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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 striping.

Code Orange Air Day: Because the forecast for Thursday sets the air quality at Code Orange, or poor, the buses in Northern Virginia will be free all day. More information about the program is available at www.ridefreenova.org.

Interstate 295: The District Department of Transportation has reopened the ramp to South Capitol Street from I-295 southbound. The project was finished in six months at a cost of about $2 million, DDOT said today. The ramp had to be rebuilt because the structure was deteriorating, the department said.

Frederick Douglass Bridge: The last of the weekend closings before the big summertime shutdown is scheduled for this weekend. Crews will be repairing the outbound lanes on the South Capitol Street bridge over the Anacostia River, so those lanes will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday and remain shut until until Monday afternoon. But they'll be back in business for the Monday evening rush period. You can see full details from the District Department of Transportation by clicking this link.

Race for the Cure: It's Saturday. The race starts at 8 a.m. for runners at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Walkers will begin at 8:15 a.m. around 8th Street and Constitution Avenue. The annual event leads to many street closings and parking restrictions in the National Mall area and a bit beyond. Transit is a better bet than driving if you're heading downtown, but let's see what Metro says about weekend track work. Lots of riders complained about the delays last Saturday.

Maryland Commuter Buses: Some upcoming schedule changes were announced today for Route 915. Starting Monday, June 11, the 915 will add stops at M and 3rd streets SE and at M and Isaac Hull (6th) Streets SE. The stop at Independence Avenue and First Street SE will be discontinued.

Metrobus detours (Virginia): If you click on this link, you'll see the full Metro statement on the detours that affect the Wilson Boulevard-Fairfax Line (routes 1B, C, D, E, F), Pershing Drive-Arlington Boulevard Line (routes 4A, B, H) and Alexandria-Tysons Corner Line (routes 28A, B). The rerouting will take buses to the upper level of the Seven Corners Center.

Annapolis Shuttle: The Annapolis Department of Transportation announced today that it will discontinue its daily Kent Island commuter shuttle on July 1 to save money. That's a shame, considering the growing congestion on the Bay Bridge, but the department says the shuttle was serving 14 commuters, and it will try to help them get into carpools.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 30, 2007; 1:42 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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