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Weekend Wakeup: Marathon to close roads, Metro stations

Posted on: Sunday 10/27/2013 7:42am

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Here's a simple map of the Marine Corps Marathon. (Via mcmlocator.com)

Amanda Iacone and Dave Dildine, wtop.com

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.

AIDS Walk

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)

Metro

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.

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Kalmia Road to close early for bridge replacement

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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Weekend Wakeup: 95 closures, Redskins game and Ten-Miler

Posted on: Friday 10/18/2013 4:04pm

WASHINGTON -- Between a Redskins home game, the Army Ten-Miler and construction on Metro and I-95, this could be a rough weekend when it comes to traffic and transit.

Several I-95 closures will affect Virginia drivers this weekend.

Friday night into Saturday morning

  • 9:30 p.m.: Some lanes on I-95 south near Marine Corps Base Quantico will close
  • 1 a.m.: Complete closure of I-95 south from Exit 148, Russell Road, to Exit 143, Garrisonville Road (Route 610).
  • 5 a.m.: All lanes reopen

Saturday night into Sunday morning

The same closures will repeat overnight Saturday.

  • 9:30 p.m.: Some lanes on I-95 south near Marine Corps Base Quantico will close
  • 1 a.m.: Complete closure of I-95 south from Exit 148, Russell Road, to Exit 143, Garrisonville Road (Route 610).
  • 5 a.m.: All lanes reopen

In addition, the I-95/395 HOV lanes will be closed all weekend, starting at 11 p.m. Friday and reopening at 5 a.m. Monday.

In addition to the full closures, watch out for other lane closures tied to the Express Lanes project on 95 and 395 in Virginia. Roads connecting to 95 may be narrowed as well.

I-66

Drivers on I-66 will face lane closures overnight this weekend between Washington Blvd/Lee Highway and the Dulles Connector Road. Two lanes in each direction will be closed during overnight hours.

Other work on the Silver Line will block lanes on the Dulles Toll Road, Dulles Access Road, Chain Bridge Road (123) and Route 7 (Leesburg Pike).

Metro

Red Line:

Riders should expect delays throughout the weekend. Buses replace trains between Silver Spring and Fort Totten. Fort Totten will be open for normal weekend service on the Green and Yellow lines.

The last train from Glenmont to Silver Spring will leave about 30 minutes earlier than normal (2:10 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and 11:10 p.m. Sunday night) because of track work.

Green Line:

Green Line riders going to or from the Greenbelt station only may experience longer waits as every other train will terminate at College Park.

Army Ten-Miler

Metro opens at 5 a.m. Sunday to accommodate runners headed to the race. Metro suggests using Pentagon Station on the Blue and Yellow lines to get there.

The race will close Route 110 between Rosslyn and Crystal City beginning at 5 a.m. Sunday. Arlington Police suggest using the GW Parkway instead.

In Arlington, the race will also close:

  • S. Eads Street from Army Navy Drive into the Pentagon/northbound I-395. HOV lanes will be closed at 5 a.m.
  • Route 27 in both directions from George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-395 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Access to the Pentagon north parking lot will be restricted to "Authorized Vehicles Only" from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking for Pentagon employees and Pentagon Memorial patrons will be available in the south parking lot via Columbia Pike and S. Fern Street.

In D.C., the race will close:

  • The Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Constitution Avenue between 23rd St. NW and 18th St NW
  • Virginia Avenue between 18th St and Rock Creek Parkway
  • Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Ohio Drive
  • Ohio Drive to Independence Avenue
  • Independence Avenue from Ohio Drive to 7th St SW
  • 14th St SW from Independence Ave to the 14th Street Bridge

All of the roads should be reopened by noon.

The Arlington County Fire Department is also asking drivers to be aware that it is staging equipment at Long Branch Elementary School on Sunday.

Redskins game

The Redskins have a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Bears Sunday at FedEx Field, which should slow traffic on the Beltway. With the race in the morning and the HOV lanes closed, fans coming from the 95 corridor in Virginia should leave plenty of extra time.

