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Weekend Travel Tips -- and Beyond

The warmer weather means that the region's transportation agencies are pumping out advisories for drivers. Many projects underway this weekend could slow down your travels. Plus, there's some significant action on the roads next week. Here are some highlights.

Springfield Interchange: I-395 North between the Commerce Street Bridge and the Capital Beltway will be shut from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday to allow crews to remove the northbound left shift that has been in place for more than eight months. That was for the construction of two I-395 North bridges over the Beltway's inner loop. I-395 North will be closed again from 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday so crews can complete other work in the area. Watch for detours.

Douglass Bridge: Inbound lanes of South Capitol Street were closed at 10 a.m. Friday for bridge rehabilitation work this weekend but will reopen for the Monday morning rush. Signs direct traffic to the 11th Street Bridge.

Route 50: Two right lanes are closed in both directions between Collington Road and the Church Road overpass in Prince George's from 9 p.m. Friday through 9 a.m. Sunday to patch deteriorating sections of roadway. HOV restrictions lifted during the work.

Military Road: The District has begun work to reconfigure the lanes between Oregon Avenue and Nebraska Avenue. Watch for detours and parking restrictions. But I think this project will please a lot of east-west commuters, because after it's completed Wednesday evening, it should reduce the single-lane congestion you've experienced for the past year.

Canal Road: Emergency resurfacing of Canal Road NW between Arizona Avenue and Reservoir Road is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday and end by 7 p.m. The road will be closed to all motorists in both directions during this time. Drivers heading eastbound on Canal will be detoured to MacArthur Boulevard at Arizona Avenue.

P Street, Dupont Circle: The traffic pattern between 21st and 22nd streets NW shifts on Saturday. The new pattern will have westbound traffic flow on the north curb lane and eastbound traffic flow on the south curb lane. The work zone will be in the center two lanes. The new sidewalk and curb lane on the north side of the 2100 block of P Street are done.

Metro: The cherry blossom crowds are gone, but you've got weekend track work and rail car testing to slow things down on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines.

Blue and Yellow: Between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport, add up to 20 minutes of travel time because of track maintenance. Trains will share one track from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Blue: Between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant, add up to 15 minutes of travel time because of track maintenance. Trains will share one track from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
Green: Add up to 15 minutes of travel time this weekend because of new rail car testing between Greenbelt and College Park. Trains share one track from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Elevators: The Metro elevator at Franconia/Springfield is back in service.

Even the transit authority is doing some paving: This weekend, Metro will re-surface the Kiss-&-Ride parking lots at Cheverly on the Orange Line and Huntington on the Yellow Line. Metro will also resurface the service roadway leading to the Anacostia garage on the Green Line. Watch for directions on where to drop off and pick up and kiss while the repaving is underway.

And they're all just getting started. Here's a look ahead to next week.

I-270: A $16 million project to resurface 4-1/2 miles from north of Falls Road to Muddy Branch Road in Montgomery County gets started, with a scheduled completion in spring 2008. The project includes grinding, patching and resurfacing the 12 lanes along northbound and southbound I-270, including the collector/distributor lanes. Temporary single-lane closures may occur Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Double-lane closures may occur Sunday through Thursday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. That highway is so busy that you should expect delays and think about alternatives.

Wilson Bridge: There will be draw span openings affecting the Capital Beltway's inner loop only at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then next weekend, there's a lot of overnight work. Major delays are possible on the Capital Beltway between St. Barnabas Road and bridge from 11 p.m. Friday, April 27, to 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28, and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday. All lanes will be affected. Watch for detours on the Maryland side.

South Dakota Avenue Bridge: The inbound and outbound left lanes will be closed Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bridge runs between Vista Street/Franklin Street on the north side and 30th Street on the south side. You'll find three lanes open each day between 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. At other times, it will be one lane in each direction. That project is scheduled to be done in March 2009.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 20, 2007; 12:01 PM ET
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Thanks for that Springfield information. Aside from cleanup, this is almost the end! One more ramp remains--the final configuration of the ramp from the Outer Loop to Old Keene Mill/Franconia Roads. Seems like the work has gone on forever, but it's undeniable that it's been the single biggest improvement to traffic flow around here in years.

Posted by: Rich | April 20, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Yes, Rich, I was among those who was very skeptical about this project. I thought the impact of the construction would be greater and the impact of the improvements less. But I've been very impressed with the traffic management for such a big project. There have been relatively few complaints about it in my mailbag and even some praise for the travel improvements.
Now let's see if the traffic mitigation plan for Tysons rail construction can measure up to that standard.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | April 21, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Add to this list Connecticut Ave between Kalorama Road and Cleveland Park. Between National Zoo traffic and the Klingle Bridge work, that route is a nightmare. Around 1:00pm today, northbound traffic was backed up from Macomb St. all the way back across the Taft Bridge and Kalorama.

Part of the problem is that drivers heading east from Connecticut Ave. from Wisconsin Ave. on Macomb and Devonshire cannot turn left (north) because of pavement cuts. Drivers have to turn right (south), go past the zoo to Cathedral Ave. and make a U-turn to get to Cleveland Park. The cuts at these intersections ought to be covered with metal plates on the weekends so these intersections can be opened.

Posted by: Chris | April 21, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

This weekend I had to wait 15 minutes for the blue/orange line metro at Foggy Bottom, after waiting 20 minutes for *any* bus to bring me from Georgetown to that metrostop. There was a second train 1 minute later, and then not another for 13 more minutes! The first pulled up and the driver shut the door so quickly that I got caught in it. This kind of thing makes me SO MAD!!! Why can't they space the trains & buses out???!?!??

Posted by: Concerned about transit | April 23, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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