Maryland senators are backing a bill to require people convicted of drunken driving for the first time to install ignition locking devices in their vehicles. Senators voted 44 to 0 Friday in support of the measure.
Lane closings that had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights as part of the HOT lanes and Dulles Metrorail projects have been canceled, because of the weather. However, there will be lane closures Friday night for repairs stemming from the Friday afternoon accident.
Transportation officials warned Friday that a multi-vehicle accident on the outerloop of the Beltway at Route 123 in Northern Virginia will cause serious delays during the evening rush hour. Two of four lanes are currently closed. The traffic slowdown extends back to Connecticut Avenue. The delays are also causing backups on the I-270 Spur.
The Cherry Blossom Festival begins this weekend in Washington, but the big crowd-drawing events won't begin till the following weekend. The blooming period is forecast to start this weekend, peaking April 1 through April 4.
March 26, 2010; 11:50 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , transit | Tags: Cherry Blossom Festival, Dr. Gridlock
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A train has derailed near Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland. No one is injured and the derailment is not affecting Amtrak service. A CSX spokesman said the train was carrying scrap, sheet rock and plastic materials.
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Traffic continues to be slow on I-395 and the 14th Street Bridge inbound. If you're headed in that direction, allow extra time.
You may encounter some new traffic delays tonight and on Friday.
Metro tells the D.C. Department of Transportation to go ahead with plans to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station.
Twenty minutes is a long time to stay mad. According to Virginia State Police, that's how long it took two drivers to work out their issues on Interstate 95, with a most unsatisfactory result. Both men are charged with attempted murder following the Tuesday afternoon duel between the dump truck and the Jaguar along four miles of southbound interstate in Prince William County.
Metro's next generation of rail cars will be designed to allow several different seating arrangements, rail chief Dave Kubicek told Metro board members today.
An earlier train malfunction at Federal Triangle has been resolved but is causing delays to Largo and New Carrollton.
Drivers will have to wait a few days longer to experience the widening of the westbound Interstate between Manassas and Gainesville. The Virginia Department of Transportation hoped to have the new configuration in place on Thursday afternoon, but the recent heavy rains delayed the preparations slightly. The new target for the opening is early next week.
Metroopensdoors tweeted this morning that the speed restriction on the Glenmont-bound track has been lifted. Speeds on the track to Shady Grove increased to 35 to 40 mph, and will remain at those levels through the weekend, according to the transit agency's official Twitter page.
A roundup of the morning's traffic issues
To increase the frequency of its rail inspections, Metro has selected a company to construct a special rail car designed to evaluate the track conditions of the 106-mile Metrorail system. Ensco, an engineering company that specializes in rail technologies, will begin work on the $7.8 million custom track geometry vehicle, which will be ready for use in the summer or fall of 2012 after testing, agency officials said.
After I endorsed the idea of cutting back on the three-hour window for SmarTrip card transfers, one rider responded with the best argument I've seen in defense of the current limit. She bases it on the difficulties of getting around the region by bus. Notice the long waits for buses and the near misses on connections.
The first of Metro's six hearings on its budget crisis drew 15 speakers in Vienna.
March 23, 2010; 9:13 AM ET |
Categories: Metro , Transportation Politics | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro budget, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail
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A roundup of the morning rush hour traffic issues.
Beltway/Telegraph Road Work that began this weekend marks a significant new phase in reconstruction of the Capital Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange, part of the Wilson Bridge project. Commuters will need to be extra alert for a new traffic pattern through the interchange area. The outer loop exit to Telegraph Road north is being rerouted, and ramps for the inner loop are being realigned. This will allow workers to complete the ramps and replace portions of old Beltway bridges during the 2010 construction season. Delays for Beltway drivers are not likely to worsen, project managers say. But traffic on the ramp from the outer loop to Telegraph Road might be delayed up to 15 minutes. Also, for the next eight months, the morning northbound rush-hour travel time on Telegraph Road could take up to 20 minutes longer. VRE parking enforcement VRE warns drivers that Manassas police began ticketing for parking violations...