Loudoun County

Expect big delays on Route 15 in Leesburg on Saturday and Sunday because of events at Morven Park. The Loudoun County Sheriff's office warns traffic will be heavy beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. The 75th Annual Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital Rummage Sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Rummagers need special tickets for the early bird hour between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's office also warns of delays Saturday in the area of Lovettsville Road, Loyalty Road, Route 9 and Route 690 because of a bicycle tour coming in from Maryland.

And the Aldie Harvest Festival may cause delays on Route 50 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Looking ahead

Overnight in Montgomery County on Sunday through Thursday, crews will be working on Georgia Avenue between the D.C. line and 16th St., and on Rockville Pike (Md 355) between the D.C. line and Bradley Blvd.

All next week, lanes will be closed during overnight hours as crews work in Prince George's County on the Outer Loop of the Beltway between D'Arcy Road and Arena Drive, Route 50 between Cheverly and Md. 202, Md. 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) between Good Luck Road and the Beltway, and Md. 197 between the Baltimore Washington Parkway and Brockbridge Rd. Also, utility crews will be working on Md. 193 from Rhode Island Avenue to Southway.

There is similar work on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway between the Baltimore Beltway in Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore County line.

Beginning Monday morning, there will be regular daytime closures of Pennsylvania Avenue (MD 4) at Woodyard Road (MD 223) in Prince George's County. The State Highway Administration says setting steel for new bridges will close one lane in each direction on weekdays. It will also include complete closures of Woodyard Road for up to 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There will be delays on the US 340 bridge connecting western Loudoun County with Maryland Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lanes will be closed as crews inspect the bridge over the Potomac.

Miscellaneous

Baltimore's Light Rail will also be open early on Sunday for Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. The service will run extra northbound trips from the Cromwell Station beginning at 5 a.m.

Minor changes to the DASH schedule take effect Monday, with changes on the AT1, AT8 and AT10.

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Overturned tractor-trailer spills caulking, adhesives

Posted on: Wednesday 10/16/2013 4:53pm

overturned tractor trailer (Courtesy of Virginia State Police)
The overturned tractor-trailer caused major problems for drivers on southbound I-95.(Courtesy of Virginia State Police)

WASHINGTON - Southbound Interstate 95 has reopened after a tractor-trailer crashed into another vehicle and overturned in Dale City, Va., Wednesday morning, spilling industrial adhesives and causing major delays for commuters.

The tractor-trailer loaded with caulking and other industrial adhesives was travelling south on I-95 about 10:30 a.m. when it hit the back of a highway crash- cushion truck, which was protecting a street sweeper, the Virginia State Police says.

The impact of the crash caused the rig to overturn, landing on top of a Jersey barrier and rupturing the trailer. The contents of the trailer spilled over the roadway, according to police.

Dean A. Brames, 48, of Palm Bay, Fla., was driving the rig and was charged with reckless driving. He was taken to Potomac Hospital with minor injuries and later released, police say.

The crash and cleanup closed most southbound lanes on the interstate after the exit for Dale Boulevard until about 1:20 p.m. However delays lingered and the service road and ramps to Dale Boulevard didn't reopen to traffic until just before 4 p.m.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the tractor trailer carried coffee. Virginia State Police later updated their information to industrial adhesives. We regret the error.

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Weekend Wakeup: Road closures and Columbus Day

Posted on: Monday 10/14/2013 5:58am

WASHINGTON -- Big events and an Orange Line closure are the big things to consider when making travel plans this weekend.

On the east side of the Orange Line, buses will replace trains between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory from Friday night at 10 p.m. through Metro's closing Sunday night.

Metro is also doing track work this weekend on the Red Line between Twinbrook and Grosvenor, but trains will run through the area. Trains will run every 16 to 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with extra trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For Columbus Day on Monday, Metro plans to run a Saturday schedule, but the system will open at 5 a.m. There is no track work scheduled Monday.

Parking at Metro lots is free on Columbus Day. (See more details below.)

