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It's Going To Be A Shitty Afternoon In DC

Wilson Bridge Closed Temporarily For Repairs. The Wilson Bridge is among other things part of Interstate 95 and one of two major points (there are a few other inside the beltway crossings) to cross the Potomac. Given the circumference of the beltway is somewhere around 75 miles it's a non-trivial task to reroute your commute home to the American Legion bridge.

My 4+ hour 10 mile trip from the last major bridge closing is still fresh in my memory and that was only 5 years ago. It took some people 12+ hours to get home, and babies were born in the gridlock, etc. There was hardly any media hype during that little crisis, not.

At the time I lived in Alexandria, Virginia and was coming home from Maryland. If I still lived in Alexandria I would be without shelter and power so I'd probably be off the roads today anyway. Small consolation for those former neighbors...

Sorry to the outside the beltway folks for boring you with this information. If it makes you feel any better; your Congressmen and Senators will probably be caught in the snarl of traffic as well.


Comments (5)

I don't know...after the dr... (Below threshold)
jen:

I don't know...after the dreadful AM commute the afternoon drive was a piece of cake for me. Of course I don't have to cross the bridge and I'm not in the city.

Every day I thank my lucky ... (Below threshold)
Ted:

Every day I thank my lucky stars that I commute from Woodbridge to Newington. Nice and south of the city.

The commute might be more b... (Below threshold)

The commute might be more bareable if you drove Aquada's Amphibious Car. ;-)

Actually, it DOES make me f... (Below threshold)

Actually, it DOES make me feel better to think of politicians and lobbyists caught in the same traffic jam.

I'm sorry you're going to be stuck in it, though.

My commute is precisely 5 m... (Below threshold)

My commute is precisely 5 minutes. On a bad day.

Still, I can empathize. I used to do the I270 shuffle.




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