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Posted at 6:35 PM ET, 02/14/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

By Robert Thomson

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A third truss is now ready to work on rail line in Tysons Corner. (Dulles Metrorail photo)

Construction updates | Travel tips l Capital Weather Gang

This should be a great week for local travelers, whether they're driving, walking, biking or waiting at bus stops. Temperatures will occasionally mimic springtime and the Capital Weather Gang sees little chance of precipitation. Meanwhile, the big road work projects in the D.C. area seem to have shaken off the effects of the winter's cold. The transportation agencies have a full scheduled for this week. Here are some highlights.

Potomac Mills slugs
Much of the park and ride area used by the sluggers at Potomac Mills mall disappears today. The mall's managers announced in January that they would cut the commuter parking area from 1,000 to 275 spaces, to create room for more commercial development.

Prince William County officials are trying to come up with new parking nearby. But in the meantime, they suggest these other parking areas that tend to have space available: The commuter lot on Annapolis Way near I-95 and Route 123, which is served by Lake Ridge OmniRide buses; the Dale City commuter lot at Dale Boulevard and Gemini Way, served by Dale City OmniRide buses; the Lindendale commuter lot at Dale Boulevard and Quate Lane; the Hillendale commuter lot at Hillendale Road near Dale Boulevard; and the Kmart on Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

Beltway closings in Tysons
Drivers on the Capital Beltway in Virginia are daily witnesses to the steady advance of the new Metrorail line through Tysons Corner. (See photo above.) Construction of the bridges that will carry the new line over the Beltway at Route 123 is now set to begin Wednesday night.

This will require closing three lanes of the Beltway's inner loop (northbound I-495) overnights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This week's work is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday nights. Then it will continue nightly Sundays through Fridays for the next five weeks. Northbound through traffic will be allowed to use the single open lane only, so expect significant delays.

The exit ramps to Route 123 also will be closed overnights. Drivers who need to reach Route 123 will be directed to continue north on the Beltway, exit at Georgetown Pike (Route 193), turn around at Georgetown Pike, then enter the southbound Beltway, the outer loop. Drivers will be able to exit to both directions of Route 123 from the southbound Beltway.

Eastbound Dulles Connector
The left lane of the eastbound Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will be closed from the Beltway overpass to the Old Chain Bridge Road overpass during the daytime this coming week. The closures will be in place Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Crews on the Dulles rail project will be
installing manholes.

Beltway HOT lanes
Construction of the High Occupancy Toll lanes also is cranked up this week, with a heavy impact on late-night driving.

Dulles Connector Road/Beltway: Each night through Thursday, starting at 9:30 p.m., one lane will close on the Dulles Connector Road west at the Beltway (I-495), progressing to a full closing of the Dulles Connector Road westbound after 11 p.m. Detour: Motorists will be detoured to Exit 18 (I-495 north) to Exit 44 (Georgetown Pike west), follow signs to I-495 south, and take Exit 45, Dulles Toll Road west.

The exit ramp from the inner loop (I-495 north) to the Dulles Connector Road west will also close overnight and motorists will be directed to continue north on I-495 and follow the above detour. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. This closure allows crews to install steel bridge beams.

Beltway/Route 7: Each night through Thursday, crews will close three lanes of the inner loop (I-495 north) at Leesburg Pike (Route 7). After midnight, all lanes on I-495 north will close at Leesburg Pike for up to half an hour at a time to install steel bridge beams. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Beltway/Route 29: Each night through Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m., crews will close three lanes of the Beltway from the Idylwood Road overpass to just past Lee Highway. After midnight, all lanes on the Beltway will close at Lee Highway for up to half an hour at a time for bridge demolition. All lanes will reopen on weekdays by 5 a.m., on Saturday by 7 a.m. and on Sunday by 9 a.m.

Beltway/Little River Turnpike: Each night through Wednesday, starting at 9:30 p.m., crews will close three lanes of the Beltway at Little River Turnpike. After midnight, all lanes on the Beltway will close at Little River Turnpike for up to half an hour at a time for bridge work. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

I-395 north/Beltway: Each night through Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m., one lane will be closed on I-395 north, progressing to a full closing of I-395 north after 10 p.m. Detour: Motorists will be detoured to I-495 north to Exit 54A (Braddock Road west), follow signs to I-495 south to Exit 57 (I-395 north). This closing allows crews to install steel bridge beams. All lanes will reopen on weekdays by 5 a.m., on Saturday by 7 a.m. and on Sunday by 9 a.m.

I-395 south/Beltway: Each night through Saturday, crews will close one lane of I-395 south at the Beltway. After midnight, all lanes on I-395 south will close at the Beltway for up to half an hour at a time from bridge work. All lanes will reopen on weekdays by 5 a.m., on Saturday by 7 a.m. and on Sunday by 9 a.m.

I-395 HOV lanes at the Beltway: Tonight and and Tuesday night, crews will close all HOV lanes of I-395 at the Beltway for bridge work. Detour: Motorists will be directed to stay on the mainline of I-395. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Beltway/Telegraph Road
Watch for left lane closings on the Capital Beltway at the Telegraph Road interchange from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday.

Burroughs Avenue
The District Department of Transportation is shifting all traffic to the north side of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE between Minnesota Avenue and 55th Street, to accommodate construction along the southern curb lane of the roadway.

The traffic lane shift, scheduled to begin today, will remain in place through May. One through lane in each direction will remain open, and curbside parking will be restricted.

This is one of the District's Great Streets projects and is funded with federal stimulus money. Construction started in November and is scheduled to continue until March 2012. The transportation department says it will improve pedestrian accessibility, travel mobility and overall safety along Burroughs Avenue from Minnesota Avenue to Eastern Avenue and also enhance the appearance of the neighborhood.

North Capitol Street
The District Department of Transportation is 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.

By Robert Thomson  | February 14, 2011; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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re: North Capitol St closures. Do you know if all lanes be available as of 4 pm during the week? Thank you.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 14, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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