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Woodrow Wilson Bridge delays this Week-end
Baltimore-area residents traveling south this weekend are being urged to avoid the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, where transportation officials are planning to close three lanes as part of the mammoth project to replace the span that carries Interstate 95 over the Potomac River.
The inner loop of the Capital Beltway from Interstate 295 in Maryland to U.S. 1 in Virginia will be reduced from four lanes to one. The lane closings, which will let construction crews pour asphalt, will begin at 8 p.m. today and continue until as late as 5 a.m. Monday.
Officials predict that even if the bridge's normal traffic loads are down 75 percent, the remaining motorists could face backups of 10 to 15 miles and delays of one to 1 1/2 hours.
Similarly dire predictions were issued last month when transportation officials closed the outer loop for repaving. So many motorists took the warning to heart that severe backups were avoided.
Officials in charge of the 11-year, $2.43 billion project said they hope drivers will be equally diligent in finding alternate routes this weekend.
Those headed toward Richmond, Va. or the Carolinas should take U.S. 301 south from U.S. 50 through Southern Maryland, officials said. For Washington-area traffic, they recommended using the American Legion Bridge on the west side of the Capital Beltway or Interstate 395 through the District of Columbia.
Project officials also plan to close several ramps - one at I-295 in Maryland and the others in Alexandria, Va.
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Take a taxi and relax
Being from LA, we're used to driving around ourselves. I loved being able to use a Taxi and not having to deal with the stress of traffic. And I love the fact that they have zones, so no matter where you travel there will always be a fixed price and you don't have to worry about the meter running and the cab drive intentionally taking the long way. And don't forget to tip the driver, a dollar or two ought to be enough.
Interactive Driving Map Around DC
If you're planning a trip to Washington, DC or already live there then you should definitely check out this interactive map.
Move your cursor over any road and click to get current information about the traffic conditions on it. In some places you can get live traffic photos and even video!
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Listen to WTOP-1500 AM or 107.7 FM to get traffic reports from around the Washington, D.C.-region every 10 minutes, on the 8's, as they say. They do this 24 hours a day, and even offer updates on whether trains or subways are delayed. Useful if you have to drive or commute around the city. Also, if you go in the subway, message boards alert you to when trains are coming and if there are delays in the system. May not always be up to date, however.
Although it is an old American...
Although it is an old American city, I wouldn't think of getting around without a car. Especially in winter.
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