March 22, 2010; 7:18 PM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Virginia Railway Express , Wilson Bridge , highways | Tags: Beltway, Dulles Metrorail, VRE
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According to D.C. Fire/EMS officials, Georgia Avenue NW is closed between Girard Street and Columbia Road NW. Officials said the fire is under control.
Volatile spring weather may hinder the afternoon commute. According to the Capital Weather Gang, scattered strong or severe thunderstorms may move into the area. Heavy wind, strong rain and even hail may impact travel.
Drivers on Shady Grove Road in Montgomery County will encounter a new traffic pattern starting Saturday at the Interstate 370 interchange, as bridge construction continues there for the $2.5 billion Intercounty Connector. The State Highway Administration said motorists traveling west on Shady Grove Road to access westbound I-370 will now make a left turn at a new traffic signal. Currently, motorists on southbound Shady Grove Road access westbound I-370 from the right. Motorists turning left from westbound Shady Grove will merge with the eastbound Shady Grove Road motorists accessing I-370 on a new ramp. Variable message signs are in place to alert motorists to the new traffic pattern. Weather permitting, lane closures on both Shady Grove Road and I-370 will begin Saturday morning at about 8 a.m. and continue through the afternoon until the new traffic pattern is in place. -- Ashley Halsey III...
More than 400 drivers were arrested for drunken driving in Maryland during the period including St. Patrick's Day, as state law enforcement agencies made a concerted effort to catch them on a day noted for excessive drinking. More than 5,900 drivers were stopped at checkpoints or pulled over by officers statewide, according to Col. George Johnson, chief of the Department of Natural Resources Police and president of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. "Local law enforcement agencies across the state made 403 impaired-driving arrests and issued another 398 citations for other traffic violations during the recent St. Patrick's Day enforcement operations that began the weekend of March 12th through 14th and continued through St. Patrick's Day," Johnson said. -- Ashley Halsey III...
Crews have filled an average of 290 potholes a day since the D.C. Department of Transportation launched "Potholepalooza" to publicize their efforts two weeks ago, DDOT said Monday.
If you can think of an option for closing Metro's budget gap, it's probably already listed in the expansive documents to be reviewed tonight in Vienna at the first of six public hearings.
Metro will stage simulated explosions on trains and buses this weekend as the transit system continues a series of emergency response exercises that test its coordination with other regional agencies.
D.C. police are responding to reports of a suspicious package in the 1900 block of M Street NW. There may be some traffic issues in the area.
Speed restrictions are in place on Metro's Red Line between Friendship Heights and Bethesda stations, the transit agency said in a release Monday, due to overnight track work to replace rails and rail fasteners. Metro said the 15-mph restrictions were implemented last week after an evaluationdetermined their was a need to perform immediate replacements on both the northbound and southbound tracks.
All lanes of the inner loop of the Capital Beltway will be closed overnight at the Springfield Interchange in Virginia this week while crews install steel beams for a bridge that will connect HOV lanes from Interstate 95 to the Beltway. The lane closures were scheduled from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday night, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. This is the first week of nightly closures in this area, which are expected to occur weeknights until mid-April. The work is part of the Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll Lanes Project. Motorists will be detoured from the Inner Loop, Interstate 495 west to Exit 170B onto Interstate 395 north and take Exit 2B, Edsall Road west. Follow the ramp around to I-395 south to Exit 1C back to the Inner Loop, I-495 north/west. Motorists traveling to Springfield via Exit 169B/A will follow the same detour but use...
A year-long, $5 million project to widen and rehabilitate the bridge that carries Kenilworth Avenue over the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County will get underway before month's end, the Maryland Highway Administration announced Monday. The road surface will be replaced and other improvements will include reconstructing a half mile of the approaching roadway on MD 201, and repairing, cleaning and painting the existing structural steel and median landscaping. The existing structure was built in 1963 and carries an average of 35,000 vehicles a day. The SHA said traffic will be maintained in two through lanes on both sides of 201 by utilizing an existing lane and one shoulder. In addition, there may be single-lane closures along both directions of 201 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and overnight closures Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. -- Ashley Halsey III...
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Drivers will find some new traffic patterns this week. On Saturday, the Cherry Blossom Festival starts, bringing more tourists and traffic.