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This Weekend and Beyond

Whether you drive or take transit, here are some things you might like to know about traveling this weekend and next week.

I-395 Signs
Starting Monday, the District will be in its final phase of installing new signs along the interstate, to give you more time to figure out your exit. Day work is scheduled from 9:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday. For the rest of the project, the work will be done during evening hours, 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. It should be done on Feb. 8.

Watch for temporary lane closures in these areas:
-- Northbound I-395's HOV ramp at the 14th Street Bridge.
-- Northbound I-395's two left lanes, from the 14th Street Bridge to the 12th Street Expressway.
-- Southbound I-395's left lane, from 12th Street to the 14th Street Bridge.

Red Line Delays
Metro tonight will resume work on replacing the switch at Medical Center Station. Through the end of this weekend, and the next two weekends, Red Line riders should build at least 30 minutes extra into their anticipated travel times. The project starts at 9 p.m. Fridays and continues through midnight Sundays each weekend.

Wilson Bridge
The work on the Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange that was originally scheduled for last weekend is now planned for Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting.

The outer loop will lose a lane immediately west of the interchange, and traffic will have to merge earlier. (Under normal circumstances, the outer loop goes from four to three lanes one mile farther east.)

On Monday, if things go according to plan, workers will be striping lanes from east of the Telegraph Road Interchange to Route 1. The right lane on the outer loop at Telegraph will be closed, but should reopen before the afternoon rush.

The ramp from northbound Telegraph to the outer loop will be closed. Follow a detour past the closed ramp, take the entrance ramp to the inner loop, immediately exit to southbound Telegraph Road and take the first exit ramp to the outer loop. The ramp will remain closed until the work is done on Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, workers will stripe the lanes west of the Telegraph Road Interchange. The right lane of the outer loop will be closed at Telegraph, reopening before the afternoon rush, along with the ramp that was closed for this job.

This fall, after the opening of the second Wilson Bridge span, the outer loop near the bridge will go from three to four lanes, plus one merge lane, east of Telegraph Road.

DASH Fares
Metro isn't the only transit agency looking to raise revenue. Alexandria's DASH bus system is considering an increase of 25 cents in the peak period fare. The new rate would be $1.25. If approved, the change would take effect June 29. A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1101 at City Hall, 301 King St.

Route 1 Bridge Hearing
At its Monday meeting, Alexandria's Traffic and Parking Board is scheduled to discuss ideas for improving traffic flow around the Monroe Avenue/Route 1 bridge project. The 7:30 p.m. session is in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

MetroAccess Farecards
Passengers on Metro's paratransit service now can pay for their trips with the Farecards used on the Metrorail system. Sales offices at Metro Center, Metro headquarters and the Pentagon are selling packages of five cards for $12.50.

The packaged cards also will be available at Metrobus garages, commuter stores and some retail outlets. Each of the cards is loaded with $2.50 in value, to pay for a ride. Or, buy a fare card at a Metrorail vending machine and put $2.50 in value on it. Passengers still can pay with cash or two bus tokens.

Car-Free Diet
Arlington is hosting a Car-Free Diet Expo on Tuesday for business people and residents who want to know more about getting around without cars. The session for business people, who would be interested in persuading employees to go car free, or at least lighten up some, is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Residents are invited to a 10:30 a.m. to noon session to discover auto alternatives, including biking, walking, transit and telecommuting. The expo is at the Hotel Palomar, 1121 N. 19th St. in Arlington.

New Traffic Signals
There are two new traffic signals on South Capitol Street SE, part of the gateway corridor project that includes the rehabilitation of the Frederick Douglass Bridge. Both are near the new Nationals baseball stadium, north of the Douglass Bridge. Look for one at the intersection of South Capitol and O Street and the other at the intersection with P Street.

The District's idea is to open up the neighborhood and make it easier to get across South Capitol for people traveling east-west. The District Department of Transportation says the lights will be coordinated with the other nearby signals.

Frederick Signal
Look for new traffic signals on Ballenger Creek Pike at Hanover Drive in Frederick County. The signal system, which cost $136,000, includes the countdown signs for pedestrians. The Maryland State Highway Administration also put in new crosswalks.

Lane Closings
George Washington Parkway: Expect delays at the Humpback Bridge, just northwest of I-395. Single lane closures during off peak hours.
I-270 at Grosvenor Lane: Single lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
New Hampshire Avenue at University Boulevard: Left lane closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Rockville Pike Northbound: Left lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the bridge over the Beltway's outer loop.
Georgia Avenue: Single lane closures between Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Southbound Powder Mill Road: Single lane closures at Sargent Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Greenbelt Road: Single lane closures at Hanover Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
I-95: Work in median between Landover Road and Central Avenue for the Arena Drive interchange project from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. week nights.
Northbound Route 1 (Second Street): Left lane blocked between Talbot Avenue and the Howard County Line from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Eastbound Route 50 ramp to Kenilworth Avenue: Ramp closed for bridge replacement project. Follow detour signs.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 25, 2008; 11:54 AM ET
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