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Posted on: Thursday 11/21/2013 4:54pm
WASHINGTON -- Have you heard of the term "backtracking" when it comes to the Dulles Access Highway? If not, you are not alone. That's why police are working to get the message out about "backtracking" and its consequences.
Those who use the Dulles Access Highway instead of the Dulles Toll Road -- even if they're not going to the airport -- be warned. There is beefed up police presence on the road.
"We put out a press release and put it on social media to make the public aware," says Stephen Holl, police chief for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Backtracking is our one word label for people who are using the Dulles Airport Access Highway without conducting official business at the airport."
Holl says the access road was set up for airport users only, while the toll road was built for local traffic.
Drivers who are caught using the access road despite not heading to the airport will face fines that begin at $92 and three points on their license.
"We generally write out about a thousand of these violations a year," Holl says.
The fines go to the county in which the ticket was written -- Fairfax or Loudoun. Meanwhile, the tolls help fund construction of the Metro Silver Line as well as the operation and maintenance of the toll road and the access road.
Posted on: Tuesday 11/19/2013 8:12am
UPDATE: Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 7:52 am
Amtrak has reopened the railroad. Delays persist.
UPDATE: Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 7:40 am
WASHINGTON - Amtrak is temporarily suspending service between Baltimore and Washington as a crane tows a disabled train from the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel.
Riders of the Penn Line on MARC should expect 30- to 60 minute delays.
Metro is honoring MARC tickets.
UPDATE: Monday - 11/18/2013, 9:27pm ET
WASHINGTON - MARC and Amtrak report that rail service has resumed between Washington and Baltimore both northbound and southbound.
Amtrak trains are single-tracking in the Baltimore area and delays are expected through the evening.
The passengers on the disabled train returned to the Baltimore Penn Station shortly after 9 p.m.
MARC train No. 548 left Washington on time. However MARC trains 446, 448 and 451 were cancelled.
EARLIER: Monday - 11/18/2013, 8:32pm ET
WASHINGTON - An Amtrak train carrying passengers derailed in a tunnel south of Baltimore Monday evening halting rail traffic along the busy Northeast Corridor.
None of the 158 passengers was hurt in the incident. However the derailment caused delays for MARC riders.
The Amtrak train was heading south when the lead wheels of the locomotive came off the rails about 7 p.m. All passenger cars remained upright and on the tracks, according to Amtrak.
The disabled train remained inside the B&P Tunnel in Baltimore.
A rescue locomotive has been sent to bring the passengers to Baltimore Penn Station.
The disabled train also halted travel on the MARC Penn Line. MARC announced after 8 p.m. that buses were on their way to the BWI station to transfer passengers.
Posted on: Friday 11/15/2013 6:54pm
WASHINGTON - Motorists can expect another weekend with lane closures along Interstates 95 and 395 in Virginia but many Metro riders will also have a longer trip across the Potomac.
No Yellow Line trains will run this weekend. However a shuttle train will take riders between Huntington and Braddock Road.
Riders coming from Huntington toward the District should connect to the Blue Line at Braddock Road. Riders who would normally take the Yellow Line to Virginia from Downtown D.C. should give themselves extra travel time, and take the Blue Line toward Franconia-Springfield.
A stretch of the Green Line will also be shut down between 10 p.m. Friday and closing on Sunday. Buses will run between Archives, L'Enfant Plaza, Waterfront and Navy Yard stations.
On the Green Line, trains will run every 10 minutes between Greenbelt and Archives during daytime hours, and every 12 to 15 minutes between Branch Avenue and Navy Yard. The trains will run less often at night. L'Enfant Plaza will be open for Blue and Orange line trains only.
Orange Line trains will be running every 20 minutes all weekend because of single-tracking near Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood.
Red Line trains will run every 16 minutes this weekend because of track work between Dupont Circle and Van Ness. Extra trains will run during the day between Farragut North and Silver Spring only.
The Blue Line is scheduled to have normal weekend service.
Virginia Road Work
The I-95/395 HOV lanes will close from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.
