Getting home turned into an hours-long slog yesterday for D.C. commuters, after a terrible crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge at 11 a.m. caused considerable backups through the evening rush hour and beyond. An tractor-trailer driver was killed after losing control on the bridge and colliding with highway construction vehicles, leading to complete closure on the Wilson Bridge.
That Beltway incident combined with other factors like a Falun Gong rally downtown caused hours-long traffic around the region, WTOP reports, with drivers writing on Twitter that it took 80 minutes to drive half a mile in Alexandria, and some saying a 20 minute commute turned into a six-hour ordeal.
Maine Ave at 7th SW .... 6:45 pm. Been this way 3+ hours. pic.twitter.com/aQNJhXKxtn— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) June 20, 2018
I think I’ve put the pieces of yesterday’s traffic catastrophe together: Wilson Bridge shut down+cut through traffic on 395 and 295+GW Parkway and DCA Construction+Nats and O’s game putting extra strain on SE/SW Freeway+rain=misery on the roads. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/pJqjunoIE3— Adam Tuss (@AdamTuss) June 21, 2018