Dr. Gridlock: Capital Beltway


Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Shorter days, playoff potential, a rush of road work: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The Nationals home schedule remains in flux, but the road work pace is steady in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Nationals, Redskins, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit in D.C. area: Beltway, I-66, GW Parkway work

September’s higher traffic volumes, extensive road work create trouble spots.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Mount Vernon Trail, National Park Service, Nationals, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Football, baseball, soccer and a book fest: the weekend and beyond

Watch for big crowds at Nationals Park, FedEx Field and RFK Stadium this weekend. But travelers also will be drawn to events from Dulles International to Ocean City.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals, Redskins, D.C. United, District Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012

New ramps to Beltway should ease congestion for Route 267 drivers in Virginia

New ramps opening this weekend will provide a direct link between the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Dulles Toll Road, 495 Express Lanes, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Preparing for September Shock: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Commuters should expect heavier traffic and more crowding on the trains as vacations and and more schools reopen this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, 11th Street Bridge

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Beltway changes, South Capitol St. closings: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The commute is about as good as it gets in the D.C. region thanks to summer vacations, and several changes in work zones bring permanent improvements for drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:09 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC gtransportation, Metro, WMATA, Wilson Bridge, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012

Sports, battles, Beltway paving, Metrorail projects: the weekend and beyond

A hot, muggy weekend won’t stop travelers bound for the Nationals, D.C. United or the tennis finals, but some road and transit work may slow them down.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway, District Department of Transportation, Nationals, Redskins, D.C. United, Citi Open

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 07/30/2012

11th Street Bridge, Beltway bottlenecks, Metro parking: the week ahead for traffic, transit

While commuter traffic is slipping into a mid-summer lull, several road projects in the D.C. region are scheduled to score major breakthroughs in the coming week.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Highways | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, 11th Street Bridge, Virginia Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 07/27/2012

Storms, Beltway widening, Metro delays, tennis and sharks: the weekend and beyond

Storms, Beltway paving and Metro maintenance are likely to be the biggest obstacles facing weekend travelers in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:52 AM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Montgomery, Fairfax to talk traffic, but solutions won’t come easily

Elected leaders from the two counties will consider the possibility of reviving express bus service, which failed in its most recent trial.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Commuter Bus, Metro, Maryland, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Wilson Bridge project revises schedule for Beltway paving near Telegraph Road

Last weekend’s storms pushed back the planned completion of the THRU and LOCAL lane paving along the Beltway in the Alexandria area.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:37 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 07/20/2012

Beltway work, Metro Red Line split: the weekend and beyond

The weather will improve for those getting around the D.C. area this weekend, but the rainy forecast did force postponement of Beltway paving in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:13 AM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Metro delays, bridge work, Beltway and parkway lane closings: The weekend and beyond

The weekend weather forecast for the D.C. area suggests we should be lazy, but road and transit work crews will be very active.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:52 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Events | Tags:  DC Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Silver Line

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Beltway paving continues on inner loop in Virginia

Lane closings on the Beltway’s inner loop in the Alexandria area will continue this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:33 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Heat wave gone, Green Line back: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Temperatures should be near normal this week. Same for Metrorail service, we hope. But some significant delays remain on the highways in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:31 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Heat, Metro disruptions, Beltway paving: The weekend and beyond

Metro cancelled its extensive track work plan for this weekend after Friday’s Green Line derailment, but drivers face slowdowns for many paving projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:35 AM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Extreme weather

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Maryland ends Beltway bridge detour

The ramp that takes New Hampshire Avenue traffic over the Capital Beltway and onto the outer loop has reopened ahead of schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Beltway lane closings in Virginia this week

The 495 Express Lanes project is closing the outer loop at Springfield overnights. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bridge project has moved the outer loop’s THRU/LOCAL lane split.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation 495 Express Lanes, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Beltway work zones, lane closings, Metro delays: the week ahead for traffic and transit

Two construction areas on the Capital Beltway are slowing traffic this week. Metro’s big weekend disruption will be on the Blue and Orange lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Wilson Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Wilson Bridge project to restrict traffic on Beltway

