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Get There: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006

Weekend Work Announcements

We have some of the weekend travel advisories that our traffic and transit agencies issue each Thursday. This one is about Metrorail work that will slow service on the Red, Orange and Green lines this weekend. Look below for another one about work at the Springfield Interchange. This is the advisory from Metro: Orange Line Track Maintenance On Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Orange Line trains will share one track between Ballston-MU and East Falls Church-VT/UVA because of track maintenance. Passengers traveling on this portion of the Orange Line should add 15 to 20 minutes of travel time for their trip. Red Line Track Maintenance On Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Red Line trains will share one track between Silver Spring and Fort Totten because of track maintenance. Passengers traveling on this portion of the Red Line should add up to 15 minutes of...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 22, 2006; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weekend at the Bowl

The Virginia Department of Transportation has published its advisory for this coming weekend's work at the Springfield Interchange. (Note also our posting below that has information about the work on Thursday night that affects traffic on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway at the Mixing Bowl.) What/Where:9 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Weather permitting. VDOT will install concrete beams for the new HOV lanes bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. To perform this operation VDOT will have 8-10 intermittent stoppages, 15-minutes, on I-395 South, south of Edsall Road leading to I-395 South Exits: Exit 1A: I-395/95 South, CLOSED, on both nights for the duration of work. I-395 South motorists heading to I-95 South must use Exit 1B - Springfield, and merge left to access the I-95 South lanes. Exit 1B: I-395 South to Springfield Exit 1C: I-395 South to flyover...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 22, 2006; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Mixing Bowl Advisory

VDOT asked us to remind everybody about the overnight work going on this week at the Springfield Interchange that will shut down part of the Capital Beltway's outer loop. Here's what's going on: What/Where: Through Thursday night, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Weather permitting, VDOT will close the Capital Beltway outer loop, I-495 East (toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge) and the exit off the outer loop to I-395 North (toward Washington) about three-fourths of a mile before and after I-95/395 to erect the final steel span connecting the two segments of the new I-395 North bridge to the Beltway inner loop, I-495 North, expected to open this fall. Motorist Impact: I-495 East motorists heading to the Wilson Bridge and motorists exiting the Outer Loop to I-395 North heading to Washington must exit onto I-95 South to Exit 166, Fairfax County Parkway East (Route 7100) and turn around onto I-95 North....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 20, 2006; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Springfield Interchange  
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Metro's Growing Popularity

Question for you Metro riders out there: The subway system has set a cluster of records for ridership over the past few months. Some of this lately has to do with the Nats games at RFK, but that's not all of it. What do you think is going on? Is it gas prices? Are you noticing that the trains are more crowded during your morning and evening commutes? Friday was the latest date to join Metro's list of top ten ridership days. There were 783,093 trips taken Friday, making it the seventh highest ridership in the system's history. RFK was a sellout that night, the first of the Nats' three games against the New York Yankees. I took a train from McPherson Square to Stadium-Armory at about 7:30 p.m. I was surprised about how many latecomers were on the train, but it was a smooth trip. We left after the...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 19, 2006; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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