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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 Mills Avenue should see the end of that paving about the middle of the week. The Maryland State Highway Administration is hoping for Tuesday night. One southbound lane and some accompanying work is all that remains.

-- Beach Drive will be closed from Klingle Road to Rock Creek Parkway from 9:30.a.m. to 2:30.p.m. Wednesday through Friday so crews can repair a rock wall.

Wilson Bridge
Click on this link for a list of the many lane closures coming up in Maryland and Virginia as part of the bridge and interchange reconstruction project.

Springfield Interchange
Get details here about the overnight ramp closure this week on the Beltway's inner loop at Exit 169B/A to Springfield-Franconia Road.

Metro
-- Modernization of the platform elevator at Clarendon starts Tuesday. The elevator is scheduled to be out of service for 10 weeks. There will be a free shuttle bus available on request. Call 202-962-1825 in advance of your trip so the shuttle will be waiting to take you to Court House Station.
(Readers always ask why those elevator rehabs take so long. Metro says the work is complicated, and includes replacing a majority of the mechanical parts and elevator cab equipment with new parts to ensure safety and extend the life of the elevator.)

-- It's still two weeks off, but you might want to start planning now for all the Metrobus changes comming up on June 24. There's a full list of them at this link.

Maryland Commuter Buses
Watch for news this week about MTA's plans to adjust the bus schedules because of the Douglass Bridge shutdown that is scheduled to begin the night of July 6. That probably will affect your commutes from Prince George's and Southern Maryland starting on Monday, July 9. (Here's a link to what I said about this in Sunday's Dr. Gridlock column.)

Join me at 1 p.m. today for a Live Online discussion about any local transportation topic that interests you. If you want to get an early start, you can submit a question or comment by clicking on this link.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 11, 2007; 5:08 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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