The outer loop’s THRU lanes are closed this weekend. Only one LOCAL lane is open. On Monday, drivers will find the THRU/LOCAL split has moved farther west.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:03 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Wilson Bridge project, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Sailabration, Nationals baseball, Metro delays and detours: the weekend and beyond

Tall ships visit Baltimore, the Yankees visit Nationals Park, Metro work affects four lines, and the Capital Beltway is filled with work zones.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:21 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Sailabration, Metro, WMATA, Nationals Park, Capital Beltway, Weekend guide

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Beltway lane closings, Rush Plus preparations: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Beltway drivers are enduring a paving project near the Wilson Bridge, while Metro riders are puzzling over the plans for the new Rush Plus service.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Capital Pride, Capital Beltway, Metro capital projects: The weekend and beyond

The Capital Pride festival will draw thousands to D.C. this weekend, while others head for beaches and concerts. But watch out for Metro delays, road projects and speed cameras.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:52 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Capital Pride, Rush Plus, Capital Beltway

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Speed cameras, Beltway slowdowns, Gay Pride parade: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The travel weather for the D.C. region looks pretty good the week of June 4-10, but drivers and transit users should be alert for some changes affecting their rides.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Wilson Bridge, Rush Plus

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Beltway congestion, Metro delays, downtown D.C. race: the weekend and beyond for traffic, transit

Travelers should encounter good weather this weekend, but need to note several major delays ahead on the roads and rails in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Bay Bridge, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Washington Nationals, Metro, WMATA, Race for the Cure

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Beltway drivers to encounter major delays on inner loop in Virginia this weekend

The weekend paving will put THRU lanes in their final configuration west of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:29 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, transportation, highways, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Beltway drivers ask whether 495 Express Lanes will suit them

The express lanes, also known as HOT lanes, are scheduled to be done at the end of 2012, and drivers are studying their usefulness.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Driving, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Metro delays, Beltway progress, lane closings: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The weekly outlook for the D.C. area includes a big improvement for Beltway drivers at Interstate 66, but Metro maintenance and road work will delay other travelers.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Driving, Biking, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Deparatment of Transportation

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Beltway/I-66 interchange bottleneck to open up this weekend in Express Lanes work zone

Commuters on the Beltway’s inner loop in Virginia should see a significant improvement by next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Drivers worry Beltway HOT lanes will increase congestion near Potomac River

Planners of the 495 Express Lanes don’t expect that they’ll add to Beltway traffic, just shift it around.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers will find the weather much warmer as the week progresses. Watch out for more activity in highway work zones.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Metro, Capital Beltway, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Orange Cones. No Phones’: Safety officials focus on phones in work zones

Transportation safety officials gathered at a new bridge in the 495 Express Lanes work zone to renew their campaign against distracted driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Beltway lane closings Tuesday night in Greenbelt

A bridge redecking project over the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt will disrupt traffic Tuesday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Prince George's County | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012

The weekend and beyond

Friday and Saturday morning are likely to be the best times for outdoor activities in the D.C. region before rain arrives for the rest of the weekend. Metro’s spring break is over, and weekend track work disruptions resume Friday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Capital Beltway, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012

The weekend and beyond

Blossom time is over at the Tidal Basin, but the Cherry Blossom Festival, with all its crowd-gathering events, is still going strong.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, 495 Express Lanes, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Big projects on Va. Beltway this weekend

Drivers should avoid part of the west side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia on Friday night while the Virginia Department of Transportation advances the 495 Express Lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, new parking meters, road work

Weekend travelers in the D.C. region will encounter some showers, along with Metro maintenance delays and road projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Metro, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Silver Spring meeting Tuesday night on University Blvd. Beltway bridge plan

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold a public session tonight to discuss the University Boulevard bridge over the Beltway in Silver Spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland | Tags:  Maryland transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Capital Beltway,

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, Beltway changes

In addition to Metro’s maintenance delays, travelers should watch for changes on the Capital Beltway in Virginia’s 495 Express Lanes work zone.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, New York Avenue bridge, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012

VDOT seeks to ease Beltway delays at I-66

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to restore the second lane from the Beltway outer loop to I-66 West.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012

