Accident

Update, 10:43 a.m.: All southbound lanes are now open. Original post, 8:38 a.m.: Southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway is closed after Rt. 197 by a serious accident. Traffic backs up from Rt. 32 and is being diverted at Rt. 197. Eastbound 197 is jammed toward Powder Mill Rd. Eastbound 198 to I-95 is a good alternate route. WTOP reports a police officer was struck on the parkway and numerous police units are on the scene investigating the accident. One lane of traffic gets by on northbound B.W. Pkwy., but traffic is slow from Greenbelt Rd. A medevac unit has come and gone from the scene. Road Essentials: Incident Map | Traffic Cams | Key Routes...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 25, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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County Connector Work Shifts Traffic Patterns in Md.

Lane shifts are underway on Longmead Crossing Drive and Layhill Road in Montgomery County this week to accommodate construction of the Intercounty Connector. Longmead Drive will be moved onto a temporary road for about a year to allow construction of a permanent bridge that will carry it over the ICC. Later this week, a similar shift will occur to make way for the construction of a Layhill Road bridge over the ICC, and work on an interchange that will connect the ICC with Route 182. Barrier walls, temporary crash cushions, barrels, guardrails, temporary traffic signs and variable message boards will alert and guide motorists through work areas. To find out more about the project, call 866-462-0020 or visit the Web site at http://www.iccproject.com. -- By Ashley Halsey III...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 24, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Two People Injured, Traffic Snarled by Manhole Explosion in Dupont Circle

Two people were injured and traffic at Dupont Circle was slowed Monday after a Pepco contractor accidentally touched a live wire in an electrical vault on 19th Street NW, authorities said. Bob Hainey, a spokesman for Pepco said two contractors employed by the C.W. Wright Co. were working underground, pulling old wires around lunch time when one of the men inadvertently grabbed hold of a live wire and suffered an electrical shock. He suffered facial burns. Hainey is not sure what happened after that. D.C. Deputy Fire Chief Ken Crosswhite said the accident caused an explosion and the second worker suffered smoke inhalation. Hainey said there was no explosion. Crosswhite said the first man's burns caused a critical injury. Crosswhite said the vault contains various feeds of high voltage. It's unclear what caused the explosion. Traffic in the area is being redirected because parts of 19th Street and the Dupont...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 24, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overnight Beltway Disruption in Alexandria to Continue

Overhead signs on the Capital Beltway between Van Dorn Street and the Eisenhower Connector will continue to be erected through Tuesday, reducing traffic on the outer loop to one lane from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. The overnight closures are part of the Wilson Bridge project, and the project's managers say motorists who can't use alternate routes should expect delays. Speed limits will be lowered to reduce the likelihood of drivers having to make sudden stops when they encounter traffic snarls. Drivers can plans their trips by using real-time travel speeds available at http://www.wilsonbridge.com. -- By Ashley Halsey III...

By Mike McPhate  |  August 24, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Street Closing on 28th Street NW

Washington Gas has closed the 1600 block of 28th Street NW for scheduled repairs, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. The street will be closed for the remainder of the day....

By Michael Bolden  |  August 24, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Red Line Delays Continue

Metro reports that trains are moving at reduced speeds between Fort Totten and Takoma stations due to track circuit repairs. Expect delays in both directions on the Red Line....

By Michael Bolden  |  August 24, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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