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Get There: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Cheverly Station reopens after death

Updated, 3 p.m.:Metro reports the Cheverly Station has reopened, but trains are single-tracking through the area. Full service is expected to resume soon. Delays are minimal. Metro is reporting that a person was struck on the Orange Line at the Cheverly Station around 10:50 a.m. this morning. Riders should expect major delays on the eastern end of the Orange Line for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. The Cheverly Station is closed and a bus bridge is being set up between the Landover and Deanwood stations. Here is Metro's full press release: "Metrorail customers travelling on the eastern end of the Orange Line can expect major delays the remainder of the morning and into early afternoon. A six-car Orange Line train heading downtown struck a person who was on the tracks at the Cheverly Metrorail station today (Saturday, April 17) at 10:51 a.m. The Cheverly Metrorail...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 17, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The weekend and beyond

This weekend is filled with traffic and transit issues that you need to be aware of in planning travels across the Washington area. And next week, there will be plenty of road construction and traffic shifts that will affect travel at peak and off-peak periods.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 17, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Events , Weekend Work , transit  
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Headaches on the horizon

Some traffic and transit delays could affect your overnight travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 17, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Even more delays on Red Line

Metro says a train malfunction outside Rhode Island Avenue Station is causing delays on the Red Line extending to Shady Grove. Allow extra time.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 16, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thefts on the rise, Metro warns

Metro has launched an advertising campaign to warn rail and bus riders of the growing threat of theft of portable electronic devices.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 16, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro , Safety , transit  | Tags: Metro Transit, Mobile phones, iPads, metro thefts increasing, police say Metro thefts on the rise, thieves targeting electronic devices  
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Fatal accident reported on U.S. 301

Here's a round-up of some of the trouble spots in the region as we head into the weekend: 6:32 p.m. Update: A 63-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon in Bowie when her car ran off the road and struck a tree, authorities said. Maryland State Police did not immediately identify the woman pending notification of her family. Sgt. Michael Dornberger said the woman was driving a Toyota Camry north on Route 301 near Pointer Ridge Drive around 2:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Dornberger said the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. He said investigators are looking into the possibility that the woman suffered from a medical emergency that caused her to lose control of the car. -- Maria Glod 6:10 p.m. Update: An accident on I-95 northbound at Ritchie Marlboro Road blocks the left lane. Stay to the right. 5:15 p.m. Update: According to the state...

By Michael Bolden  |  April 16, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro makes 'em mad

People are going to be mad at Metro this weekend. The delays caused by track maintenance will be the longest and most extensive in months. At the same time, Washington is going to host three major sports events: Baseball at Nationals Park, soccer at RFK Stadium and playoff hockey at Verizon Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 16, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail crowding  
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Ash forces hospital to delay mission

Howard University Hospital has been forced to postpone a medical mission to Nigeria because of the flight disruptions caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 16, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pedestrian struck at G and 22nd NW

D.C. Fire/EMS officials report that a pedestrian has been struck at 22nd and G street NW. Expect delays in the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 16, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Uncertainty abroad, at Dulles, BWI

Air travel continues to be impacted by the ash over Northern Europe and the rash of flight cancellations. Much of European air space was expected to remain closed through Saturday.

By Mark Berman  |  April 16, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  | Tags: DC flights canceled by ash, ash disrupting flights, ash over europe, dc airports europe ash, flights canceled by ash, iceland airports dc flights, iceland ash dc airports, london dc flight cancellations, london dc flights ash  
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Major MARC delays

A roundup of the morning's traffic and commuting issues.

By Mark Berman  |  April 16, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Airports , Commuting  | Tags: I-66 East, MARC, MARC delays  
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Headaches on the horizon

Some road and transit work zones may slow your travels starting Friday night. And watch out for parking enforcement around Nationals Park on Friday night, even though it's the Emancipation Day holiday in the District.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Accidents slow p.m. travel

{This post has been updated} Here are some of the incidents affecting the evening commute: -- An accident on U.S. 50 eastbound at Route 704 in Prince George's County has been moved to the shoulder, but traffic is slow from the Beltway. -- An accident on U.S. 1 southbound at Gunston Roadhas been moved out of the travel lanes, but delays begin near Lorton Road. -- An accident on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway westbound at I-395. The right lane is blocked. -- An accident on I-270 northbound before Urbana blocks the left lane. Stay to the right. -- I-95 northbound at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge....

