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The week ahead in traffic, transit

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Today, Tuesday and Thursday probably will be the rainy days of the commuting week. But travelers will find the temperatures more moderate, topping out about 80. This evening's rain may be heavy enough to affect the game at Nationals Park, where the Nats are scheduled to play their final home games of the year each evening through Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Rain may also interfere with some road construction programs in the D.C. area, but here are some highlights of what's on schedule.

Security around Pentagon
Because the Pentagon Force Protection Agency is extending employee checkpoints farther from the building Mondays through Fridays, people who use the Pentagon Metrorail station and the Pentagon Transit Center will encounter a new pedestrian pattern near the main visitor entrance starting today.

The security zone expansion will restrict public access to two center walkways leading to the Pentagon's visitor entrance. These new restrictions are scheduled to remain in place till new screening facilities are finished in 2012.

Watch for new signs that guide people between the train station and the bus center.

Next month, the Pentagon is scheduled to install a temporary canopy over the walkway that leads to the Metrorail station's south escalators. Until the canopy is installed, a temporary sign inside the station will direct people to the north escalators during bad weather.

Reversible lane schedule
The southbound reversible lanes on I-95/395 will remain open to all southbound traffic until midnight Mondays through Thursdays through Oct. 31, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced. VDOT likes the way this summer schedule has worked out since it was started in July.

The department says the schedule gives southbound motorists an additional three hours to use the lanes and helps ease delays while crews repave I-95 between the Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123 in Woodbridge.

The reversible lanes will reopen northbound at 2 a.m. The northbound schedule is not affected. The reversible lanes will continue to close at 10 a.m. so they can be reopened to southbound traffic at noon.

These lanes are reserved for high-occupancy vehicles during rush hours, and there is no change in the HOV schedule. HOV-3 (three or more people in a vehicle) remains in effect from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

New York Avenue
One lane of New York Avenue NE westbound from Fairview Avenue to the Ninth Street Bridge will be closed this weekend as part of the roadway widening work along the avenue. The closing will start at 9 p.m. Friday and end by 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, when westbound traffic will move into three newly built right lanes.

The new bridge at Ninth Street NE, the construction of which has been causing delays on New York Avenue, is scheduled to open in late January. In February, the D.C. Department of Transportation will start demolishing the old bridge. The entire project at the bridge site is scheduled to be done in May.

Connecticut Avenue
Watch for nighttime utility work that will temporarily close lanes on Connecticut Avenue between Calvert Street and Woodley Road. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority says it will be installing a two-foot storm drainpipe on Connecticut Avenue over the next month, between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

During the construction, traffic on Connecticut Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Calvert Street and Woodley Road. There will be no street parking from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in those blocks.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
Several new ramps opened this weekend as part of the reconstruction at the Capital Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange. The new ramps take traffic from the Beltway's outer loop to Telegraph Road North and the Eisenhower Valley and from the inner loop to Telegraph Road North.

Delays in Leesburg
Dominion Virginia Power crews are once again scheduled to pull wires across roadways in the Leesburg area. Weather permitting, traffic will be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Market Street (Route 7 Business).

By Robert Thomson  | September 27, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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