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EB Lee Highway Shut Down Due to Downed Power Line

by ARLnow.com August 25, 2011 at 7:56 am 2,011 12 Comments

(Updated at 8:30 a.m.) Both lanes of eastbound Lee Highway have been closed at George Mason Drive this morning.

The closure is due to power lines that were knocked down by a tractor trailer, according to police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal. Dominion is on the scene and expects to have the lines repaired by 10:30 a.m. More than 150 Dominion customers are without power in the area due to the downed lines.

Eastbound Lee Highway traffic is being diverted onto southbound George Mason Drive. Cars are not being allowed to turn left at the intersection, to ensure that traffic moves smoothly through the area.

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  • Aftershock

    Anyone else feel it at 1:11 this morning? About 5-10 seconds of moderate trembling.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Yep, I felt it. Slight rumble that barely woke me up and I went back to sleep. I checked the house when I got up at 5:30 to get ready to leave for work and the house was OK.

    • Garden City

      Didn’t know a thing about it until looking at the WTOP web site this morning.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Thanks for spoiling the dream !

  • Nunya

    felt it

  • PL25rd

    I’m one of the people without power this morning in that neighborhood – I actually live several blocks from that intersection, so I wouldn’t be surprised it if was more than 150 without power. All of the commercial business in the neighborhood looked like they were dark.

    It’s the 4th time this summer we’ve lost power – I have Dominion’s phone number programmed into my cell. I think it’s time to invest in a generator (lots of my neighbors have them).

  • Andy

    Does the Taco Bell have power?

  • Rick

    Its about time the wires are buried on Lee. Other than being an eyesore, Dominion can’t seem to keep the lights on for all of Arlington at the same time

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I agree that burying the lines would be a good idea, but I wonder if the cost is high, plus traffic disruptions to close off at least part of Lee and dig to bury the lines. As for VA Dominion Power…….they aren’t as bad as PEPCO’s hot mess in Montgomery County, MD, but it seems sometimes that Dominion can’t keep all the lights on at the same time. Shoot, a butterfly burps funny and the power on my street and the next two-three streets over from mine all go out and stay out for at least 3-4 hours, sometimes longer. Even a moderate gust of wind seems to knock out power in my neighborhood.

      • Rick

        I’m in Country Club Hills and for awhile it was going out once a week in the clear blue sky

        • Bluemontsince1961

          My neighborhood in Bluemont just a couple of blocks from Dominion Hills has had the same thing happen. Clear blue sky, and out goes the power. Dominion must have forgotten to change the hamsters and they got tired running on their wheels!

          • Dominion Power Hamster

            Feed me, dammit!

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