By Michael Bolden  |  April 15, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Widespread cancellations to Europe

Volcanic ash in Ireland is interrupting flights in Europe and U.S. flights bound for the continent. Dulles began reporting cancellations Thursday morning, and travelers are urged to contact their airlines for specific details.

By Mark Berman  |  April 15, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Airports  | Tags: Airport delays, delays flying to europe, european flight delays, international flight delays, ireland volcanic ash delays, volcanic ash europe, volcanic ash over europe delays  
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Va. plugs 150,000 potholes

More than 150,000 potholes across Virginia are plugged, thanks to a blitz of temporary patching.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 15, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Regular traffic rules Friday

Friday is the Emancipation Day holiday in the District, and the city's government offices will be closed. But the District Department of Transportation points out that the regular weekday traffic patterns will be in effect.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Events  | Tags: District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Md. speed cameras not covering costs

The head of Maryland's highway administration says speed cameras used throughout the state aren't issuing enough fines to pay for the cost of operation.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 15, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Today's read: Cut service for disabled?

My columnist colleague Robert McCartney suggests some changes that would tighten up the system and help control the rapidly increasing cost of the transit service for elderly and disabled people. But he notes that one of the richest regions in the nation ought to be able to help people stay as mobile as possible.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 15, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Outer Loop lanes reopen

A roundup of the morning commuting issues.

By Mark Berman  |  April 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Headaches on the horizon

The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed a major traffic shift originally scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 14, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Headaches on the horizon  
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Metro bus driver in accident on leave

A Metro bus struck a pedestrian Tuesday night in Southeast Washington, a Metro spokeswoman said.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Military exercise to test flight ops.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct a one-day exercise this week in the Washington area. Called Falcon Virgo, the exercise is intended to test NORAD's intercept and identification operations and a visual warning system.The exercise will place Friday just after midnight until 2 a.m. and again from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. reopens last closed rest areas

All Virginia highway rest areas that were closed last year due to funding cuts have been reopened.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bill would ban fees for carry-ons

U.S. airline fees for carry-on bags were deemed "a slap," "outrageous" and "skyway robbery" as six Democratic senators moved to ban the practice after Spirit Airlines said it will charge passengers as much as $45 to stow luggage in overhead airplane compartments.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Metrorail weekend disruptions

When the transit authority postponed track work at Rosslyn Station after the big February snowstorms, it did so with great reluctance. Now Metro has decided it can't wait any longer for the switch replacement project and will go ahead with it over the next two weekends.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 14, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Construction , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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Goal: Keep Tysons moving

But will that be possible as the 2010 construction season cranks into maximum overdrive this spring? On Wednesday morning, Tysons employers came to the Capital One auditorium just inside the Beltway on Route 123 to get a briefing from construction project managers about whether their employees, clients and customers will be able to reach Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Megaprojects, Tysons  
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Red Line delays cleared

Metro says trains between Twinbrook and Shady Grove are single-tracking because of reports of smoke outside Twinbrook. Expect delays in both directions.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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14th Street reopens

An investigation of a suspicious package at the 14th and K streets NW has prompted Metro to close the McPherson Square entrance on 14th Street. The Vermont Avenue entrance remains open. Traffic cameras show that 14th Street between I (eye) and K is closed to vehicle traffic.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Amtrak to review routes

Amtrak is looking to improve its long-distance routes. Under federal law, all of Amtrak's 15 national routes are scheduled for reviews through 2012 as the agency tries to attract more passengers and increase revenue.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 14, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Airports authority interim chief named

E. Lynn Hampton has been appointed interim president and chief executive of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, replacing outgoing Chief Executive James E. Bennett, authority officials announced Tuesday. Hampton has been the authority's vice president for finance and chief financial officer since 1989. Her appointment is effective May 9. Bennett will take a position as chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Airports Co., a public joint-stock company owned by the Abu Dhabi government and created in 2006 to spearhead expansion of airports in the United Arab Emirates. -- Lisa Rein...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 14, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports  | Tags: Abu Dhabi, E. Lynn Hampton, James E. Bennett, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, airports authority interim chief named  
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I-395 North slow at Duke St

A roundup of the morning traffic.

By Mark Berman  |  April 14, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Relative normalcy returns after summit

The streets reopened after the Nuclear Security Summit.

