September 11, 2008
Dear Dr. Gridlock : Construction has begun on the toll lanes between the Springfield interchange and Tysons Corner. I predict they will not be effective and will cause greater gridlock by the time they are finished. Just as in extending Interstate 66 to four lanes, the highway eventually goes back down to two lanes, thus causing longer backups. Has any traffic engineer considered building another Capital Beltway over the top of our present one? The only entrance and exits would be at Interstate 95 in Beltsville and routes 50...
October 10, 2013 |
Update: Va. state police: Trucker protest launched on I-95 North, vehicles head toward Beltway So it wasn't a hoax after all? Organizers of the "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally say they are indeed coming to Washington on Friday — but whether they will shut down the Beltway or just make a lot of noise remains to be seen. Zeeda Andrews, one of the organizers of the event, said the ride is a go but emphasized that it will be peaceful. She said that Georgia trucker Earl Conlon...
October 8, 2013 |
It can be hard to get attention for your agenda in a town like Washington, but Georgia trucker Earl Conlon figured out a way: take the Beltway hostage. Conlon's comments in a U.S. News & World Report story that he and thousands of truckers from across the country (and possibly Canada) planned to come to the nation's capital Friday and bring traffic to a standstill on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway zinged across the Web and were picked up by outlets ranging from Fox News to the Huffington...
December 14, 2008 |
A man walking last night on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County was struck by several cars and killed, police said. The man, whose identity police have not determined, was staggering near the left lane of the Beltway between Route 1 and Kenilworth Avenue when he was hit by a car, police said. His body was then thrown into the highway, where he was hit several more times, police said. A 45-year-old Bowie resident who was one of the drivers to hit the man remained on the scene,...
March 2, 2012
The Feb. 29 Metro article "Official drove 100 mph on Beltway, sources say" reported that Karen R. Toles, a Prince George's County Council member, was pulled over for speeding and making an unsafe lane change. That's not shocking news. What is shocking is that Ms. Toles (D-Suitland) apparently was going almost twice the posted speed limit (105 mph in a 55 mph zone) and was not cited for speeding — just the lane change. If I have this right, that means that if you are on the County Council, you can...
July 25, 2011 |
For the past three years, Virginia drivers have paid extra attention while navigating confusing work zones on the Capital Beltway. But lately, the highway has managed to serve up another distraction: a single-family house poking awkwardly through a sound wall. The bizarre sight has left gawking motorists wondering: Who could possibly live there? The answer: no one. The four-bedroom house is owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation , which purchased it for $650,000, according to Fairfax County tax records.