Dr. Gridlock: The Week Ahead


Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/08/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit: Playoff baseball returns to D.C.

Here are some traffic and transportation notes to keep in mind over the coming week.

By Mark Berman  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Bay Bridge lane closures, Ride On changes and more: The week ahead for traffic, transit

Ride On has some schedule changes, and the Bay Bridge will experience lane closures and delays.

By Mark Berman  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Temperatures will remain on the cool side through the first week of the Cherry Blossom Festival. There’s a chance of rain Wednesday and Friday, the Capital Weather Gang says, but otherwise, the outlook is good for getting around. The home opener at Nationals Park is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Sports fans could head from the stadium to Verizon Center to see the Caps play hockey Thursday night. Here are some things you should know about getting around the D.C. area this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:09 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 01/31/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The middle of the week is likely to be messy for travelers, according to the Capital Weather Gang, and the Tuesday morning rush may be tricky. But it's not the dire outlook we faced last Wednesday. The highway departments have a robust schedule for the week, though that too depends on the weather. Here's a look.

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Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 01/28/2011

The weekend and beyond

This week's weather has played havoc with road construction schedules throughout the D.C. region. It was too cold for some work, while in other areas, operations were suspended for the safety of the crews and drivers. That work will start to pick up again over the weekend and next week. After Friday's light snow, travelers will have patches of sun and moderate daytime temperatures through the weekend.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Several of the many events that mark us as the nation's capital have the potential to slow travel this week. One, the annual March for Life to protest the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision will be held today. The other, the State of the Union address, is scheduled for Tuesday evening. The forecast for local travel looks pretty good -- unless you count late Tuesday into Wednesday, when the Capital Weather Gang predicts a storm will pass through, though it's still uncertain what type of precipitation we're in for.

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Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 01/18/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Major projects on Metro and on the Capital Beltway wrapped up over the long holiday weekend before the snow and ice moved in to hinder the start of the short work week.

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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/10/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Keep an eye on the Capital Weather Gang's snowcast for Tuesday, which could have an impact on several commutes this week. After that, the biggest obstacles to getting around in the D.C. area are likely to be Metro's plan for major maintenance over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and the Wilson Bridge project lane closings at Telegraph Road.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

We often talk about the commuting surge known as September Shock. Is there such a thing as January Shock, a mini-surge this week as many travelers go back to work after their vacations and students return to school? One shock for commuters will be the 25 cent toll increase at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road. Across the region, the orange cones and barrels will be back in place as road work resumes. Drivers along the New York Avenue corridor should be particularly attentive for new work. Here are some highlights.

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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/27/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

This may be the quietest week of the year on the roads and rails, with schools closed and so many people either staying put at home or still of on a holiday break. "Weather permitting" will be the governing phrase concerning a lot of this week's road construction plans.Then on Thursday, the orange cones will get pulled up while workers and travelers share a break for the New Year's weekend.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Friday is a holiday for federal workers and many other people. Expect a Christmas getaway on the highways, at Union Station and the D.C. region's airports on Thursday. The Capital Weather Gang is giving us a heads up about the possibility of a winter storm late Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day, but it's still early. We can talk more about getaways, as well as other traffic and transit issues during my online chat at noon.

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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 12/13/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

After this morning's brief encounter with winter weather, there's not much chance of bad travel weather for the rest of this week, though the temperatures will stay cold. Watch for continued crowding around the malls and the holiday light shows. Construction work that involves paving has slowed down a lot, but project managers still are looking for opportunities to complete some of these jobs. Meanwhile, Metro has plans for work on the Green and Red lines.

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Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/06/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

There's some cold holiday shopping and commuting coming up over the next week, but there's not much chance of precipitation. D.C. commuters will warm to boiling on Thursday afternoon, because of the congestion around the National Tree Lighting. Many homes put up some spectacular holiday displays this past weekend, but don't let them distract your attention from the road ahead. The Capitals will crowd the Gallery Place area for 7 p.m. games at Verizon Center on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The Wizards will be there on Friday night. Here are other potential sources of congestion.

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/29/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Commuters in the D.C. area will be sharing the roads today with many drivers returning from their Thanksgiving holidays, those who couldn't stand to deal with the Delaware toll plaza or other obstacles on Sunday. The region's highway departments will gradually put the orange cones back in place and the road work will resume. Join me at noon for our weekly online chat, and we'll review the holiday getaway and look forward to what December has in store. Meanwhile, here's a look about some of the issues commuters will face this week.

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/22/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers departing for their Thanksgiving holidays at midweek are likely to encounter some bad weather, the Capital Weather Gang says. The highway departments should have pulled up their orange barrels by Wednesday afternoon, but that still leaves the concrete barriers and the lane shifts. Many others will stick around the D.C. area and start their holiday shopping at local malls on Friday. So today, we'll concentrate the look ahead on the long distance and local travel obstacles connected to the holiday. We'll have much more on this as the week evolves.

