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Headaches on the horizon

Cherry Blossom Festival
The Post's Aaron C. Davis reports that the Tidal Basin is difficult to navigate for people intent on seeing the cherry trees in flower. Construction around the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and flooding in the area makes the western half of the basin -- from the Jefferson Memorial to the Roosevelt Memorial -- unwalkable. Additional construction on the eastern side of the Jefferson Memorial and flooding makes getting around even more difficult.

Check out Dr. Gridlock's recent guide to exploring the cherry trees.

The District's annual concentrated pothole-fixing campaign draws to a close this week. To report a pothole, residents and commuters can call the mayor's call center at 311, use the online service request center at, text message or Tweet to, or e-mail potholepalooza@http://dc.http://gov.

Ramp closures
The ramp from Interstate 495 southbound to southbound Route 123 will close Monday and Tuesday between midnight and 5 a.m. while crews move a crane between awork areas. Officials gave these instructions: "Traffic will we directed to exit the Beltway to northbound Route 123, remain on the exit/entrance ramp, re-enter the northbound Beltway (Inner Loop) and then exit southbound Route 123. "

The eastbound ramp from Route 267 to northbound Dolley Madision Boulevard will also close from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday so that crews can place barriers and restripe the road. Motorists should exit to soutbound Route 123 and turn left at the intersection to access the northbound lanes.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 29, 2010; 7:14 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Safety , Weather  
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