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Get There: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Eisenhower Avenue reconnected

The link between Eisenhower Avenue and the Beltway's inner loop in Alexandria has been restored. It was closed during the summer as part of the Wilson Bridge construction project. The inner loop traffic shift between the Telegraph Road interchange and the Eisenhower Connector has been completed. (Congratulations on getting it done despite the rain and snow.) This was the weekend construction project most likely to cause major traffic delays. Now, all three travel lanes in the work zone are open. So are the entrance ramps to the inner loop from Telegraph Road and the inner loop exit to the Eisenhower Connector. A similar shift in the outer loop lanes is scheduled for this coming weekend, Dec. 11-13. It's all part of the widening of the Beltway in that zone....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Eisenhower Connector  
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Winter travel tips: Deal with change

Washington rarely gets snow storms. We get winter events that mix in all kinds of moisture. For travelers, that means dealing with change. Today, the weather you go out in may not be the weather you return home in. The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a rainy start, then a mix of rain and snow, then all snow toward evening. Whatever it is, it's the first of the season. We don't handle such events very well. Count on travelers to forget the following things, which you, of course will remember: Changes. If the forecasters aren't quite sure what will fall when, why should drivers be? Look as far ahead into traffic as you can. What's happening up there? Are they all slowing down? Is that someone skidding on the overpass? Did slush affect that driver's speed? Is the road condition going to be very different as I make this next...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving , Weather , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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The weekend and beyond

Check Get There for the latest on traveling in the snow this weekend. In other happenings, Metro plans to trim leaves and weeds and perform track, tunnel and bridge maintenance on weekends this December, so customers on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines should expect delays of at least 20 to 30 minutes.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 4, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Orange Line, Red Line, Yellow Line  
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Regional airports ready for possible Saturday snow

The current snow plan for Reagan National and Dulles International airports plan is to continue closely monitoring the weather and the airfield conditions. Right now the pavement temperatures are well above freezing at both airports, a spokesman said. He said the airports will have maintenance crews at both airports that can operate snow equipment Saturday if the need arises. As with any storm, the airports are advising passengers to keep contact information for their airline handy. That way they can quickly check the status of their flights as the airlines provide specific updates. --Sholnn Freeman...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 4, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports , Weather  
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District crews prepare for first snow of the season

Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland Jr. said the agency will suspend leaf collection on Saturday so that crews can prepare for the expected snowfall. DDOT mounts plows and salt spreaders on leaf collection trucks when snow is expected, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 4, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Package investigation on Mass. Ave. cleared

A suspicious package in the vicinty of the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue has traffic in the area snarled. Trafficland reports that a police and fire investigation is under way, and that Massachusetts Avenue is blocked between 15th and 13th streets NW.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 4, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion  
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Headaches on the horizon

Two lanes on the westbound side of New York Avenue will be closed to traffic each night, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The remaining lanes will be shifted so that there will be two lanes open to traffic in each direction.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 3, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction  | Tags: Construction, Metrobus, New York Avenue  
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Maryland and Virginia headaches this morning

A day of rain followed by gusty winds this morning (continuing through the day) are a bad combination for commuters. Here's some of what's happening in Maryland and Virginia this morning: UPDATE: Montgomery County Police say US 29 remains closed at Lockwood Drive. Traffic continues to be diverted at New Hampshire Avenue, while Pepco works to repair the power outages. MARYLAND - US 29 South is closed at Lockwood Drive due to a downed tree and wires, blocking a major avenue to the Beltway. - MD 28 was closed in both directions at MD 109 earlier this morning, and MD 109 is still closed to eastbound traffic due to a downed tree and wires. - There's an accident in Damascus on Woodfield Road/124, in front of Woodfield Elementary School. - An accident at Connecticut Avenue and Randolph Road. VIRGINIA There's a lot of stuff already wrapped up in Virginia, but...

By Mark Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tree lighting makes commuters unmerry

The National Christmas Tree lighting, scheduled for 5 p.m. on the Ellipse, south of the White House, is a traditional traffic disruption with effects throughout downtown Washington.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 3, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, National Christmas Tree lighting  
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Water main break closes 22nd Street N.W. in Foggy Bottom

A water main break on 22nd Street N.W. has closed that street between F street and Virginia Avenue. Eric Hauser of the District Department of Transportation recommends 23rd Street as the most viable alternative for commuters, though he cautions to watch for increased automotive and pedestrian traffic on that street. The D.C. Water and Sewage Authority reports that crews will be repairing the broken 8-inch water main, and notes that some in the area will see their water service disrupted. They estimate that the problem should be resolved by 1 p.m....

