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The week ahead for traffic, transit

By Robert Thomson

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

Drivers this morning are finding light in their eyes where they had none last week during the inbound commute. This afternoon, they'll be turning their lights on earlier than normal because of the time change. Watch for pedestrians in the twilight. Meanwhile, Metro service is back to normal on the Blue and Orange lines after the weekend track work. Even Ohio Drive is almost back to normal after months of reconstruction. See what other delays you may encounter this week.

Metro track work
Riders on the eastern side of the Orange and Blue lines should find service back to normal today following the big weekend track work project, which closed stations on both lines. However, the trains may slow as a temporary precaution in some spots where track work was done.

Ohio Drive
The old traffic pattern has resumed, following months of reconstruction along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln Memorial. The morning rush pattern now has both inbound and outbound traffic with all lanes open. The afternoon rush pattern now has four lanes outbound. There will be some single lane closures during off peak hours on weekdays.

Road closures will continue at night on weeknights. From 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m, workers will be milling asphalt off the roadway that leads toward the Kennedy Center. Night time road closings occur between 23rd Street and Independence Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway.

On some week nights, westbound Independence Avenue will be closed beyond 17th Street. Detour onto 15th Street or 17th Street.

The final asphalt and road markings are scheduled to be placed this coming weekend. That will mean total closure of the road from the Roosevelt Bridge over the Rock Creek Parkway to Independence Avenue at 23rd Street. Work for this weekend's closure will begin at 11 p.m. Friday, and should be done by 5:30 a.m. next Monday.

11th Street Bridge project
Over the next two weeks, contractors are scheduled to drive piles in the Southeast-Southwest Freeway median east of 11th Street SE. This is an early phase in the construction of a ramp to the freeway from the new inbound 11th Street Bridge span, one of three that will be part of rebuilt bridge.

Two of the spans will carry freeway traffic across the river. The third is meant for neighborhood to neighborhood traffic, including bikes, pedestrians and streetcars. The entire project, now more than 25 percent done, is scheduled for completion in 2013.

This next phase involving the pile driving is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Conn. Ave. median
The District is going to build a raised center median on Connecticut Avenue NW between K and L Streets, as a safety improvement. Construction is scheduled to start this coming week. The work, which may be done any days but Saturdays, should be done by mid-December.

Temporary lane closings and parking restrictions will be necessary, but two traffic lanes will be open at all times, as will the sidewalks. The bus stops will stay the same.

The District Department of Transportation says the median construction is part of a larger project aimed at transforming downtown Connecticut Avenue into a more accessible place by focusing on safety and streetscape beautification.

Beltway HOT lanes
The Capital Beltway outer loop ramp (Exit 47A) leading to westbound Leesburg Pike (Route 7) has been moved up 400 feet to clear room for construction of the new exit ramps for the High Occupancy Toll lanes project.

Drivers heading to westbound Route 7 will need to exit sooner. The new merge lane will be reconfigured for westbound traffic only. Exit 47B, the one for eastbound Route 7, will not be affected. Those drivers will continue using the old exit ramp lane.

I-95 lane open
The fourth lane on southbound Interstate 95 is open from the Fairfax County Parkway to Route 1, although there will still be overnight lane closings in that area for milling and paving. Here's the schedule:
-- I-95 south from Exit 166 (Route 7100) to Exit 161 (Route 1): Two lanes closed Sunday through Friday nights, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for milling, paving and striping.
-- I-95 north between Exit 160 (Route 123) and one mile south of Exit 166: Right lane closed Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for bridge work.
-- I-95 south between Exits 166 and 160: Right lane closed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for guardrail installation, paving, and barrier movement.
-- I-95 reversible (HOV) lanes from Exits 166 to 160: Single lane closed Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for road work.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Bike more. Drive less.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 8, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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