There are also a number of other lane closures along I-95 in Northern Virginia this weekend for the Express Lanes construction and most will take place from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
On Interstate 66, overnight construction tied to the Silver Line will close two lanes in each direction near the Dulles Connector Road. The lane closures will continue overnight during the week.
Other Silver Line-related closures will block lanes on the Dulles Toll Road, Dulles Connector Road and local roads in Tysons Corner.
Maryland Road Work
Sunday morning, the State Highway Administration says two lanes will be shut down on I-95 South at Old Gunpowder Road (just south of the Inter-County Connector). Crews will be inspecting the overpass between 5 and 11:30 a.m.
Further north on I-95 in Maryland, watch out for overnight construction Sunday night that will close two lanes in each direction at the Baltimore/Howard county line.
Overnight road work continues on the Beltway in Prince George's County. The State Highway Administration says there will be lane closures on both the Inner and Outer loops between D'Arcy Road and Arena Drive.
Beginning Monday night, crews are scheduled to close lanes overnight on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The pavement patching project is scheduled to last into late December.
DC Road Work
Sunday afternoon, DDOT plans to close 8th Street SE between Virginia Avenue and I St SE. The closure between noon and 6 p.m. will allow contractors to work on a new ramp from 8th Street to Interstate 695.
Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets will be closed to traffic and pedestrians from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday so cranes can place a prison tower and rail car onto the site of the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is currently under construction.
Posted on: Thursday 11/14/2013 1:17pm
WASHINGTON - A portion of Canal Road in the District will be closed to traffic next week.
The midday closure between Arizona Avenue and Foxhall Road begins Tuesday, Nov. 19 and lasts through Thursday, Nov. 21.
The stretch of road will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day for curb and shoulder work, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.
Detour signs will be posted.
Drivers leaving the District should take Foxhall Road to MacArthur Boulevard to Arizona Avenue and back to Canal Road.
Drivers entering the District should take Arizona Avenue to MacArthur Boulevard to Foxhall Road and back to Canal.
Posted on: Thursday 11/14/2013 9:17am
WASHINGTON - A crash involving a two-vehicle pile-up caused delays on northbound I-395 in Virginia Thursday morning.
The crash, which ended with a vehicle coming to rest on top of a Corvette sports car, happened on northbound I-395 before Seminary Road at about 9 a.m. Only the right lane was open to traffic following the crash, but all lanes reopened to traffic by about 9:40 a.m.
It is not yet clear if anyone sustained injuries the crash. Authorities have not yet said what caused the crash.
Posted on: Monday 11/11/2013 4:11am
WASHINGTON -- Veterans Day weekend means an early getaway for some federal workers trying to get a jump on the long weekend, but it does not mean a reprieve from traffic and transit issues, as Metro shuts down Red Line stations for three days.
Expect motorcades and large crowds around the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and other memorials this weekend for Veterans Day ceremonies.
The official wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Amphitheater.
Roads in downtown Manassas will be closed Saturday morning for the Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m.
On Sunday, the Town of La Plata holds a "Salute to Veterans" parade. It begins at 1 p.m at the courthouse on Charles Street.
On Monday, some streets will be closed around the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial Park for a Veterans Day commemoration at 10:15 a.m. organized by the Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council and WarFighters Motorcycle Club.
With numerous events across the area, expect loud flyovers from military aircraft over the entire three-day weekend.
Sunday morning, the Veterans Day 10K & Fun Walk in D.C. will close Ohio Drive from just south of the Lincoln Memorial and Independence Avenue down past Hains Point. Drivers should still be able to access the East Potomac Tennis Center and the golf course via Maine Avenue or the 14th Street Bridge.
Metro will shut down part of the Red Line this weekend for track work, while the Blue, Orange and Yellow lines operate with reduced service. From 10 p.m. Friday through close of business Monday, buses replace trains between Shady Grove and White Flint. Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook stations are closed.