By Mark Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lights out at Pennsylvania Avenue and Suitland Parkway intersection

8 A.M. UPDATE: Lights are still out in all directions at 8 a.m. ORIGINAL POST: Traffic lights are out in all four directions at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Suitland Parkway in Maryland, the U.S. Park Police reported. The lights have been down since about 5:45 a.m., and there's currently no timetable on when the lights will be restored. The intersection is right near where Pennsylvania Avenue reaches the Beltway....

By Mark Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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US 29 South closed before Beltway in Maryland

7:30 A.M. UPDATE: It's still estimated that the tree and wires could be moved by 8:30 a.m., according to the Montgomery County Police. And after the tree is removed, power needs to be restored, so expect work to continue through the morning. 6:35 A.M. UPDATE: A rough time estimate courtesy of the Montgomery County Police: Power to the pole will be be turned off sometime between 6:55 and 7:10 a.m., the tree could be moved out of roadway by 8 a.m. at the earliest (though it could take longer). The tree, which brought wires down as it fell, remains blocking the southbound lanes of this major artery to the Beltway. 6 A.M. UPDATE: There is a tree down with wires on it at the intersection, according to the Montgomery County Police. US 29 South is closed at Lockwood Drive as they work on it. The tree came down shortly before...

By Mark Berman  |  December 3, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Two lanes on the westbound side of New York Avenue will be closed to traffic each night, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The remaining lanes will be shifted so that there will be two lanes open to traffic in each direction.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 2, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction  | Tags: Construction, New York Avenue, Tysons Corner  
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Commuter Alert: Possible overnight flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the region until Thursday morning. Capital weather gang is reporting that rainfall may cause severe and unexpected flooding. According to the weather service release, rainfall rates of 2-2.5 inches in 3 hrs may be possible between 8pm and 3am tonight. The press release warns that as little as 2 feet of water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Please stay alert for any warnings and do not attempt to drive on flooded roads. Check Capital Weather Gang for updates. This post has been updated....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 2, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , Weather  
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New Reagan National restaurant busy despite downturn

Reagan National airport's latest restaurant, Sam & Harry's Steakhouse, is doing brisk business, airport officials say. The location is a prime spot in Terminal C, next to the boarding area for US Airways's busy northeastern corridor shuttles. The steakhouse replaced a book store and a Legal Sea Food restaurant. Legal Sea Food's owner filed a federal lawsuit in August against the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in hopes of hanging on at National. --Sholnn Freeman...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 2, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Airports  
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Heavy weekend traffic likely on Va. Beltway

The trouble will come Friday night through Sunday on the inner loop. The lanes will shift outward onto a new roadway between the Telegraph Road interchange and the Eisenhower Connector. The traffic shift, which should be evident to commuters on Monday if the schedule holds, will let workers reconstruct the old roadway.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Weekend Work , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Eisenhower Connector, Telegraph Road  
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I-66 East accident and lane closures near Beltway

8:30 A.M. UPDATE: Judging from the traffic cameras, the traffic on I-66 East is still very slow from the Beltway back to near Route 50. So that's an improvement. A relatively small one, but that's something. I-495 North is also still pretty bad. 7:30 A.M. UPDATE: Traffic cameras show that delays remain slow and steady on I-66 East from the Beltway all the way back to the Fairfax County Parkway. Meanwhile, 495 North continues to be sluggish after Braddock Road. 7:05AM UPDATE: The accident has been moved onto the left shoulder at the Beltway, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. There was one minor injury reported, and that person has been transported to the hospital. VDOT also reports delays back to the Fairfax County Parkway. Since the morning rush is really picking up steam, expect these delays to hang around. The traffic cameras show that there's almost no lulls...

By Mark Berman  |  December 2, 2009; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-66 East lanes closed by accident near Nutley Street [Updated]

An accident on I-66 East near Nutley Street has closed the eastbound left shoulder, left lane and left center lane. Delays are expected. 6:35 A.M. UPDATE: The accident has been move to the shoulder and all lanes reopened....