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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 11/15/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Travelers should look for rain on Tuesday and a generally cooler week. There are games or events at Verizon Center each night, which is likely to cause congestion around Gallery Place late in the evening rush. But the big sports event is Monday night football at FedEx Field. There's a little more off-peak work to be done on Ohio Drive. See that and more about what's ahead.

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 11/08/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Drivers this morning are finding light in their eyes where they had none last week during the inbound commute. This afternoon, they'll be turning their lights on earlier than normal because of the time change. Watch for pedestrians in the twilight. Meanwhile, Metro service is back to normal on the Blue and Orange lines after the weekend track work. Even Ohio Drive is almost back to normal after months of reconstruction. See what other delays you may encounter this week.

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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 11/01/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

It may be November, but there are still plenty of traffic and transit changes coming for commuters in the D.C. area. I-95 in Northern Virginia is wider, the timing of the reversible lanes is different, Metro is planning another big weekend shutdown. Here are some of the highlights.

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Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 10/25/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Rain is a possibility through Wednesday, but the forecast looks good after that. This coming weekend will be a busy one, with the Marine Corps Marathon, Halloween and a time change. But there will be plenty to watch for on the roads and rails before then.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:13 PM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers will want umbrellas and jackets as this week starts off, but the weather in the D.C. area will get more pleasant as the week develops. There will be many interesting challenges for drivers and transit users. See the highlights here.

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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 09/27/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Today, Tuesday and Thursday probably will be the rainy days of the commuting week. but travelers will find the temperatures more moderate, topping out around 80. This evening's rain may be heavy enough to affect the game at Nationals Park, where the Nats are scheduled to play their final home games of the year each evening through Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Rain may also interfere with some road construction programs in the D.c. area, but here are some highlights of what's on schedule.Today, Tuesday and Thursday probably will be the rainy days of the commuting week. but travelers will find the temperatures more moderate, topping out around 80. This evening's rain may be heavy enough to affect the game at Nationals Park, where the Nats are scheduled to play their final home games of the year each evening through Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Rain may also interfere with some road construction programs in the D.c. area, but here are some highlights of what's on schedule.

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/20/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travel in the D.C. area should be most pleasant early in the week, before the temperature spikes to 90 degrees. There's not much chance of rain till Thursday. Here's a look at some of the key transportation projects in the region that could slow your progress.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 09/13/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Look for a great week to travel in the D.C. area, where there will be lots of sun and high temperatures in the 80s. Traffic congestion is rebounding from summertime lows now that students are back in school, and there are many road work projects moving into new phases. Here are some highlights.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:10 AM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 08/16/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The commute is going to get hotter and stickier over the next several days, with a chance of late thunderstorms today and Tuesday. Despite the declining traffic of the late-August vacation season, travelers still will encounter many delays, traffic shifts and lane closings in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:59 AM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/09/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

After a weekend respite, D.C. area commuters will be traveling in high heat again this week. There will be some new obstacles in their path, but also some relief for D.C.-bound commuters in the L'Enfant Plaza area.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:30 AM ET, 08/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/02/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

While temperatures and traffic are likely to be down during this first week of August, there are plenty of travel issues for those not lucky enough to be on vacation. Metro commuters will have their first experience with the new wave of fare increases, including the peak of the peak surcharge and the 25 cent surcharge on paper Farecards. Drivers in the District should watch out for the annual tennis tournament on upper 16th Street NW. Here are some travel tips for the week.

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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/19/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers in the D.C. area will endure daytime temperatures in the 90s throughout the week with chances of afternoon storms, the Capital Weather Gang says. Commuter traffic is a bit thinner along many routes as we get deeper into summer, and the Metro parking garages are a bit less crowded. (The trains still seem packed, don't they? So do the escalators.) Here are some of the potential delays on the roads.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Daytime travel temperatures will rise into the low-90s all week, says the Capital Weather Gang. As I said in my Sunday Dr. Gridlock column, temperatures can rise to at least 100 degrees in a Metro car if the air-conditioning is busted. That's just one of many travel issues D.C. area commuters will confront this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 07/06/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Commuting temperatures will remain above 90 all week, the Capital Weather Gang says. The Code Orange air quality forecast for Tuesday means that drivers should avoid filling up their gas tanks, which releases fumes, making a bad situation worse.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:17 AM ET, 07/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

The severe heat should break after today, says the Capital Weather Gang, but first there's a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Here's a look at a few of the road and rail issues you may confront during the work week and the holiday weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 06/21/2010

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Summer starts today. Travelers in the D.C. area will definitely notice the heat. The Capital Weather Gang says we may be in for temperatures above 90 each day this week. Travelers may start to notice a decline in traffic as vacation season really gets underway. Here's a look at some of the issues commuters will confront this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:25 AM ET, 06/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 06/07/2010

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Looks like a great week for travel across the D.C. region, with Wednesday the one day with a good chance of rain, the Capital Weather Gang says. Tysons Corner is the focus of a lot of road work. Metrorail has one more weekend disruption coming on the Orange Line. And generally, there are a lot of local routes with paving and sidewalk projects underway.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:50 AM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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