The Weekend and Beyond
Watch out for heavy traffic on Interstate 95 in Baltimore on Saturday. About 71,000 people will be going to the annual Army-Navy football game at the Ravens stadium.
Parking lots open at 7 a.m., and kickoff is at 12:20 p.m.
The heaviest interstate traffic is likely to be on the approaches to Russell Street (Exit 52) and Interstate 395 (Exit 53) about three hours before game time. Also, watch out for the construction that has narrowed the lanes on the Baltimore Washington Parkway at Russell Street.
If you're not going to the game, consider taking I-895 or I-695 east to get around downtown Baltimore and reconnect with I-95 either north or south of the city. For up to date traffic information on Saturday, look at traffic.md.gov.
If you are going to the game, get there early. You can find information about Baltimore City street closings and parking restrictions at ci.baltimore.md.us under "Government" and "Transportation," and there's information about the stadium at baltimoreravens.com.
Metro's Weekend Work
As usual, there will be track maintenance and rail car testing on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines this weekend. So expect extra time between trains, because they'll be taking turns using a single track through the work zones. You can get the full details on this page at Metro's Web site. Some of you will also see four car trains, as Metro cuts back on weekend service for the winter. Here's a link to The Post story by Lena Sun.
A 1.4 mile stretch of the parkway south of Alexandria is closed from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for removal of a large and hazardous tree. The portion of the parkway -- north and southbound -- is between Collingwood Road and Morningside Lane. The National Park Service suggests using Fort Hunt Road as an alternative after exiting the parkway at the detour area.
Tree Lighting Traffic
The annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse provides holiday cheer for many, but darkens the mood of some D.C. commuters who encounter the heavy congestion around it. This year's tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday. Streets close to the White House and Ellipse are usually blocked off from mid-afternoon to early evening. (I'll post the details as soon as the D.C. police department puts them out.)
The first new span of the Route 1-Monroe Avenue Bridge in Alexandria is scheduled to open Sunday. The three-lane span will include a reversible center lane to help with morning and evening rush period traffic. The second span is scheduled for completion in late 2008.
Purple Line Meetings
These sessions with the Maryland Transit Administration, all from 5 to 8:30 p.m., will offer information on anticipated ridership and travel times, cost estimates, routing and the transit project's schedule: Monday, at East Silver Spring Elementary School, 631 Silver Spring Ave.; Wednesday, at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd.; Dec. 10, at Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville; Dec. 12, at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway; Dec. 13, West Lanham Hills Recreation Center, 7700 Decatur Rd., Landover Hills.
MARC Station Parking
Starting Monday, the new overflow parking lot at Perryville Station will be open to train commuters. The lot, a block and a half away from the station at the Perryville United Methodist Church, will offer 40 extra spaces, except for the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month, when church functions reduce MARC capacity to 20 spaces.
Bus Line Study
The third round of public involvement sessions on the plan to improve the Metrobus 30s Line will be held at two D.C. locations in December. Both these sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Thursday, in the Great Hall at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW; Dec. 10, in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church's Bailey Room, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The study project has a phone number and a Web site: (703) 682-5060 and www.metrobus-30s-dc.com.
The public can review Alexandria's draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, 1501 Cameron St., near King Street Metro station.
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