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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

[This post has been updated]

Rain is a possibility through Wednesday, but the forecast looks good after that. This coming weekend will be a busy one, with the Jon Stewart rally, the Marine Corps Marathon and Halloween. But there will be plenty to watch for on the roads and rails before then.

High Heel Race
The 25th annual High Heel Race is scheduled for 9 p.m. Tuesday in Dupont Circle. It always draws a crowd of thousands, so any driver in the area should look sharp for pedestrians and expect congestion. Here are the streets scheduled to close from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday:
* 17th Street NW from P Street to S Street NW
* Q Street NW from 16th Street to 18th Street NW
* R Street NW from 16th Street to 18th Street NW
* Corcoran Street NW from 16th to 18th Street NW
* Church Street NW from 16th Street to 18th Street NW
* Riggs Street NW from 16th Street to 17th Street NW

Lane closings on DC 295
The District Department of Transportation has scheduled safety inspections for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on the new Eastern Avenue Bridge over DC 295 (Kenilworth Avenue NE). Alternating lanes will close on both sides of 295 as it passes under the bridge. Watch for signs directing traffic to the open lanes and expect delays.

The bridge replacement, which began late in 2009, is scheduled to be done in a few weeks.

Rhode Island Ave. bus bays
The bus bays at the Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail station will shift for five months starting Monday as construction continues on a new parking garage, a ground transportation service area and a housing and retail development next to the station.

The bus boarding area and the Kiss & Ride will be across the parking lot near the station entrance. The Kiss & Ride area will continue to accommodate parking, car-sharing, taxis, and passenger pick-up and drop-off during the construction, which began in April. Work on the parking garage should be done in June 2011. The rest of the project should be done by the summer of 2012.

Beltway HOT lanes
Several overnight lane closings are scheduled for this week on the western side of the Capital Beltway.

Idylwood Road overpass: Starting tonight, watch for three Beltway lanes to close and occasionally for all lanes to close after midnight for half an hour while workers replace steel beams on the overpass, which is near the I-66/Beltway interchange. The lane closings will occur Monday through Thursday until mid-November.

I-66 bridge demolition: Expect three Beltway lanes to close and occasionally for all lanes to close overnight starting tonight as workers take down the westbound bridge on I-66. This will continue overnights till early December.

Green Line day work
Metro says Green Line trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. This starts today and continue through Nov. 12. Track workers need to replace the rails in this area, the transit authority says.

Single tracking at midday should not create delays for riders, since the trains are scheduled to run every 12 minutes during those hours

11th Street Bridge lane closings
The District Department of Transportation plans to temporarily close some lanes on the 11th Street Bridge from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Nov. 23. Two inbound and outbound bridge travel lanes will remain open during this time. Watch for other off-peak lane closings on highways and streets near the bridge.

Tysons lane shifts
Watch for the changing traffic patterns in Tysons Corner. The lanes have shifted along westbound Route 7 between Route 123 and Westpark Drive to accommodate construction of the new Metrorail line.

Ohio Drive
The roadway reconstruction is in its final stages. The ramps to and from Lincoln Memorial Circle have been reopened.

As of Wednesday or Thursday, there generally will be two lanes of traffic in each direction on Ohio Drive. But there still will be some daytime lane closings between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and some total nighttime closures between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. A total weekend closing for the final asphalt is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 6 or 13.

Georgia Ave./Randolph Rd.
A lane shift on eastbound Randolph Road between Denley Road and Georgia Avenue will continue through November. During this time, right turns from eastbound Randolph Road to Grandview Avenue and Judson Road are restricted. Judson Road and Grandview Avenue between Newton Street and Randolph Road are closed to through traffic.


By Robert Thomson  | October 25, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Driving, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Don't forget about the horse show and the street closings all week around Verizon Center.

Posted by: blankspace | October 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Does that mean I can start taking Ohio Drive (from Memorial Bridge) in the morning between 6 and 10 AM? Roosevelt and Key Bridge have been killing me the past many many months!

Posted by: jake77 | October 27, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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