495 Express Lanes project closing Route 7 ramp

On Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the right-side ramp from eastbound Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) to the Capital Beltway’s inner loop and turn on a new traffic signal.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes,

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Drivers complain about Va. Beltway ramp narrowing

The narrowing of the exit ramp from the Capital Beltway’s outer loop to westbound Interstate 66 has angered drivers who now encounter backups at their outer loop exit.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Metro has plenty of track work scheduled for this week. Drivers will encounter some road work disruptions across the D.C. region, but the ones at the Capital Beltway/Interstate 66 interchange are particularly noteworthy.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration,

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012

The weekend and beyond

There are no major public events likely to disrupt travel this weekend, but the transit authority is doing a lot of track work, and road work is scheduled on some heavily used routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, 495 Express Lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration,

Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Virginia drivers should pay particular attention to the road work forecast. For transit riders, Metro is planning maintenance that will affect all the train lines at off-peak hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:50 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro WMATA Maryland State Highway Administration, District Department of Transportation,

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012

The weekend and beyond

There’s a chance of snow showers Saturday night, but the weekend forecast is generally pretty good. Transit riders will encounter extensive delays on Metrorail, and drivers will have their own problems on the Beltway in Virginia and on some D.C. streets.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:24 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Metro | Tags:  Weekend delays, Metro, WMATA, DC transportation

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/30/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travel highlights: the closing of a Dupont Circle Metro entrance and some changes affecting Capital Beltway traffic.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, BRAC

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Ramp closing at Springfield interchange tonight

A ramp at one of the major Capital Beltway interchanges in Virginia is scheduled to close overnight for work on the high-occupancy toll lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/05/2012

HOT lanes project launching education campaign

The company that will operate the HOT lanes on the Capital Beltway, is launching an education campaign designed to teach drivers how the lanes will work.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Congestion relief coming on Dulles Toll Road

The work zone that has been blocking eastbound traffic on the left side of the Dulles Toll Road near the Capital Beltway is scheduled to be removed next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:18 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/16/2011

The weekend and beyond

This is a big weekend for traffic and transit changes in the D.C. region. The changes will bring long-term benefits, but will take some getting used to.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Capital Beltway

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Big change coming at Beltway/I-66 merge

An important traffic improvement scheduled for this weekend could ease one of the D.C. region’s worst bottlenecks.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:55 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 12/12/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Dr. Gridlock looks at some of the projects and events that could slow travel in the D.C. area on what should generally be a sunny and mild week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:46 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/05/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Despite the declining temperatures this week, there’s plenty of roadwork along the routes to the malls and holiday shopping areas. Here’s what travelers in the D.C. area can expect.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Capital Beltway

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Relief coming at Beltway/Toll Road interchange

VDOT said weekend work should complete restoration of the second lane on the ramp leading from eastbound Dulles Toll Road to Capital Beltway’s inner loop.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia, Construction

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Beltway HOT lanes work in Va. to affect Leesburg Pike

Details on the impact on traffic, and on other closures and changes related to Virginia’s massive HOT lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 11/08/2011

The doctor answers: How to get to Dulles on time?

Dr. Gridlock addresses a question he hates to answer: How can I make sure I don’t miss my flight from an airport in the D.C. region?

By Robert Thomson  |  02:56 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Driving, Capital Beltway

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Beltway shift coming in Tysons Corner

Commuters who drive through Tysons Corner are about to see some big changes in the work zone for the high-occupancy toll lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:25 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tysons Corner, Capital Beltway

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/25/2011

More to come at Beltway/I-66 interchange

A driver is unhappy with Capital Beltway congestion at the Interstate 66 exit, but the Virginia Department of Transportation says there’s more work to be done at the interchange.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Outer loop lane, ramp closures planned in Va.

