Beltway Ramp to Route 210 Will Close
The exit ramp from the outer loop of the Capital Beltway to northbound Route 210 will close for about nine months starting late tomorrow, as part of the project to rebuild the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and its approaches.
The detour will begin with the exit ramp that immediately precedes the affected northbound ramp. That's the ramp that currently serves drivers traveling south on Route 210 or west on Oxon Hill Road. Motorists following the posted detour will drive onto eastbound Route 414 to northbound Route 210.
Motorists passing through the area should watch out for delays, as the detour contains two traffic signals.
D.C. Lottery Comes In for Many Players
Many D.C. Lottery players won $5,000 payoffs on their dollar tickets yesterday when one of the city's favorite numbers was drawn, a lottery spokesman said.
Bob Hainey said the lottery anticipates paying out about $2.8 million after the number 1010 was drawn in the midday game. He said 1010 is one of the so-called "mystical numbers" that gets frequent play. He said he expected several hundred tickets to be redeemed for the top prize at the claim center on 14th Street NW.
Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Stomp Today
The National Zoo's annual Pumpkin Stomp will be held at several animal exhibits at 10 a.m. today.
A truckload of pumpkins will be delivered to outdoor exhibits at the Elephant House, Giant Panda House, Great Ape House and Think Tank for the enjoyment of the animals. Staff members frequently provide animals with unusual foods and activities as part of an enrichment program aimed at stimulating their natural foraging and problem-solving behaviors.
Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by Pickup
A Germantown woman died yesterday morning after she was hit by a pickup while crossing Gunners Branch Road in Germantown, Montgomery County police said.
Patricia D. McRoy, 54, of the 19300 block of Elderberry Terrace, was in the area of the crosswalk when she tried to cross about 7:30 a.m., police said. They said she was hit by a truck driven by Amber R. Roberts, 23, of the 19500 block of Gunners Branch Road.
Roberts was not hurt and remained at the scene until authorities arrived, police said. McRoy was taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The accident remains under investigation.
Student Aid Plan Wins Initial Approval
State higher education officials yesterday gave initial approval to a plan to steer more financial aid to needy students, an effort to reduce student debt at Maryland's public universities. The plan calls for redirecting some student aid and finding new sources of funding to increase the number of students receiving aid.
The suggestions were approved by the Education Policy Committee of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. They include balancing financial aid based on student need with money doled out for academic achievement. Tuition at the state university system's 11 campuses has risen more than 30 percent in the past few years.