Construction Mistake Causes Major Traffic Backups in Virginia

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    A construction mistake on the Roosevelt Bridge created a huge hole in the road that made the morning commute a nightmare for some. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss explains.

    A construction mistake on the Roosevelt Bridge created a huge hole in the road that made the morning commute a nightmare for some.

    A utility cut made in the wrong spot -- actually through a part of the Roosevelt Bridge entering the District -- led to the road dipping down more than half a foot, bringing traffic to a standstill all through Virginia.

    Ben Bell, who takes Interstate 66 in from Manassas, said the crawling traffic was especially abnormal for a Monday morning.

    Workers used steel plates for a quick fix, but the damage was done. Traffic didn’t open up until well into the afternoon.

    DDOT said things should be back on track tonight, but a permanent fix will have to be made.

    Meanwhile, there is an investigation into what the utility company did wrong.

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