Backed up Like a Cheap Commode Redux

Was anyone else caught in the large CF on the Chain Bridge this morning? It was backed up like a cheap commode because people coming from Virginia into DC were following the usual workday morning traffic patterns, using two lanes on the bridge, but were forced to merge at the stoplight in DC at Canal Road. Canal Road coming west to the bridge is working on a holiday schedule, not jibing a darned bit with how it normally is at that time.

This type of thing has concerned me in the past because the likelihood of everything getting crapped up is really quite high when you think about the amount of information on the signs and the speed you are going when you are supposed to read and integrate all the information. It lists which lanes are drivable depending on the time of day, day of week and whether or not it is a holiday. Lots of decision points there, especially the last part. Is today a holiday? For the postal workers, yes. For the garbage collectors and me, no.

If you usually take this bridge, I highly recommend going a different route on the way home because you will surely experience a similar problem. Also that will make it easier for me because I am likely to forget to go a different way when I try to leave my place of employment this afternoon.

4 Comments so far

  1. poo poo (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    or just bite the bullet, quit complaining, and move to dc.

    you never hear of dc folks complaining about the commute to the burbs. cuz… um… you don’t have to.

    if you live in the burbs and commute to dc, you pay the price. i pay the price for actually living in, and owning a home in dc.

    get your priorities straight, and quit bitching about having to leave your suburban dream to work in dc.

    i swear, sometimes these VA and MD commuters really get my goat…

  2. poo poo (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    dr. weaver,

    i truly hope you’re not one of those folks that say they ‘live in dc’.

    and i really hope you’re not one of the VA or MD drivers that drive around dc (or walk around, for that matter), screwing up traffic for those of us that actually have a legitimate right to say that we live in the nation’s capital.

    i dig your photos, and opinions, but come on….

    live in the burbs? deal with it.


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    See, we can’t have goats in Arlington. Yet another reason to live near Poo Poo and his/her goat.

    BTW, Arlington is hardly a suburban dream. I am just living here until I can finance my retirement in Bangkok. And maybe you should quit bitching about others bitching about stuff. Take a bite from your own sandwich.

  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    To outsiders who don’t know where Arlington is, yes I do say I live in DC. Most folks know where DC is. But that’s it. I like living in VA, by and large. The burbs aren’t bad and my neighbors aren’t the typical burb-folks.

    No, I don’t screw up traffic, I don’t drive around the city any more than I have to and I have survived a seven-year crash course in offensive/defensive driving sponsored by shitty drivers all over NY and MA. If you can drive there, DC is a piece of cake.

    Seriously – even as bad as it was this morning, it was only about 20 minutes to go half a mile. That’s better than many places.

    Poo Poo – do I know you? How did you know to call me Dr. Weaver? I am surprised you didn’t break out with a different title I have.

    -Col. Weaver

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