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A Week's Worth of Travel Advisories

Here are some developments that may affect your travels this weekend and next week.

Bypass, Park and Ride Done
Maryland officials this week celebrated the opening of the Hughesville Bypass and completion of a park and ride center in La Plata. The four-lane bypass, begun in 2004 and completed at a cost of $56 million, breaks a traffic bottleneck on Route 5. The $5.7 million park-and-ride center is the first of six for commuters who want to take the Maryland Transit Administration buses to Washington. Bus routes 901 and 907 will stop at the La Plata park-and-ride starting Monday, Aug. 13.

Metro Weekend Work
Metro says it will shut down the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac this weekend to do track maintenance and an annual bridge inspection. Track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines and new rail car testing on the Green Line also will cause delays. Because of the bridge shutdown, Yellow Line trains will operate between the Huntington and King Street stations only from at 10 o'clock tonight through Sunday night. When Yellow Line passengers reach King Street this weekend, they'll have to transfer to a Blue Line train to reach the District.

Parkway Ramp Opening Delayed
The National Park Service, which had planned to reopen the north side of the P Street ramp at Rock Creek Parkway today, has delayed it until after Labor Day. The park service said in a statement that high temperatures have delayed a concrete pour for the road base until next week, weather permitting. Once the north side reconstruction is done in September, work will shift to the south side.

Md. Beltway Ramps
Many readers have expressed concerned about Maryland State Highway Administration work on Beltway ramps in Silver Spring. The new traffic light is functioning at the inner loop ramp to southbound Georgia Avenue, but the roadwork is not done. When it is, there will be a two lanes for traffic at the foot of the ramp. The project is similar to the one on the outer loop ramp to University Boulevard. That's not done either. The new light is flashing red now and is scheduled to be fully activated on Monday, according to the sign. When the project is done, there will be two lanes on the ramp for left and right turns onto University. On both these ramps, the paving is incomplete and very uneven. Be very careful.

Good News on Paving
The Falls Church road resurfacing project slated for Route 29 between Annandale Road and Columbia Street that originally was scheduled for daytime hours will now take place at night. During the four-day job beginning Sunday, Aug. 12 , one lane in each direction will be open to traffic from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-70 Work in Frederick
Maryland highway crews are scheduled to begin a 10-week project at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in which they will set structural steel for the Buckeystown Pike Bridge over Interstate 70. Watch for some overnight lane closures Sundays through Thursdays, shutdowns of traffic for 15 to 20 minute periods on weeknights and detours.

Trail Shutting
The Mount Vernon Trail section that connects South Royal and South streets through Jones Point Park in Alexandria is scheduled to close temporarily from Aug. 13 through Aug. 24 because of work overhead on the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Look for detour signs to South Washington Street.

Frederick Douglass Bridge
The reconstruction project that has the South Capital Street bridge shut for two months remains on schedule, the District Department of Transportation said. This is what's going on this month: Continued demolition and utility work on South Capitol Street to prepare for the new intersection at South Capitol and Potomac Avenue, milling and resurfacing, and repairs to the span, light poles, railings and concrete deck.

Twin Games
On Saturday, August 18, the Nationals will play the Mets at 7 p.m. in RFK Stadium and the Redskins will play the Steelers at 8 p.m. in FedEx Field. The Blue and Orange lines will be busy, and Metro says it will put on extra trains.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 10, 2007; 5:38 AM ET
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Do you have any word on what's going on at the interchange of the Beltway and Georgia Ave in Silver Spring? There appears to be a new traffic light at the end of the exit ramp from the Inner Loop to southbound Georgia Ave, and the light was operational for the first time this morning. Seemingly because of that light, southbound traffic on Georgia was backed way up through the next several intersections.

Please tell me that this isn't a new permanent status quo!

Posted by: MD commuter | August 10, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Just got back from checking the Georgia Avenue ramp from the inner loop. At this hour, there was no backup. The traffic signal is functioning, but the project is not complete. The ramp will be expanded to two lanes. The idea is to eliminate that bad merge onto southbound Georgia Avenue at the foot of the ramp, where drivers had to move left quickly or they'd be in a right turn lane.

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