26 July, 2010

intersections without power

There are intersections without power throughout the district from the storm, temporary stop signs have been set up at these intersections. Please drive with caution this morning and obey the temporary stop signs.

***Traffic Alert/Storm Update***

Over 20 Intersections Have Traffic Signals Still Out

Over 270 Reports of Damage by Trees

(Washington, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and emergency response crews continue to respond to downed trees and traffic signals out due to power outages throughout the District. Generators to compatible traffic signals have been placed at some intersections as well as portable stop signs installed at others providing some relief to rush hour traffic, however, over 20 traffic signals remain out due to power outages. Motorists are requested to treat traffic signals that remain out as a 4-way stop. Motorists should allow additional travel time this morning as some delays may be in effect.

Major corridors with some signals still out include:

· Benning Road, SE

· Michigan Avenue, NE

· Minnesota Avenue, NE

· Nannie Helen Borroughs, NE

· South Dakota, NE

· Connecticut Avenue, NW

· Missouri Avenue, NW

· Military Road, NW

· Wisconsin Avenue, NW

DDOT Traffic Control Officers have been dispatched to major intersections throughout the city to facilitate traffic. DDOT Roadway Operation Patrols also respond to rush hour traffic incidents in an effort to clear roadways quickly.

DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration crews have been cutting and clearing downed trees over night. Approximately 20 full large trees fell from both private and public space. Over 270 reports of downed trees or very large limbs or portions of trees causing damage were reported after the late afternoon storm that moved quickly through the region yesterday. Crews will continue to cut and clear tree debris in public space throughout the day. Areas where wires are down require coordination with Pepco. Property owners are responsible for clearing debris from private space. No trees are currently down along major commuter routes.

Residents and travelers in the District are reminded to:

· STAY AWAY from downed wires. Pepco or other electrical experts will be dispatched as soon as possible. Also, if traveling do not drive over downed wires, drive around or go another way.

· Call 311 for any downed trees or large limbs causing damage or blocking roadways or sidewalks. Please provide a specific address including building number and street name, if available, so crews can quickly identify the location.

· If you have to travel on the roadways, please treat any signals that are dark as a 4-way stop. This means the first vehicle to the intersection stops and then proceeds first. Please wait your turn.

· If you have to travel on the roadways, please be alert for possible blocked streets due to downed trees and be prepared to turn around or detour around an area.

· If you can, please clear sidewalks of any small fallen tree branches and debris. Place the debris at the curb so DDOT UFA crews can pick it up later in the week.

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