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The weekend and beyond

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips | Going Out Guide

Travelers will enjoy a break from the heat wave this weekend, though the Capital Weather Gang's forecast does include clouds and a chance of storms late Saturday and Sunday. Whether you're saying farewell to Brooks & Dunn in Bristow, watching Street Soccer at Washington Kastles Stadium, or sitting in on the start of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at FitzGerald Stadium, check out this list of traffic and transit tips.

Capital Beltway/Telegraph Road
The Wilson Bridge project is urging drivers to stay away from the Beltway's outer loop on Friday night and Saturday morning. The realignment of a ramp from northbound Telegraph Road to the outer loop will require the closing of all but one of the Beltway lanes heading toward the Wilson Bridge.

This is likely to create a big backup, especially on Saturday morning, when the volume normally increases.

Details: The ramp from Telegraph Road is scheduled to close after the evening rush Friday. Starting at 10 p.m., the outer loop's Local lanes will be narrowed to one lane and all the Thru lanes will be closed. Early Saturday morning, project managers expect to open one additional local lane and one through lane. All lanes are scheduled to open by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Detour: If you're heading from Virginia to the District or points north, you'd be better off avoiding the work zone and instead either taking I-395 across the 14th Street bridge or looping around the western side of the Beltway and crossing into Maryland on the American Legion Bridge.

Metro weekend delays
All lines but the Green Line are affected by track work this weekend. The Red Line projects are part of Metro's long-term rehabilitation project.

Red Line: Riders between Shady Grove and Twinbrook should add at least 30 minutes to their normal travel time from 10 p.m Friday to the rail system's midnight closing on Sunday. Metro will continue repairing the deteriorated platform at Rockville, and trains will share a track around the work zone.

Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday. Metro is continuing maintenance on the elevated tracks outside the Rhode Island Avenue Station. Trains will share a track around the work zone.

On Saturday and Sunday, all Red Line trains will depart about every 15 minutes from the ends of the lines at Shady Grove and Glenmont. Riders between Grosvenor and New York Avenue should see a train at their stations every eight or nine minutes, Metro says.

Blue/Yellow Lines: Metrorail customers traveling between Braddock Road and Van Dorn on the Blue Line and between Braddock Road and Huntington on the Yellow Line should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday. Metro is replacing old cross ties and welding rail so trains will share a track around the work area.

On Saturday and Sunday, Blue Line trains will operate every half-hour between Largo and Huntington. Special Blue Line shuttle trains will leave Franconia-Springfield for King Street at 17 minutes and 47 minutes after each hour. Also on Saturday and Sunday, all Yellow Line trains will leave Huntington at two minutes and 32 minutes after each hour and continue on to Greenbelt.

Orange Line: Riders between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Workers are welding new rail and the trains will share a track around the area.

Metrobus detours
Arlington: Routes 10B and 23A will detour from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday between the 2200 and 2400 blocks of Kenmore Street to get around the Nauck Summer in the Parks event. Detoured buses will use South Shirlington Road instead of South Kenmore Street south of 22 Street South.

Greenbelt: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Monday through Friday, R12 buses will detour around a road construction project at Schrom Hills Park Circle. Buses will use Megan Lane and Mathew Street. There will be no service on Hanover Parkway or Greenbrook Drive, west of Mathew Street and Megan Lane.

Metro fare increases
The second wave of Metro's rail fare increases begins to take effect on Monday. By the end of August, this will affect the cost of peak of the peak trips, passes and paper Farecard use. One change: As of Monday, the 20-cent surcharge known as the peak of the peak fare will be applied only to rail trips starting between 4:30 and 6 p.m. By the end of August, Metro expects, the surcharge also will apply to trips starting between 7:30 and 9 a.m.

Metro found it necessary to phase in the surcharge because of complications in reprogramming its fare system to make the more sophisticated calculations. See previous posting on peak of the peak surcharge and watch for Sunday's Commuter page in The Post.

HOT lanes project
On the western side of the Beltway in Virginia, between Springfield and the Dulles Toll Road, the High Occupancy Toll lanes construction project closes lanes on Monday through Friday nights. All the bridges along that part of the Beltway are being rebuilt to accommodate the four new lanes.

Route 7/Beltway
As part of the HOT lanes project, the Virginia Department of Transportation has shifted westbound Route 7 traffic to a new bridge over the Beltway that already was being used by eastbound traffic. Meanwhile, workers are demolishing the old bridge, which should take through mid-August. Then they will begin building what will become the new eastbound bridge. Watch for lane closings along Route 7 starting around 9:30 p.m.

11th Street Bridge
The construction plan for the new 11th Street Bridge somewhat resembles the one used for the Wilson Bridge in that the new spans are rising alongside the old ones. That means there's a relatively limited impact for now on bridge users.

During August, watch for off-peak lane closings in both directions on the bridge spans and nearby parts of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Interstate 295/DC 295 and local streets. The off-peak hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

Anacostia streetcar
Installation of the streetcar tracks will lead the District Department of Transportation to impose temporary turn restrictions and detours at the intersection of South Capitol Street and First Sterling Avenue SE in Anacostia.