Trains will run every 20 minutes -- including Monday -- on the Blue, Orange and Yellow lines. Yellow Line trains will only run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. There will be some additional Orange Line trains during rush hour on Monday.
With fewer trains, visitors to the National Mall who are able to may want to consider walking over to Arlington Cemetery from the Lincoln Memorial or Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The I-95/395 HOV lanes in Virginia will be closed from Friday night until 2 p.m. Sunday.
Two lanes will be closed in each direction on I-95 between the Prince William Parkway and the Beltway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m Saturday. Expect other lane closures overnight on 95, 395 and other roads tied to the 95 Express Lanes construction project.
Drivers on I-66 will again face overnight lane closures near the Dulles Connector Road. Two lanes will be closed in each direction beginning at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the closures may not be lifted until 9 a.m. the next morning. There will be other lane closures tied to Silver Line construction, but they should have less of an impact. The overnight closures will continue all next week.
For drivers headed to BWI Airport, there will be a detour this weekend on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway northbound. Maryland's State Highway Administration says the ramp to eastbound I-195 will be closed from 5 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.
In Montgomery County, expect lane closures on New Hampshire Avenue at Sligo Creek Parkway. The closures are overnight on weekends from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and during the day on weekdays between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In Prince George's County, there are overnight lane closures on the Outer Loop between D'Arcy Road and Arena Drive.
In Frederick, Md., South Street will be closed between the ramp to eastbound I-70 and Monocacy Boulevard during the day on Saturday and Sunday. The SHA says the closure between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. will allow crews to paint the new bridges there. As a detour, drivers going southbound on South Street will use MD-85 to access I- 70 east, then take Exit 55 for South Street. Drivers heading northbound on South Street can use eastbound I-70 to Exit 56, then take MD-144 west to get back to Monocacy Boulevard.
Road work near Washington Circle will close part of the service road on K Street NW between 24th Streer and New Hampshire Avenue all weekend. It should not create major traffic issues, but could briefly slow drivers down on the way into Washington Circle.
George Washington University men's basketball tips off its regular season Friday night. A tailgate party will close 22nd Street NW between F Street and G Street until about 9 p.m.
Federal government offices and some public schools are closed Monday for Veterans Day.
HOV restrictions will not be in effect in Virginia or on I-270 in Maryland due to the federal holiday.
In D.C., reversible roads like Rock Creek Parkway and Connecticut Avenue will not switch into rush hour mode. The reversible lanes will operate like it is a weekend.
Metro weekend track work continues Monday, with buses replacing trains on the Red Line between Shady Grove and White Flint. Riders may want to consider using stations at the other end of the Red Line to reach downtown D.C. instead. The rail system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight Monday like a normal weekday, but trains will operate at Saturday intervals. With track work, that means every 20 minutes on the Blue, Orange and Yellow lines. There will be additional trains between Vienna and Stadium-Armory during rush hour.
Parking at Metro-owned lots and garages is free on Monday. All rail fares will be off-peak.
Metro buses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule. MetroAccess will operate on a regular schedule, but subscription trips will be cancelled.
There will be no MARC or VRE service Monday. VRE says there were not enough riders on Columbus Day to justify operations on so-called "soft" holidays when federal workers are off, but many private sector workers still have to go to the office.
Most Maryland commuter buses will not operate. Only Commuter Bus Route 201 will run on a weekend/holiday schedule.
In Montgomery County, RideOn buses will operate on a special modified holiday schedule. There is service on every route, but with fewer trips over the course of the day.
In Prince George's County, The Bus will operate normal weekday service, except for Routes 51, 51-Extended and 52 which serve county government buildings. Those routes will not run. The county para-transit service Call-A-Bus will not operate Monday.
In Arlington, ART buses will run a Saturday schedule on Routes 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87. No other ART routes will operate. STAR is closed, and all standing order rides are cancelled.
In Alexandria, DASH buses will run on a normal weekday schedule.
In Baltimore, MTA local buses, the Metro subway and the Light Rail will run regular weekday service.
