On Tuesday, we had about four inches of snow. While some may have had a fairly easy commute, it certainly was a mess for BAT Account Manager Katy Wilson:
The city knew it was coming but the snow plows weren’t as prepared. In the morning, a commute that normally takes 20 minutes ended up taking an hour. On the way into work, I saw an SUV drive straight off the interstate into a ditch!
While at work, the snow started falling heavily. At one point, there was an alert that police officers would stop responding to accidents unless someone was critically injured.
At 4:30 p.m., it came time for me to leave. On the way home, the interstate was completely snow covered. You couldn’t even see the lanes, so people were just guessing on where to drive.
When I got off on Q Street, there was traffic backed up for a mile. I was stuck and couldn’t take another route home. An ambulance came up behind me and no one could move because we were packed like sardines! That is when I knew it was going to be a while.
When I finally got to the hill on 120th and Q , I saw the culprit of the delay. It was a Grand Prix facing the opposite direction of oncoming traffic. They had completely spun out.
Then a few feet down, a van had side-swiped a smaller vehicle and pushed it completely into the fence of someone’s back yard. People were getting stuck trying to go up the hill and it was a mess.
After passing four cop cars trying to block off the accident I was in the clear. I made it safely home at 5:50 p.m. which put my total commute at 1 hr and 20 minutes. I white knuckled it the whole way! Let’s just say it was an icy treacherous day in the life!
The President gave his State of the Union, and, yesterday, the secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx, published his state of transportation. while it did not appear President Obama said much about transportation in his speech, Foxx showed where it fit in.
He said transportation has provided opportunities and innovation, and will continue to.
To read his full blog, visit Transportation.gov.
According to the Energy Information Administration, this week’s average price per gallon was $2.211, which is 2.4 cents less than last week’s prices and 92.6 cents less than last year’s prices this week.
For more information, visit the EIA’s website.