D.C. Bike Ride, Traffic Light Outages Cause Traffic Delays
Street closures for the Bike D.C. Community Ride and unrelated traffic light outages have caused some traffic delays on District streets. The ride closed numerous roads in D.C. and Arlington this morning.
Rick Bauman, the event director of Bike D.C., said the bike riders will be totally off the roads by 11:30 a.m. Of the nearly 5,000 who registered for the ride, he guessed about half actually turned out in the pouring rain. Final numbers will be available later in the day.
"It's just a victim of the weather," he said, standing at the finish line. "It's a great ride. People are soaking but smiling."
The D.C. Department of Transportation reports traffic lights have lost power at three intersections in NW: 3rd St. and Constitution Ave, 9th St. and Constitution Ave. and 7th St. and Independence Ave. Lights at 1st and M streets NW and 17th St. and Maryland Ave. NE are flashing. The department reports Pepco is responding to the outages and traffic control officers are on the scene.
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