By Mark Berman  |  April 14, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: nuclear security summit, nuclear security summit closures, nuclear security summit detours, nuclear security summit detours lifted  
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Barriers around convention center lifting

Updated, 9:32 p.m. The process of removing the street barricades was expected to continue into the early hours of Wednesday, authorities said. John Lisle, a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Transportation, said he understood that removal began about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He said he anticipated that the work would continue overnight. --Martin Weil Original post: The D.C. Department of Transportation has Tweeted that streets around the Washington Convention Center are starting to be opened up after the Nuclear Security Summit wrapped up. Originally, the word was that streets would be reopened around 8 p.m....

By Terri Rupar  |  April 13, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Headaches on the horizon

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it plans to shift all lanes of traffic to the new Little River Turnpike (Route 236) bridge over the Capital Beltway starting at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 13, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Headaches on the horizon  
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'Ghost bike' set as memorial

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has placed a memorial to cyclist Constance Holden, 68, near 12th Street and New York Avenue NW, where she was killed Monday evening.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 13, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Getting there by air may cost more

Depending on the route, airfares are up by 7 to 10 percent compared to 2009 as several carriers have added "peak travel day" surcharges of $10 per flight.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro fires operator, suspends workers

Metro on Monday terminated the bus operator who was arrested April 3 for soliciting an undercover DC police officer posing as a prostitute, one of a string of recent brushes with the law by Metro bus and paratransit drivers.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police ID bicyclist killed in accident

A bicyclist killed by a D.C. National Guard truck assigned to the Nuclear Security Summit has been identified as Constance Holden, 68, of Northwest Washington.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Blue and Orange lines all clear

Metro reports that an earlier train malcunficiton at Smithsonian has been resolved but passengers can expect delays to Fairfax-GMU and Franconia-Springfield stations.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Motorcades tangle traffic

Traffic is at a near standstill in part of Washington because of dignitaries traveling to and from the 47-nation nuclear security summit going on in the city.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-95 North lanes reopened

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  April 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: nuclear security summit, nuclear security summit closures, nuclear security summit dc, nuclear security summit detours  
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Day two of nuke summit

A roundup of closures caused by the Nuclear Security Summit.

By Mark Berman  |  April 13, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bicyclist struck and killed on N.Y. Ave.

Dr. Gridlock reports that D.C. police are very active at downtown intersections this afternoon. They are occasionally halting traffic at major intersections, such as those along 14th Sreet. NW. There are more motorcades and there is somewhat more gridlock than this morning.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 3:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Parking problems at BWI

Officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport warn that some parking areas may not be available. Please check the signs closely for available parking.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 3:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Summit, Day 2: What will you do?

The decision by many people to stay home kept the roads mostly congestion free Monday, although an early accident involving a school bus on Connecticut Avenue snarled traffic in the Woodley Park area. However, drivers mostly avoided the area around the convention center, with its closed streets, barricaded sidewalks and parking restrictions.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 3:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pavings affects VRE riders

Paving along the shoulder of Piper Lane will affect Virginia Railway Express passengers at Broad Run on Tuesday. Some spaces will be blocked off while the work is completed, officials said, and signs will notify you where you shouldn't park.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 13, 2010; 2:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Headaches on the horizon

Here are some traffic and transit issues that could slow your travels Monday night and Tuesday.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Are we summit-worthy?

During my online chat today, many people wanted to weigh in on this question: Should Washington be hosting the nuclear security summit? We weren't talking global diplomacy and the future of mankind. This was just about why D.C. commuters had to endure the hassle.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Delays on Blue Line all clear

According to Metro, a train malfunction on the Blue Line at King Street Station, that has been resolved, is causing delays to Largo.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 12, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Something went right

Getting around downtown Washington on Monday morning was almost blissful. There were a few trouble spots, but travel conditions were a lot better than normal for most drivers, walkers and transit riders. It's unlikely this afternoon's rush period will be much worse, since it appears many people didn't come in.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quiet start to nuke summit

A roundup of closures due to the Nuclear Security Summit.

By Mark Berman  |  April 12, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: nuclear security summit, nuclear security summit closures, nuclear security summit detours  
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Today's read: Traffic getting worse?

Post transportation poll shows travelers in D.C. area overwhelmingly think things are getting worse, but when compared to responses in the 2005 poll, there has been a significant drop in the number who say they are "much worse."

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, transportation poll  
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Follow Twitter reports on nuclear summit traffic

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 12, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

The Cherry Blossom Festival is over but the traffic challenges remain all across the Washington region, starting with the nuclear summit and continuing through to a Metro weekend project.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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I-495 North slow at Braddock

A roundup of traffic headaches in the area.

By Mark Berman  |  April 12, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Beltway lane closure, beltway traffic, i-395 traffic, i-66 traffic  
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