Starting this week, the police department has assigned extra traffic patrols to the area during the morning rush hour, when gridlock gets especially bad on Lynn Street. (Although traffic is often heavy during the evening rush hour, as well.)
The officers will remind drivers that it’s illegal to block the box — to enter into an intersection during a green light when there is no room to clear the intersection. For now, the officers will not be issuing citations, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, who called morning congestion on Lynn Street a “disaster.”
“You should expect to see additional police presence in that area,” Sternbeck said. “We’re hoping in the immediate future that this education campaign will get people to change their behavior. Hopefully we can make an impact there, because it’s been a concern for a long time.”
In support of the campaign, the Transportation Engineering and Operations Bureau of Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services will be installing “Do Not Block Intersection” signs at all of the intersections along N. Lynn Street between Wilson Boulevard and the Key Bridge. Existing Do Not Block Intersection signs at N. Lynn Street and Wilson Boulevard, meanwhile, will be replaced with larger versions of the sign.
“The signs are currently being fabricated and should be installed within the next three (3) weeks,” said DES spokeswoman Myllisa Kennedy. In addition to the signs, this coming spring DES will be installing pavement markings at the Wilson Boulevard and Lynn Street intersection which are intended to “help define the ‘box.'”
Lynn Street serves commuters heading to the GW Parkway, I-66 and D.C. via the Key Bridge.
Last Monday, Metro officially launched its Rush+ service.
Designed to reduce the rush hour “Orange crush” by adding three additional Orange Line trains per hour, Rush Plus accomplished the enhanced Orange Line service by directing three formerly Blue Line trains per hour over the Yellow Line bridge into the District.
Metro billed Rush+ as “rush hour reinvented,” promising to “reduce crowding and provide new transfer-free travel opportunities.” Has it lived up to expectations?”
Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA
Update at 7:30 a.m. — The closed southbound lane of Glebe Road has reopened.
Glebe Road is partially shut down between Columbia Pike and 8th Street South after a van crashed into a utility pole.
The force of the collision splintered the pole. Crews from Dominion power are currently working to stabilize it.
Both northbound lanes of Glebe Road are expected to remain closed until noon.
With the first flakes beginning to fall, county snow removal crews are getting ready to tackle yet another significant snow storm. The National Weather Service is calling for 3-6 inches of snow, with the heaviest snowfall between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM tonight.
The county says about 45 snow plows will be put into service tonight. Crews will work in 12-hour shifts to try to get streets cleared in time for the morning rush. Since first priority is given to the most heavily-traveled roads, expect most residential streets to be at least partially snow-covered.
With forecasters talking about the possibility of another major snowfall this weekend, there’s also the issue of the snow removal budget. VDOT is already $5 million over its $27 million budget in Northern Virginia, according to WTOP. Arlington’s annual snow removal budget is approximately $1 million, county spokesperson Shannon Whalen-McDaniel said today. No word yet on how much has been spent so far.
The county’s press release on tonight’s snow preps is after the jump.
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County is bracing for its third winter storm of the season today with a forecast for three to six inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning.
Road crews will work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to treat and clear County-maintained streets. The County prioritizes roads focusing first on: snow emergency routes, arterial streets, main bus routes, and roads to hospitals, fire stations, Metro stations, the police station and local schools. Once these priority routes are clear, crews will work their way into residential streets.
“County road crews are working hard to keep roads clear during and after snow events, and to repair potholes in between storms,” said Bob Griffin, director for the Department of Environmental Services. “We will have all our snow-fighting equipment back out on the roads tonight. We ask residents to stay off the roads when possible to help our crews plow efficiently. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding.”
View snow plow routes and see how roadways are prioritized. The County maintains 60 miles each of arterial and collector streets and 256 miles of residential streets. Find answers to commonly asked snow-plowing questions in the County’s new video.