All DC Department of Parks and Recreation aquatic facilities and rec centers are closed. All Arlington Community Centers are closed except for Arlington Mill (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Alexandria libraries and recreation centers are open on a regular schedule. Montgomery County libraries and senior centers are closed, but aquatic and community centers are open.
Veterans Day Parking
In D.C., parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions will not be enforced.
Parking meters and permit parking will not be enforced Monday in Arlington or Alexandria.
Parking at public garages, lots and curbside meters is also free Monday in Montgomery County.
All parking decks and metered parking will be free Monday in Frederick, Md.
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Posted on: Wednesday 11/6/2013 1:44pm
WASHINGTON - A tractor-trailer leaked fuel onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 Wednesday morning, causing major delays for drivers.
The tractor-trailer leaked fuel from its 150-gallon fuel tank on southbound I-95 just past the Capital Beltway under Route 644/Old Keene Mill/Franconia Road at about 5:30 a.m. Emergency crews blocked several lanes of I-95 to traffic while they worked to clean the spill.
At one point, only one lane of traffic could pass on the left. All lanes reopened by about 9:20 a.m.
The tractor-trailer struck a jersey wall on southbound I-95, which ripped open its fuel tank, says Fairfax County Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Reilly.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, Reilly adds.
Virginia State Police identified the driver as Davis S. Westbrooks of Richmond. He was charged with failure to obey highway markings.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Posted on: Monday 11/4/2013 8:19am
WASHINGTON - An overturned tractor-trailer carrying compost caused major delays for commuters on Route 29/Lee Highway in Warrenton, Va., Monday morning.
The crash happened on Route 29/Lee Highway between Lovers Lane and the south end of Warrenton Route 15/Eastern Bypass at about 3:30 a.m. The crash closed all southbound lanes to traffic.
After the crash, police closed the northbound lanes of Route 29/Lee Highway and traffic alternated in one direction at a time, under police direction. All lanes reopened to traffic by about 8:30 a.m.
The tractor-trailer was carrying 44,000 pounds of compost, which spilled onto the roadway, says Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. The tractor-trailer was set back upright by about 7:40 a.m.
Some commuters were stuck in the backup for several hours.
Doug Lingenrfelter says it took him just less than five hours to get through the backup. He left his job in Fairfax County at 3 a.m. to head to his home in Culpeper County when he got stuck in the delay. He finally arrived home at 7:50 a.m., he says.
Officials have not released information about what caused the crash. No one was injured, Geller says.
Posted on: Sunday 10/27/2013 7:42am
WASHINGTON - Drivers coming into D.C. and Arlington should be prepared for widespread road closures as the Marine Corp Marathon gets underway Sunday.
The AIDS Walk and Howard University Homecoming Parade will also foil drivers. Metro riders will have a smoother ride with four of the five lines operating regular service.
Marine Corps Marathon
Sunday, 30,000 runners are expected to participate in the 26.2-mile race, which starts at 7:55 a.m. in Arlington. The long course, which will cross the Potomac into the District, will affect Metrorail, Metrobus and car traffic.
The race will close major arteries including parts of Pennsylvania, Constitution and Independence avenues along with the Key and Memorial bridges. The George Washington and Rock Creek parkways will also be closed due to the marathon.
Drivers in Georgetown will be impacted by the marathon as several major routes will be blocked including Foxhall Road, Canal Road and M Street. There are numerous road closures in Rosslyn and near the Pentagon including Route 110 and Washington Boulevard.
Some roads in Arlington will close as early as 4 a.m. Roads will close in the District at 6:50 a.m. All roads are expected to reopen by 1:30 p.m. A list of road closures in both Arlington and D.C. is posted on the Marine Corps Marathon's website.
Metro will open early for the race at 5 a.m. Sunday.
Race participants should use the Pentagon Station on the Blue and Yellow lines to reach the start line. The Arlington Cemetery Station will be closed until 8:30 a.m. after the race has started. Runners should use the Arlington station to leave the event or to access the finish line.
