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Headaches on the horizon

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips

Travel conditions will simply be warm and humid on Monday night, but Tuesday's heat should be just ghastly, the Capital Weather Gang says. There are a couple of new paving projects drivers should know about, plus a Strasburg alert for Tuesday evening.

Starburst paving

The District Department of Transportation has scheduled a week-long paving of the Starburst intersection to begin Tuesday. The intersection, which has been undergoing a major reconstruction, is located where 15th Street, H Street, Benning Road, Bladensburg Road and Maryland Avenue meet in Northeast D.C.

The work will require lane closings for a few hours on each roadway, beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturday. During those hours, street parking will be prohibited on the segment being paved.

This job will mark the completion of all of the roadway work in the Benning Road reconstruction project. By early September, work should be done on the Starburst Plaza. The Benning Road section from 16th Street to Oklahoma Avenue was substantially completed in mid-December after D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty stepped in to get the lagging project back on schedule.

Emergency paving on Va. Beltway
The Dulles Metrorail project plans to shut the two left lanes of the Capital Beltway's inner loop (northbound I-495) at Route 123 for emergency pavement repair. The work will occur between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday nights. A single left lane will close at 9:30 each night, followed by the second at 11 p.m.

Strasburg alert
Drivers and transit riders should watch for extra crowding near South Capitol and M streets and along the Southeast-Southwest Freeway on Tuesday evening. The Green Line should also be extra heavy to Navy Yard Station. Steven Strasburg, the Nationals' pitching phenom, is scheduled to return from the disabled list for a 7:05 p.m. start at Nationals Park.

By Robert Thomson  | August 9, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Construction, District, Driving  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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