Weekend Events

Expect extra traffic on Route 50 as thousands of people are expected to flock to Annapolis for the annual sailboat show. Organizers recommend parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Parking there is $10 with a free shuttle running to Church Circle and City Dock. There are several other places to park along the Annapolis Circulator route.

This is also the second-to-last weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, which could add even more traffic. If considering attending, remember that tickets bought online are not refundable even if it is raining.

On Saturday, the Charles County Sheriff's Office expects delays in White Plains due to a funeral service. Several hundred people are expected at the New Life Church, with the procession departing sometime around 11 a.m. The procession is expected to take 301 South to Washington Ave, and eventually take Route 5 (Mattawoman Beantown Rd.) to Trinity Memorial Gardens. There could be delays for other drivers between White Plains and Waldorf.

Also in Charles County Saturday, the Town of La Plata is scheduled to have a parade, and a bike ride will be held in Bryans Road.

Several high schools across the Washington area are also holding homecoming parades this weekend which could impact traffic on local roads.

In the District, a number of roads will be closed.

Taste of DC is Saturday and Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue. between Freedom Plaza and 9th St. NW. In addition to Pennsylvania Avenue, cross streets will be closed between E St. and Constitution Avenue. The closures begin Friday at midnight, and are scheduled to last until 11 p.m. Sunday.

Streets will also be closed around the International Monetary Fund and Wold Bank from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m Sunday. That includes the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 18th Street and 20th Street NW, H Street NW and G Street NW between 18th and 20th streets, and 18th, 19th and 20th streets at Pennsylvania Ave.

On Sunday morning, roads will be closed near Judiciary Square and the north side of the Capitol for the National Law Enforcement Run to Remember 5k. The 400 block of F Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Other streets, including Independence Avenue from 3rd Street SW to 1st Street SW will be closed from 7:15 a.m to 8:30 a.m Sunday.

In Arlington, roads will be closed Sunday morning for the Race for the Cause 8K:

  • North Quincy Street from Glebe Road to Wilson Boulevard will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Eastbound Wilson Boulevard from Quincy Street to North 10th Street will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Eastbound North 10th Street to Washington Boulevard will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • Southbound Washington Boulevard from North 10th Street to Rt. 244 will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

There are temporary parking restrictions on the route all weekend, so be on the lookout for signs.

The Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church moves its annual Greek festival to Silver Spring this weekend. The festival runs all afternoon Saturday and Sunday, and is expected to draw sizable crowds to the area near New Hampshire Avenue and Norwood Road.

In Baltimore, the Baltimore Running Festival will take over the roads on Saturday. 27,000 runners from around the world take off between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a marathon, half-marathon, relay or 5k. Marathon runners start and finish near M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards, and run past the Maryland Zoo, Johns Hopkins, Clifton and Patterson Parks and the Inner Harbor. Expect extra traffic in the city, and on I-95, Route 29 and Route 1.

Lane closures

Emergency repairs on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway will block at least one lane Friday night into Saturday as crews try to fix problems with the pavement. Lanes will be closed between the Baltimore Beltway in Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore County line. The State Highway Administration recommends using Route 1 or I-95, and plans to provide updates Saturday if the closure will impact runners and fans headed to the running festival.

In Silver Spring, expect lane closures on Georgia Avenue for several weeks. Crews are allowed to close two lanes between 9 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. They can close one lane between noon Saturday and 5 a.m. Monday. The crews are working on bus pads and repaving. The work between Spring Street and Colesville Road should be done in late fall.

Late-night closures

Expect single-lane closures on I-395 in D.C. DDOT is working near the 14th Street Bridge between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Oct. 16.

Construction work this weekend will also lead to lane closures on New York Avenue. NE. Weather permitting, crews will be working between 4th Street and the 9th Street Bridge between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. DDOT says at least one lane will remain open in each direction, but there are often delays in the area even when there is not any extra roadwork, so finding an alternate route may be the best bet.

