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Get There: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some transportation tidbits for your planning and perspective. Metro Weekends This should be the last weekend that Red Line riders will be vexed by the switch replacement project at Van Ness. It starts at 9 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, when the system closes. You can get all the details on this page at Metro's Web site, but the basic idea is that Metro is advising riders to add at least a half hour to their normal travel times. One of our regular commenters, Woodley Park, made this astute observation about the weekend delays: "It's the weekend before St. Patrick's Day, and next Saturday night will be a HUGE party night. Lots of revelers will be heading to DuPont and Adams Morgan (via Woodley Park Station) on the Red Line, and if you thought these past 3 weekends had bad crowding, I challenge you to try the Red...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 14, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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16th Street NW Reopened

Announcement from the District Department of Transportation this afternoon about the Mount Pleasant fire zone: DDOT announces that all lanes have been reopened on 16th Street, NW following a complete closure earlier in the day due to a 5-alarm fire in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Traffic will resume its normal flow....

By Robert Thomson  |  March 13, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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14th Street NW Blocked

Because of a utility emergency, 14th Street NW is blocked between Euclid and Chapin Streets and is likely to remain closed into the evening. That will affect many commuters heading north from downtown Washington. D.C. police and the District Department of Transportation have set up detours in the area, a block east of Meridian Hill Park, and it's likely to be very congested for the afternoon rush. The alternative north-south routes include 13th Street NW, 15th Street NW (which is one-way northbound) or 16th Street NW. East-west traffic can use U Street NW, V Street NW (which is one-way westbound), W Street NW (which is one-way eastbound), Girard Street NW or Columbia Road NW....

By Robert Thomson  |  March 11, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic, Transit Advisories

Here are some issues you may have to deal with on the roads and rails during the rest of this week. Westbound I-66 at Route 29, Gainesville On Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., ramp 43A southbound to Route 29 will be closed to allow the I-66 widening project to remove the steel girders of the ramp's deck. Interstate traffic will use exit 43B to northbound Route 29, then bear left on the ramp to reach southbound Route 29. This pattern will not affect traffic northbound onto Route 29. Route 29 South, Gainesville On Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Route 29 South from Larapinta Court to Wellington Branch Drive will be closed to allow the widening project to lift and remove the structural steel beams off the old bridge over Route 29. The two Route 29 northbound lanes will be converted into a two-lane undivided highway configuration...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 11, 2008; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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I-395 Detour Tonight

The ramp from northbound Interstate 395 (the Southeast-Southwest Freeway) onto South Capitol Street is scheduled to be closed from 8 p.m. Monday to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday so highway workers can install overhead signs directing traffic to the new Nationals baseball stadium. Watch for the detour signs. Once the baseball seasons starts on Sunday, March 30, this is likely to be a highly congested area on game nights, as fans mix in with normal rush hour traffic. The first night game is Monday, April 7....

By Robert Thomson  |  March 10, 2008; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One Weekend To Go on Red Line

Readers continue to complain about the impact of the Red Line track work at Van Ness that has gone on for three weekends and has one more to go. The complaints weren't so much about the delays -- perhaps by now riders were taking the 30-minute delays as a given -- but rather about the information available, especially the announcements. Here's an example. Dear Dr. Gridlock: To add to the weekend confusion on the Red Line, the announcements on the platforms are totally incomprehensible. I hope the repairs will be over shortly because the incoming tourists will be even more lost than usual if they continue. A stranger would have no idea what's going on. I don't myself. I live at the UDC stop and usually use the subway on the weekend to go downtown. I have given up. Too much time gets wasted factoring in extra half hours before...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 10, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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