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Get There: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

Weekend Advisories

Third Street Tunnel The District plans some routine maintenance in the Third Street Tunnel starting tonight after 7:30. One lane on the northbound side in the tunnel will be closed. The work will be done before 5 a.m. Monday, the District Department of Transportation said. Darker Drives Because the clocks drop back an hour to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, you'll find the weekday commutes a bit darker starting Monday evening. It's a good time to make sure all your vehicle lights are working, including the turn signals. Late Service on Metrorail If you're out late Saturday night into Sunday morning and trying to catch a train, you won't have to worry about the time change. Metro will turn its clocks back when the rest of us do early Sunday morning and operate on its normal weekend schedule ending service at 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday. You should...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 2, 2007; 4:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Beltway Work This Weekend

A big phase of the Wilson Bridge construction project is scheduled for this weekend, and it will make the Capital Beltway in that area a good place to avoid. The Beltway's lanes must be put into a new alignment so they'll wind up where the bridge is once its in its final configuration as a two-span structure. The first span opened last year and the second one will open in 2008. All lanes on the Beltway's inner loop in Virginia and on the outer loop in Maryland are scheduled to be shifted into the new alignment this weekend in the area near the bridge. So if all goes as planned, drivers on those routes will be following a new course by Monday. But you won't want to be stuck watching as it happens. Lane closures are scheduled on both sides of the Potomac, but project managers think the inner loop...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 1, 2007; 5:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Beltway Lanes Reopen in Virginia

All lanes on the Virginia side of the Wilson Bridge have reopened following an emergency paving job that had two of them shut this afternoon. At about 5 pm., crews completed emergency pavement repairs to a small area on the inner loop near the Route 1 interchange, just west of the Wilson Bridge. Two right lanes on the inner loop and the exit ramp to Telegraph Road North and South were temporarily closed....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 31, 2007; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Around on Halloween

Some good advice for motorists and for trick or treaters everywhere, compiled by the Maryland State Highway Administration: For Drivers -- Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections. -- Motorists should exercise extra caution during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 and 9 p.m. -- Slow down and obey the speed limit and all traffic signs/signals in residential neighborhoods. -- Enter and exit driveways slowly. -- Be alert for children crossing and darting across the street. -- Watch for children crossing between parked cars. -- Always look out for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light or making a right turn on red. -- When driving children to trick-or-treat or to a costume party, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside. For Pedestrians -- Cross at marked crosswalks and intersections. -- Look left, right, and left again before crossing...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 31, 2007; 5:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Foxhall Road Reopens

Commuters can again use Foxhall Road NW. The route had been closed for two weeks between Reservoir Road and Nebraska Avenue. That construction was just part of a larger $4 million rebuilding job between Nebraska and Canal Road that is scheduled to continue till June. While the road has reopened to traffic, the continuing work still will require some lane closures, and at some point DDOT may need to shut the entire roadway again for short periods....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 30, 2007; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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High Heel Race Tonight

The annual Halloween event near Dupont Circle, also known as the Drag Race, begins at 9 p.m. There are some parking restrictions starting at 6 p.m., and taking Metro's Red Line to Dupont Circle Station is a good alternative for getting there. 17th Street NW will be closed between R Street and P Street. It should reopen by 11 p.m. Parking restrictions will be in effect on 17th Street from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., says the District Department of Transportation. East-west side streets off 17th Street between R and P streets will be closed to through traffic. Local residents with identification will be permitted on side streets....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 30, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Ready for Gainesville

The Gainesville interchange reconstruction will be another Springfield, said Virginia Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer. He was at a community meeting in Bristow on Monday night to help people prepare for what's coming. People in these western Prince William communities know about traffic. Just ask anyone who was sitting on Nokesville Road at about 5:30 last night. The rebuilding of the congested junction at Interstate 66 and Route 29 will be the biggest transportation improvement to come to that area. Thanks to a deal with the federal government announced last week, the project now is scheduled to begin in 2010, three years ahead of schedule. So Homer has begun a tour of the nearby communities, explaining to residents and business people not only what they'll have when it's done in 2014 but also what sorts of disruptions they'll experience along the way. The community involvement and outreach to commuters involved in...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 30, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Week Ahead

Here are some upcoming events and activities in local transportation. Halloween Visibility A ragamuffin parade in the neighborhood on Sunday reminded me: Trick-or-treaters can be really tiny. Watch out for them this Wednesday. Between now and then, the Maryland Department of Transportation offers parents the loan of reflective vests to put over their children's halloween costumes. You can get them from the State Highway Administration shops today, tomorrow and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Here's a list of those shops. Anne Arundel County -- Annapolis Shop, 138 Defense Highway, Annapolis, 410-841-1009 -- Glen Burnie Shop, 910 Stewart Ave., Glen Burnie, 410-766-3770 Calvert County -- Prince Frederick Shop, 100 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick, 410-535-1748 Charles County -- LaPlata Shop, 5725 Washington Ave., LaPlata, 301-934-8031 Frederick County -- Frederick Shop, 5111 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 301-624-8251 -- Thurmont Shop, 67 Moser Road, Thurmont, 301-271-7787 Howard County -- Dayton...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 29, 2007; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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