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Old 01-09-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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Virginia prepares for inauguration traffic

Road and Bridge Restrictions

Beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, personal vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickups, vans, etc.) will not be allowed to enter Washington from Virginia. Those driving are encouraged to seek out public transportation to access the District on Inauguration Day. (See Public Transit Resources for more information). Personal vehicles will only be able to enter Washington by driving in from designated Maryland routes.

Beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, only authorized vehicles emergency vehicles, buses, taxis, and for-hire limos and car services will be permitted to travel northbound on Interstate 395 and eastbound on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway/I-495. All other traffic heading to Washington on Interstate 95 will be diverted at the Springfield interchange (Exits 170B and 170C) onto I-495 North (Inner Loop) or I-495/I-95 East (Outer Loop). All general traffic traveling eastbound on I-66 and toward Washington on the Dulles Toll Road will also be diverted to the Capital Beltway/I-495.

Only authorized vehicles will be allowed to cross the 14th Street Bridge, Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge, all of which lead from Virginia into Washington, D.C. The Memorial Bridge and Chain Bridge will be open to pedestrians only.

To augment patrols and expedite emergency response along Interstates 95, 66 and 495, Virginia State Police will be bringing in several hundred troopers from around the state to the Northern Virginia region. Increases in manpower and resources will begin Monday, January 19, and continue through Wednesday, January 21.

I-95/395 HOV Schedule

From 4 p.m. Saturday, January 17 until 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, the I-395/95 HOV lanes will be northbound for vehicles carrying three or more people (HOV-3).

From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, only buses and authorized vehicles will be permitted to use the I-95/395 HOV lanes from Route 234/Dumfries to Washington.

The I-95/395 HOV lanes will open to HOV-3 traffic at 5 a.m. Wednesday, January 21.

The I-95/395 HOV lanes will be open southbound for HOV-3 vehicles from 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 20, until 3 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, and from 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, until 9 p.m. or later.

I-66, Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Connector Road HOV Schedule

From 4 p.m. Saturday, January 17, until 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, HOV-2 will be in effect eastbound.

From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, only buses and authorized vehicles will be allowed to use the eastbound HOV lanes.

From 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, until 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, HOV-2 will be in effect westbound.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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Yeah, not looking forward to this. At least we get the day off work.
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Sweet, I don't plan on being anyplace nearby, so I may as well rob a bank thanks to the lax police presence in Central VA.

But seriosly, I plan on driving on the shoulder and using my little purple blinkin light to get everyplace for work.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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But seriosly, I plan on driving on the shoulder and using my little purple blinkin light to get everyplace for work.
lol excellent
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I have to be in Philly on the 20th for a client meeting.

I can either

A. Drive up the week before
B. Drive up 15 through Frederick (assuming, like, NO-ONE would also make that move)
C. Drive out to 81, up to Harrisburg, then the Penn Tpike across the State
D. Drive down to Dahlgren (near HPWorks, for those familiar), cross the Potomac on 301, up to 50, cross the Bay Bridge, up the Delmarva, through Wilmington, into Philly.
E. Take the train from Culpeper
F. Charter a plane

Yep. I'm pretty well screwed...
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You'll be driving opposite traffic on Rt. 15N. I would think that you'll be fine.
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I just did that route yesterday (same client). I was definitely not going against traffic, but it beats hitting the beltway.

Hey, if I take back roads up to Purcellville and cross at Brunswick, can I get a police escort?
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No. I'll be working that day as you can imagine. You can bet your ass you won't have to worry about speeding tickets in the Md./Va./DC area once you hit open road. We have no one left for traffic enforcement.
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I can imagine. Kind of scary if you get in a wreck. I'll be sure to take it easy.

I'll be driving this slow Australian-built car...

Seriously though, you take care that day (and every day, for that matter). I'm sure it'll be brutal.
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It would only be brutal if the check didn't cash.
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i'll be out of town for the inauguration but stuff came up and it looks like i have to be back at work early weds morning.

do you think SB I-95 is going to be a wreck around 9 pm tuesday night? i hope more people will be leaving than returning. otherwise i might have to wake up ridiculously early weds morning and drive 200 miles to DC.
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i'll be out of town for the inauguration but stuff came up and it looks like i have to be back at work early weds morning.

do you think SB I-95 is going to be a wreck around 9 pm tuesday night? i hope more people will be leaving than returning. otherwise i might have to wake up ridiculously early weds morning and drive 200 miles to DC.
Does this mean that you're coming to the WASSAAB meeting on the 24th.? I don't give Police information for noth'in.
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sadly no. i have to take these legal ed classes in awful NJ every saturday in january. otherwise i would be there, definitely.
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i'll be out of town for the inauguration but stuff came up and it looks like i have to be back at work early weds morning.

do you think SB I-95 is going to be a wreck around 9 pm tuesday night? i hope more people will be leaving than returning. otherwise i might have to wake up ridiculously early weds morning and drive 200 miles to DC.
I would think you'd be okay. Stay out of Downtown and Georgetown.
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Can I be deputized for next weekend?
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I would think you'd be okay. Stay out of Downtown and Georgetown.
ah thank you. that's what i wanted to hear, so i won't have to make a predawn run down I-95. i'm not a morning person at 7 am, less so at 4 am.
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ah thank you. that's what i wanted to hear, so i won't have to make a predawn run down I-95. i'm not a morning person at 7 am, less so at 4 am.
How did you make out? I found traffic to be unusually light. The only traffic related issue we had was a drunken 18 year old female plowed into four parked cars and totaled them all.
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Fantastic for me. Other than the usual rushhour traffic coming back yesterday, but Monday was absolutely great.
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