Additional Blue Line trains will run between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium- Armory from 5 to 8:15 a.m. and again between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The race will also limit bus access. The Pentagon Bus Terminal will be closed from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. To access Metrobus, riders should use the Pentagon City Station. And the Rosslyn Bus Terminal will also be closed from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riders can access Metrobus at Oak Street instead.
You can see a map of the race route here.
The AIDS Walk Washington, a 5K race, will stage on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th Streets, which will close beginning 7 p.m. Friday and remain closed until 2 p.m. Saturday.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and will close the following roads:
- Route will begin and end at 12th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- East on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW towards 3rd Street, NW
- South on 3rd Street, NW to D Street, SW
- West on D Street, SW to 4th Street, SW
- North on 4th Street, SW to Independence Avenue, SW
- West on Independence Avenue, SW to 7th Street, SW (turn around)
- East on Independence Avenue, SW to 3rd Street, SW
- North on 3rd Street, SW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- West on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to the finish line
Howard University Homecoming Parade
Howard University is set to celebrate Homecoming with its annual parade Saturday. Staging begins at 7 a.m., at the Johnson Administration Building, 2400 6th Street NW, on campus. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and roads are expected to reopen after 12:30 p.m.
Roads that will be closed during the parade are:
- North on 6th Street, NW to Fairmont Street, NW
- West on Fairmont Street, NW to Georgia Avenue, NW
- South on Georgia Avenue, NW to Florida Avenue, NW
- Southeast on Florida Avenue, NW to 5th Street, NW
- North on 5th Street, NW to T Street, NW
- East on T Street, NW to Anna Cooper Circle, NW
- Southeast around the circle to 3rd Street, NW
- North on 3rd Street, NW to Elm Street, NW
- East on Elm Street, NW to 2nd Street, NW
- North on 2nd Street, NW to Bryant Street, NW
- West on Bryant Street, NW to 4th Street, NW
- North on 4th Street, NW to the Valley (between College Street, NW and Howard Place, NW where parade will disband)
Track work along the Orange line will reduce service to Landover and New Carrollton between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday. Every other train will run between Vienna and Cheverly. Riders travelling to or from Landover and New Carrollton should add about 12 minutes to their travel time
Sunday, trains will run every 16 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton.
The other four lines will run on a regular weekend schedule. The Metro system will open early Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon.
U.S. Route 29 Bridge Replacement
A portion of U.S. Route 29 in Gainesville will be closed this weekend to replace a bridge over North Fork Broad Run. The road will be closed just south of Linton Hall Road/Route 619 near Webb Drive.
Drivers will be detoured along Route 15, Heathcote Boulevard and Route 55. The road will close beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday as the existing bridge is removed and a new one installed.
Loudoun County events
Several events in Loudoun County will close roads or reduce travel lanes. Drivers are asked to be patient and to follow the direction of law enforcement at these activities:
- 5K road race at Broad Run High School from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The race will travel along Ashburn Road, Farmwell Road and Hemingway Drive.
- 5K road race from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday along Broadlands Boulevard, Claiborne Parkway, Waxpool Road, Chickacoan Trail Drive, Vestals Gap Drive and Glebe View Drive. One lane will be closed on each road during the race.
- Expect delays along U.S. Route 15 near Oatlands Plantation from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
- Expect delays due to the Homecoming Parade at Briar Woods High School beginning about 5 p.m. Friday.
Posted on: Friday 10/25/2013 8:44pm
WASHINGTON - Recent rains have further deteriorated a bridge along Kalmia Road, forcing its replacement sooner than District officials had planned.
Kalmia Road will be closed beginning Tuesday after the morning rush between East Beach Drive NW and West Beach Drive NW. The stretch of road will be closed for six months while the structure is replaced.
The D.C. Department of Transportation had planned to replace the culvert with a new bridge beginning in November. However rain storms during the past few weeks washed away dirt and other material from the foundation of the bridge. These so-called scour holes are the most frequent cause of bridge failures.
Detour signs will be posted. Drivers should plan for traffic delays along detour routes.
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