The week ahead for traffic, transit
Travel in the D.C. area should be most pleasant early in the week, before the temperature spikes to 90 degrees. There's not much chance of rain till Thursday. Here's a look at some of the key transportation projects in the region that could slow your progress.
Constitution Avenue ramp
One travel lane on the outbound ramp from Constitution Avenue to the Roosevelt Bridge (Interstate 66) will close for repairs today through Oct. 10 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. One travel lane on the outbound ramp will remain open at all times, the District Department of Transportation says.
E Street ramp
The inbound ramp from I-66 to E Street NW will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. today through Sunday. Detour: Traffic from I-66 will go to the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and loop traffic back to E Street NW. Watch for signs.
11th Street Bridge
Off-peak lane closings in both directions are occurring in both directions on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, I-295/DC 295 and local streets around the 11th Street Bridge reconstruction project.
Drivers may encounter these closings, and resulting congestion, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays:
-- One lane in each direction of I-295/DC 295 between Pennsylvania Avenue and Howard Road.
-- One lane of the inbound 11th Street Bridge and connecting ramp to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.
-- One lane of the outbound 11th Street Bridge and the connecting ramp to southbound I-295/DC 295.
-- One lane of the ramp from northbound I-295/DC 295 to the inbound 11th Street Bridge.
-- One lane of the ramp from the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway to the outbound 11th Street Bridge.
-- One lane in each direction of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway from the 6th Street exit to Pennsylvania Avenue.
-- The right lane of westbound Good Hope Road between 13th Street SE and Anacostia Drive.
-- One lane of N Street between 12th and 11th Street SE.
-- Lanes in both directions on O Street SE, resulting in a shared lane between 11th and 12th streets SE. (Watch for flagger directing traffic.)
Route 123/Route 7
Westbound commuters and drivers heading for Wolf Trap should watch for a new ramp taking them from Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) to Route 7 in the middle of Tysons Corner.
The old ramp from westbound Chain Bridge Road to northbound Leesburg Pike has closed to make way for construction of the Dulles Metrorail line. The new one is right nearby. There's no big detour necessary -- unless a driver misses the new entrance point for the ramp.
Look for the ramp just after International Drive and the Marriott Courtyard hotel. This will take drivers onto Frontage Road. That's an existing road that will now be accessible from Chain Bridge Road. Drivers who miss this new access ramp will have to continue south on Chain Bridge Road to a right turn on Old Courthouse Road, which becomes Gosnell Road and intersects with both directions of Leesburg Pike.
The reconstruction of the roadway by the National Park Service is scheduled to be done in October. Monday through Friday, morning rush hours (6 a.m.-10 a.m.), Ohio Drive will be two lanes of inbound traffic only. 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.
Off-peak hours will have one lane in each direction. Afternoon rush hours (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.), Ohio Drive will be two lanes outbound only.
Fairfax County Parkway
The two mile extension should be fully open to traffic by Tuesday morning, when the southbound lanes are scheduled to open. The northbound lanes opened over the weekend.
Capital Beltway/Telegraph Road
Construction at the interchange for the Wilson Bridge project will require lane closings overnight Friday, lasting till noon Saturday. New ramps will be opening from the outer loop to Telegraph Road North and the Eisenhower Valley and from the inner loop to Telegraph Road North.
It would be best to avoid the interchange area beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. That's when workers will close the ramps from the outer loop Telegraph Road North and South and the from the inner loop to Telegraph Road North and Pershing Avenue. Telegraph Road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction for road striping. Paving operations, unrelated to the ramp openings, will close the ramp from Telegraph Road North to the outer loop.
All the new ramps are scheduled to be in their final configuration, with all lanes reopened, by noon Saturday.
Construction is scheduled to begin today on both platforms at the Fredericksburg Station. Once that happens, VRE says, trains will not open their doors onto areas of the platform that are under construction.
Route 29 paving
Watch for nightly lane closures and delays on Route 29 in Fairfax County. Workers are milling and paving on the four and a half miles between the Prince William County line and Pickwick Road. The job is scheduled to be done by Oct. 14.
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