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Overnight Closures of Anacostia Freeway (295) for 11th Street Bridge Project

 

This notice comes to us from John Lisle:

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation will close one direction of the Anacostia Freeway (I-295/DC 295) between Pennsylvania Avenue and the 11th Street Bridge on consecutive nights next week to demolition an existing bridge over the freeway. Northbound 295 will be closed overnight on September 7 and southbound 295 will be closed overnight on September 8, weather permitting.

District DMV Locations to Close for Upcoming Labor Day Holiday

District DMV Locations to Close for Upcoming Labor Day Holiday

 

This notice comes to us from Sylvia T. Ballinger:

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all DMV locations will be closed on both Saturday, September 3, and on Monday, September 5.  All DMV service centers, the vehicle inspection station, and adjudication services will open with regular operations on September 6.

 

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reopened

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reopened

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50/301) has reopened and is operating under PHASE II WIND RESTRICTIONS due to sustained winds of 42-45 mph and wind gusts of 53 mph.

 House trailers, empty box trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, hitch trailers with sides or any vehicle that may not safely cross the bridge are prohibited from traveling the bridge.

 If sustained winds exceed 50 mph, only automobiles, pickups trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial busses and heavy laden tractor trailers will be permitted to cross the bridge. Tractor-box trailers weighing less than 64,000 pounds will not be permitted to cross.

Capital Bikeshare Shutting Down at 6pm

Capital Bikeshare Shutting Down at 6pm

(Washington, D.C.) Due to anticipated high winds, heavy rain and potential flooding, Capital Bikeshare will be closing down the system at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 27th.  During the shutdown those members that have bikes out will still be able to return them, but new rentals will not be possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but we take the safety of our members very seriously.  We will reopen the system as soon as it is safe to do so and will notify members when the system is running again.

The above information was sent to us from John Lisle.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is Operating Under Phase II Wind Restrictions

According to the The Maryland Transportation Authority:

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is operating under RESTRICTIONS due to sustained
winds of 42-45 mph and wind gusts of 53 mph.

House trailers, empty box trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, hitch trailers
with sides or any vehicle that may not safely cross the bridge are prohibited from
traveling the bridge.

Once sustained winds exceed 50 mph, only automobiles, pickups trucks, flatbed
trailers, commercial busses and heavy laden tractor trailers will be permitted to cross
the bridge.

Tractor-box trailers weighing less than 64,000 pounds will not be permitted
to cross.

If sustained wind speeds reach 55 mph, the Bay Bridge will be closed.
Motorists may access statewide travel information including traffic and weather
conditions at www.MD511.org or calling 511. 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions are
available by calling the BAYSPAN Hotline at 1-877-229-7726.

Metro bus, Rail and Paratransit Services Continue Operating on Regular Weekend Schedule

Metro bus, Rail and Paratransit Services Continue Operating on Regular Weekend Schedule

According to WMATA: Metrorail ridership so far today is down about 40%. As of 3pm, 79,923 riders vs. 136,062 at 3pm last Saturday
 

Metro's Operations Control Center continues to closely monitor the track of Hurricane Irene as the storm moves northward.

Based on current National Weather Service forecasts, Metro bus, rail and paratransit services are expected to continue operating on a regular weekend schedule Saturday.  There are currently no planned service changes as a result of weather, and there are no reported delays or detours as of 2:15 p.m.

Metro is actively monitoring conditions and receiving updates from the National Weather Service. Should any service changes become necessary, Metro will advise customers at wmata.com, on Twitter @wmata, via broadcast traffic services and email alerts.

Planning Ahead Makes Evacuation Easier During An Emergency: DDOT Tells You How

Planning Ahead Makes Evacuation Easier During An Emergency: DDOT Tells You How

The earthquake earlier this week, and the ensuing traffic and Metrorail delays in the hours afterward, have generated quite a bit of conversation in our region about how we should approach evacuation procedures in the future. Fortunately, we were spared anything that could be called "devastation" compared to calamities which have taken place elsewhere (unless you are using the word ironically to mock the entire East Coast). However, the event did serve as a sort of "fire drill," and now, with local residents gearing up for Hurricane Irene, the District Department of Transportation and others are trying to get information out to prepare people for how to deal with transportation during emergencies.