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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

Maybe an isolated storm for travelers to worry about Wednesday night, but wait till you see the heat the Capital Weather Gang forecasts into this weekend. Meanwhile, I've highlighted some of the road projects that could slow your travels overnight and for the next several days.

Dulles Metrorail
The pile driving along the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) median between Interstate 66 and Old Chain Bridge Road is about to move farther west, closer to Old Chain Bridge Road. This could happen as early as Friday, and it should last for two to three weeks.

The pile driving, which creates foundations for track retaining walls and for aerial track supports, is done between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays and occasionally on Saturdays. It makes a lot of noise.

Most of it should be done by late September, project managers say, although there will be short periods of similar activity after that, as well as the general construction work to create the guideway for the new line.

Ohio Drive
There's no overnight work scheduled this week, but drivers encounter trouble during rush hours. Here's the schedule.

Morning rush hours (6-10 a.m.): Ohio Drive will be two lanes inbound only. Westbound Independence Avenue will be closed beyond 17th Street NW. Detour onto 15th or 17th streets. The ramp from Ohio Drive to Lincoln Memorial Circle will be closed at all times.

Off-peak: One lane in each direction on Ohio Drive.

Afternoon rush hours (3:30-6:30 p.m.): Two lanes outbound only on Ohio Drive.

Kenilworth Avenue
Watch for overnight lane closings through Friday on Kenilworth Avenue (D.C. 295) where the D.C. Department of Transportation is rebuilding the Eastern Avenue bridge. Two lanes will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., so find an alternative route. Through traffic will be directed to use the service roads. Workers will be installing the new, pre-cast bridge structure above Kenilworth Avenue.

By Robert Thomson  | July 21, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Metro, Transit, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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