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Get There: June 10, 2007 - June 16, 2007

Explaining Night Paving Hours

A couple of readers raised concerns this week about the nighttime paving along I-95 in Howard County. This job, between Routes 32 and 100, is one of the region's big paving projects. Another example is the overnight work along I-270 near Rockville and Gaithersburg. If you're driving along late at night, maybe coming back from a trip, or just an evening at a movie or concert, and you encounter a paving project, you know that sinking feeling that goes with seeing four lanes of brake lights ahead. This was one reader's comment on a Monday blog entry: Last night we returned from a weekend trip arriving in BWI about 10:30 pm. We took I-95 south and got embedded in one of the worst traffic jams I have ever been in. We were jammed up for about 1 hour before we finally go through the bottle neck where 4 lanes merged...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 14, 2007; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Metro Changing Many Bus Routes

The transit authority will modify bus routes throughout the region on June 24, and that won't be the end of it. The Metro board this month will consider staff recommendations to cut serveral more routes in the Maryland suburbs. This is all in addition to the routes that will be changed temporarily because the Douglass Bridge on South Capitol Street will be shut down during July and August. The June 24 changes should please many riders, but certainly not all. Some lines will be extended, some cut back. Some schedules will be adjusted to bring them in line with real travel times, while others will be increased to provide more service. For example, these are the changes that take effect June 24 on the heavily used 16th Street NW Line: "Weekday mornings, additional southbound buses will end at McPherson Square. Between 3 and 6:40 p.m., northbound S4 buses will begin...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 13, 2007; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Maryland Starting Beltway Project

Many drivers in Prince George's will welcome Maryland's announcement today that it will rebuilt the Capital Beltway section around the Arena Drive junction so that the interchange can be open permanently, rather than during FedEx Field events only. But improving that three-mile stretch of highway so that the interchange can safely stay open round the clock will require a construction program lasting for 18 months. Beltway drivers should watch for lane closures during off-peak hours. Many of you who attend Redskins football games know this intersection, which was built in 1997, but for the rest, it's just a highway sign. The interchange is open only during stadium events. Federal safety rules barred a permanent opening because two other interchanges were close by and the traffic pattern was disruptive. But that area has been growing, and many Prince George's residents have been looking forward to a solution that would allow a...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 12, 2007; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Travel Tips For This Week

Readers and personal experience tell me that our roads and rails are likely to remain crowded till the schools let out and Congress gets out of town. Metrorail was setting ridership records last week, and I don't believe the Nats were responsible. It's convenient to take Metro to RFK, but the parking is pretty easy, too. High temps are forecast to range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, which should be good news not only for drivers stuck in traffic but also for MARC's Brunswick and Camden Line riders who have already endured numerous slowdowns caused by heat restrictions. Road Work -- There will be some overnight highway delays this week because of paving. Watch for lanes closed overnight on the Capital Beltway's inner loop near Springfield, along Interstate 270 between Rockville and Gaithersburg and on I-95 in Howard County. -- Drivers on Route 29 between University Boulevard and Burnt...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 11, 2007; 5:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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