Due to the holiday weekend, HOV lanes on I-95 and I-395 in Virginia will only close during overnight hours. They will be open during the day. There will be no daytime lane closures associated with the Express Lanes project on Saturday or Sunday. On Monday, there will be limited lane closures in Stafford County as crews work on the Garrisonville Road bridge.

Columbus Day Changes

Due to the holiday, MARC trains will not run on Monday. Amtrak trains do not honor MARC weekly passes on holidays when MARC is not operating.

In a change from the past, VRE is planning to provide service. Trains will run on an "S" schedule. VRE says the number of riders on Monday will be used to "determine what service, if any, we will run on other "soft" holidays, like Veteran's Day, MLK, President's Day, etc." VRE will not provide feeder bus service Monday.

As noted above, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m., but otherwise operate on a Saturday schedule. Metro parking lots are free on Columbus Day, and there is no track work scheduled. Metrobus will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule. MetroAccess service will operate on a regular schedule, but subscription trips will be canceled.

MTA Commuter Buses will not be running, except for route 201.

OmniRide Commuter Bus and Metro Direct will operate on a modified holiday schedule Monday with limited service. OmniLink local buses and cross county connector service will operate a regular weekday schedule.

PRTC warns that Dumfries OmniLink riders who use the College Rd. stops at the NOVA Campus may instead need to catch the bus on Neabsco Mills Rd. if scheduled roadwork continues into Monday.

Loudoun County Transit commuter buses will operate on a limited schedule. There will be no service from St. Andrew, Ashburn North, Dulles South, Christian Fellowship Church, Goose Creek Village, Brambleton or Our Lady of Hope. There will also be no Ashburn LINK Shuttle service.

Fairfax Connector will run on a holiday weekday schedule.

DASH will operate a Saturday schedule on Columbus Day. The King Street Trolley will operate every 15 minutes between the King Street Station and the Alexandria waterfront.

ART buses 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will run on Saturday schedules. All other routes will not operate.

RideOn buses will operate on a normal weekday schedule since Columbus Day is not an official Montgomery County holiday.

TheBus in Prince George's County will operate normal service, except for the routes that serve the County Administration Building. Routes 51, 51 extended and 52 will not run. Paratransit and Call-A-Bus will also not run Monday.

In D.C. and Alexandria, parking meters and time limits will not be enforced Monday.

Drivers do need to feed parking meters and observe all usual weekday parking restrictions in Montgomery and Arlington counties.

Schools are closed in many, but not all, parts of the area.

In D.C., all recreation centers and aquatic centers are closed on Columbus Day.

Looking ahead

Beginning Oct. 15, HOV lanes on northbound I-95 and I-395 will close on weekdays at 11 a.m. rather than 10 a.m. The southbound HOV lanes will open by 1 p.m.

Overnight lane closures tied to the 95 Express Lanes project will continue this week. Work starts as early as 9 p.m, and can run as late as 9 a.m. on weekend mornings.

Other projects on I-95 and the Beltway will have single lanes closed in the middle of the day.

Work tied to the Silver Line will continue to close lanes outside of rush hour on I-66, the Dulles Connector Road, Chain Bridge Road (123) and Leesburg Pike (Route 7).

Work on New York Avenue NE will close lanes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from South Dakota Avenue to the D.C. and Maryland line.

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Fatal crash, overturned garbage truck snarl traffic for Md. drivers

Posted on: Wednesday 10/9/2013 12:23pm

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The fatal accident closed the northbound and southbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Wednesday morning. (Courtesy of ABC 7)

WASHINGTON - Two separate accidents caused major delays for drivers in Maryland Wednesday morning.

A fatal crash and investigation caused major delays for commuters on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Wednesday morning.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway closed to traffic in Jessup, Md., after a vehicle struck a man on the roadway at about 5 a.m.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was hit by a vehicle that was traveling south on the parkway, according to Park Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Brooks.

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene, Brooks says.

The northbound lanes closed to traffic at Route 32 and the southbound lanes closed at Route 175. The northbound lanes reopened at about 8 a.m. and the southbound lanes reopened by 10 a.m.

