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Traffic and Transit Advisories

Through the summer, a critical mass of advisories would build up for posting by the end of each week, but here in September, there are many transit developments and road construction reports that you'd better see them right away. Here's what's going on:

Forecast on Fours
By the end of this month, Metro says, there will be no more four-car trains during rush periods. Blue and Yellow Line riders, accustomed to cramming aboard the shortest trains in the transit system, will instead find all the trains have six cars.

Metro is accomplishing this by adding 18 rail cars to those lines. That will allow the transit authority to convert seven four-car Blue Line trains and one four-car Yellow Line train to six cars during the morning and afternoon rush.

Metro says the entire system will have a total of 800 cars operating during rush periods, thanks to the 106 cars that have entered service as part of 6000 Series deliveries. They've been slow in coming. They're the ones that must be tested along the Green Line on weekends and slow service there, because the passenger trains must clear room for them by sharing a single track.

But Metro now expects that all 184 of the 6000 Series cars should be in service by early next year. Some of those deliveries will allow Metro to form more eight-car trains.

Canal Road
Last week's rains slowed down some of the District Department of Transportation's work along Canal Road NW in Georgetown. The overnight milling and paving of the eastbound lanes will continue through this week instead.

The work, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night between Foxhall Road NW and the Whitehurst Freeway, is scheduled to end on Saturday. One lane will be open at all times during the work, but be careful.

MARC Meeting
The MARC Riders Advisory Council is scheduled to meet Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Room 283 of the Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol St., a couple of blocks southwest of Union Station.

Parkway Progress
The pace of work seems to be picking up along Rock Creek Parkway. On Monday, Sept. 24, the right lane on the northbound side from Virginia Avenue to P Street NW is scheduled to close after the morning rush to start the roadway reconstruction, bridge deck, drainage work, grading, and curb replacement on that portion. When the work shifts to the northbound lanes the southbound lanes will be open, the park service says.

Construction crews are scheduled to work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., if night work is required. Weekend work hours are from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Three travel lanes will remain open during the morning and evening rush periods.

Work on the ramp from P Street onto the southbound parkway is scheduled to continue into early October.

Progress on Street Work
On P Street NW, just east of the parkway ramp, the District is making progress on a lengthy roadway reconstruction. On Wednesday, if things go according to schedule, the traffic pattern between 21st Street and Dupont Circle will change: The concrete barriers will be adjusted to place the westbound traffic on the north side curb lane and the eastbound traffic on the south side curb lane. The work zone will be in the center two lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 18, 2007; 5:02 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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I haven't seen any recent information about the construction project on the ramp from I-295 North to Rt. 50 East. Do you know how much longer they will be working there? I'm hoping the afternoon rush hour trip northbound on 295 will be smoother once they are finished with that project. It appears they are adding a longer merge lane leading to the ramp. Is this true?


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