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Road and Transit Advisories

Here are some things you should know about traveling this weekend and beyond.

Douglass Bridge
The inbound lanes will close from 9 o'clock tonight till as late as 4 a.m. Monday for work on the bridge's swing span. Inbound drivers will be detoured north to the 11th Street Bridge.

You know the drill on that by now, but this isn't anything like the work that occurred over the summer to rehabilitate the bridge and lower the northern portion. Periodically, there will be bridge work and work along South Capitol Street on the north side, but lane closings like this will occur at off-peak hours and on weekends.

Route 210/Oxon Hill Road
In preparation for the early-October opening of a new interchange that is part of the Wilson Bridge Project, workers will close some lanes and shift lanes on Oxon Hill Road this weekend and next.

Watch for that from 9 o'clock tonight to as late as 5 a.m. Monday and then again from 9 p.m. Oct. 5 through 5 a.m. Oct. 8. But by the morning rush on Oct. 8, the new interchange is scheduled to be open. (Might not be too much of a rush on Oct. 8. That's Columbus Day.

Weekend Track Work
Track maintenance and rail car testing on the Red, Orange and Green lines this weekend will cause delays as trains take turns on single tracks to get around the disruptions. Use this link to read the full description from Metro. Work like this occurs almost every weekend, because Metro can't get all the maintenance and testing done during the few overnight hours the system is closed.

Weekend Events
Events in the District and in Arlington will detour some Metrobus routes. You'll find a full list via this link. (The list of events also is useful in planning your car trips. The District also posted a list of D.C. events and the related street closings here.)

Foxhall Road Closing
The District plans to close Foxhall Road to through traffic from Reservoir Road to Nebraska Avenue on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Northbound traffic on Foxhall Road toward Nebraska Avenue will be detoured onto Reservoir Road and MacArthur Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. Southbound traffic on Foxhall toward Reservoir Road will be detoured to Arizona Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard .

Workers are engaged in a $4 million streetscape and road construction project scheduled to be completed by June.

Whitehurst Freeway Ramp
The ramp to the Whitehurst from I-66 and the Potomac River Freeway is scheduled to be closed from Monday through Oct. 8. Then it will close again from 7 a.m. Oct. 22 through 6 a.m. Oct. 23. It will be closed again from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12. These are for emergency repairs to the ramp. Watch for the detour signs that will take you left onto Rock Creek Parkway, right at the yield sign on 27th Street and left onto K Street or the Whitehurst.

Rock Creek Parkway
The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration have again pushed back the date for reopening the ramp from P Street NW onto the southbound parkway. (The other side of the ramp, leading from the parkway up onto P Street, was reopened earlier this month.)

New date for when they say the ramp will reopen after all the concrete, electrical and ramp work is completed: Oct. 19.

Interstate 95 Paving
On the big overnight paving job in Howard County: Be prepared for single lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday between Routes 32 and 100.

Beltway Work
Watch for double-lane closures from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday along the Capital Beltway between Landover Road and Central Avenue. This is the project that will open up the Arena Drive interchange full time rather than just for events at FedEx Field.

Klingle Bridge
The road resurfacing at the intersection of Macomb Street and Connecticut Avenue just north of the bridge is done and the service road along Connecticut Avenue has reopened. This is part of the bridge rehabilitation project that has closed off lanes on Connecticut. The project is scheduled for completion in April.

Nicholson Lane Bridge
Montgomery County is replacing the Nicholson Lane Bridge over the CSX tracks and some of the approaching roadway. All but two lanes of the bridge, which is about half a mile east of Rockville Pike in Rockville, will be closed during the 14 months of construction.

University Boulevard
The right lane in each direction is closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday between 14th Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue. Traffic gets real heavy, and pedestrians are crossing everywhere, so it's best to avoid the area during the construction if you have an alternative route.

Grosvenor Lane Bridge
The bridge over I-270 in North Bethesda has reopened, though rehabilitation work is continuing.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2007; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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Watch out for that Whitehurst ramp closure...the detour route puts you right into a traffic jam created by the Rock Creek Parkway's (relocated) construction zone. There's really no good way around it.

Posted by: Woodley Park | September 28, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I just read the article about the Metro fare increase and have to comment.

Jim Graham doesn't understand the situation. The competition to the cost of Metro parking is not the "cost of other parking lots near Metro facilities" but the total cost of the round-trip commute multiplied by 5 for the week.

When the cost of parking -plus- Metro goes over the comfort level of the suburban commuter (including the time factor), the commuter chooses driving or another alternative. Catoe's "plan" is increasing both parking and rail costs so the suburban commuters are getting a double whammy. And there are getting to be more commuters traveling between two suburban areas (i.e., MD to VA or MD to MD) through DC (because they can't go around) so the cost of parking downtown DC is not always included in the sum cost of getting to work.

Posted by: Suburban Commuter | September 28, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If Metro garages start charging more, people will pay for it. Parking downtown might be cheaper now, but if all of a sudden more people want to park downtown, those garages will raise their rates. Unlike Metro garages, DC garages are private enterprises and don't need to ask the public's permission to raise the rates.

But really, the market would support much higher rates for Metro garages in my opinion. From a purely economic standpoint, looking at supply and demand, the fact that Metro garages are full before the height of rush hour has even started and would be paying customers are being turned away means something isn't right. If higher prices were charged maybe someone who has a noon meeting downtown could actually find an open spot or two at 11AM. Maybe Metro would have more money to actually expand the parking garages to accomodate the demand if people paid more.

I find it interesting that Metro is considering selling off its garages to private interests. If that happens you better believe that market rates will be charged. Or maybe Metro could turn the garages over to the local jurisdictions to manage instead just like the Long Island Rail Road did....and the jurisdictions promtly restricted access to the lots to their residents.

Posted by: Woodley Park | September 28, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Woodley Park,

What I was saying was, for those commuters that park at one end of a rail line and travel through DC and end up near another end of a line where they could have free parking, the cost of parking in DC is not a factor in the decision.

Posted by: Suburban Commuter | September 28, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

OK, Suburban Commuter, I understand what you were saying now. My response would be that the cost models would likely use people commuting from suburban areas to downtown (or Arlington or Bethesda, etc), since only a small minority of Metro commuters commuter from a far out suburb on one side of the city to another far out suburb on the other side of the city. One bit of consolation are probably saving a bundle on Metro fares. When you commute from an outer suburban station to downtown, the fare maxes out somewhere near downtown. You don't pay anything extra if you ride the Metro all the way out to the other side of the city, so in effect you pay less per mile than the average commuter. If Metro deemed this to be a problem (commuters like you who could park for free in a suburban location being priced out), they always could use SmarTrip to code for a cheaper parking fare. So if, say, you enter at Huntington and commute all the way to Shady Grove you pay half price for Shady Grove parking. Its electronically possible...if its politically possible or not remains to be seen!

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