Another nearby crash Wednesday morning caused delays on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway.

Trash littered part of the Outer Loop in Prince George's County after a tractor trailer carrying garbage overturned just past the exit for the northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway at about 7 a.m. The crash initially shut down all lanes, but officials later reopened lanes as they cleared the trash. The highway fully reopened just before 1 p.m.

Also, officials closed the Baltimore-Washington Parkway's northbound ramp to the Outer Loop.

It is not clear what led to the accident or if anyone sustained injuries in the crash.

Hazmat crews responded because of a fuel spill.

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Trucker rally reportedly planned for D.C. Friday

Posted on: Tuesday 10/8/2013 4:42pm

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Truckers are planning to rally in the D.C. area Friday. (WTOP File)

WASHINGTON - Drivers in the D.C. metropolitan area could be in for a chaotic commute during the Friday morning rush hour this week.

Media reports have stated that truckers have promised to clog the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway in a protest affiliated with "Truckers Ride for the Constitution," although conflicting statements about the purpose of the rally have since surfaced.

A Facebook page for the umbrella trucker group had more than 63,000 followers as of Tuesday afternoon. It reads in part, "The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013!"

Earl Conlon, who U.S. News & World Report identified as a coordinator of truckers coming to the D.C. area, told the site that scores of semi-trucks would cause gridlock on the Beltway if police tried to interfere.

"If cops decide to give us a hard time, we're going to lock the brakes up, we're going to stop right there, we're going to be a three-lane roadblock," Conlon said.

However, a posting on the "Truckers" Facebook page said Conlon is not a spokesman and that U.S. News has been called on to retract the story because the campaign does not wish to be tied to "anything that is unlawful."

Peter Santilli, an online radio host who is acting as a spokesman for the umbrella group and is holding a rally in California, told U.S. News it would not be safe for truckers to stop and jam the Beltway.

But Conlon reportedly responded in part by saying, "You're having your rally, I'm having mine."

This story has been updated to reflect that there is conflicting information about the truckers' plans.

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1 dies in crash that closes Inner Loop

Posted on: Monday 10/7/2013 8:05am

WASHINGTON - One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash on the Beltway's Inner Loop that closed the roadway in College Park, Md., Monday morning.

A Chrysler and a Mercedes collided and closed all lanes of the Inner Loop between I-95 and New Hampshire Avenue/Exit 28 at about 2:45 a.m., Maryland State Police say. The driver of the Chrysler died after the crash.

The driver of the Mercedes sustained injuries considered not life-threatening.

Officials have not yet released the victims' names or information about what led to the collision.

Authorities are investigating the crash.

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Weekend Wakeup: Navy football, boat show to snarl Annapolis traffic

Posted on: Friday 10/4/2013 8:25pm

Dave Dildine and Amy Freedman, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Getting around downtown Annapolis will be very difficult this weekend, especially on Saturday. All routes into and through the city will likely be congested by mid-morning. Parking will be nearly impossible.

The United States Powerboat Show is expected to attract more than 40,000 spectators. Additionally, the sold-out Navy-Air Force showdown will take place at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The football game begins at 11:30 a.m.

Those headed to the power boat show will not be allowed to park at the stadium on Saturday because of the game. The parking lots will be open to boat show attendees on Sunday however.

VIP boat show parking is available at 2 Compromise Street, directly east of the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

The boat show's hosts have consigned with Annapolis High School to allow attendees to park in the school's lots for $10. Annapolis High School is located at 2700 Riva Road. Free shuttle buses will ferry people to and from the boat show. If the parking areas at the high school fill up, a few businesses along Riva Road have also opened up their parking lots to event-goers.

Other options for getting around include the Water Taxi and the City of Annapolis' Circulator Trolley.

Other Events

The Redskins have a bye week so Beltway traffic should be held in check through Prince George's County. Guardrail repair work has caused delays during the past few weekends near Largo and crews may return again this weekend.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival continues into October. The event has caused delays on Interstate 97 near Exit 5 and on Route 450 and Route 178 in Crownsville.