Drivers on the outer loop in Virginia Thursday and Friday nights should be alert for lane closures between the Eisenhower Avenue Connector and Telegraph Road as crews continue work as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 09/30/2011

The weekend and beyond

It won’t be a perfect weekend for travelers, but it will finally feel like fall. Here are some highlights of the traffic and transit issues they’re likely to encounter. Of particular note are the planned closing Friday night of a left exit on the Capital Beltway in Virginia and a restructuring of the D.C. Circulator bus routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:39 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011

New target date for Beltway exit closing

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will permanently close a left exit from the Capital Beltway to Interstate 66 this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 09/26/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Many changes in Metrobus routes occurred over the weekend. On the roads, there are plenty of changes in the D.C. region’s big projects that will set up different traffic patterns.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:20 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Beltway/Dulles Toll Road work zone headaches to continue

Drivers continue to write in with complaints about the congestion in the high-occupancy toll lanes work zone where the eastbound Dulles Toll Road meets the Capital Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Virginia HOT lanes project brings Beltway changes

The Beltway inner loop’s left lane exit to Interstate 66 West is scheduled to close permanently late this month as part of Virginia’s HOT lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Getting to FedEx Field Friday for the Redskins’ preseason game

Here are some suggestions for getting to FedEx field for the Redskins preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Capital Beltway, Metro, Skins Traffic

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/10/2011

Two Beltway lanes remain blocked at Forestville Rd. in Prince George’s

Half of the Capital Beltway’s outer loop is likely to be blocked most of the day while workers inspect and repair the Forestville Road bridge, which was hit by a dump truck.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:38 AM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 08/06/2011

Police crackdown on Maryland Beltway

Maryland state police say they are in the midst of a campaign against bad driving in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:33 PM ET, 08/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Capital Beltway

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Capital Beltway gets first speed cameras

Speed enforcement cameras are now in use along two work zones on the Capital Beltway in Maryland.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:21 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Traffic Safety, Maryland

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 07/30/2011

Getting to soccer at FedEx Field

Manchester United and FC Barcelona play at FedEx Field starting at 7 p.m. tonight, and that’s going to jam highways and avenues around Landover.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:55 PM ET, 07/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Events

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/22/2011

The weekend and beyond

Friday is a good day to explore Mars. It’s air conditioned. At least, it’s that way during Mars Day at the Air and Space Museum. Otherwise, stay hydrated this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Capital Beltway, Events

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Beltway bridge projects shorten merges

There are several work zones along the Maryland side of the Capital Beltway this summer, and a traveler asked about one of them during my online chat Monday.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:50 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Construction

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 07/18/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

There are several big outdoor events this week. A variety of activities in the Manassas area will mark the anniversary of the Civil War battle. And D.C. United plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in RFK Stadium against New England Revolution. Here’s what to watch for on the roads and transit.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:32 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Events, Capital Beltway, Metro

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Weekend detour at Va. Beltway ramp

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to detour traffic from a Capital Beltway exit ramp this weekend as part of the high-occupancy toll lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:40 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Beltway repair project starting in Maryland

The state plans to begin resurfacing more than four miles on both the inner and outer loops between Colesville and Seminary roads, starting next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:36 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Construction

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Md. police arrest, suspend commercial drivers

Maryland State Police were busy overnight Thursday inspecting commercial trucks and buses traveling on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, suspending and even arresting some drivers.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  09:14 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Intercity Buses, Prince George's County

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Beltway lane closings in Tysons cancelled

In case you saw signs about road work: The Dulles Metrorail project has cancelled its plan to close lanes on the Capital Beltway’s outer loop tonight at Route 123 in Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:12 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 06/23/2011

Telegraph Road ramp closing on Friday

The ramp from the Capital Beltway’s inner loop to southbound Telegraph Road is scheduled to close from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:36 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 06/21/2011

HOT lanes traffic shift fouls morning traffic

Traffic on the Capital Beltway’s outer loop near Tysons Corner was just ghastly this morning.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:29 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Congestion, Virginia

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 06/20/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

This week’s forecast for local travelers is quite repetitive: persistently humid and uncomfortably hot Tuesday through Thursday, the Capital Weather Gang says.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:53 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Congestion, Driving, Transit

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Outer loop lanes to close as part of Wilson Bridge project

Two lanes of the outer loop in Virginia will be closed overnight Tuesday as part of the work on the Wilson Bridge project.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 06/10/2011

The weekend and beyond

Many outdoor events are scheduled for this weekend in the D.C. area, including the Capital Pride parade and festival in the District, the Air Force Cycling Classic in Clarendon and Crystal City and the Celebrate Fairfax festival at the Fairfax County Government Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:05 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Capital Beltway, Metro, Driving