Beginning Aug. 7, left turns from southbound South Capitol Street to Firth Sterling Avenue and right turns from Firth Sterling to northbound South Capitol will be prohibited. The restrictions are scheduled to be in effect until Friday, Aug. 28.

In addition, the intersection of Firth Sterling and South Capitol will be closed to northbound traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 14, 16, 17 and 18. Northbound traffic on South Capitol Street will have to turn right on Firth Sterling and then left on Suitland Parkway to return to South Capitol. DDOT's traffic control officers will be at the intersection, but delays are likely.

Northbound South Capitol Street traffic still will be able to turn left onto Defense Boulevard during this work.

Northbound South Capitol Street (south end): Northbound South Capitol Street to I-295 northbound to Exit 3B (westbound Suitland Parkway) to South Capitol Street. This detour is about 2.6 miles.

Northbound South Capitol Street from Malcolm X Avenue SE: Malcolm X Avenue to northbound I-295 to Exit 3B (westbound Suitland Parkway) to South Capitol Street. That's about 2.2 miles.

BW Parkway
On Monday, the National Park Service is scheduled to start a roadway lighting improvement project on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince George's County. The lights poles from the eastbound Route 50 split to just north of the entrance ramp connecting the northbound Kenilworth Avenue interchange will be replaced. New guardrails also will be installed.

Construction crews will work behind shoulder closures from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. There may be some single lane closings. The scheduled completion date for all work is March 2011.

Suitland Parkway
The National Park Service also is continuing its weekend closings on Suitland Parkway. From about 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, there will be a work zone on the westbound parkway from the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) to Forestville Road in Prince Georges County.

Road work will shift from the right curb lane to the left curb lane. Both left turn lanes at
northbound Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed throughout the weekend. Watch for a detour.

Old Marlboro Pike will be open to local traffic only. Through traffic on Old Marlboro Pike will be redirected to northbound Pennsylvania Avenue. Drivers heading south on Pennsylvania Avenue will be directed to turn right onto Forestville Road, and then right onto westbound Suitland Parkway.

Humpback Bridge
The park service also had told us to watch for a week-long traffic shift experiment at the Humpback Bridge, a plan that had the potential to ease traffic congestion for drivers taking the ramp from the southbound 14th Street Bridge onto the northbound George Washington Parkway.

That's not going to happen, at least not now. The announcement about it was sent out in error, the park service said Thursday. The Federal Highway Administration, which is doing the bridge rehabilitation work for the park service, has not approved the plan.

Route 7, Leesburg
Tuesday through Friday (Aug. 3-6), watch for daytime traffic stops of up to 15 minutes on the Route 7 Bypass just west of the Route 15 interchange in Leesburg. All lanes in both directions will be stopped while Dominion Virginia Power crews pull wires across roadways for construction of its new power line.

The stops are scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Dominion Virginia Power is building a 12-mile, high-voltage power line from a new substation northwest of Hamilton, near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Route 7, to a substation off Cochran Mill Road east of Leesburg. Workers will be stringing lines along about nine miles of VDOT roads, crossing them a total of 15 times. Periodic traffic stops will continue through mid-September.

Dulles Connector Road detour
The pace of construction on the Dulles Metrorail project has accelerated through Tysons Corner and west along Route 267 to Reston.

The eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) are scheduled to close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday through Friday nights for work on the Dulles Metrorail project. The workers will be building a concrete structure that will straddle two piers in the median of the Dulles Connector Road.

The closings will affect drivers on both the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Access Road because these roads merge just east of the main toll plaza at Spring Hill Road and become the Dulles Connector Road. Drivers will be detoured to the outer loop of the Beltway, then to northbound Route 123 toward McLean, then back to the eastbound Dulles Connector Road.

After this phase of the work, periodic closings of the Dulles Connector Road will occur as needed over the next few weeks. The same detour will be used.

Paving on Route 7, Tysons
This also is part of the Metrorail construction, which is wrapping up two years of utility relocations in Tysons Corner: Every night next week, workers will continue paving on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) between the Dulles Toll Road and Chain Bridge Road, and on adjacent roads and former service roads.

Ohio Drive
Monday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 6, morning rush hours (6-10 a.m.) Ohio Drive will be two lanes of inbound traffic only. Non-rush hours will have one lane in each direction. Afternoon rush hours (3:30-6:30 p.m.) Ohio Drive will be two lanes outbound only. The ramp from Ohio Drive to Lincoln Memorial Circle will be closed at all times.

Also during the morning rush, westbound Independence Avenue will be closed beyond 17th Street. Traffic has been advised to detour onto 15th or 17th Street or use alternate routes.

No night work is scheduled for Monday through Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  | July 30, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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In the Metro fare increases section, you might want to add something about the 25ยข surcharge for paper farecards, which actually starts this Sunday (not Monday).

Posted by: Tybsnowman | July 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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