||Karyn Le Blanc, (202) 497-4572|
||John Lisle, (202) 486-5838|
(Washington, DC) Snow removal crews and contractors working with The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) have been working non-stop on clearing major corridors and neighborhood roadways throughout the city in anticipation of the Tuesday morning and afternoon rush hour as many people returned to the District for full work days and schools reopened.
“We knew the commute would be difficult this morning for many residents and commuters,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “We cleared a lot of inbound commuter lanes this weekend. There are 19 major routes in all and we worked to get to as many inbound lanes as possible including the inbound 14th Street bridge up to D Street, Pennsylvania Avenue in southeast and many more. One of our many priorities now is on outbound lanes for the afternoon commute.”
A broken down dump truck in the right lane just after the 14th Street Bridge hindered an already difficult inbound commute this morning bringing three lanes down to one. Traffic along the I395 corridor was backed up for miles. Other troublesome spots included New Hampshire Avenue which also transitioned down to one lane and Suitland Parkway where a merge onto the 11th Street Bridge was difficult.
Other area commute routes were better with normal commuter traffic including Memorial Bridge and Key Bridge as well as Pennsylvania Avenue and Connecticut Avenue.
Klein went on to say, “We know where those troublesome spots are and we will keep working and removing snow until we get them clear. The Circulator bus and Metro buses and Metrorail are all running so consider transit as an option until we finish clearing these roadways.
Other issues that arose throughout the morning were roadways that were cleared but new snow appeared as some commercial properties put snow out on already cleared roadways.
“Wisconsin Avenue was clear from curb to curb last night when the crews were finished, said DPW Director William O. Howland Jr. “This morning we received complaints that snow was piled in the middle of the roadways. We must insist that people and property owners not put snow back out on roadways. This includes people shoveling out their cars and sidewalks. Pile it as high as you can in the tree boxes or as close to the curb on the area adjacent to but not blocking the sidewalk as possible.”
Motorists leaving after work this evening should be prepared for delays and try and stagger leave times or take transit as an option.