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Speed cameras coming to Beltway work zone

Speed cameras are about to make their first appearance on the Capital Beltway, in a long-term work zone on the Beltway bridge over Northwest Branch.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:51 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Traffic Safety, Maryland

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Maryland Beltway project starts tonight

A lengthy project is getting underway on the Maryland Beltway tonight that will have a significant impact on commuting through the Silver Spring area. The State Highway Administration is going to rehabilitate the bridge that carries Beltway traffic over the Northwest Branch.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:50 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Drivers will get some help on which fork to take

It’s tough for some people to commit. Ginger or Mary Ann? Paper or plastic? Me, I’m thinking about what happens when drivers reach a lane split. Maybe it’s the 14th Street Bridge work zone on I-395. Maybe it’s the Capital Beltway’s outer loop divide for the LOCAL or THRU lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:29 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Outer loop lanes reopen at Telegraph Road

The outer loop was partially closed at Telegraph Road due to a tractor-trailer accident.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:49 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Weekend delays at Telegraph Road/Beltway

Drivers are likely to encounter big delays in the Telegraph Road area this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:02 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Weekend Work

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/06/2011

The weekend and beyond

There’s a chance of a shower on Mother’s Day, the Capital Weather Gang says, but travelers should find the going relatively easy this weekend. The Virginia Gold Cup races are Saturday at Great Meadow, The Plains. For transportation buffs, Saturday is Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall, and a little north at Union Station, it’s National Train Day.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Bay Bridge, Capital Beltway

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Inner loop partially open in Md.

Check back here throughout the morning rush hour for updates on the headaches and problems awaiting you as you head out to work today

By Mark Berman  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Big weekend project on Va. Beltway

If you're going to be traveling in the D.C. area this holiday weekend, you may well have heard about Metro's big program of track work. But drivers also will face a significant snag on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway at Telegraph Road

By Robert Thomson  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Demolition keeps residents awake

A bridge demolition that is part of the Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll lanes project has led to sleepless nights for one Dunn Loring neighborhood. Crews began taking apart the Interstate 66 westbound bridge over the Beltway a few days ago. On Sunday, they began work on a portion of the bridge where the Beltway backs up to a community of about 50 houses in Dunn Loring.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  03:55 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Accident slows inner loop

10:35 a.m. Update: The accident has been moved to the left shoulder but delays continue on the Beltway and on I-270 southbound. Original post: A collision on the inner loop between Rockville Pike and Connecticut Avenue has Beltway traffic crawling....

By Michael Bolden  |  10:16 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 08/20/2010

Inner Loop lanes closing overnight

Avoid the Inner Loop tonight, because two of three lanes will be closed to the west of Telegraph Road for overnight repairs.

By Mark Berman  |  08:38 AM ET, 08/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010

I-495 in Md.: lane blocked

Good morning all, Here's what's going on this morning as you head back to work: 8:30 AM: An accident is blocking the right lane southbound on the Capital Beltway at the American Legion bridge. 8:25 AM Update: The accident has...

By Kafia Hosh  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 06/24/2010

Delays tonight on Va. Beltway

Drivers should expect delays on the Capital Beltway at the Telegraph Road interchange Thursday night as ramp and multiple lane closures take place in both directions.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:56 AM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 06/18/2010

Funeral shuts parts of Beltway Sat.

The funeral and interment of slain Maryland Trooper First Class Wesley W. Brown will take place Saturday. Expect delays along the route of the procession.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:27 PM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 06/11/2010

Naked guy delays Beltway traffic

If your trip on the Beltway in Prince George's County came to a temporary halt this afternoon, a naked man on the outer loop probably was the cause. We first learned of the incident when the Twitterverse lit up with news of a naked man on the highway.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:55 PM ET, 06/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/10/2010

Rte 123 to close at 495 this weekend

Traffic on the Capital Beltway's outer loop has been shifted to a new bridge over Route 123 and the ramps have been adjusted. The old Beltway bridge is scheduled to be demolished. That will require the complete closing of Route 123 at the Beltway from 9:30 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, June 14.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:13 AM ET, 06/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Capital Beltway