Something Going Down on 17th Street near the White House or is it just Steam?


Thanks to Danielle for sending around 6:45pm. I suppose it could be vent or something too. Updates when/if more is known.

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  • I heard that there was supposed to be a “VIP Visit” to the Jefferson Hotel at 16th and M, which is what I thought caused the awful traffic tonight. But if this is the same thing, it looks more suspicious than a VIP visit….

  • That manhole has been steaming like that for two weeks, all day, all night. Doesn’t appear to be anything else.

  • The traffic is normal. There is also construction going on and the sewers have been spewing out the steam the last week or so.

  • Somewhat related since Downtown was gridlocked earlier: is there a reason that these types of high-security events have to happen right in the middle of rush hour and not mid-day? It’s getting way worse than it used to.

    • They are usually campaign fundraising events and happen around that time because they are dinners. They are getting worse because we’re approaching an election year. They’ll continue to get worse through about the Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2016.

    • Might as well start walking home. S buses were a mess tonight.

    • It’s probably getting worse, not because of the volume of events, but because the volume of people living and working in the District has grown.

      • On a similar note, I’m also wondering how much WMATA’s crappy metro system is affecting the traffic. I wouldn’t be surprised if a significant number of folks who used to take the subway switched to driving in the past year or so.

  • Nothing unusual – this occurs frequently. Just steam.

  • I do not think I have ever gone by that manhole and not seen steam coming out. This seems a lot more than usual, but when driving by there and on bike rides that pass over that spot almost every weekend morning, I go right through some billowing steam.

  • We get it, you vape.

  • I used to work in that area. Steam pours out of the manholes around EEOB / 17th street every year when it’s cold.

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