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Your Traveling Week

Here are some notes I hope will help you plan your travels and keep your personal temperature down during this summery week:

The Green Line has been a mess since four trains experienced power problems during the morning rush between Fort Totten and West Hyattsville. Since power problems can be brought on by the stress of high temperatures, Metro is monitoring the entire system to see if it needs to make any adjustments in service this afternoon. You may recall that last summer, the time between trains was lengthened during heat waves to make sure that overall service was not interrupted. Metro also is doing routine inspections of the tracks to avoid heat problems. (See MARC item below.)

Bad Air, Free Rides
Tuesday is another Code Orange Day, indicating poor air quality, which means that buses are free in Northern Virginia.

Legion Bridge
I've been describing the shortened merge lane from the George Washington Parkway to the Beltway's inner loop as the worst-construction related congestion in the region. But when I drove by on the Beltway at 9:40 a.m. Monday, there were actual gaps between cars at the merge. Was I seeing improved traffic flow, or was it just a quirk of timing. (I've been there before at that hour, and seen solid lines of merging cars.)

Wilson Bridge
Watch for a new, temporary ramp from the Beltway's inner loop to Telegraph Road means traffic has to exit a mile earlier. The new ramp starts just past the Route 1 interchange. If you miss it, you'll have to drive more than two miles to the Eisenhower Avenue Connector exit. (This new setup is part of the Wilson Bridge reconstruction program.)

Springfield Interchange
Though this major project is nearing completion, there's still plenty of work going on. You can find a complete guide by using this link.

19th Street NE
The District Department of Transportation has begun streetscape upgrades and road work on 19th Street from Benning Road to Gales Street. The work is underway from 7 a.m. yo 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and it's scheduled to be done in mid-July. At least one lane of traffic flows in each direction at all times, but curbside parking will not be permitted for the duration of the project.

Here's the word from MARC on this afternoon's delays: Trains on the Brunswick and Camden lines will operate 20 mph below their normal speed but not below 40 mph. Meanwhile, CSX track inspectors will be out examining track for any unsafe conditions. These inspections may increase delays. These delays can range from 10 to 20 minutes, depending upon the length of the trip and the number of stops. Expect delays through 7 p.m.

D.C. Bridge, Ramp Repairs
Suitland Parkway under South Capitol Street: Preliminary work for a scheduled deck repair from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Friday. This could last until June 29.

Case Memorial Bridge: The bridge and its ramps are undergoing joint repair from 7:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday until about July 13. Two crews will be working to minimize the length of the project. Look for single lane closures in both directions.

I-66 Ramp to Whitehurst Freeway: An inspection of the structure closes the ramp from 10 a.m. to noon today. Take this detour: I-66 to Potomac River Freeway, make a right onto 27th Street NW and a left onto K Street to the Whitehurst Freeway.

14th Street Bridge: Single lane closure inbound over the Potomac River for a scheduled safety inspection Wednesday from 9:45a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 18, 2007; 9:54 PM ET
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