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Weekend Traffic,Transit Advisories

One of the things I'm learning during this first spring since becoming "Dr. Gridlock" is how rapid and extensive is the start of the construction season on our highways and streets. Here are a few of the big ones that might affect your travel plans this weekend and into next week.

Wilson Bridge
This is the big one for the weekend: Saturday and Sunday, all lanes on Capital Beltway at the Route 210 interchange in Prince George's County will be closed overnight so work crews can hoist up the steel beams that will support the second half of the new overpass, which is scheduled to open this fall. The shutdown will occur from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday night and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night.

If you have to be out in this, watch for these detours:
-- I-95 North travelers will be detoured onto the Route 210 South exit immediately east of the Wilson Bridge, to the Oxon Hill Road East/Route 210 North exit, right onto Oxon Hill Road heading east, and then left back onto I-95 North after crossing the Oxon Hill Road/Route 210 Intersection.
-- I-95 South travelers will be detoured onto the Route 210 exit, directed across Route 210 and then back to I-95 South.

Also, there will be two ramp closures including the ramp from northbound Route 210 to the inner loop and the ramp from southbound I-295 to the outer loop. Watch for the detour signs there.

If you're passing through the Washington area from the north, you're best bet is to swing west from I-95 South onto the Capital Beltway's outer loop and cross over the American Legion Bridge into Virginia. If you're traveling up from the south, consider taking Route 301 as an alternative to I-95. If you're on I-95 North, take the Beltway's inner loop to the Legion Bridge.

Interstate 95, Virginia
Watch for milling and paving work on the six miles of I-95 South between Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Lorton (Exit 163) from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday and Monday nights. The left lane will be closed. Then from Tuesday through Thursday nights, the right lane will be closed during the same hours.

Interstate 95, Maryland
Don't forget that big paving project underway in Howard County between Routes 32 and 100. Single-lane closures are permitted along northbound and southbound I-95, Sunday through Thursday nights between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and double-lane closures may occur Sunday through Thursday evening's beginning at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. In addition, single-lane closures are allowed Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you're driving north toward Philadelphia or New York next week, watch out for this one: The right lane of northbound I-95 over the Susquehanna River will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Friday. This is part of a project to replace the bridge joints.

Rockville Pike
The Pike's Peek 10K will be run on Sunday morning. Here's a link that describes the traffic issues that will result from that event.

American Legion Bridge
There's a shorter merge ramp for drivers heading from the George Washington Parkway onto the inner loop just before the bridge. That will be in effect till the fall as the bridge gets repainted.

D.C. Streets
The Folger Library on Capitol Hill is marking Shakespeare's 443rd birthday with a street festival and parade on Sunday. East Capitol Street between 2nd and 3rd streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here are a couple of new resurfacing projects to watch out for next week in Georgetown.
-- Work on S Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue to 32nd Street is scheduled to begin Monday and to be completed by May 10.
-- Work on 34th Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue to M Street is also scheduled to begin Monday and be finished by May 12.

Some Metrobuses will be reroutes on Saturday and Sunday because of transit authority work, the Pike's Peek 10K and the Shakespeare's Birthday Open House and Parade on Capitol Hill. Here's a link to a full list of the detours.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 27, 2007; 3:26 PM ET
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