By Mark Berman  |  December 2, 2009; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Headaches on the horizon

Two lanes on the westbound side of New York Avenue will be closed to traffic each night, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The remaining lanes will be shifted so that there will be two lanes open to traffic in each direction.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 1, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction  | Tags: Construction, Metrobus, New York Avenue, Tysons  
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Winter road warriors at the ready

The Capital Weather Gang says there is a chance of snow this weekend. Local transportation agencies have been preparing for that. Dr. Gridlock detailed their efforts in Sunday's Commuter page feature.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 1, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's the dumbest thing you've seen a traveler do?

We've seen it all on the roads and rails of Washington: people putting on makeup in their cars; folks shaving on the Metro; drivers making left turns from far right lanes. What behavior have you seen that left you gaping in amazement? What are the offenses you see your fellow drivers and transit riders commit every day? Share them in Dr. Gridlock's discussion forum Taken for a Ride....

By Michael Bolden  |  December 1, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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270 South Lanes Closed By Accident [Updated]

7:10 A.M. UPDATE: The accident has been moved to the shoulder and there are no lane closures, according to the Maryland State Police. Residual delays might remain in place for folks heading south on 270, so be keep that in mind. ORIGINAL POST: An accident has closed lanes of I-270 South at 370/Shady Grove Road. The Maryland State Police reported that the accident took place just south of Shady Grove Road and involved two cars. No word yet on if there are any injuries. But be wary of the delay in Gaithersburg....

By Mark Berman  |  December 1, 2009; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Beltway Accident At Eisenhower Ave. Cleared Up

An accident earlier this morning involving a car and a tractor-trailer has already been cleared up, according to Virginia Department of Transportation officials. A fender-bender involving no injuries and no cars needing to be towed took place at about 5:15 a.m. and was cleared before 6 a.m. The accident took place on I-95 N (Beltway) at the Eisenhower Avenue exit. It caused delays of about a mile during the early part of the morning rush, but there should only be minor residual delays....

By Mark Berman  |  December 1, 2009; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Two lanes on the westbound side of New York Avenue will be closed to traffic each night, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The remaining lanes will be shifted so that there will be two lanes open to traffic in each direction.

By Michael Bolden  |  November 30, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction  | Tags: Construction, Metrobus, New York Avenue, Tysons  
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Metro Transit Police investigating incident at Gallery Place

A preliminary report indicates a young man was pushed Monday afternoon into the side of a train bound toward Shady Grove that was stopped at Gallery Place-Chinatown Station, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  |  November 30, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro  | Tags: Metro, Red Line  
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Red Line incident may cause lengthy delays

Metro reports that a person has been struck by a train at Gallery-Place-Chinatown Station on the Red Line.

By Michael Bolden  |  November 30, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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It's crazy out there

We won't have an online discussion today, but I invite you to come over to our Discussion Group, called Taken for a Ride, and answer a question for me: What's the dumbest thing you've seen a traveler do (traffic or transit)?

By Robert Thomson  |  November 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Taken for a Ride  
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Tips for winter travel

On Sunday's Commuter page in The Post, I reviewed the plans our local transportation agencies have developed for attacking the ice and snow before it attacks us. One new element in Maryland's arsenal is beet juice. in a pilot project, the State Highway Administration will be combining sugar beet molasses with salt brine to make the anti-icing treatment stick to the roads better. But let's get beyond what the agencies are doing and talk today about what you can do to help yourself in traffic and transit.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 30, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Driving , Metro , Safety , Weather , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, winter weather  
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The week ahead in traffic and transit

Welcome back. Road work resumes today in all our Washington area jurisdictions. Some need to play catch-up because work was delayed by last week's heavy rains.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The Week Ahead  
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Motorcyclist killed in Maryland

A motorcyclist was killed early this morning due to an accident involving a car, the Montgomery County Police reported. The accident occurred on Muncaster Mill Road (MD 115) at Avery Road in Redland, Md., just to the east of Upper Rock Creek Park. Muncaster Mill Road is closed between Avery Road and Needwood Road while investigators from the Montgomery County Police are on the scene. The accident was reported to them at 2:40 a.m. They declined to offer a specific timetable for the closure, but officials said it would remain at least into the morning rush....

By Mark Berman  |  November 30, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lane closures return Monday

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Maryland and Virginia highway departments opened up some lanes that had been closed for construction, but the closings will return on Monday. Travelers should be alert for changes in traffic patterns.

By Mark Berman  |  November 29, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Before you head to the airport

For holiday travelers who are planning to fly back to Washington sometime Sunday or Monday, this Federal Aviation Administration site provides useful information on flight delays. Safe travels!...

By Mark Berman  |  November 29, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , holiday travel  
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