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Get There: May 27, 2007 - June 2, 2007

Travel Obstacles This Weekend

If you're trying to get around Washington this weekend, you'll find some obstacles in your path. Douglass Bridge: The outbound lanes of the South Capitol Street bridge will close tonight after the rush period and won't reopen till just before the afternoon rush on Monday. The main detour is the 11th Street Bridge. This is the last of the weekend closures before the July-August shutdown of the entire bridge. Use this link to get a full description from the District Department of Transportation . Race For the Cure: By all means, attend this great event on Saturday morning, but watch out for the numerous street closures and parking bans in the area along the Mall. You can see a really long list of the effected streets here. Take Metro. The rail system is going to open at 5 a.m. Saturday, two hours earlier than normal. You can read a full...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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Accident Reconstruction Closes Beltway Lanes

Delays are expected on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County as investigators reconstruct a series of collisions Wednesday night that resulted in the deaths of two people and injuries to 15 others. According to Maptuit, two right lanes of the inner loop are closed near Ritchie Marlboro Road in Forestville. Traffic begins to slow at Route 214. The investigation also blocks the ramp from Ritchie Marlboro Road to the inner loop. Two left lanes of the inner loop will be closed later today when investigators are finished on the right side of the highway. UPDATE: Maptuit reports that the investigation was complete and lanes were reopening at 11:22 a.m....

By Kyle Balluck  |  May 31, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Community Bike Ride on Sunday

The weekend weather forecast sounds pretty good so far for the Arlington & Alexandria Community Bike Ride that begins on Sunday morning. The temperatures Sunday should range from the high 60s to the mid-80s, with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm during the day. Click on Bike Ride logo for more information. This is not a competitive event, and it sounds like a great chance to get to know what the two communities have to offer for bikers. There are two types of rides: One is a "family ride" loop of seven miles that will take you along some of the popular and pretty flat trails. The "community ride" is a 23-mile loop along streets as well as trails. The early registration, which ends today, is $15 per adult and $30 per family. Here's a link to the online registration form at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Web site. On...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 31, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Biking  
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Road and Rail Commuter Updates

I've got a few road and rail updates that could affect your travels across the region this week and beyond. Route 29 (Maryland): The final round of paving on the Route 29 project north of Four Corners in Montgomery County is now scheduled to begin on Thursday night. (The State Highway Administration had been hoping to get it underway tonight.) Many commuters have been asking about this one, wondering in particular if the project was already finished, despite the remaining bumps and raised up manhole covers. The final round of paving work will start on the southbound side, then move to the northbound side. Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each weeknight (no Friday or Saturday night work) and should be completed in the next two to two and a half weeks, weather permitting. There will be double-lane closures for the final layer of asphalt and line...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 30, 2007; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Work Beginning on Transit Center

We've quite rightly focused many of our transportation discussions on the upcoming transit and road projects in the Tysons area, but beginning just a bit earlier on the Maryland side is the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center. If your commute by car, bus or rail takes you through downtown Silver Spring, you're probably starting to notice the scattered preparations. There's a new median along Colesville Road, curb work along Wayne, Dixon and Ramsey avenues and new paving heading toward the MARC rail platform. They're just warming up. During the daily rush, 145 buses an hour pass through the station. By the time we're deep into the summer, the Metrobuses and Ride Ons --145 of which use the station each hour during the rush period -- will have moved out of the bus bays near the Metrorail entrance to their temporary stops on the nearby streets. Since Discovery opened...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 30, 2007; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Transit Track Work This Week

I promised readers during today's Live Online that I would give an account of this week's Metro track work and resulting delays. (This was after getting several complaints about the delays caused by single-tracking this past weekend.) By the way, Lena Sun, who covers Metro for The Post, said I should tell you that Metro's Trip Planner -- normally a very useful feature for finding train times -- doesn't take track work delays into account. During the track work periods, she says, it's best to check the "Next Train" feature on Metro's Web site, which will tell you when the next three trains are scheduled to arrive. Here's what's up this week. Red Line: Add up to 15 minutes to your regular travel time between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen because of track maintenance that results in single-tracking of trains between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday. Riders...

By Robert Thomson  |  May 29, 2007; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Welcome Back to the Work Zone

At the risk of killing the fine mood you might still be in after a splendid three-day getaway, I thought you might like to know the lastest on some of the construction projects that will resume today and later this week. Klingle Bridge: The District today expects to begin a new phase of the construction project that splits Connecticut Avenue traffic as it crosses the bridge. The work shifts to the second northbound lane, but during morning rush time, you'll still find three lanes open southbound and one northbound. During evening rush, the pattern will be reversed. Watch for those overhead red/green arrows that indicate which lanes are open, but don't get them confused with the regular traffic lights that control intersections on either side of the bridge. South Old Jefferson Davis Highway: Closed during the morning rush today for emergency repairs between Boundary Channel Drive and South 6th Street....

By Robert Thomson  |  May 29, 2007; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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