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The Week Ahead

Commuters, here's some information you might find useful this week.

UPDATE: Some of this information has been updated since this was first posted. Click here for details.

Downtown Washington
Some restrictions remain in effect until 9 p.m. because of the IMF/Work Bank meetings.
These streets are closed:

-- 18th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- 19th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- 20th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
-- F Street NW between 17th Street and 20th Street NW

The 1700 through 2000 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the 1700 and 1800 blocks of H Street NW, and the 800 block of 19th Street NW are tentatively scheduled to be open to traffic this morning, but the street closings are subject to change without notice.

Red Line Slowed
Trains are likely to be delayed all day long, because Metro's routine inspections found a flaw in a track between Medical Center and Friendship Heights. A temporary fix was made, but the trains still must run slowly through the area. A new track section will be put in overnight, and trains should be running on schedule tomorrow morning. Lena Sun has a story here.

Whitehurst Work Postponed
The northbound Whitehurst Freeway ramp off Potomac Freeway was scheduled to be closed today and tomorrow for repairs, but the work has been postponed and the ramp will remain open.

Capital Beltway Work
Watch for crews in the median during overnight construction work between Landover Road and Central Avenue. This is for the project designed to open the Arena Driver interchange at all times rather than just during events at FedEx Field. The construction work hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Interstate 70 in Frederick
A third lane on eastbound I-70 between I-270 and Buckeystown Pike is scheduled to open Wednesday, says the Maryland State Highway Administration. The lane opening is part of the $90 million interchange construction project on I-70 between South Street and proposed Monocacy Boulevard.

Wilson Bridge Project
Some major work is likely to disrupt overnight traffic this week. There's a full list of what's involved in the project's Web site.

Road Work Reminders
In light of Lisa Rein's story in Sunday's Post about the dangers of construction zones, here are a few reminders about longstanding road work areas.

-- Northbound Rockville Pike over the Beltway outer loop: Center lane closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- Georgia Avenue between Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road: Single lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- University Boulevard between 14th Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue: The right lane is closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- Eastbound Route 50 ramp to southbound Kenilworth Avenue: Ramp closed as part of the bridge replacement project. Watch for detour signs.
-- Douglass Bridge: While the District says it's done with lane closures for the bridge rehabilitation project, there still are construction crews on the bridge, on South Capitol Street and around the new Nationals stadium.
-- I-66 widening in Gainesville: Use this link to see the work schedule.
-- Little River Turnpike and Pickett Road: Use this link to review the scheduled work.

Bus Service Meeting
Metro and the District are holding another meeting Wednesday night about improving service on the 30s bus line, which runs along Pennsylvania Avenue between Naylor Road and Southern Avenue and Foggy Bottom and up Wisconsin Avenue from Georgetown to Friendship Heights. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, 2700 O Street SE. You can find more information at the project's Web site.

The Week's Highlight
The Metro board meets on Thursday morning to discuss the proposal for fare and fee increases, which would begin early next year. Public hearings would have to be held first.

The Week's Pitfall
I continue to hear from readers who get stuck in the Rock Creek Parkway reconstruction. Mostly now, the mail is from commuters in the afternoon who get into traffic backups that start near the Potomac River because of the lane closing on the parkway between P Street and Virginia Avenue.

Today's Transportation Chat
Join Lena Sun and Eric Weiss at 11 a.m. today for an online conversation about local transportation issues. You can submit a question or comment in advance for Lena and Eric by using this link.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 22, 2007; 7:51 AM ET
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