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The Weekend and Beyond

Road work has really slowed down across the Washington region, but Metro is making up for it, with several projects going this weekend.

New Switch to Fix
After completing work on the rail switch at Medical Center Station, Metro has begun a four-weekend project to fix a switch at Van Ness-UDC. If you're traveling between Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights from 9 o'clock Friday through the system's close at midnight Sunday, add at least 30 minutes to your normal travel time.

To maximize service at the busiest stations, every other train heading toward Shady Grove will terminate at Farragut North and head back to Glenmont. Every other train heading toward Glenmont will terminate at Friendship Heights and go back to Shady Grove. Each of the next three weekends will follow the same pattern: Travel delays will begin at 9 p.m. on Fridays and continue through midnight Sundays.

Also this weekend, there will be delays on the Blue, Orange and Green lines. On the Blue and Orange, it's for track maintenance, which requires trains to share a single track to get around the work. Metro says the travel delays will be about 20 minutes between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon and between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery from midnight to the 3 a.m. closing on Friday and Saturday. On the Green Line, you have the rail car testing program, which also requires trains in service to share a single track. Delays will be up to 15 minutes between Greenbelt and College Park from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Beltway Lane Closures
Virginia is doing some test drilling to prepare for construction of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on the Capital Beltway. Watch for daytime lane and shoulder closures from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the areas around the Route 50, Interstate 66 and Gallows Road junctions.

Bus Route Extension
Metrobus route 9S, the Crystal City-Potomac Yard weekday shuttle, will be extended to the Potomac Yard complex, the transit authority says. Starting Monday, buses will continue to Jefferson Davis Highway and South Glebe Road. Buses are scheduled to run every six minutes in peak hours and every 12 minutes off peak.

Lane Closure on Bridge
Workers are scheduled to install cable and conduit across the Nice Bridge on the Potomac River, which will require them to close one lane of Route 301 starting Monday and continuing for six to eight weeks. Watch for the lane closure between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Colesville Road Intersection
Montgomery County is considering a plan to improve the congested intersection at Colesville Road and Dale Drive in Silver Spring. The county has scheduled a public meeting about the issue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Oakview Elementary School, 400 E. Wayne Ave., Silver Spring.

Randolph Road Plan
The county also is proposing roadway and intersection improvements for Randolph Road between Rock Creek and Charles Road, and will hold a public meeting about it from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

Use VRE Coupons
Virginia Railway Express is reminding its riders not to hoard their old green and orange Free Ride Certificates, because they will expire in July and can't be exchanged after that. The new green and purple coupons are good for two more years. Detraining passengers receive the coupons, which are good for a free one-way ride, if a VRE train reaches their station one hour or more behind schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 22, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
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