Federal Workers’ Reactions for Today’s Two Hour Delay

When OPM announced that the Federal Government would open on a two hour delay on Wednesday for inclement conditions, federal employees took to Facebook to show their disdain.


And boy did they have a lot to say about it:


GASP! Now we have to have a plan for our children if schools are closed?!?! What on Earth are we going to dooooooo?!?!?!?!?



Is that a threat?



Of course, because OPM is responsible for the idiocy of the general public.



Replace “Roads” with “Drivers”.



::tears:: :“(



More traffic than normal? What kind of traffic is normal around the DC region???



The President has been notified that countless lives were taken this morning in what has been called the largest traffic catastrophe ever. Wait a minute, that never happened.



Because self-accountability is so passé.



This person left out fire and brimstone, sharknados, and zombies.



Impassible. Impossible.



But you would have also failed. Do you know what failure is? Or does that word mean nothing to you because you believe the government is your caregiver and everyone deserves a trophy?





All this for about 5-7 inches of snow (on average) a day after the Federal Government closed for the pending storm. I know I may come off as a jerk but here’s the thing. Why is the government responsible for our mistakes? Is it really necessary to blame anyone but ourselves for being ill-prepared? It snows in the DC region sometimes. Sometimes we get a dusting. Sometimes we get several inches (rarely a foot). Having a backup plan for childcare and having a winter-ready vehicle are things that everyone should be doing. Stop trying to make up excuses to not go into work because of your laziness. Although I am not a federal employee, my job goes by what OPM says. I work in Washington, DC and had no issues driving in from Lorton, VA (20 miles south of DC) this morning.






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123: Connecting Washington, DC to Woodbridge, VA

Source: Google Maps

123 is a great route if you are trying to avoid I-495, I-395, or I-95. It is also a thoroughfare that runs through McLean, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Oakton, Fairfax, Occoquan, and Woodbridge. 123 is accessible from major routes including the George Washington Parkway, Dulles Toll Road, I-495, Leesburg Pike (Route 7), I-66, US-50, Route 236, Braddock Road, I-95, and US-1.

123 runs for 29.0 miles from the Maryland/Virginia/DC border all the way down to Woodbridge, VA in Prince William County. The estimated time to get from DC to Woodbridge via 123 is approximately an hour.

Tip: Commuting from Downtown Washington, DC to Woodbridge, VA

During the work-week, many commuters take I-395/95 from Washington, DC to get home in the evening. This can be a pain during rush hour especially between Newington and Woodbridge on I-95. The following route may be able to cut some time out of your evening commute.

On I-95 Southbound

  1. Take exit 166B and head south for 0.03 miles towards the Fairfax County Parkway/State Route 617
  2. Merge onto the Fairfax County Parkway/State Route 617 and drive for 1.6 miles
  3. Continue onto VA-638 N/Rolling Road for 0.4 miles
  4. Take the VA-7100 N/Fairfax County Parkway ramp on the right and continue on the parkway for 1.9 miles
  5. Take the Pohick Road/VA 641 S exit towards Hooes Road
  6. Continue straight for 0.1 miles and then turn LEFT onto Seabrook Lane (this immediate turn into Hooes Road)
  7. Continue on Hooes Road for 2.8 miles then turn RIGHT onto Furnace Road.
  8. Drive for 0.2 miles then turn LEFT onto Ox Road/123 and continue for 3.5 miles until you reach US 1 in Woodbridge, Virginia

Source: Google Maps

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Sycolin Road: Connecting Ashburn and Leesburg

Source: Google Maps

Many who commute from Ashburn to Leesburg (or from Leesburg to Ashburn) know very well that traffic can be terrible on Leesburg Pike. The other main access road (the Dulles Greenway) forces you to pay tolls to get to your destination. Luckily, there is another route that will take you from Ashburn to Leesburg (and vice-versa).Sycolin Road runs nearly parallel to Leesburg Pike to the south. Directions to get to Leesburg from Ashburn are as follows:

From Ashburn:

  1. Head SOUTH on Ashburn Road towards Hay Road for 1.2 miles
  2. Turn RIGHT onto Ashburn Farm Parkway and drive for 2.2 miles
  3. Ashburn Farm Parkway will turn into Sycolin Road. Continue on Sycolin Road for 5.4 miles
  4. Take US-15 BUSINESS exit towards Leesburg and drive for 0.02 miles
  5. Turn RIGHT at US-15 BUSINESS/S. King Street and continue for 1.0 mile

Arrive at Leesburg

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Interstate 395 Gridlock: Quaker Lane

Source: Google Maps

Rush hour traffic on Interstate 395 (Southbound) on a weekday evening can be a nightmare. What should take a mere five to ten minutes usually ends up being a stressful 45 minutes or more when you are sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. If you are heading to points in Alexandria and still haven’t reached the Glebe Road exit, Quaker Lane (402) might be your best possible route to get to your destination.

Motorists often miss this route because the first road sign for it is located on the exit lane which is separated from I-395 by a guardrail. Once you pass that exit, you can no longer (directly) get onto that route. To get to Quaker Lane, which runs north and south, you must take the Glebe Road exit and follow signs directing you to the route.

From the Glebe Road exit off of I-395, Quaker Lane will intersect with major roads including King Street (7), W. Braddock Road, Seminary Road (420), and Duke Street (236). Each intersection is located in between Old Town Alexandria and the I-395 corridor.

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Fairfax County Parkway Extension

Source: Google Maps

The Fairfax County Parkway Extension project is partially complete but a noteworthy addition has already been opened. For many drivers who frequent this area, the issue of the Parkway randomly ending and starting again (miles away in a different part of the county no less) has finally been resolved. The new extension of the Fairfax County Parkway (7100) connects the junction of the original Fairfax County Parkway and Rolling Road (638) to the already existing portion of the Fairfax County Parkway in and around Ft. Belvoir. If you are coming from points around the junction of Rolling Road and the Fairfax County Parkway, this extension provides another route to I-95.

Rolling Road/Fairfax County Parkway Exit of the Fairfax County Parkway to the Tulley Gate entrance of Ft. Belvoir

This extension can cut up to six minutes off of your commute. Before the extension was added, drivers were forced to take either Rolling Road/Pohick Road (638) or the Franconia-Springfield Parkway (7900)/Backlick Road (617) to get to Ft. Belvoir (Tulley Gate). The Rolling Road/Pohick Road option took 11 minutes (5.9 miles). The Franconia-Springfield Parkway/Backlick Road option took14 minutes (7.6 miles). It takes approximately 8 minutes (5.5 miles) to get from the beginning of the new extension of the Fairfax County Parkway to the Tulley Gate of Ft. Belvoir.

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