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.
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 still check to see exactly what time the last train of the night rolls through your station.
Metro still will have its normal program of maintenance and testing this weekend, so there will be delays caused by single-tracking on the Red, Orange and Green lines. Read the full details in this announcement on Metro's Web site.
D.C. Photo Enforcement
Starting Monday, D.C. Police are deploying mobile speed-monitoring units in the 7700 block of 16th Street NW on the northbound side and in the 1700 block of C Street NE on the westbound side. For the next month, warning notices will be mailed to those caught by the photo enforcement vehicles, but starting Dec. 5, fines will be imposed.
Silver Spring Enforcement
I see Montgomery County police setting up speed enforcement cameras in front of the Silver Spring International Middle School at 313 Wayne Ave. The avenue is a popular commuter route in and out of downtown Silver Spring, and it has just been repaved, so many people are tempted to speed through that school zone.
Commuters who need to know about the lane closures and bridge openings at the Wilson Bridge now can find the information on a Web page designed for handhelds and cellphones. The address is www.wilsonbridge.com/devices. (And don't forget about those lane changes on the Beltway near the bridge this weekend. They were the subject of the previous posting.)
Maryland is beginning a $1.7 million project to widen Greenbelt Road at Hanover Parkway and add other improvements. Wintertime work will be limited, but the project should be done by summer. Watch for daytime lane closures weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Night time closures are possible Sundays through Thursdays between 8:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Prince William Commuters
Two good things are happening this weekend:
1) Drivers heading up Route 29 onto eastbound I-66 in Gainesville, a notorious bottleneck, now have a two-lane ramp onto the interstate. The rebuilt ramp merges into the widened section of I-66. The ramp is part of the $155 million widening project, which will bring the interstate to eight lanes and add ramps at the interchange. That effort should be completed in 2010, VDOT said.
2) The project to widen the Route 28 bridge at Broad Run in Bristow from two to four lanes is finishing up. This is part of a mile-long widening project completed six months ahead of schedule, VDOT said.
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