The Weekend and Beyond
Here are some traffic and transit advisories that could affect your travels this weekend or afterward.
Red Line Work
Metro's project to replace the rail switch at Medical Center Station continues this weekend and has one more weekend to go. Add at least 30 minutes to your Red Line travel time between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor-Strathmore. The work hours each weekend are 9 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday.
You'll find a full list of weekend work projects on the Red, Blue, Green and Orange rail lines in this listing on Metro's Web site.
On Sunday, 90 million people will spend the evening watching the Super Bowl, but way too many of them will hit the road after over-indulging at television parties. Local law enforcement will be watching. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that nearly 50 percent of all traffic fatalities during the 2007 Super Bowl weekend were caused by impaired drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08 and above.
Here's the schedule on the Humpback Bridge reconstruction project:
Monday: Day work closes the southbound left lane from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night work closes the southbound right lane from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
No lane closures planned the rest of the week.
Pavement markings and a concrete barrier are being installed for a lane shift of the southbound traffic toward the Potomac River. Work will continue behind the barriers.
Clarendon Mardis Gras
Wilson Boulevard will be closed Tuesday evening in the Courthouse and Clarendon neighborhoods for the Mardi Gras Parade. The boulevard will be closed from Veitch Street to Barton Street from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and from Barton Street to Irving Street from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Also, Adams and Wayne streets between Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson will be closed from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
D.C. Streetcar Plan
Two of the District's transit projects are advancing this year. A three-year streetscape project to revitalize the H Street-Benning Road corridor in Northeast Washington will set the stage for streetcar operations to and from Union Station. This summer, construction should start on a long-awaited trolley line in Anacostia. That should take about 18 months to complete.
The streetscape project already has closed lanes along Benning Road and soon will get underway on H Street. At least two lanes will remain open in each direction throughout the project. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Wilson Bridge Project
Virginia has awarded the last big contract on the $2.52 billion bridge reconstruction program: $236.4 million to rebuild the Interstate 95 interchange at Telegraph Road. Work starts this spring and will take five years to complete.
Meanwhile, the two right lanes on southbound Telegraph Road near the Capital Beltway to just past the intersection of Telegraph Road and North Kings Highway are scheduled to close at 9 o'clock tonight and stay shut through the weekend. One lane will remain open at all times, and all the lanes are scheduled to reopen no later than 5 a.m. Monday. This is for underground utility work, which must get done before the reconstruction of the interchange.
The weekend work is subject to weather conditions. Watch the bridge project's Web site for updates.
The Penn Line is expanding service on Feb. 11. A new train will leave Union Station at 5:10 p.m., arriving at Penn Station in Baltimore at 6:01 p.m. after stopping only at New Carrollton at 5:20 p.m. and Seabrook at 5:25 p.m.
A southbound train will leave Baltimore at 10:30 p.m., stopping at BWI Marshall Airport at 10:43 p.m., Odenton at 10:50 p.m., Bowie State at 10:56 p.m. and New Carrollton at 11:04 p.m., before arriving in Washington at 11:30 p.m. A train will leave Washington at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Baltimore at 12:40 a.m., making all stops.
Work is scheduled to begin Monday on a new traffic signal at the intersection of Gum Spring Road and Evergreen Mills Road in Arcola. The Virginia Department of Transportation wants to reduce the number of accidents and improve traffic flow at this busy intersection. The work should be done by early April.
Route 124 Meeting
The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to hold an open house Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. so people can review plans to widen Route 124 to six lanes between Airpark Road and Rosewood Manor Lane in Montgomery County. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring. The session is at Resnick Elementary School, 7301 Hadley Farms Drive, Gaithersburg.
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