The Children's National Medical Center Race for Every Child 5K is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The race course begins at Freedom Plaza and goes east on Pennsylvania Avenue to 3rd Street NW, onto D Street SW toward Independence Avenue, then back to 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue toward Freedom Plaza.

In Northwest Washington, the Adams Morgan Porch Festival Saturday afternoon features musical performances throughout the neighborhood. Columbia Heights Day at Harriet Tubman Elementary, located at 11th Street NW and Kenyon Street NW, will draw crowds as well. Saturday drivers should keep an eye on the crosswalks.

Other events that could tie up traffic on local streets include:

  • The Takoma Park Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Old Takoma on Carroll Avenue.

  • The Annual Fall for Fairfax Festival in front of the Fairfax County Government Center is this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Art on the Avenue is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

  • Manassas Fall Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in historic Manassas. Booths will stretch from East Street to Grant Avenue and from Church Street to Prince William Street.

Metro Track Work

The Orange and Green lines will operate at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes) except out of the Greenbelt station where trains will arrive and depart every 20 to 25 minutes. On the Blue and Yellow lines, trains will run every 16 minutes. The Red line stations will be closed between Dupont Circle and and NoMa-Gallaudet with buses replacing trains. Daytime trains will run every 10 minutes outside of the work zone.

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Government shutdown delays key Bi-County Parkway deal

Posted on: Friday 10/4/2013 8:11am

MANASSAS, Va. - The latest wrinkle in the new "Battle of Manassas" is coming from Washington, D.C., not Virginia.

A meeting between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the other four organizations that will sign off on the Bi-County Parkway project was scheduled for Tuesday, but was canceled because of the government shutdown.

"It won't be rescheduled until the federal workforce is back. So that in effect has delayed the process of nailing down the final programmatic agreement," says VDOT Project Manager Tom Fahrney.

Specifically, employees at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation were furloughed. That group, along with the Federal Highway Administration, National Parks Service, VDOT and Virginia's historic preservation office must all sign a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement because the Bi-County Parkway runs on the edge of the historic Manassas Battlefield.

The 10-mile parkway would be a four-lane road connecting Va. 234 Business near Interstate 66 to U.S. 50 near Va. 877 west of Dulles International Airport.

Once an agreement is signed off between the five agencies, the Federal Highway Administration could issue a Record of Decision this winter that would allow VDOT to move toward design.

But Delegates Tim Hugo, Bob Marshall and 12 other lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell in September to request that he waits until his successor is sworn into office in January and the new General Assembly meets before moving forward on any agreement.

"I'm glad that Attorney General Cuccinelli is coming out and making a very clear statement that he doesn't think this decision should be made right now in the last hours of this waning administration. It needs to be looked at anew by someone who has to live with it for four years, not by people who can wash their hands and walk away," says Marshall.

He says he's disappointed at McDonnell's position on the Bi-County Parkway, but he's hopeful that the government shutdown means the issue will not be resolved before January.

While Cuccinelli will hold an event on Saturday with the Pageland Lane residents to oppose the project, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has not taken a concrete position. In a recent gubernatorial debate, McAuliffe said he would sit down with experts once he was elected and study the issue. Pageland Lane residents like Mary Ann Ghadban have started a grassroots effort to stop the project.

As far as the agreement, Fahrney wouldn't speculate on when the meeting will be rescheduled or whether the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement will be signed before January.

"Our goal is as soon as the federal government is back, to reschedule the meeting, to work out the remaining issue in the agreement, and then hopefully the five signatories will be in a position where they will sign it. But I can't say when that will happen since the process has been delayed," he says.

Fahrney adds that he isn't certain how long it would take after the meeting occurs before the deal is signed. He says it could be weeks, or it could still be months. But he adds that politics will not play any role in when the agreement is signed.

While these decisions are key to the future of the project, it will still be years before it opens. VDOT only has money for design, not for construction, meaning the project would not be complete for probably at least another 10-15 years.

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