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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

By Robert Thomson

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

The Capital Weather Gang's forecast suggests a pretty good week for travel in the D.C. area. There's a chance of precipitation tonight and on Thursday, but neither looks like a big threat to commuters at the moment. Temperatures are likely to be in the 30s and 40s. There's plenty of work scheduled on the roads and rails throughout the week. Here are some highlights.

New York Avenue
The District Department of Transportation will be restricting travel lanes on New York Avenue NE between Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Avenue to repair a damaged concrete barrier in the median.

Work is scheduled to begin at about 9:30 a.m. today and be completed by 4 p.m. One lane in each direction will remain open to traffic during those hours, and delays are possible.

Old Georgetown Road
The Maryland State Highway Administration is starting a $1 million safety and resurfacing project along a mile of Old Georgetown Road between North Brook Lane and Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Sidewalk upgrades are included in the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of Old Georgetown Road throughout that work.

One lane on Old Georgetown will be closed weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. During the final phase of work, which includes paving, there will be double lane closings Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Metrorail late work
Metro's schedule for late night track work this week affects the Red, Orange and Blue lines. Expect delays of 20 minutes after 10 p.m. between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, between Twinbrook and Shady Grove, between Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield, and between Federal Triangle and Smithsonian.

This coming weekend's work will create delays on the Red and Blue lines, but the month's big project will occur the following weekend, President's Day weekend, when Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations are shut down.

North Capitol Street lanes
The District Department of Transportation will be restricting travel lanes on North Capitol Street from Seaton Place to Randolph Place and from P Street to Hanover Place to accommodate construction of a new safety barrier.

During off-peak hours, North Capitol Street may be reduced to a single lane in each direction. The work zones will be lifted during rush hours. These restrictions are scheduled to continue through May.

Rail work in Tysons
Construction of the new rail line, along with many of big projects in the D.C. region, has been slowed by the recent bad weather, but there's a full scheduled planned for this week, with these highlights:
* I‐66 westbound is scheduled to close overnights between the Dulles Connector Road split and Leesburg Pike (Route 7) tonight through Saturday between 11
p.m. and 5 a.m. Through traffic will be detoured onto the Dulles Connector Road westbound, then onto Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn onto the ramp to the Capital Beltway south toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I‐66 from the Beltway.
* Bridge construction is crossing over the southbound lanes of Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) just south of the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267). During the coming weeks, this work will require intermittent closings of one right lane during daytime hours, and two right lanes overnights as crews lift bridge segments into place and work overhead. Detours are not necessary, but drivers should expect some delays and use extreme caution when traveling through the area, project managers say.
* The Westpark Bridge, which connects Westpark Drive to Tysons Corner Center over Route 123, will be closed through Friday from 11p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Traffic on Westpark Drive will be directed to detour by staying on Westpark, to turn left onto International Drive, then left on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) to enter Tysons Corner Center
on the right. An alternative would be to use Tysons Boulevard, which also allows drivers to turn left on International Drive to Chain Bridge Road.

D.C. bridge inspections
The District is conducting routine safety inspections on major bridges and tunnels. The inspections, which take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., require single lane closings.

Today, watch for a closing of the right lane on the eastbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway over Eighth Street SE. On Tuesday, watch for the closing of the right lane on the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway over Eighth Street SE.

On Thursday, the closing is in the right lane of southbound North Capitol Street under the Rhode Island Avenue and T Street bridges. Next Friday, Feb. 11, the closing is in the right lane of northbound North Capitol Street under those bridges.

Transportation Planning Board/HOT lanes
Virginia's plan to build High Occupancy Toll lanes along I-95 and build a new High Occupancy Vehicle ramp on Seminary Road for the Mark Center will be the subject of a public meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.

The board must consider adding these new projects to the region's long range transportation plan. The meeting will be held on the main floor of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 N. Capitol St. NE, in the District.

By Robert Thomson  | February 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Dr. G - re: The Metrorail late work this week, does it REALLY start at 10? I seem to remember them sometimes starting earlier and I want to be prepared if this is likely to happen again to avoid a long trip home.

Posted by: informedtraveller | February 7, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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