The historian, Tyler Vanderschmidt, says that he has found evidence of a Masonic conspiracy to use freeway building to embed the symbology of the secretive organization in the capital city. The discovery came, according to his article, as he studied a map of the Anacostia Freeway while lost east of the River. "I was looking at the map," he says, "and suddenly my eyes were opened. It became clear that I was on the verge of a major discovery."
Representatives from DDOT seem reluctant to wade into the controversy. One spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous, suggests that the Masons might have had a horse in the race. "Our work rehabilitating some of the freeways has discovered old fashioned construction methods, pre-1950s stuff," he reports, "the stonework we've uncovered represent some real masterpieces." As experts at stone cutting and assembly, the Masons would have had a lot to gain from freeway contracts.
(Kindly bear in mind today's date.)