You Got to Be Kidding Me!

There’s a Reason For Everything…

Posted in Four Wheels, Miscellaneous by Stacy McMahon on August 1, 2008

…but we don’t always know what it is. Sometimes we find out, though, and I do get fascinated by the relationships between events.

For example, I got to the office in about 20 minutes this morning; half the normal time. Traffic was flying on 66, and for some odd reason there was a backup to go south on the Beltway, but none to go north (usually it’s the other way ’round) I’d normally have just assumed it was light because of Friday and people on summer vacation, but then I get to work and see this email:


Emergency alert from Fairfax County

3 right lanes of Inner Beltway prior to Braddock Rd blocked due to a tractor trailer accident/fuel leak


That’s the inner loop, which in Virginia is the northbound lanes. The accident almost completely blocks these lanes before the junction with 66. Little traffic making it through the accident site means plenty of space for other traffic to merge in, explaining the ramp reversal and my fast commute!

Side note: a lot of localities have these email alert services and anyone can sign up for them. I’ve found the traffic and local activity categories to be most useful to my everyday life (I also subscribe to some development and county council news that’s not general-interest) Most of the lists seem to be branded “eNews” so that’s a good search term to find your local version.

Fairfax County:
Alexandria (city):


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  1. Clint said, on August 1, 2008 at 11:33 am

    hah.. one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure — even when dealing with situations. Those email lists sound useful, tho i’d prefer something on RSS of course.

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