While warning that almost no roadway in the area is completely clear, local police and highway officials have recommended the following routes today for travel into downtown Washington:
Capital Beltway, Potomac Bridges: The Beltway was reported clear in all jurisdictions, with a few icy spots. Authorities warned that both spans of the 14th Street bridge should be avoided if possibile, and that all other bridges are icy and are likely to be bottlenecks.
Montgomery: Use Rte. 355/Wisconsin Avenue; Georgia Avenue; 16th Street; Connecticut Avenue. Colesville Road and the George Washington Memorial Parkway were described as icy with traffic restricted in some places to one or two lanes.
Prince George's: Use Branch and Pennsylvania avenues; Rte. 1/Rhode Island Avenue; Rte. 50; New Hampshire Avenue; Central Avenue/East Capitol Street; Suitland Parkway; Indian Head Highway; Rte. 295.
Fairfax: Use Interstate routes 95, 395 and 66 (van- and car-pool lanes open to all traffic); Rte. 1/Richmond Highway; Leesburg Pike; Rte. 50; Little River Turnpike; Chain Bridge Road/Dolley Madison Boulevard. The GW Parkway was described as icy with only one lane open in each direction in some places.
Arlington: Use Interstate routes 395 and 66 (van- and car-pool lanes open to all traffic); Rte. 50; Wilson Boulevard; Lee Highway. The GW Parkway was reported reduced to one lane in some places.
Alexandria: Use Rte. 1 and I-395; N. Washington Street; GW Parkway.
District of Columbia: Use Arizona, Georgia and Missouri avenues; Foxhall, Military, Canal and Bladensburg roads; 16th Street NW; Suitland Parkway; East Capitol Street and 17th Street NE. Many other major commuter roadways, such as New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Pennsylvania avenues are described as passable, but wet and icy and restricted to one lane in some places. The Whitehurst Freeway was blocked and closed to traffic last night, but road crews were hoping to have it partially cleared by this morning's rush hour.