This Weekend and Beyond
D.C. Parade on Saturday
Drivers will want to avoid the area around the national mall where the Veteran's Day parade will be held on Saturday. Paraders assemble on the mall at 7th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues, and at 11 a.m., they march toward 17th Street NW. (There's a map of the route on page B3 of Friday's Metro section.) Here's a link to the District Department Transportation's announcement about the street closings between 6 a.m. and as late as 5 p.m. Some Metrobuses will detour around the parade area. Metro lists the routes on this page.
Veterans Day Transit
Metro's Web site has a page that describes the Monday transit schedules for rail and bus services all around the region. Here's a link. The three-day weekend is a big one for Metro's track work. The Huntington and Eisenhower Avenue stations will be closed from 9 o'clock tonight through midnight Monday.
Virginia Holiday Rules
Here's the pattern for the interstates on Veterans Day:
-- No HOV restrictions on Interstate 95/395 or I-66.
-- I-66's Stringfellow and Monument gates will be closed.
-- Drivers may still see lane control signals on I-66 and ramp metering on I-395 and I-66.
-- Reversible lanes on I-95/I-395 will operate on their normal schedule, closing northbound at 11 a.m. and opening southbound at 1 p.m., then closing southbound at 9 p.m. and opening northbound at 11 p.m.
Metro Fare Increase Hearings
They're Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with open houses at 6:30 followed the hearings at 7 p.m. Full details about the locations in the various jurisdictions are on this page at Metro's Web site. You can also submit a written statement to Metro by as late as Monday, Nov. 26. Mail it to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Or you can send it as an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them you're commenting on Docket B07-3.
Kenilworth Avenue NE
The District has installed a movable barrier along the avenue near Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue as part of its reconstruction project. The barrier, similar to the one along the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, moves like a zipper. Adjusting it sets up three lanes in the rush hour direction and two in the off-peak direction. This allows for the closing of a lane for reconstruction. The project is scheduled to end in April 2009.
Maryland's repair project on the Grosvenor Lane Bridge in North Bethesda will require single lane closures on I-270 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays through January for bridge painting. The bridge is still open.
The Tuscarora Road Bridge, which takes Route 28 over Tuscarora Creek in Frederick County, is scheduled to reopen today following a reconstruction project that began in July.
Next Bus Hiatus
Metro has stopped using the Next Bus system until it can get it right. The electronic system was designed to provide up to the minute information to riders about their bus schedules, but it wasn't right often enough, Metro said. It may take as long as a year and a half to upgrade the technology.
The Arlington Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which advises the County Board and county manager on the interests of walkers, is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Azalea Room at Courthouse Plaza. The meeting is open to the public. (Meetings are the second Wednesday of every other month.)
A $6 million pedestrian bridge, funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation, is under construction on Route 50 west of Patrick Henry Drive at Seven Corners. The bridge, scheduled to be completed late next year, will provide access to the Seven Corners Shopping Center and a transit center that Fairfax County plans to build next to the bridge.
Gainesville Area Progress
Commuters, are your travel times better now that Virginia has widened the ramp from northbound Route 29 onto eastbound I-66? And how about those of you who travel on the newly widened stretch of Route 28 at Broad Run? I'd like to hear from you at email@example.com.
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