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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.

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 17, 2009; 10:24 AM ET
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If you were coming into the city from Virginia this morning, you were stuck. MPD had no idea of the concept of rolling closure between 8:00am and 9:00am had the whole route cordoned off. When I tried to stop and ask a police officer directions around the route he yelled at me that if I didn't get back in my car he would arrest me. I didn't get his badge number, because I was a little worried he would act on his threat. None of the other dozen or so officers I saw I my route around the event closure were out of their cars.

It took going up Wisconsin Avenue to Newark to get to Connecticut Avenue to Calvert after coming in I-66 to Penn. Ave. and getting stopped repeatedly around Washington circle. I was trying to get to 14th/L Streets. Event information from Bike DC, MPD and WTOP was inaccurate and not detailed enough to make informed decisions relative to on the ground closures. The ball was dropped on this one, for lack of a better word, it sucked.

Posted by: contrarian4 | October 17, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I have a small business in NW that I open on Saturdays for 4 hours. I too was stuck in this traffic coming into DC from I-66. Tried to travel on Constitution to 15th but DC Police at Constitution closed at 17th. Turned left at 18th in attempt to get to I Street. Stuck in traffic for on 18th, turned on E Street, then on 20th. Police had H Street blocked, turned right onto H and followed police direction onto 19th and ended back right where I started. This took 20 minutes. I found a parking spot on 18th and walked to work. Was 15 minutes late but finally made it. It sucked!

Posted by: cindyinarlington | October 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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