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Paving Projects Abound

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Going north on Georgia Avenue, as you go under the Beltway, it is four lanes. Drivers in the right lane were warned after the Beltway that they would have to merge past Forest Glen Road. This past weekend, I noticed that the right lane is now expected to merge before Forest Glen Road. Is this going to be a new change? Or are things just off-kilter because of the repaving project?

I have to say that forcing the merge before the Beltway and Forest Glen Road is going to make things a mess trying to get out of the Seminary Road area and north on Georgia. That fourth lane is desperately needed to accommodate the huge amount of cars coming off the Outer Loop, as well as helping to move the traffic trying to turn right on Forest Glen Road and heading to Holy Cross Hospital.
Meredith Anderson
Silver Spring

I took a look a few days later and found the merge still occurs north of Forest Glen. The Maryland State Highway Administration also says the permanent pattern has not changed. "The reason it looks a little different is the final paving is not yet complete," said Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for SHA. Once the resurfacing is completed, it will appear as it had before the project started."

Even though it's done at night, that work causes a pretty good backup on Georgia Avenue.

Here are some details about a few projects underway or getting underway across the region:

MARYLAND
-- The right lane north and southbound on Georgia Avenue is blocked between the Beltway and
Veirs Mill Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday.

-- The right lane of northbound Route 29 between University Boulevard and Burnt Mills Avenue is blocked from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday.

-- Interstate 95 in Howard County between Routes 32 and 100: Single-lane closures are permitted Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and double-lane closures may occur Sunday through Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. In addition, single-lane closures are allowed Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

VIRGINIA
-- Fairfax County Parkway between Rolling Road and Backlick Road has various lanes closed through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

-- West Ox Road between Tilton Valley Road and Vale Road has alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

-- Fairfax Drive from North Jackson Street to Route 50 and from North Wakefield Drive to Glebe Road has the lanes closed through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

THE DISTRICT

-- Work is scheduled to begin next week on New Hampshire Avenue NW between16th to 15th streets, Florida Avenue NW between 15th and Ninth streets, and Ninth Street NW between Florida Avenue and T Street. It should be done in August.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 25, 2007; 6:37 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  
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